Crawford Medal nominations sought

Crawford MedalEvery year the Royal Philatelic Society London considers recent publications with a view to awarding one of them the prestigious Crawford Medal for the most valuable and original contribution to philately published in the form of a book. The Crawford Medal award is open to both members and non-members of the Society.

The Society invites nominations of books that were published in 2013 or 2104 to be considered. Send brief details by email to or by letter to The Royal Philatelic Society London, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY by 10 February 2015.

If a nominated book is not already held in the RPSL Library, the Society may request the nominator to supply a copy for the Committee to consider and would appreciate it if this book were donated to the Library.

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APRL receives donation of Japanese literature

book coverThe APRL recently received about 200 pounds of Japanese literature from the estate of Robert M. Spaulding, a noted researcher and editor in Japanese philately. Spaulding served as editor of Japanese Philately for 50 years and was awarded the title Editor Emeritus upon his resignation due to health concerns in 2008. He received many honors for his work in Japanese philately, including the inaugural Tracey Woodward Memorial Awards from the Japan Philatelic Society Foundation in 2008. The International Society for Japanese Philately named its award for best Japanese exhibit in his honor.

Most of the books received are written in Japanese. Those we were able to locate cataloging records for have been cataloged and added to the APRL collection. Others, however, are a mystery to our non-Japanese speaking staff. If you have Japanese language skills and are planning a visit to Bellefonte, we’d love to have your assistance in cataloging these volumes. Even if you can’t come to Bellefonte, we may be able to take advantage of your language skills by sending you scans of title pages. If you’d like to help, contact Betsy Gamble.

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New books at the APRL, October 2014

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

book coverAmerican Stamp Dealers Association, Inc. Membership directory (Glen Cove, N.Y.: American Stamp Dealers Association, Inc., 2014/2015 – 70 p.): 21-28 cm. [HE6209 .A512m]

Bjelkhagen, Hans I. Holography and philately: postage stamps with holograms (Crossways, Dartford, United Kingdom: Xlibris, 2014): 361 p.: col. ill., tables; 28 cm. [In process 000049497]

Bond, Nelson S. Canadian telephone franks ([n.l.]: Canadian Revenue Society, 1946): leaves [19-1] – 19-12: ill.; 29cm. [In process 000051144]

Bond, Nelson S. Customs duty stamps ([n.l.]: Canadian Revenue Society, 1948): 10 leaves: ill.; 29 cm. [In process 000050490]

Bond, Nelson. Supreme court law stamps ([n.l.]: Canadian Revenue Society, 1949): leaves 53-59: ill.; 29cm. [In process 000051145]

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Author Chris West to speak at Spellman Museum

book coverThe Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History invites the public to hear author Chris West talk about his new book, A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps, on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The free talk is co-sponsored by the Waltham Stamp Club.

Both A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps and West’s previous book, A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Stamps, are available for borrowing from the American Philatelic Research Library.

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Papers and presentations from the 2014 Postal History Symposium available

Daniel Gribbin

Daniel Gribbin presents a paper at the Postal History Symposium

Papers and presentations from the 8th Postal History Symposium, “Development of Transoceanic Air Mail Service,” are available on the APS website. Slides from all presenters are included, and we will continue to add papers and videos as they become available.

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StampShow attendees tour Watkinson Library

Curator Richard Ring gives an introduction to the Watkinson Library

Curator Richard Ring gives an introduction to the Watkinson Library

About a dozen APS StampShow attendees got a peek at the collections of the Watkinson Library at Trinity College while they were in Hartford, Conn.

The Watkinson Library is a public research library and also houses the rare books and special collections of the Trinity College Library. Its holdings date from the 15th century to the present.

Tour attendees admire a rare book from the Watkinson collection

Tour attendees admire a rare book from the Watkinson collection

Curator Richard Ring gave us a tour of the library, including an exhibition of artists’ books and the library’s copy of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. He then took the group into the library’s Audubon Room, where we got to see items from the collection, including a cuneiform tablet, an illuminated manuscript, and leaves from a Gutenberg Bible, among other treasures.

Ring also explained to the group how he uses rare books in teaching Trinity College undergraduates and how he sparks interest in the collections through special events at the library. We bibliophiles enjoyed a little diversion from all things philatelic—and then it was back to the stamp show!

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New books at the APRL, September 2014

£5 orange, a fraud to rival the stock exchange forgery; First day cover forgeries, the curse of the dealing class ([n.l.]: [Gibbons], [n.d.]): 14 p.: col. ill.; 21 cm. [In process 000049431]

American Air Mail Society. American air mail catalogue: a priced catalogue and reference listing of the airposts of the world(Mineola, NY: American Air Mail Society, c2014): col. ill., maps, tables; 27 cm. [HE6238 .A512ac 7th-ed. 2014]

“Austria” Netto-Katalog: Osterreich-Spezialkatalog (Wien:Netto-Marktpreiskatalog “Austria” (Verlag Rita Rosner; Verlag Chr. Steyrer), 62. Aufl. 2006/07 – 479 p.):ill. (some col.); 21 cm.[G6490 .A1 A938]

Barberis, Nino. Untersuchung über die polnische Feldpost in Italien während des Zweiten Weltkriegs: Auszug aus den Nummern 3/6 (1964) der Filatelia italiana ([Germany]: [Arbeitsgemeinschat Polen],[1979]): [23] leaves; 30 cm. [JOURNAL Mitteilungsblatt (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Polen), no.1/2, 1979.]

Biuletyn filatelistyczny (Lodz [Poland]: Polski Zwiazek Filatelistow, Okreg Lodzki, [1960?-1970]): ill.; 24 cm. [JOURNAL Biuletyn Filatelistyczny] » Continue reading “New books at the APRL, September 2014″

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Third quarter Philatelic Literature Review available online

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 3rd 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
Topical Time Digital Archive Now Available — Vera Felts
Library News — Larry T. Nix
John K. Tiff any and the Suppantschitsch Index of 1892–94 — Brian Birch
Simulated Stamp Had a Political Purpose — Fred Baumann
National Postal Museum Selects Daniel Piazza as New Chief Curator of Philately
The Crawford Library Digitization Project — Chris King


About the Cover
APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Index of Advertisers
Letter to the Editor
NAPEX Literature Palmares
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors
PLR Dealer Directory

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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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