Resource of the Month – Christmas Card and Postcard Books

British Christmas cards from the 1850’s

In this digital age when tweets, direct messaging and emails are a more convenient manner of communication, during this wintry season the mailed Christmas card and postcard has endured as a heartfelt and personal way of sending best wishes across the miles to family and friends. As one might expect philatelists as well share in this sending, collecting and researching of these special paper missives. This month’s highlighted resources detail the history, variety and color of Christmas cards and postcards, specializing in the earliest renderings of these yuletide philatelic treasures.

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New Resources at the APRL, November 2019

Crown, Francis J., Jr. The 3c Nashville provisional adhesive: a study in postal history research (Confederate Stamp Alliance, 2018). [IP71945; IP71946 c.2]

Deutsche Briefmarken-Zeitung (DBZ). Katalog Philatelistische Bibliothek Munchen (Bad Ems: Deutsche Zeitung für Briefmarkenkunde, DBZ-Verlag, 1983). [IP71992]

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New Resources at the APRL, October 2019

Allen, Thomas F. Civil War POW Mail [exhibit] : to, from, and between northern prisons ([No location]: Exhibition Photocopy Committee of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, 1992). [Kaufmann Room]

American Helvetia Philatelic Society. American Helvetia Philatelic Society membership directory ([No location]: American Helvetia Philatelic Society, March 1975). [MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORIES]

Amrein, Rene. Automatenmarken Katalog (Küsnacht ZH [Switzerland]: René Amrein, [1982]). [IP71809]

Auckland, R.G. Aerial propaganda leaflets produced by the United Nations Joint Forces for Operation ‘Desert Storm’ Persian Gulf 1991: fully illustrated with translations, also leaflets prepared by Iraq for use against the U.N. Joint Forces (Leeds, GB: The Psywar Society, 1992). [IP71725]

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Resource of the Month – American Bank Note Company Archive Files

ABNC Files in Archival Document Boxes

At the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) we are truly fortunate in not only the number but also the type of philatelic literature donations that are received for inclusion into the research collection. One of the truly remarkable donations to the APRL special collections was given by donor Arthur Morowitz in the form of several hundred archival, mostly correspondence, files. Housed on the second floor of the library, partly in the public space in a series of two three-drawer lateral file cabinets and also in the non-public archives area in over eighty archival document boxes resides a significant collection of donated files from the American Bank Note Company Archives.

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New Resources at the APRL, September 2019

Albuquerque Philatelic Society. The hinge remnant ([Albuquerque]: Albuquerque Philatelic Society, [2014-]). [JOURNAL Hinge Remnant]

Gorley, Marvin. Postmarked Paris, Texas (Paris, Texas: Harrison, Walker & Harper, 2018). [G4034 .P4 G67p 2018 NEW]

Hobbs, John E.O. Postal service of the British Forces in Egypt, 1932-1940 (Worthing, Sussex [England]: John E.O. Hobbs, 1984). [G5741 .M642 H682p 1984]

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Resource of the Month – Billig’s Philatelic Handbooks

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.

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New Resources at the APRL, August 2019

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]

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Resource of the Month – ATA Handbooks and Checklists

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.

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New Resources at the APRL, July 2019

Amos Media. Linn’s stamp news dealer guide 2015 (Sidney, OH: Amos Media, 2015).  [IP71376; IP71377 c.2]

Andres, F.X.; Emmenegger, Hans. Grosses Handbuch der Abstemplungen auf Schweizer Marken, 1843-1882 (Luzern: Verband Schweizerischer Philatelisten-Vereine (Druck von C.J. Bucher AG), [1931]). [G6041 .P857 A561g 1931b CLOSED STACKS 1]

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V. Baltikum: Zeitschrift für Philatelie und Postgeschichte (Holzappel: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Baltikum e.V. (Baunatal : Baunataler Diakonie Kassel e.V.), [2017-]). [JOURNAL Baltikum]

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New Resources at the APRL, June 2019

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], [2016]). [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]

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