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]
As the beginner collector matures from intermediate hobbyist
to serious philatelist the desire to add to one’s collection and to verify and
authenticate those additions becomes of greater importance. When collecting in
areas of the hobby where forgeries and forgers are known to abound these additions can challenge even the
most knowledgeable philatelist. One of these areas of collecting that has seen
a proliferation of forged issues is that of Germany and German States and Colonies.
In the age of Twitter, Instagram and other social media alternatives the ongoing resource and service goal of the American Philatelic Research Library is to expand the reach of the library to those who may not or cannot visit in person us here. The digital world of disseminating information for research, in this case philatelic research, has advanced such that a good number of the resources we know and use each day appear in digital form. To this end, the APRL in October 2017 began its Digital Resources Imitative to make available to our members some of the more common resources used in their research.
This month’s highlighted resource is a series of documents housed in the Government Documents section on the first floor of the public space of the American Philatelic Research Library. By way of introduction to these important international resources, in 1863 the United States Postmaster General Montgomery Blair organized a conference in Paris to discuss the state and future of international postal relations. Delegates from 15 European and American countries met and succeeded in establishing a number of general principles governing international postal relations and services. But the scope and necessary authority of their decisions remained limited and they were not able to come to a consensus regarding an overarching and binding set of international postal agreements.
As a librarian and bibliophile who has worked in a number of different libraries in the last 25 years, one of the things that has always been of keen interest to me in this profession is exploring the history of a particular subject through its literature. Philately, more so than many other hobbies, has a rich and extensive bibliographic history of notable publications, some of which even pre-date the formation of philatelic organizations such as the American Philatelic Society.
Abacus Auctions. The Ginger Meggs scenic letter cards, Colin Riddell’s Cocos postal history, William Pate’s New Guinea postal history: March 3, 2019 (Glen Waverly, Victoria [Australia]: Abacus Auctions, 2019).[NS Meggs, Ginger]
Aloni, Zvi. The Alexander collection, Milestones in the postal history of the Holy Land (Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv ; The Alexander Museum of Postal History & Philately, 2008). [IP70068]
American Philatelic Research Library. Manual of philatelic headings used by the American Philatelic Research Library ([Bellefonte, Pennsylvania]: American Philatelic Research Library, [2018-]). [Online]