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”

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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Inverted Jenny Position 76 Sells for $295,000 in May 11 Siegel Sale

The McCoy Inverted Jenny Position 76 sold today for $295,000 at an auction conducted by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries.

The identity of the winning bidder was not immediately revealed, but the stamp was sold to a bidder on the phone at the New York City auction headquarters. Floor and Internet bids also were accepted.

With buyer’s fees added, the winning bidder will pay $295,000 ($250,000 was the high bid) for the iconic 1918 stamp that shows a biplane flying upside down.

The sale featured the American Philatelic Research Library’s Inverted Jenny stamp recovered a year ago. The stamp was stolen along with three others during a 1955  national stamp show in Norfolk, Virginia. The block of stamps was owned by Ethel McCoy when they were stolen. Later, McCoy willed the stamps to the APRL. Two stamps were recovered in the late 1970s; one was sold and the other is retained and often exhibited by the American Philatelic Society, a sister organization to the APRL.

The stamps were part of an original sheet of 100 error stamps purchased in 1918 by William Robey from a post office in Washington, D.C. The stamps were printed hastily to help inaugurate the country’s inaugural airmail service.

APRL Librarian Tara Murray and Scott D. English, the APRL’s administrator and APS executive director, journeyed to New York City from the library’s home in central Pennsylvania to witness the sale. Pictured above is English (left) receiving a check from Scott Trepel President of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries Inc.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the APRL’s new library facility at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

Internship in digital projects at the APRL

We’re hiring! The APRL is looking for an intern for the summer 2017 to work on a digitization project.

Under the supervision of the APRL Librarian, the intern will digitize journals from the library’s collection related to sports philately (collecting sports on postage stamps).

The intern’s primary tasks will include:
• Scanning journals using the library’s scanning equipment
• Running optical character recognition (OCR) software
• Performing quality control
• Entering metadata
• Packaging files for delivery to the customer

The intern will learn about library digitization processes and receive training on scanning equipment and software.

This internship is intended for an undergraduate or graduate student or new professional interested in pursuing a career in libraries, archives, or related fields. Prior knowledge of or experience in a library or archives setting is preferred but not required. Must have good computer skills, attention to detail, and ability to work independently.

The intern will be a part-time temporary employee of the American Philatelic Society, located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and compensation will be $11 per hour. The intern will work 15 hours per week from May through August. Schedule is flexible but must fall within the APRL’s operating hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). If the intern is a student, the internship may be completed for credit.

The American Philatelic Research Library (www.stamplibrary.org) holds more than 85,000 volumes and is the largest public library in the world dedicated to stamp collecting and postal history. It is located in newly-renovated space in an historic match factory building in the Victorian town of Bellefonte, just 10 miles from Penn State’s University Park campus. The APRL has 4 FTE staff and serves philatelic researchers around the world.

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for three references by May 31, 2017 to Tara Murray, APRL, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or tmurray@stamps.org.

Postal history lives on in Bellefonte research library

This article originally appeared in the Centre Daily Times, April 29, 2017, and is reposted here with permission.

By Frank Ready (photos by Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times)

You could hear a pin drop.

One would not necessarily expect to find a preponderance of pins in the American Philatelic Research Library, but nevertheless, it’s nice to know that the option is out there.

Silence may be preferred among some of your finer book repositories, but at the American Philatelic Research Library, the waste of perfectly good acoustics probably had less to do with decorum than the realities of mid-morning foot traffic on a Tuesday in Bellefonte.

There was one visitor wandering the first of the postal facility’s two floors, a maze of towering bookshelves and rectangular research tables tucked way in the back of the refurbished Match Factory.

Navigation duties had fallen to Scott Tiffney, one of the library’s five regular staff members. Continue reading “Postal history lives on in Bellefonte research library”