Resource of the Month – First Day Ceremony Programs

1999 Ayn Rand FDI Program

Often when we conduct postal history research we find a resource within a resource that we didn’t expect to find at first glance. Such is the case with our U.S. Stamp files. Housed in the second floor Archives area of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), the U.S. Stamps files archive is a collection of file folders each of which may include articles, press releases, stamp announcements, photos, serviced covers, photo essays, news clippings and other research items. The folders are arranged and labeled by U.S. Scott number and are an invaluable resource for researchers and library staff for either beginning or supplementing research regarding a particular U.S. stamp issue.

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Resource of the Month – Color Guides

“Any Colour You Like” is the title of a memorable song from a timeless album but in philately one of the trickiest and most challenging aspects of the hobby that can change a stamp from regular to rare is the particular color or hue of a given issue. The color of stamps is a hotly debated topic in philately among collectors as one shade of difference can have a tremendous impact on a stamp’s identification and thereby value.

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New Resources at the APRL, June 2018

APRL new acquisitions for June 2018. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Barbelin, Herve. À l’aube de la philatélie, Oscar Berger-Levrault, ouvrages et correspondances (1860-1869) ([Pont-a-Mousson, France]: Académie de Philatélie (Canéjan : Imprimeur Copymédia), c2018). [IP 68589 NEW]

Bhatnagar, O.P. Jaipur Raj Postal Administration (Bani Park, Jaipur, [India]: [n.p.], [1995]). [G7653 .J25 B575j]

Brunel, Georges, b. 1861. Les timbres-poste de l’Ile Maurice: emmissions de 1847 à 1898, ouvrage illustré de 95 figures et de 9 planches, dont une en couleurs (Paris: Editions Philatelia, 1928). [G9185 .B894t 1928 CLOSED STACKS 1]

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Resource of the Month – Philatelic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Every year the week following Memorial Day here in the U.S. is filled with ready young spellers competing in what has become known as Scripps National Spelling Bee. Begun in 1925 the contest of pitting budding young orthographers against each other has grown from a series of regional contests to a national competition broadcast annually on a major sports network. Within the regulations of the oral competition contestants are permitted to ask certain questions regarding the word they have been chosen to spell. Often you will hear competitors ask “what is the language of origin for the word?” or “can I hear the use of the word in a sentence?” However the most common question asked by participants in an attempt to better understand the word in question is “what is the definition of the word?”

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New Resources at the APRL, May 2018

APRL new acquisitions for May 2018. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Alderfer, David; Larry, Rosenblum, Larry. Linn’s Introduction to the stamps of Great Britain (Sidney, Ohio: Linn’s Stamp News, 2004). [IP67959]

Bansal, S.P. Plate varieties of ‘5’ def. 1981 & 1982 (Firozabad, India: S.P. Bansal, c2018). [IP68461]

Bansal, S.P. A study of 5 family planning stamp (Firozabad, India: S.P. Bansal, c2018). [IP68462]

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Spellman Museum’s Postal History Symposium Celebrates Air Mail’s 100th Anniversary

College Hall on the campus of Regis College

This past Thursday (May 3) the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History on the campus of Regis College in Weston Massachusetts celebrated the 100th anniversary of US air mail with its annual postal history symposium titled “A Century of US Air Mail”. Four speakers were invited to talk on various aspects of air mail and postal history.  Yamil H. Kouri, Jr. Chair of the Spellman began the symposium and introduced each of the day’s speakers in a room at College Hall on the campus of the prestigious and picturesque Regis College.

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New Resources at the APRL, April 2018

APRL acquisitions, April 2018. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

Aitchison, Jon. Unusual aspects of Channel Islands’ philately: a display to the Collectors Club of New York, Wednesday September 6th 2017 ([New York]: Collectors Club of New York, 2017).[IP67531]

Benninghoff, Robert. Ireland in the Great War and the struggle for Irish independence 1914 to 1922 [exhibit] ([n.l.]: Robert Benninghoff, [2018]). [G5781 .P856 B47i 2018 EXHIBIT]

Endicott, Stephen. Catalog of United States perfins: a catalog of perfins in United States postage stamps 1908-2018 (Chesterfield, MO: The Perfins Club, Inc., 2018). [G3701 .P438 P438c 2018b CLOSED STACKS 1]

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Resource of the Month – Piper Philatelic Index

Card Catalog Cabinet Housing the Piper File

In the age of the Internet, online library catalogs and now social media very few of us can remember the days when libraries used card catalogs as the sole means of organizing and accessing information. The “digital library” has begun to replace the library of borrowing slips and index cards, but that doesn’t mean that those index cards and card catalogs still can’t have a place in today’s modern repositories. One such collection of invaluable index cards can be found at the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL), the collection known as the Piper Philatelic Index (PPI) or the Piper File for short.

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New Volunteers Assist the APRL

Here in Central Pennsylvania we are fortunate to have such an active and enthusiastic community of students groups and organizations that express an interest in volunteering in the local region and more recently at the APS and the APRL. One of these student groups was here this weekend volunteering at the APS for the first time, the Penn State Hillel BKind student organization.

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“Libraries Lead”: International  Researchers and the APRL

As National Library Week draws to a close with its message of “Libraries Lead”, we look at the global reach of the APRL for collectors and researchers from around the world. Much of the research and reference work done on a daily basis at the APRL is often performed for remote users and patrons, some here in the U.S., others internationally. In the age of the internet, email and social media, the ability to share and access the resources of the APRL has now become worldwide. Researchers regularly contact the library remotely for their research needs.

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