During the course of our event here at the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the library’s incorporation in 1968, I was reintroduced to a historic yet no less significant resource which I first came across in my earliest days here at the APRL as a Reference Assistant. In learning all about the APRL and philatelic libraries and their collections in those first moments in my new position back then, I decided to perform a simple search of the online Philatelic Union Catalog using such general terms as “library”, “resources” and “research” supplemented by the terms “philately” and “philatelic.” One of the resources that my search retrieved struck me immediately as one that I should pursue further, particularly given its author.
While celebrating 50 years of research and resources of the American Philatelic Research Library another highlight of the Golden Anniversary Celebration event will be the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest publications written by two authors that will conduct signing sessions of their new works during the day on Saturday November 3.
One of the special events that will take place as part of the upcoming Golden Anniversary Celebration is a series of authors’ talks scheduled throughout the day on Saturday November 3. The idea beyond the talks is to highlight the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) as the home of philatelic research and knowledge sharing. Topics for the talks were chosen by each of the invited speakers under the general theme of “the role libraries, like the APRL, play in philatelic research.”
With the upcoming Golden Anniversary Celebration of 50 years since the incorporation of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) just around the corner (November 2-3), one of the genuine highlights of the event will be the Celebration Dinner with keynote speaker Herman Eberhardt. Having over 25 years of experience as a curator and interpretive planner of temporary and permanent museum exhibitions prior to joining the FDRLM in 2003, Mr. Eberhardt is currently the Supervisory Museum Curator of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (FDRLM) in Hyde Park, New York.
One of the best ways to keep in touch with the latest philatelic publications of note are philatelic literature competitions at World Series of Philately shows. Coming up the weekend of November 16-18 is Chicagopex 2018. This year’s show marks its 52nd anniversary with the literature exhibition and competition being the oldest continuous philatelic literature show in the nation.
“There is a major policy that has been close to my heart for some time. It is the establishment of a Society Library as an increased benefit to members. It is easy to say “set up a library,“ but it must be useful to all members who may be thousands of miles distant.”
With those words in 1967 to the gathered membership at the 81st annual American Philatelic Society (APS) convention in Newark, New Jersey, APS President Edward L. Willard signaled the need for a research repository and proposed the “creation of a Library Service” for the Society. At the following year’s convention in Rochester, New York President Willard, along with the APS Board, decided to resurrect the idea of a research library. After forming an ad hoc committee led by Daniel Vooys to study the feasibility of a library, the filing of the appropriate paperwork in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania soon followed and the incorporation of the new “American Philatelic Research Library” (APRL) was granted on October 28, 1968.
APRL new acquisitions for September 2018. To request loans, copies, or scans, or to search our catalog, visit the APRL website.
Applegate, Frank L. Pennsylvania local real estate transfer stamps (Lincoln, NB: The State Revenue Society,, 1969-1970). [956.13:C1H/A7p]
Berezowski, Alexander. Handbuch der Luftpostkunde: Katalog samtlicher Marken und Abstempelungen der Luftposten (Southfield, MI: Postilion Publications, ). [HE6238 .B492h 1930 Reprint 1969b]
Christmas Island. Philatelic Bureau. Information booklet (Christmas Island, Indian Ocean: Philatelic Bureau, 1981). [VF Christmas Island]
Dahle, Christopher. Plants on stamps. Volume V [electronic resource] (Carterville, IL, USA: American Topical Association, c2013). [CD American Topical Association handbook 163]
With October being Stamp Collecting Month, what better time than this month to select not just one, but a number of special resources that can assist not only the beginner hobbyist but the experienced philatelist with their collecting. A while back at the Columbus StampShow, I had the opportunity to ask a number of collectors if there were one resource that they felt their philatelic library couldn’t be without, and if so, what would it be. In the process I received a number of great suggestions, here are just a few.
Two corrections to the 2018 Third Quarter issue of the Philatelic Literature Review have been brought to the attention of the American Philatelic Research Library. Both appeared in the “New Books Noted” section of the issue. The first (page 204) under the title of “Austria” is a book by Alessandro Piani titled 1867-1884 La VI Emmissione D’austria Nel Litorale Austriaco (Kuestenland) 150th Anniversario 1867-2017. The publisher of this title was incorrectly identified as Vaccari. The book is however available through Vaccari as indicated in the listing.
One of the challenges for non-U.S. worldwide postal stationery collectors is finding a reliable catalog for all types of postal cards, letter cards, envelopes, letter sheets and other stationery items officially produced by worldwide postal entities. Often postal stationery listings and values can only be found in specialized catalogs for a specific country meaning that for the worldwide collector a fair number of specialized catalogs would need to be consulted when researching a collection. There are just very few resources that include in one place listings and catalog information for worldwide postal stationery.