Post Haste: Quintessential India

Post HastePost Haste: Quintessential India by B.G. Verghese tells the history of India as depicted on its postage stamps. Published in February 2014 by Tranquebar Press (ISBN 9789383260973), the book is available in Kindle edition from, and paperback edition from the publisher.

Read a review of the book in The Hindu.

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APRL New Acquisitions, continued

We did not have enough space to include all of the APRL’s new acquisitions in the 3rd quarter Philatelic Literature Review, so the issue contained selected acquisitions and the remainder are listed here.


Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions. The Francis O’Hern collection of United States & possessions, Canada & BNA and Australia & states: March 28, 2014, ASDA National Postage Stamp Show, … New York, NY (Danbury, CT: Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, 2014): 64 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [NS O’Hern, Francis]

H.R. Harmer, Inc. H.R. Harmer, Inc. presents The “Arthur J. Herschmann” collection of United States and Latin America offered by order of Irving Trust Co., New York, executor of the estate of Arthur J. Herschmann, with a few associated properties of other owners: October 16–18, 1950 (New York, NY: H.R. Harmer, Inc., 1950): 52 p.: ill.; 24 cm. [NS Herschmann, Arthur J.]

Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries. The world traveler collection, of elusive postage stamps of the world: June 26–27, 2013 (New York, NY: International Robert A. Siegel in Association with Charles F. Shreve, 2013): 187 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [NS World Traveler]



Prestige Philately. Australian rarities from the “Lionheart collection”: May 2, 2014 (Boronia, Victoria: Prestige Philately, 2014): 58 p.: col. ill.; 30 cm. [NS Lionheart]

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The Travers Papers online

The Travers PapersThe National Postal Museum’s Travers Papers is a collection of more than 4,000 pages making available to historians and collectors official documents relating to the production of U.S. postage stamps from 1847 to 1910. The NPM and the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society have collaborated to make this valuable collection available online to collectors around the world.

Access the collection via the USPCS website, or read more about it in the NPM’s finding guide.

You can also read more about the Travers Papers in this 2-volume book available for borrowing from the APRL:
Thomas J. Alexander, George W. Brett, & W. Wilson Hulme II, comp., & Barbara R. Mueller, ed.  United States postal history and postage stamps official records (Washington, D.C.: James E. Lee in cooperation with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2011-): v. [In process 000036086; In process 000036087]

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New books at the APRL, August 2014

APRL acquisitions, July 16-August 15, 2014. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAcademie Europeenne de Philatelie. Opus XIV, 2014:  Theme central, LÁfrique = Central theme, Africa:  Academie Europeenne de Philatelie,  [2014]):  278 p.: col. ill.; 30 cm. [In process 000049274]

Academie Europeenne de Philatelie. Opus XIV, 2014:  Theme central, LÁfrique = Central theme, Africa:  Academie Europeenne de Philatelie,  [2014]):  278 p.: col. ill.; 30 cm. [In process 000049274]

Allen, Judy. Stamps and stamp collecting (Burlington, Ontario, Canada:  Usborne: Hayes; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA: EDC Publishing,  1981):  32 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [In process 000049203]

Allen, Judy. Stamps and stamp collecting (Twickenham, U.K.:  Tiger Books International PLC,  1998): 32 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [In process 000049157]

Alphabetical list of money order offices and post office savings banks in the United Kingdom (M60), January 1947 (St. Albans:  Printed by the Campfield Press,  [1947]):  213 p.; 21 cm. [In process 000049219]

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StampShow auction to feature philatelic literature

GPS Reference Manual of Forgeries

GPS Reference Manual of Forgeries

There will be two auctions at APS StampShow in Hartford, Conn. next week, one by Harmer-Schau and the other by Regency Superior. The schedules for both will be posted to the APS website.

Neil Coker, a former APRL reference assistant who is now working for Regency Superior, informed me that the Regency Superior auction on Aug. 23-24 will feature an unusually large literature section, including some items that don’t come up for sale often, like the GPS forgery manual and Higgins & Gage postal stationery catalog, some unusual books, as well as large miscellaneous lots.

