Mighty Buck Club helps the APRL collection grow

Mighty "Dollar" Bill checks out one of the APRL's new books
Mighty "Dollar" Bill checks out one of the APRL's new books

The American Philatelic Research Library collection grows primarily through donations. Thanks to the generosity of our members, affiliate societies, and philatelic authors and publishers, we add publications (old and new) to our collection almost daily.

Occasionally, though, we find ourselves in need of a publication that we are not likely to receive as a donation.

The members of the Mighty Buck Club have filled one such gap in our collection by providing funds to purchase 5 books on historical geography which will be useful to postal historians using the library.

Historial Atlas of the United StatesThe Shaping of AmericaThe books are D.W. Meinig’s 4-volume The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History and Derek Hayes’ Historical Atlas of the United States. Both will be used by students taking “Geography and Postal History: A ‘Writer’s Institute'” during the APS Summer Seminar week next month, and will be available for loan to APS and APRL members.

Thanks to the members of the Mighty Buck Club who have helped the APRL collection grow “one buck at a time!”

Stamp Bill Books pamphlet digitized

Stamp Bill BooksYou may have heard about the new book scanner purchased by the APRL, thanks to the generosity of the members of the Mighty Buck Club. Here’s an example of what the scanner can do.

We had to do a little rearranging in the library to make room for the new scanner. We moved our microfilm reader to a different spot in the library, and in doing so, a joint publication of the APRL and the National Archives and Records Administration came to my attention.

I had been looking for a small digitization project to show off our new scanner, and this publication seemed to fit our needs perfectly.

First, it is a publication of the APRL, and one of our top priorities for digitization is preserving and making available the history of the APS and APRL.

Second, it is a finding aid, which can be used by researchers to learn more about resources in our collections (in this case, the Stamp Bill Books which were microfilmed with funding from the APRL). If you don’t know about the Stamp Bill Books, read the pamphlet to learn more about this valuable resource!

Third, as a publication of the U.S. government, it is in the public domain and free from copyright restrictions.

Fourth, it is short (6 pages), not requiring extensive staff time or large amounts of storage space – perfect for a test. One of our APRL volunteers took a few minutes’ break from another project and scanned it for us.

To view the document, go to our Online Catalogue and search for “Stamp Bill Books” in the title field. You should see two records: one for the microfilm, and one for the book describing the microfilm. Click to view the full display for the book, and you will find a link to the digitized book. The PDF file is fully searchable, thanks to text recognition software built into our new scanner.

Watch for more from our new scanner – and remember that if you want to see what our new scanner can do for you, you can request scans of articles and book sections from the APRL.

Enhanced scanning services at the APRL

The American Philatelic Research Library has expanded its scanning services thanks to the members of the Mighty Buck Club.

APRL book scanner
Mighty "Dollar" Bill and APS staff and volunteers demonstrate the new book scanner

Through the generosity of the many members who contributed to the Mighty Buck Club, we have been able to purchase a BookScan Station for use in the APRL. The BookScan Station is a self-service large format book scanner. It features a beveled edge to scan pages without damaging the spine of the book, and can scan pages up to 11″ by 17″ in black and white, grayscale, or color. It can scan to a variety of formats, including JPG and PDF, and has text recognition software to create searchable PDF documents.

Visitors to the APRL can scan to a USB drive or send scanned images to an email address directly from the scanner. The touchscreen makes operating the scanner easy, as demonstrated in this YouTube video.

APRL book scanner
Scanning a large format document

Staff will also use the scanner to fill requests for scans. (See our library services page for information about ordering scans.) The new scanner will produce better images than our old equipment, and will reduce wear and tear on our books thanks to the beveled edge design. Scans can be delivered faster than photocopies, and scanning is also greener than photocopying (no paper!) so I am especially pleased to introduce this new scanner on Earth Day.

The APRL will also use this new scanner for digitization projects, and other departments at the American Philatelic Center can use it when they need a large format scanner.

Stop in the library or contact us to start taking advantage of the new scanner today!

New arrivals at the APRL, April 2011

Ackerman, G. Adolph. Warriors of the sky: Imperial Russian air units, World War I, aeronautics, aviation and air schools: a one frame exhibit [exhibit] ([S.l.]: G. Adolph Ackerman, [2011]): [18] leaves: col. ill.; 28 cm. [Call No. EXHIBIT Ackerman, G. Adolph]

Stephen Yen’s regional collectionsAdams, Lytle S. [Scrapbook of first air mail pick up from ship] ([S.l.]: [s.n.], 1929): 1 looseleaf notebook; 30 cm. [Call No. 20B P1 S5]

Addison Elementary Schools. Project Owney (Addison, NY: Addison Elementary Schools, [2005]): 1 scrapbook ([20] leaves): col. ill.; 31 cm. [Call No. G3701 .R152]

Adrion, Charles. Alabama precancels: catalog & guidebook [electronic resource] (Rochester NY: Charles Adrion, 2009): 1 computer optical disk: col. ill.; 4 3/4 in. [Call No. CD-ROM Adrion, Charles]

Angel, Hans-Willi. Abarten-Katalog, Bund und Berlin 1980 ([Berlin]: Hans-Willi Angel, [1980]): 186 p.: ill.; 21 cm. [Call No. G6081 .E72 A582a 1980]

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Philatelic Literature Review first quarter 2011 features

Philatelic Literature Review 1st quarter 2011The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 1st 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.

Highlighted in the 1st quarter PLR is the article “Obscure Philatelic Journal Holds the Key to Postal History Puzzle” — the final issue of Our Philatelia, one of the archival collections in the American Philatelic Research Library, provides the key to understanding a puzzling bit of postal history. This issue also includes “Treasurers from the Library” and “What’s on Your Bookshelf,” in addition to regular feature columns, book reviews, and buying opportunities through the Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse.

