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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New books at the APRL: June 2017

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

book cover1861-2011, Aristocrats of Confederate philately: exhibited at Westpex, San Francisco, April 29-30, May 1, 2011 ([n.l.]: [Robert A. Siegel], [2011]). [In process 000064384; In process 000064385]

Abd al-Mughni, Khalid Abd al-Rahman. Bidāyāt al-khidmah al-barīdīyah fī al-Kuwayt, 1896-1923 M: maʻa namādhij mukhtārah min murāsalāt ʻāʼilat al-Khālid al-maḥfūẓah bi-Markaz al-Buḥūth wa-al-Dirāsāt al-Kuwaytīyah (al-Kuwayt: Markaz al-Buḥūth wa-al-Dirāsāt al-Kuwaytīyah, 2012). [In process 000064684]

book coverActa philatelica nova 2014: Hrvatski filatelisticki almanah = Croatian philatelic almanac (Zagreb: Marka Nova, 2015). [In process 000064749]

Adamczyk, Janusz; Szopa, Jacek; Nowak, Janusz Tadeusz. Formationsstempel der Polnischen Legionen, des Polnischen Hilfscoprs und der Polnischen Wehrmacht auf Feldpostsendungen, 1914-1918 und ihr historischer Hintergrund (Krakau: Janusz Adamczyk, 2014). [In process 000064688] Continue reading “New books at the APRL: June 2017”

Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter 2017 issue features Roger Brody’s farewell, the Inverted Jenny sale, and more

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter 2017 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 issue features APRL President Roger Brody’s farewell column, details about the sale of the Inverted Jenny owned by the APRL and recently recovered after more than 60 years, and an article on using stamp show programs for research. Continue reading “Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter 2017 issue features Roger Brody’s farewell, the Inverted Jenny sale, and more”

New books at the APRL, May 2017

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

book coverAmerican Air Mail Society. American air mail catalogue: a priced catalogue and reference listing of the airposts of the world (7th ed., vol. 3) (Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, [2017]). [HE6238 .A512ac 7th-ed.]

American Philatelic Society. Western expansion: an illustrated through postal history, APS On-the-Road Course ([Bellefonte, Pa.]: American Philatelic Society, 2017). [In process 000064329]

Baccarin, Claudio; Bordoni, Beniamino. Penne da collezione: Usfi, 50 anni sulla notizia (Castelfidardo (AN) [Italy]: Usfi Unione stampa filatelica italiana; Prodigi srl, 2016). [In process 000064044] Continue reading “New books at the APRL, May 2017”

APRL featured in American Libraries

The APRL is featured in the June 2017 issue of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association.

Each month, AL features a special library on its last page. For this feature, an editor interviewed me about the APRL, the APS, and the kind of research we support. A photographer came to take pictures of the library and some of our unique collections.

To view the feature, visit the site for the June issue, click on the print version, and jump to page 96.

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