New books at the APRL, November 2017

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

 book coverAddendum M, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada perforators ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [n.d.]). [In process 000066403; In process 000066404]

Andersen, D.W. Perfins of Tasmania ([n.l.]: D.W. Andersen, 1985). [G9061 .P438 A54p 1985]

Arato, Steven. AZ 1874-81-es elso tipusu 3 krajcaros v. oszlopanak metszetjavitasai = Reengraving repairs on the fifth column of the 1874-81 3 krajcar type I stamp ([n.l.]: Society for Hungarian Philately, c1994). [G6501 .P718 A66a 1994]

Australian States perfin catalog: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia + updates. ([n.l.]: South Pacific perfins bulletin, [ca. 1987-1990]). [G8961 .P438 S73s]

Bard, Leslie A. Airmail rates from Palestine to the Americas: from 3 August 1933 to 30 April 1948 (Carmel, CA: Leslie A. Bard, 2007). [In process 000066356] Continue reading “New books at the APRL, November 2017”

Philatelic Literature Review 4th quarter issue features postal rates, an Australian philatelic library, and more

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 4th 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 4th quarter issue features my farewell to the APRL and an introduction of the incoming Director of Information Services and Librarian, an article on finding postal rate information, a visit to an Australian philatelic library, and more.


President’s Message — Steve ZwillingerFrom the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
Search Methods — Scott Tiffney
A Visit Down Under — Abhishek Bhuwalka
Using as a Source of Philatelic
Publicity — Gary Wayne Loew
What’s on Your Bookshelf? — Ken Nilsestuen
Resource of the Month
Subject Guides


APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Index of Advertisers
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors

PLR takes 4th place in Christoph Gärtner competition

The American Philatelic Research Library received the 4th place award in the Christoph Gärtner International Philatelic Promotion competition for 2017. American Philatelic Society President Mick Zais accepted the award and 700€ on behalf of the APRL at the ceremony today in Monaco during the MonacoPhil stamp exhibition.

The competition, open to all organizations and publishers of philatelic periodicals, was founded in 2013 to recognize promotion of philatelic research and the preservation of philatelic knowledge through publication.

The top prize in this year’s competition went to the Collectors Club of Chicago for the outstanding new book  by Hugh Feldman, U.S. Contract Mail Routes by Railroad (1832-1875). The APS took 10th place for The American Philatelist.

New books at the APRL, October 2017

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

book coverAbout BEP ([Washington, DC]: Bureau of Engraving and Printing, [2004]). [In process 000066225]

AFA Danmark, Faeroerne, Gronland, Dansk Vestindien frimaerkekatalog (Aarhus, [Denmark]: Aarhus Frimaerkehandel I/S ; Aarhus, [Denmark] ; Otterup, [Denmark] : AFA-Forlaget, [1975-2017]). [G6920 .A1 A111d]

AFA Danmark, Gronland, Island, Dansk Vestindien specialkatalog (Aarhus: Aarhus Frimaerkehandel ; Otterup : E. Daugaard : AFA-Forlaget, [1966-2016]). [G6920 .A1 A111ds 2016]

Allen, C.N. [C.N. Allen scrapbook for Scott U.S. 725] ([n.l.]: [n.p.], [1932-ca.1961]). [R9 P4 S4 CS2] Continue reading “New books at the APRL, October 2017”

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”

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”