The StampSelector Scarce Stamp Quantities Issued List is now available online. Compiled by Alex of StampSelector, the website provides quantities issued for stamps issued in small numbers (fewer than 100,000). It aims to be comprehensive but is, as might be expected, a work in progress and Alex plans to update it periodically. You can browse the website by country or region, or you can search.
The American Philatelic Society’s StampShow will be in Columbus Aug. 11-14. One of the noncompetitive exhibits at the show will be on the history of the APS, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in September.
Our APRL intern, Robbin Zirkle, spent the last few weeks selecting items from the APS Archives, describing them, and mounting them. One of the items she selected was a photo from an APS convention in Columbus – in 1908. That convention was important, as the society officially changed its name from the American Philatelic Association to the American Philatelic Society.
If you are attending the show, be sure to check out Robbin’s exhibit. She has also written a guide to the 19th century portion of the APS Archives which will be published in the 3rd quarter issue of the Philatelic Literature Review.
APRL acquisitions June 16-July 15, 2011:
American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. The Best of the Philatelic Exhibitor [electronic resource] (New York: American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors: Philatelic Foundation, ): 1 computer optical disk; 4 3/4 in. [Call No. Philatelic Exhibitor]
Brumell, George. British post office numbers 1844-1906 (Cheltenham, England: R.C. Alcock (Worcester, England: Redman Designs, Ltd.), [1960?]): 136 p.; 22 cm. [Call No. G5741 .P855 B893p 1960]
Burrows, Peter C., ed. British Empire civil censorship devices, World War II. Section 6. British West Indies & Falkland Islands (Somerset, UK; Colorado Springs, CO, USA: The Civil Censorship Study Group, 2010): 1 v. (in various pagings): ill. (col. on cover), facsims., charts, tables; 28 cm. [Call No. G5731 .C396 C582b Sec.6 2010]
Burrows, Peter C., ed. British Empire civil censorship devices, World War II. Section 7. Canada and Newfoundland (Somerset, UK; Colorado Springs, CO, USA: The Civil Censorship Study Group, 2010): 1 v. (in various pagings): ill. (col. on cover), facsims., charts, tables; 28 cm. [Call No. G5731 .C396 C582b Sec.7 2010]
Classic Belgium [exhibit]: ca. 150 p.: ill.; 28 cm.
When I started working at the APRL, the staff warned me about APS Summer Seminar. They told me the library would be busy, that table space would be scarce, and that we would need an extra photocopier. The 2011 group of students did not disappoint! They filled the library from the time we opened until we closed – which was often later than our usual 4:30 closing time – except, of course, when they were in their classes.
Ten years ago, in the 3rd quarter 2001 issue of the Philatelic Literature Review, Kim Kowalczyk wrote an article called “Summer Seminar Storms APRL Stacks” about how busy the library was during seminar week. Accompanying the article are photos of students in the library – including one of Harold Sollenberger lying down in the stacks.
Some things don’t change. During this year’s Summer Seminar, we snapped a photo of Robert Dalton Harris (instructor for “Geography and Postal History: A Writer’s Institute”) stretched out on the floor of the library, browsing the duplicate books for sale.
Some things do change, however. We did make two photocopiers available in the library, and they did get used. The piece of equipment that seemed to get people excited, though, was the new book scanner courtesy of the Mighty Buck Club donors.
Everyone who used the scanner loved the easy touchscreen interface, the beveled edge for scanning books, and the ability to take home color images. Best of all, the scanner was free to use. During the week of Summer Seminar, it scanned more than 1,300 pages!
The American Philatelic Society is creating a “Philatelic Articles of Distinction” archive on its website to honor authors. All APS affiliates and chapters can submit one “best article” per year and the APS will post the article to the online archive, along with a link to the affiliate, as well as provide a certificate to the author.
More details and a submission form are available from the APS.
The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter 2011 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition.
The 2nd quarter PLR includes such articles as “Where is A Librarian’s Guide to the Literature of Philately,” “Government Documents & Philatelic Research,” and “Finding Philatelic Literature Online.” Also in this issue are regular columns: “What’s on Your Bookshelf,” book reviews, and buying and selling opportunities through the Philltelic Literature Clearinghouse.
The Philatelic Librarians Roundtable, a group of staff, volunteers, and board members from philatelic libraries and other library supporters, has held in person meetings at APS StampShow and AmeriStamp for several years. In order to hold more frequent discussions and include more people, this year we started holding meetings by teleconference in between shows. The APS has hosted these telephone meetings.
Our next telephone meeting is coming up on July 12 at 1pm Eastern. If you would like to join the meeting, contact me and I will provide details.
We will also meet during StampShow in Columbus, on August 12 at 11am.
Recent discussions have included the Philatelic Union Catalog, journal indexing, digitization projects, and the exchange of duplicate materials and literature wantlists.
The Sixth Annual Postal History Symposium (“How Commerce and Industry Shaped the Mails”) and United States Stamp Society Show will be held at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, September 16–18, 2011.
Read more about the event in this press release from the APRL.
The Symposium, co-sponsored by the APRL, the American Philatelic Society, and the National Postal Museum, is free and open to the public – but please register online (at the National Postal Museum website) and book your hotel room early since this weekend is also Parents Weekend for nearby Penn State.
Philatelic Literature & Research has focused, for obvious reasons, on philatelic libraries and research libraries with significant philatelic collections. Sometimes, though, the philatelic researcher must look beyond the usual places.
Richard Boardman, head of the map collection, showed us some of the maps in the library’s collection, which is particularly strong in maps of the Philadelphia region. Following the tour, I asked him if the library had any post route maps, and was rewarded with several maps that the APRL does not have. Most of the map collection is not included in the library’s online catalog, and this is probably the case at many libraries.
In order to find treasures like this, you need to contact the librarian and tell them what you are looking for. You will probably also need to travel to the library to do your research if the materials do not circulate and have not been digitized. If materials do circulate, you may be able to request them through interlibrary loan at your local library.
What other kinds of materials might you find at non-philatelic libraries?
Afinscat. Catalog multimedia de sellos de España = Multimedia catalogue of Spanish stamps: 1850-1960 [electronic resource] (Barcelona: Afinscat: Afinsa Multimedia, c1995): 1 computer optical disk + 1 booklet (11 p.)
Aries Auctions. Aries Auctions catalogue: a celebration of independent India philately [electronic resource] (Gurgaon, Haryana [India]: Aries Auctions, 2011-)
Armed forces Stamp Exchange Club bulletin (Clarksville, TN: Armed Forces Stamp Exchange Club, ): 28 cm. [Journal]
Barthelemy, Emile. Catalogue obliterations speciales temporaires, France et colonies francaise, 1849 a Octore 1943 ([Paris]: Barthelemy Emile (Paris: Lang, Blanchong et Cie, Imprimeurs), )
Baumann, Carl. Das Postwesen in Basel unter dem Kaufmannischen Direktorium (1682-1798): Inaugural-Dissertation zur Erlangung der Würde eines Doctor rer. pol. der hohen philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Basel (Weinfelden: Neuenschwander’sche Verl.-Buchh., 1927): 149 p.
Bautenserie 1948 e.V. Koln. Wir stellen uns vor Bautenserie 1948 (n.l.: Arge Bauten, n.d.): 14 p.
Bosshard, J.A. Katalog der Badischen Marken und Abstempelungen (Leipzig: Seifert, 1929): 69 p.