Philatelic Literature Review 2013 issues for sale

PLR 2013 issuesNew in the APS Publications Shopall four 2013 issues of the Philatelic Literature Review for $10

The Philatelic Literature Review, published quarterly and available by subscription, is one of the few journals concentrating on the publication of philatelic material. In addition to reporting on recent library acquisitions, the PLR provides reviews of books, catalogs and research papers. Ongoing features include publishing updates from new releases and research, to literature awards, and news of worldwide philatelic libraries.

The regular price of a PLR subscription is $18. Sample the 2013 volume now for just $10+s/h. The 2012 volume is still available, too.

And a special offer if you are going to be at APS Summer Seminar in June: stop in the APRL to purchase the 2012 or 2013 issues and save the cost of shipping, or start a new subscription to the PLR and receive the 2013 issues as your free gift!

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Archival material in philatelic libraries

This post was written by Paul Albright, Scandinavian Collectors Club Library and Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library

Organizing Archival RecordsIt is not unusual for archival material to find its way to philatelic libraries over time. These libraries are natural—and understandable—repositories for research and reference material once a collector has closed his or her albums for any number of reasons. Often this information is available from no other source, partly because it may deal with specific and intricate details of philatelic topics. Far better that this material is offered to libraries rather than tossed into recycle bins.

I can cite several recent examples. Two boxes of published writings of longtime philatelic writer Charles A. Fricke recently were donated to the APRL. Tara Murray of APRL advised me that Fricke’s journal articles “will be kept together and a bibliography/finding guide prepared as time (and volunteers) permit.”

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Free resources for Preservation Week

To celebrate Preservation Week, a week dedicated to working together to preserve personal and shared collections, here are a few resources to help you preserve your collections:

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Postal History Symposium & Aerophilately registration

Registration is now open for the 8th Postal History Symposium & Aerophilately 2014, to be held in Bellefonte, Pa., Sept. 12-14, 2014. Advance registration is free and encouraged. Don’t forget to purchase tickets for the American Air Mail Society dinner on Friday, Sept. 12 and the Postal History Symposium & Aerophilately banquet on Saturday, Sept. 13.

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Development of Transoceanic Air Mail Service: Last Call for Papers

This week is the last week to submit a paper proposal for the 8th Postal History Symposium; the deadline is May 1. The theme for this symposium is “Development of Transoceanic Air Mail Service.” Read the full call for papers and submission instructions on the symposium web page.

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New books to the APRL, April 2014

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

book coverAger, Donald R. Parrots, macaws & quetzals: a Christopher Columbus Philatelic Society publication ([n.l.]: Christopher Columbus Philatelic Society, 2014): 7 p.: col. ill.; 28 cm. [Shelved with the journal Discovery]

Baker, Vernon E. The professional rare stamp hunter’s guide book: an encyclopedia of the rare stamps of the world (Elyria, Ohio: Vernon E. Baker, 1939):84 p.; 23 cm. [in process 000047118]

Benanti, Carol. Experience the wonder of collecting world stamps (Brentwood, Tennessee:Dalmatian Press,1996): 48 p.: col. ill.; 23 cm [in process 000047087]

Bowers, Peter M. Flying the Boeing Model 80 (U.S.A: Museum of Flight, 1984): [ca. 135] p.: ill.; 21 x 28 cm. [in process 000047086]

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Historical currency exchange rates & values online

This post was written by Fred Baumann, APRL Library Assistant.

Scott 1578 Banking & Commerce 10c

Recently an APS member who is now in Cyprus asked the American Philatelic Research Library for documentation on historical rates of currency exchange. His request inspired us to take a look at the various tools that are available today on the Internet to help collectors looking to determine the value of the dollar (the pound, the franc, the euro and more) over time. Most are very simple to use, although some are more sophisticated and detailed than others. Many have very short ranges, extending back only a few decades, whereas one from Great Britain’s National Archives covers the value of the British pound over the past 745 years!

For a broad array of foreign currencies from 1990 to last month, see OANDA’s Historical Exchange Rates.

Historical Currency Conversions allows you to “convert the historical buying power of American and British currencies into current dollars” including 19th century dates by year.

The Inflation Calculator “adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index, from 1800 to 2013.”

From the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Currency Converter shows the value of British pounds from 1270 (when the Eighth Crusade took place) to 1970 in relatively modern (2005) pounds.

Lawrence H. Officer’s Dollar-Pound Exchange Rate From 1791 on MeasuringWorth gives the exchange rate for any year or group of years.

Wikipedia provides Tables of historical exchange rates to the United States dollar since 1840.

Finally, for those with a desire to drill deeper,  see Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount – 1774 to Present.

If you need more specific information for a different currency, keep on searching. You’re likely to find what you’re looking for.

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Mauveine dye discovered on British postage stamp

Historische Farbstoffsammlung DSC00350Chemical & Engineering News reports that mauveine, a synthetic purple dye serendipitously invented by William H. Perkin and no longer commercially available, was used to color a 6d postage stamp in Great Britain from 1867-1880. The original research was conducted by Portuguese chemist João Ségio Sixas de Melo and published in Chemistry: A European Journal.

Thanks to Allen Hoffman for sending a clipping of the article for our archives.

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Free resources for National Library Week, April 13-19

Celebrate National Library Week by doing some research!

Oxford University Press is providing free access to online resources in the U.S. for the week of April 13-19. The resources include Oxford Reference, Grove Art Online, American National Biography, the Oxford English Dictionary, and more.

ProQuest is providing free access to several popular databases, including ProQuest Obituaries and more.

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APRL gets second book scanning station

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The new book scanner in operation

Three years ago, APRL scanning services got a major boost with the installation of a book scanning station purchased by the Mighty Buck Club. This allowed us to reduce the price for our scanning service, provide a scanning station for library visitors at no charge, and digitize books and journals.

The book scanner has been so popular that there is often a wait to use it. Thanks to a grant from the David T. Beals III Charitable Trust, we have purchased a second book scanner for the library.

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Options on the new scanning interface

The new scanner is similar to the first scanner, but has faster hardware and an enhanced interface. We have upgraded the first scanner to this new interface, too.

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