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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New books at the APRL, June 2014

APRL acquisitions, May 16-June15, 2014. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Michel. Michel Ubersee-Katalog. Band 4.1, Nordafrika (Unterschlessheim: Schwaneberger Verlag, 2014): 855 p.: ill.; 23 cm. [CATALOGS]

Michel. Michel Ubersee-Katalog. Band 4.2, Ostafrika (Unterschlessheim: Schwaneberger Verlag, 2014): 689 p.: ill.; 23 cm. [CATALOGS]

Borek, Richard. Borek Loseblatt-Briefmarken-Katalog Deutschland (Braunschweig, [West Germany]: Verlag Richard Borek, [1980?-1981]): 3 v. in 1 (loose-leaf and in various pagings): ill. (chiefly col.); 22 cm. [CATALOGS]

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Charles Neyhart wins 2014 Helbock Prize

Charles Neyhart

La Posta Publications Publisher Peter Martin has announced that Charles Neyhart was selected as the winner of the 2014 Richard W. Helbock Prize for his article, “The 1905 Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark Exposition Postal Stations,” which appeared in the Second Quarter 2013 issue of La Posta.

The 2014 Richard W. Helbock Prize is awarded to the best postal history article appearing in a 2013 issue of La Posta: The Journal of American Postal History.

Neyhart, who holds a PhD in business administration from Penn State, retired in 2001 as emeritus professor of business from Oregon State University and lives in Portland.

His article was an analysis of the impact of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition on operations of the Portland Post Office and the postal markings left in its wake. For his win, Neyhart receives cash and prizes valued at nearly $450. The runner-up and third place recipients also receive cash and prize awards.

Runner-up for the 2014 prize was “U.S. Foreign Offices’ Use and Handling of Fractions on Insufficiently Paid UPU Cards” by Henry J. (Hank) Berthelot (Second Quarter 2013 La Posta), a retired attorney who lives in the metropolitan New Orleans area.

Third place wound up in a tie between “Intoxicated Ground Zero” by Richard S. Hemmings (First Quarter 2013 La Posta) of Stewartstown, Pa., and “Auxiliary Markings of the 1869 Three-Cent Pictorial Issue” by Barry Jablon (Fourth Quarter 2013 La Posta) of Los Angeles.

The selections were based on voting by the La Posta editorial staff and the Benefactor subscribers of La Posta.

The Richard W. Helbock Prize is named in honor of the founding editor of La Posta who died from a heart attack in 2011. Helbock founded La Posta in 1969 and continued to edit the journal for more than 42 years until his death.

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Second quarter Philatelic Literature Review available online

Philatelic Literature ReviewThe online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 2nd quarter 2014 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you can log in to the APS website and access the current issue.

Not a subscriber? Start a subscription today or contact Tara Murray for more information.


President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk
 — Tara Murray
Library News — Larry T. Nix
Elements of Philatelic Books — Peter Thy
StampShow 2014 Tiffany Dinner Speaker: Chris Calle
Charles Neygart Wins 2014 Richard Helbock Prize
Microfilm and Microfiche Holdings in the APRL; Part II — Austro-Hungarian Empire to Yugoslavia
Feridoun Novin Farahbakhsh (1931–2013)


About the Cover
APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Index of Advertisers
Letter to the Editor
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors
PLR Dealer Directory
Tour the Watkinson Library & College Archives at Trinity College

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APRL President Roger Brody receives 2014 Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award

Roger BrodyRoger S. Brody has been selected by the Board of Governors of the Collectors Club of New York to receive the 2014 Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award. The award, established in 1952, is given annually to a living individual for outstanding service to philately.

Congratulations, Roger! Read more on the Collectors Club website.

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New books to the APRL, May 2014

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

book cover3¢ 1851-1861 exhibit [In process 000047427]

AFINSA. El mundo mágico de los sellos (Barcelona [Spain]: Editorial Mediterrania, S.L.; Afinsa, 2000): 12 p.: col. ill.; 26 cm. [Youth HE6184 .J97 A258m 2000]

Alpert, Stephen P. and Lawrence E. Elman. Tokens and medals: A guide to the identification and values of United States exonumia (Los Angeles, CA: Stephen P. Albert, 1992, c1991): 300 p.: ill.; 27 cm. [in process 000047165]

American Philatelic Company. How to deal in foreign postage stamps (St. Louis, Mo.: American Philatelic Company, [1885?]): 8 p.; 14 cm. [in process 000047115]

American Topical Association. Windmill Study Unit. Windmills on stamps and stamp booklet covers: An illustrated handbook of identified windmills ([n.l.]: Windmill Study Unit of the American Topical Association, 1994): [66] leaves: ill.; 28 cm. [in process 000047213]

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Bellefonte check

Bellefonte check

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Bellefonte check

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Terry Hines recently donated this check to the APRL’s Bellefonte postal history collection. The check, dated December 1899, carries a 2-cent documentary stamp.

The building pictured on the check was originally built to be a bank in 1887, was rebuilt following a fire in 1889, and is still standing on one side of Bellefonte’s diamond today. The building was restored to serve as an annex to the county courthouse across the street in 2006. Read more about the Reynolds Bank Building on the Bellefonte Historical & Cultural Association website—and if you’re visiting the American Philatelic Center, take a walking tour and see it for yourself!

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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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