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”

New books at the APRL, April 2017

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

book coverAmerican Topical Association. Chapter 5. ATA Chapter 5 (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin: ATA Chapter 5, 2016-). [JOURNAL ATA Chapter 5]

Australia Post Philatelic Group. Archives Section. Caring for your stamp collection (Australia Post, 1990). [In process 000063652]

Benner, Judith Ann. Fraudulent finance: counterfeiting and the Confederate States, 1861-1865 (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill Junior College, 1970). [In process 000063947]

Castillo, Williams. Conoce las estampillas, Escuelas 1871-1880 (Atlanta, Georgia, USA: , 2016). [G5281 .D313 C35c 2016]

Castillo, Williams. Introducing Venezuela’s 1871-1880 Escuelas stamps (Atlanta, Georgia, USA: , 2016). [G5281 .D313 C35c 2016z] Continue reading “New books at the APRL, April 2017”

APRL featured in the Centre Daily Times

The Centre Daily Times, the major newspaper serving the home of the APS and APRL in Centre County, stopped by last week to learn more about the library and the work we do.

The result is a feature on the front page of Sunday’s newspaper, which you can also read online.

The article includes quotes from me as well as our reference assistant, Scott Tiffney, and Gary Loew, an APS member and postal historian who has traveled to Bellefonte to do research.

Siegel catalog for Inverted Jenny sale available

The catalog for the McCoy Inverted Jenny – position 76 sale by Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries is now available online.

The sale, scheduled for May 11 at 1:30 p.m. in New York City, features the American Philatelic Research Library‘s recently recovered Inverted Jenny stamp. The stamp, Position 76 of the famous McCoy Block, stolen in 1955 at a stamp show in Norfolk, Virginia, was recovered by the APRL at a public event in June 2016 during the World Stamp Show-NY 2016.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the APRL’s new library facility.

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Students volunteer to help APRL

The APRL has worked with volunteers from Penn State’s Circle K Club several times. Today, 5 volunteers spent a couple hours at the Match Factory as part of a day-long volunteer event.

The students, 4 of whom had volunteered at the APRL previously, moved a few remaining archival collections from the Morse Building into boxes in the new library’s closed stacks, unpacked a recent donation of Swiss philatelic literature, and moved boxes of Rob Haeseler’s philatelic library onto shelves.

Circle K is a collegiate service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Thank you to the 5 members who worked in the library this morning!

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New books at the APRL, March 2017

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

book coverAlfano, Louis S. United States narcotic tax stamps (including marihuana tax stamps): a priced check list ([n.l.]: [n.p.], 1970). [In process 000063527]

American Topical Association. Membership directory 1990-1993 (Johnstown, PA: American Topical Association, 1990). [MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES]

Arveng, Knut. Fra vikingtiden til Afghanistan: Postkort med norske militærmotiver ([Oslo]: Krigs- og feltpostforeningen, 2016). [In process 000063558] Continue reading “New books at the APRL, March 2017”

Philatelic Literature Review 1st quarter 2017 issue features auction catalogs and search methods

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 1st 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 1st quarter issue features two articles on auction catalogs and an article featuring search tips from APRL Reference Assistant Scott Tiffney.

Features

President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
Search Methods — Scott Tiffney
Remembrances
An Oversight Corrected — Charles Freeland
Tainted Shanahan Catalogs Have Their Place — Steve Ellis and Charles Freeland

Departments

APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Dealer Directory
Index to Advertisers
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors

 

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Resource of the Month: Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks

This month’s featured resource are the informative and highly readable Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks. Begun in 1983 as an offshoot of various columns in Linn’s Stamp News regarding each year’s new U.S. stamps and postal stationery, the annual Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks go beyond the standard, or even specialized, catalog in providing a wealth of information regarding many aspects of each year’s U.S. releases in a convenient and thoroughly illustrated format. Continue reading “Resource of the Month: Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks”