One of the earliest and most detailed handbooks to explore various aspects of philately are what are commonly known today as the Billig’s Philatelic Handbooks. The 44 volumes that comprise the Philatelic Handbooks series are the product of Viennese philatelist, author, editor, auctioneer and stamp dealer Fritz F. Billig. Billig was born in 1902 in the Austrian capital and immigrated to the United States in 1938 where he took up residence in Jamaica, New York.
Adams, Fran. The Hague Peace Conference of 1899: postcards of the conference (San Diego, California, USA: Fran Adams, c2019). [IP71491; IP71492 c.2]
Aitchison, Jon. Stamps and postal history of Lundy Island: an illustrated, specialised, priced guide and handbook (Start Hill, Near Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Great Britain: Tithehall Publishing, 2019). [G5752 .L86 N555s 2019]
Now just after returning from a very successful American Philatelic Society (APS) and American Topical Association (ATA) joint StampShow in Omaha, Nebraska, the show brought to mind one of the more burgeoning and popular avenues for collectors, either for those new to the hobby or those wanting to expand their current hobby interests, that being topical collecting. Topical collecting, or collecting stamps by ideas or themes, has quickly become one of the most inclusive and growing sectors of the philatelic hobby as collectors search worldwide issues to find what stamp or stamps they can include within their particular topical interest.
Aeronautica & Air Label Collectors Club. Aeronautica & Air Label Collectors Club [papers] ([No publisher] [CS2 File Room]
Alamo City Philatelic Society. Constitution of the Alamo City Philatelic Society: Organized April 30, 1891 ([No location]: Alamo City Philatelic Society, 1892). [Constitutions, By-laws, etc. CS2]
Allen, Jim. Display exhibit ideas and the critical role of research: “Rise and fall of the Grand Trunk Railway” exhibit (in progress) : case study for developing a display exhibit, BALPEX 2016 ([No location]: [Jim Allen], ). [IP71255 c.1; IP71256 c.2]
American Stamp Dealers’ Association. ASDA National Postage Stamp Show (New York City: American Stamp Dealers’ Association, 1949-). [US SHOW ASDA]
American Topical Association. Topex ([Location varies]: American Topical Association, 1952-). [US SHOW TOPEX]
Anderson, Ian G.; Quirk, Philip G. Ghana postal markings from 1957 (Edinburgh, United Kingdom: West Africa Study Circle, 2019). [G8851 .P857 A55g 2019 & disk NEW]
In a hobby that at its core is dependent upon and intricately tied to history, specific dates become intrinsically of interest to the general hobbyist and the experienced philatelist alike. There are many dates known by most stamp collectors as a matter of course which are of great interest to the collector (May 6, 1840 for example), while other dates of relevance to the hobby are not as readily known. The hobby by its very nature is a chronological testament to many aspects of an issuing nation’s history, geography, politics, art, economics, and society. Regarding those dates of importance most stamp collectors when consulting a stamp catalog for the first time are primarily interested in a particular stamp’s date of issue for example, while the philatelic researcher may focus on a stamp’s date of design or production.
With the close of the most recent international show
Stockholmia and with the APS StampShow in Omaha on the horizon, it brings to
mind an often underused resource in our collection here at the American
Philatelic Research Library. Stamp shows, whether local or national, domestic
or foreign, provide a welcome resource documenting the hobby’s past through the
shows presented by its clubs, societies and organizations. Often stamp shows
are the first instance a beginner collector is introduced to the scope and
grandeur of collecting, while even the most experienced philatelist waits with
anticipation for all that that next philatelic show has to offer.
Abajian, Paul G. Vermont postal history. Way mail of the Green Mountain State. Supplement no. 1(Essex Junction, Vermont (P.O. Box 475, Essex Junction, 05453): The Vermont Philatelic Society, 2003).[IP70777]
Abajian, Paul G. Vermont postal history. Way mail of the Green Mountain State / by Donald B. Johnsone. Supplement no. 2 (Essex Junction, Vermont (P.O. Box 475, Essex Junction, 05453): The Vermont Philatelic Society, 2004). [IP70778]