New books at the APRL, December 2015

APRL acquisitions, November 16, 2015–December 15, 2015. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAckerman, G. Adolph. Soviet Air Fleet/Osoaviakhim stamps/labels [electronic resource] (Worthington, OH: G.A. Ackerman, c2002.): 1 computer optical disk; 4 3/4 in. [JOURNAL Rossica no.44-161]

Ackerman, G. Adolph. Via the Red skies [electronic resource]: the development of Soviet air mail 1922-1945 ([Worthington? OH]: G.A. Ackerman, c2001): 1 computer optical disk; 4 3/4 in. [JOURNAL Rossica no.44-161]

Australia and New Zealand Society of Russian Philately. Pochta: the Journal of the Australia & New Zealand Society of Russian Philately [electronic resource] ([n.l.]: Australia and New Zealand Society of Russian Philately, 1986-[2004]): computer optical disk; 4 3/4 in. [JOURNAL Pochta]

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To Grow Your Specialty, Share Your Know-How

Perfins Club logoOtto F. Wolke is a longtime APS member who lives about 70 miles from Bellefonte, PA. Earlier this fall, Otto brought a wonderful gift with him on a visit to the American Philatelic Center: a fresh, sound, complete copy of the Catalog of United States Perfins, edited by John C. Randall.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the gift of such a catalog is no big deal in a library with literally miles of shelves, but you’d be wrong. A current catalog is always a sought-after asset, whatever your philatelic specialty. With perfins ― the perforated initials that firms punched through mint stamps to prevent misappropriation and misuse before meters were widely used ― the number of corporations, smaller businesses, banks, utilities and government departments confirmed as perfin-users still steadily grows, year by year. » Continue reading…

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An Exemplary Book by a Modest Author

Montana Precancels Catalog & Guidebook 1Charles Adrion is a modest man. On Sept. 28, in the “Press & Publications” listings on The Stamp Collecting Forum, he informed collectors of a new “Montana Precancels – free catalog online” with this flowery announcement, printed here in its entirety:

“This book shows all known denominations precancelled in Montana. If you have any others in your collection, I’d love to hear about them.”

Perhaps he would have made a bigger deal out of the new catalog if someone else had been the author, but in fact the Montana Precancels Catalog & Guidebook was his creation.

It is not just an excellent book on an eminently collectible U.S. stamp specialty, but it is the first publication on the subject that the APRL has seen since J.C. Whitham’s 24-page Official Precancel Catalog for Montana, published in 1952. That consisted of 24 three-ring-punched 5” by 7” loose-leaf pages with reduced-size black line illustrations of the precancels only, and was available for $2.00. (Using the Consumer Price Index, $2.00 in 1952 is equal to $17.72 in 2015.) » Continue reading…

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How to use special collections at the APRL

In September, the APRL Board of Trustees approved a new circulation and collections access policy for the library. The new policy makes a few updates to our book lending policy and adds a section on accessing rare books, special collections, and archives.

A researcher studies archival material in the library

A researcher studies archival material in the library

Almost everything in the library is available for borrowing by APS members, either in person or by mail. The exceptions are items which are needed for reference in the library, items which are too fragile to send through the mail, or items which would be difficult or impossible to replace. In general, this means:

  • the most recent edition of the Scott catalogs (unless we receive a second copy)
  • the Rare Books collection
  • Special Collections and Archives

Books in the Closed Stacks section are for in-library use only, but may be borrowed with permission from the librarian.

Researchers, both members and the public, are welcome and encouraged to use items from Rare Books, Special Collections, and Archives at the APRL. We ask that you follow these rules, and any special instructions from library staff, to help us protect our valuable resources: » Continue reading…

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New books at the APRL, November 2015

APRL acquisitions, October 16, 2015–November 15, 2015. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAdrion, Charles. Montana precancels: catalog & guidebook [electronic resource] (Rochester, NY: Charles Adrion, 2015): 76 pages: color illustrations [Online]

Berlin-Plan, mit den Post- und Fernmeldeämtern (Berlin-Stuttgart: RV Reise- und Verkehrsverlag GmbH, 1975): 1 map; 48 x 138 cm. [G6299 .B47 G571a c.2]

Bondarenko, Stephen J. The covers of Dorothy Knapp (Harriman, NY: [S.J. Bondarenko], 1998): [115, 22] leaves: illustrations; 29 cm. [G3701 .C119 B711c 1998 CLOSED STACKS]

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Collectors Club welcomes Philatelic Librarians Roundtable to World Stamp Show-NY2016

CCNY-ExteriorThe Collectors Club is pleased to host a meeting of the Philatelic Librarians Roundtable in connection with World Stamp Show-NY2016. The meeting will be held at the Collectors Club at 22 East 35th St. in New York City at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day in the US). After the Roundtable meeting, all attendees will be welcome to participate in a “behind the scenes” tour of the Collectors Club library facilities.

