Chicagopex to feature literature

Chicagopex is one of only two shows in the U.S. to feature a literature competition (the other is APS StampShow). This year, the show will also feature three book signings:

  • Nov. 17, 1 p.m. – The Pictorial History of Walt Disney’s First Superstar: Mickey Mouse,  by Edward Bergen
  • Nov. 18, 2 p.m. – U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Railroad (1832-1875) by Hugh V. Feldman
  • Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – Holocaust Postal History by Justin Gordon

I’ll be at the show, so if you’re there, stop by the APS booth and say hello!

Crawford Medal nominations open

The Royal Philatelic Society London is accepting nominations for the 2018 Crawford Medal “for the most valuable and original contribution to the study and knowledge of philately published in book form during the relevant period.”

Nominations are invited of books published in 2016 or 2017. Send nominations by email to secretary@rpsl.org.uk or by letter to the Society at 41 Devonshire Place London WS1G 6JY, using the subject “Crawford Nomination.” Nominations are accepted until Feb. 1, 2018. If the nominated book is not in the RPSL library, the nominator will be asked to provide a copy.

Volunteers unpack Canadian donation

On Sunday, three students from Penn State came to volunteer as part of the university’s Rebuild-U day of service. They unpacked a recent donation from Library and Archives Canada — 93 boxes! — and moved it to shelving on the second floor of the library, where it is ready to be processed and added to the collection.

The donation contains material being deaccessioned by LAC and not previously included in our collection — perhaps most notably, documents of the Universal Postal Union and other postal treaties.

Thank you Brennan, Emily, and Justin for your help!

New books at the APRL, September 2017

APRL acquisitions, September 2017. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverThe addendum to the Catalog of United States perfins (San Anselmo, CA: Perfins Club, 2010). [G3701 .P438 P438c 1998 Add.2]

Anderson, C. Stephen; Cliff, Athol W. [Anderson, C. Stephen (cachetmaker)/Cliff, Athol W. (distributor)] ([AFDCS Anderson CLOSED STACKS 2])

Bamert, Peter; Menuz, Wayne; Walton, Bill. Postal stationery of Mexico (Chester, VA: Published by the United Postal Stationery Society, Inc. in cooperation with MEPSI (Mexico Elmhurst Philatelic Society International), 2017). [G4411 .P860 B19p 2017]  Continue reading “New books at the APRL, September 2017”

ZIP codes and unintended consequences

Most postal historians know that ZIP codes were created by the U.S. Post Office Department in 1963 to make the delivery of increasing volumes of mail more efficient. These Zone Improvement Plan codes were never intended to be used for anything but mail delivery. They were created with the post office in mind, not neighborhoods or communities.

However, they’re frequently used as a proxy for neighborhoods for statistical purposes. For example, if you visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s American FactFinder, the search box prompts you to enter a state, county, city, town, or zip code.

A recent article from ThoughtCo. examines the use of ZIP codes as proxies for neighborhoods and the implications (along with some fun facts about ZIP codes).

 

New books at the APRL, August 2017

APRL acquisitions, August 2017. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAero Philatelists. Convention (1st) (New York City: Aero Philatelists, [1947?]). [US SHOW Aero Philatelists]

Aircraft year book (New York City: Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc., [1925-]). [In process 1925 000066058; In process 1929 000066059]

American Philatelic Society. 1988 APB employee cookbook ([State College, Pennsylvania]: American Philatelic Society, 1988). [In process 000065975]

American Philatelic Society. A World Stamp Show-NY 2016 warm-up [exhibit] ([Bellefonte, Pa.]: [American Philatelic Society], 2015). [R7 P6 S3 CLOSED STACKS 2] Continue reading “New books at the APRL, August 2017”

Steven Zwillinger elected new president of APRL

Steven Zwillinger – an active philatelic researcher, author, and exhibitor – is the new president of the American Philatelic Research Library Board of Trustees.

Zwillinger, elected as a trustee through 2022 in last year’s APS elections, was chosen unanimously August 4 by a voice vote of the APRL board during an organizational meeting held during StampShow in Richmond, Virginia. He replaces Roger Brody, who ended eight years as president this month. Zwillinger will serve a four-year term as head of the eight-member board.

Prior to last year’s elections, Zwillinger had served on boards of both the APRL and the American Philatelic Society. Continue reading “Steven Zwillinger elected new president of APRL”

Stamp designer Richard Sheaff’s papers available for research

A finding aid to stamp designer Richard Sheaff’s papers at the APRL is now available from our Subject Guides and Finding Aids page.

Sheaff donated his papers, which include sketches, notes, and background material for designs of issued and unissued stamps, as well as correspondence, Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee meeting materials, and design work Sheaff did for the Washington 2006 world stamp show, to the APRL in 2012. The papers have been rehoused in 14 archival boxes. Tom Bieniosek prepared a preliminary inventory and Ron Gruici completed the inventory and helped to create a finding aid which describes the collection at the folder level.

Sheaff designed U.S. postage stamps from 1983 to 2008. The entire collection is now available for research, except for the CSAC meeting materials, which are restricted until 25 years after the meeting date per an agreement with the USPS.

New books at the APRL: July 2017

APRL acquisitions, July 2017. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book cover150 tahun (1864-2014) prangko di Indonesia (Bandung: PT Pos Indonesia, 2014). [In process 000064773 v.1; In process 000064774 v.2]

AFINSA (Portugal). Especializado Selos postais das colonias portuguesas (Porto; Lisboa: AFINSA Portugal; Instituto de experizacao de filatelia portutuesa (INEXFIP), 2011). [G6680 .A1 A257s 2011] Continue reading “New books at the APRL: July 2017”

Resource of the Month: Higgins & Gage postal stationery catalog

For many specialties, we acquire new catalogs annually or every few years. This is not the case for worldwide postal stationery. The most comprehensive catalog is still the Priced Catalogue of Postal Stationery of the World, more commonly referred to as Higgins & Gage.

The catalog, issued in multiple parts covering the countries of the world from A to Z, was first published in the 1960s and last updated in the 1980s.

Member Richard Thompson recently lent us some supplements he had acquired that were more up-to-date than ours, and we are now confident that we have the most up-to-date editions and supplements available. Still, that means the most recent date on any of our Higgins & Gage volumes is 1986, more than 30 years ago.

Though the pricing, even with the supplements, is out-of-date, Higgins & Gage is in regular demand for its detailed listings and illustrations and comprehensive coverage. The numbering system is also used regularly.

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