You can view the literature lots on the Regency Superior website, beginning with lot 3243.


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New books at the APRL, July 2014

APRL acquisitions, June 16-July 15, 2014. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann. Briefmarken-Kunst Elisabeth von Janota-Bzowski: versteigerung 9. November 2012 (Düsseldorf, Germany: Auktionshaus Ulrich Felzmann, 2012): 66 p.: col. ill., port.; 21 cm. [NS Janota-Bzowski]

Cavendish Philatelic Auctions. The John Gunn collection of worldwide maritime mail & related ephemera: September 26, 2002 (Derby, England, U.K.: Cavendish Philatelic Auctions, 2002): 158 p.: ill. (some col.), port.; 27 cm. [NS Gunn, John]

Club de Monte-Carlo. Sweden in philately up to 1920 = La philatélie suédoise de ses origines a 1920: an exhibition of philately, postal history and philatelic history = une exposition concernant la philatélie, l’histoire postale et philatélique (Malmö, Sweden: Postiljonen AB, c2013): [16], 279 p.: col. ill.; 31 cm. [In process 000047836]

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New book on the 1898 pictorial issue of New Zealand

The 1898 Pictorial Issue of New Zealand by Derek DiamondThe New Zealand Society of Great Britain has just published The 1898 Pictorial Issue of New Zealand: Its Design, Printing & Use by Derek Diamond, FRPSL. This 350-page book with color illustrations brings together previously published research with new findings. It covers why and how the stamps were made and how they were used.

Ordering information is available from the NZ Society of GB website.

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Library of Congress recommended formats for preservation

The Library of Congress has made recommendations for specific formats (both analog and digital) for the preservation of various types of works. The Recommended Format Specifications are available on the Library of Congress website.

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Forgeries index available online

The Index of Literature in the English Language that Describes Postage Stamp Forgeries, Fakes, Reprints, Fraudulent Postal Markings and Other Obliterations, fondly and succinctly referred to by library staff as “the Tedesco index,” is one of our go-to references on forgeries.

The index was originally compiled in 2004 by Theodore M. Tedesco and published serially in the Philatelic Literature Review. It includes book, periodical, and website references.

Ted has updated the index and donated it to the APRL to make available online. I worked with Ted to check all the web links and add a table of contents. The updated and enhanced index is now available on our website.

Most of the literature cited in the index is available from the APRL. To request a book loan by mail or photocopies or scans of articles, see our Library Services web page.

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Meter Stamp Society library added to Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library in Arizona

Thanks to Paul Nelson of the Postal History Foundation for this update.

The Meter Stamp Society’s library has been added to the Postal History Foundation’s Peggy Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library in Tucson, Arizona.

Rick Stambaugh, current president, and Joel Hawkins, immediate past president, of the Meter Stamp Society recently placed over one hundred books, catalogs, machine handbooks, and over ten postage meter machines with the Slusser Library. These are from their own libraries, as well as from the MSS library itself.

The recent generous donation to the Slusser contains some duplicate items, and it will take some time for Valerie Kittell, Slusser’s librarian, and her staff of volunteers to catalog everything. After the cataloging is complete, the holdings will be included in the Philatelic Union Catalog hosted by the APRL as well as in the Global Philatelic Library hosted by the Royal Philatelic Society London. Duplicate material will be offered for exchange or sale.

Rick and Joel have exhibited meter material, with award winning results, at many APS exhibitions. These markings are certainly examples of modern postal history, and the machines that create them are complex devices from a wide range of manufacturers.  Many philatelic groups from many countries have published comprehensive information about their country’s meters; many of these publications are represented in this donation.

Rick and Joel have used this research material, as well as their own collections, to create and publish a catalog of U.S. meter marks, which is available from the MSS website. Furthermore, they recently released an electronic catalog of international meter stamps. This publication, which is free to download, is a wiki catalog, and subject to frequent additions and updates.


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