The Philatelic Librarians Roundtable includes staff, volunteers, and board members from philatelic libraries. Anyone with an interest in philatelic libraries is welcome to attend the meeting.

The Collectors Club is located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown, walking distance from both Penn Station and Grand Central. The nearest subway station is the 33rd Street station on the 6 local line on the east side. After the meeting, the most direct way to return to the World Stamp Show will be to walk one block to 34th street to catch the M34 bus to the Javits Center.

Unfortunately, the Collectors Club is not wheelchair accessible. There are about four steps up from the sidewalk to the lobby and a further six steps to the main floor with an elevator to the upper floors.

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Philatelic Literature Review 4th quarter 2015 issue available online

The online edition of the Philatelic Literature Review 4th quarter 2015 issue is now available to subscribers. If you are a PLR subscriber and we have your email address, you should have received an email with instructions for accessing the online edition.

Philatelic Literature ReviewThe 4th quarter issue features:

President’s Message — Roger Brody
From the Librarian’s Desk — Tara Murray
Library News — Sergio Lugo
Postal History Society Releases Free Journal Issues
Collectors Club Welcomes Philatelic Librarians Roundtable to World Stamp Show NY-2016

About the Cover
APRL New Acquisitions
Book Reviews
Index to Advertisers
Literature Palmares — APS StampShow
New Books Noted
Philatelic Literature Clearinghouse
Philatelic Literature Contributors

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Check your library account online

You can now use the APRL’s online catalog to check your library account online and see which books you have checked out, when they are due, and the status of any holds (reserves) you have placed.

My Library AccountTo get started, contact us at or 814-933-3803, ext. 246 and ask us to set up an online account for you. Once this is set up, you’ll choose a password and then log in by clicking on “My Library Account” on the catalog home page.

Once you’ve logged in, you can see your currently checked out and recently returned books.

My Library Account

If you want to request an extension of your loans or if you have any questions about your library account, give us a call at 814-933-3803, ext. 240, or email us at You can also send us email by using the link on the My Library Account page.

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New books at the APRL, October 2015

APRL acquisitions, September 16, 2015–October 15, 2015. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.

book coverAcademie Europeenne de Philatelie. Opus XV, 2015 ([n.l.]: Academie Europeenne de Philatelie, [2015]): 223 p.: color illustrations.; 30 cm. [In process 000060071]

American Philatelic Society. Manual of philatelic judging [electronic resource] ([Bellefonte, Pa.]: American Philatelic Society, [2009–2014]): 119-123 p.; 28 cm. [HE6215 .A513m]

Antarctic philately: 1 looseleaf binder (approx. 600 pages): color illustrations; 28 cm.

Berisso, Eugenio E. and Alfreda L. Fernandez. Sellos fiscales para documentos de la provincia de Bs. As. 1944/1970 (Buenos Aires: Sociedad Filatelica de la Republica Argentina, [1996]): 52 p.: ill., stamps; 22 cm. [G5353 .B83 B51s 1996]

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Hakai Magazine features stamp stories

Flaked OutHakai Magazine, a publication about coastal science and societies, has a series of short articles based on postage stamps. For example, The Little Post Office That Could tells the story of Herm Island stamps, while Cod Currency explains how salted cod was used as currency in Newfoundland (and, of course, commemorated on a stamp).

If you want to read more about cod, check out Flaked Out: The Story of Cod and Newfoundland, a children’s book available for borrowing from the APRL and for sale from the APS.

Herm IslandThe APRL also recently acquired a catalog of the Herm Island stamps (A Specialised Handbook and Catalogue of the Nautical Chart ‘Map’ Stamps and Pigeon Post Stamps of Herm Island 1949-1959).

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