Juvenile books available at the APRL

The following books belong to the APS Education Department and are now available for use in the APRL. Because the books do not belong to the APRL, we can’t loan them out, but many of these books are available in public libraries and bookstores. We hope that this list gives you some reading ideas for the young philatelists in your life. The titles range from picture books to young adult books.

Pen PalsAdler, David A. A picture book of Lewis and Clark (New York: Holiday House, c2003): [36] p.: col. ill., col. maps; 26 x 21 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 A237p 2003]

Banks, Kate. Max’s words (New York: Frances Foster Books: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006): 1 v. unpaged: col. ill.; 26 x 26 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 B218m 2006]

Bedford, Annie North. Walt Disney’s Mickey mouse flies the Christmas mail (New York: Golden Books, Random House Childrens Books, 2007, c1956): 1 v. (unpaged): col. ill.; 20 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 B412w 2007]

Berger, Melvin & Berger, Gilda. Where does the mail go?: a book about the postal system. (Nashville, Tenn.: Ideals Children’s Books, c1994): 48 p.: col. ill.; 22 cm. [Call No. HE6371 .J97 B496w 1994]

Bourgeois, Paulette & LaFave, Kim. Postal workers (Toronton, Ont.; Niagara Falls, NY: Kids Can Press, 1999, c1992): 1 v. (unpaged): col. ill.; 23 x 24 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .J97 B772p 1999]

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New books at the APRL, March 2011

Wild Cats in ArtAlaskan Collectors Club. The Alaskan philatelist: comprehensive indexes, volume 1 to volume 45 1959-2009 (Anchorage, AK: Alaska Collectors Club99508, 2011): 1 v. (unpaged); 28 cm. [Call No. Shelved with the journal]

Archer, Jeffrey. A prisoner of birth (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2008): 501 p.; 25 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .L776 A671p 2008]

Argentina. Codigos postal y telegrafico dictados durante la administracion del Dr. C. Carles premiados en la Exposicion postal y filatelica Universal de Milan 1894 adoptados por el Congreso de la Republica del Paraguay (Buenos Aires: Compania Sud-Americana de Billetes de Banco, 1895): 3 v. in 1 (1444 p.): forms, tables, mounted stamps; 21 cm. [Call No. RARE BOOKS HE6812 .A5 1895]

Balagian, Greg. Wild cats in art (Carterville, IL: American Topical Association, 2011): 2 v. (357 p.): col. ill.; 28 cm. [Call No. HE6183 .A1 A512a no.161]

Baldus, Wolfgang. The classic postage stamps of Bokhara (Munich, Germany: Wolfgang Baldus, 2011): 92 p.: col. ill.; 21 cm.

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New books at the APRL, February 2011

Coleccion de EcuadorAfinsa Auctions. Coleccion de Ecuador (Martin de Bustamante) y seleccion de paises iberoamericanos: May 10, 1996, Seville, Spain (Sevilla: Afinsa Auctions, 1996): 349 p.: col. ill.; 22 x 33 cm. in slipcase. [Call No. NS Bustamente, Martin de]

Afinsa Auctions. Coleccion primer sello postal Espanol = First postage stamp of Spain collection: November 4, 1997 (Madrid: Afinsa Auctions, 1997): 288 p.: col. ill.; 27 x 27 cm. in slipcase [Call No. NS Magrina Mir, Enrique]

Aguirre, Eduardo (ed.). Specialized catalogue of the postage stamps of Mexico: containing in chronological order all officials and provisional issues, from 1856 until 1937, with the different kinds of paper colors, errors, and perforations, also the prices at which they can be purchased from the editor’s (Mexico, D.F.: Casa filatelica de Eduardo Aguirre, 1937): 184 p.: ill.; 20 cm. [Call No. CLOSED STACKS G4410 .A1 A284c 1937]

Andrews, James C. The Seebeck fiscals of Guatemala from the collection of James C. Andrews of Conway, New Hampshire (Conway, N.H.: James C. Andrews, 1994): 1 v. (unpaged): ill., map; 29 cm.

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Meet APRL's Betsy Gamble

Betsy GambleThis month’s American Philatelic Society staff profile features Betsy Gamble, the APRL’s Technical Services Coordinator. Betsy processes all of our journals, auction catalogs, and price lists, and catalogs new items for the collection. She also oversees loading records from member libraries into the philatelic Union Catalogue hosted by APRL.

Rare books and Japanese stamps

Postage Stamps of Japan
Woodward's Postage Stamps of Japan and Dependencies, 1928 two-volume edition

One of philately’s rarest books is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, DC.

A.M. Tracey Woodward’s Postage Stamps of Japan and Dependencies was published in 1928. Only 100 signed and numbered copies were produced. The Smithsonian’s copy is on display alongside original pages from Woodward’s collection of the 1 sen issue of 1872.

The APRL also has a copy of Woodward’s book in its rare books collection. We don’t loan rare books such as this one, but luckily for researchers the book was reprinted in 1976. We have three copies of the reprint available for loan.

Plates of the Samps of Japan
Woodward's Plates of the Stamps of Japan and Dependencies, 1976 reprint edition

The plates illustrated in Woodward’s book came from the collection of F.J. Peplow. These plates were first reproduced and published in Plates of the Stamps of Japan 1871-6. This book was produced in an even more limited private edition of 25 copies. The APRL is currently working with Penn State’s University Libraries to digitize this book with high-resolution scans of the plates. I’ll update PLR readers as soon as we have more details about this book.