Have you starred in a Philatelic Movie?

If you are not ready for Hollywood, perhaps Lugano?Lugano 2011 Logo

The Club Filatelico di Lugano has organized the Phila Movie 2011 video competition as part of the Swiss National Philatelic Exposition – “Lugano 2011” that will be held at Padiglione Conza, Lugano, Switzerland from May 6th to the 8th 2011. Entries will compete in three classes – Postal Administrations and Postal Museums; Collectors and Experts; and the third for Dealers, Editors, Auction Houses, and Philatelic Associations. There are virtually no limitations as to the philatelic or postal history subject matter that can presented; videos can range from broad overviews of collecting to detail technical programs on topics such as detection of forgeries.  Each participant may enter up to three movies; the prospectus and application are on the Lugano 2011 web site in four languages. The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011.

The movie competition was organized by Alessandro Arseni because, “Today’s technology allows the creation of new communication forms that can reach a high number of new potential collectors, historians, or people interested in the study of postal history communication through the centuries.” The full potential of the new media for “spreading the art of philatelic collecting” is possible today because “the creation of videos is a lot easier and less expensive than before thanks to the development and the diffusion of new software, and internet helps to make millions of images available to huge quantities of people in a very short while.”

While there are only a few weeks to script and produce a new program – many collectors and organizations already have programs in circulation that could be entered in the competition. I would enjoy hearing from participants in this philatelic film festival.

The Postal GazetteAlessandro Arseni also publishes The Postal Gazette, a lavishly illustrated, bi-lingual, tabloid size postal history journal. More than 200 articles from past issues can be freely down loaded.

John A. McAllister Collection of Civil War Envelopes

My recent post about the Thomas Hales Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes at the Postal History Foundation of Tucson, Arizona reminded me of a collection of Civil War envelopes at the Library Company of Philadelphia. That collection of Civil War envelopes is part of the John A. McAllister Collection of Civil War Era Printed Ephemera, Graphics, and Manuscripts. It consists of about 7,000 patriotic envelopes. As with the Thomas Hales Collection, most of the envelopes in the McAllister Collection are representative of the Union side of the Civil War. A  collection of around 300 of the envelopes are displayed as part of the Library Company’s online digital collection. The documentation of the McAllister Collection envelopes also makes use of William R. Weiss’ The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers (Bethleham, Pa.: William R. Weiss, 1995). The Library Company of Philadelphia is the library founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731.

Collectors Club of New York Library

CCNY Main Reading Room

I don’t think any other philatelic library has a more elegant setting than that of the library of the Collectors Club of New York.  The Collectors Club was founded in 1896 and is housed in a five story brownstone on East 35th Street in New York City. The building was designed by noted architect Stanford White . The library is one of the most extensive philatelic libraries in the world and has approximately 150,000 volumes. The extensive nature of the library was the primary reason for undertaking a major renovation of the club’s facilities which was completed in 2000. The library is one of the participants in the online union catalog of the American Philatelic Research Library.  To search the holdings of the Collectors Club library, select “CCNY” from the “Location” drop-down selection list near the bottom of the on-line Catalog Search form. Only members can borrow materials from the library but visitors are welcome to conduct onsite research during regular library hours. The Collectors Club Philatelist, the journal of the club, is considered to be one of the most prestigious in philately. The table of contents for recent issues of the journal and selected articles are available on the club’s website. The Collectors Club has also published several significant books which are available for purchase.

Large U.S. Banknotes Identification Guide published

Large US Banknotes Identification GuideThe American Philatelic Society has published Large U.S. Banknotes Identification Guide by Bob Pipes and Steve Einhorn.

The book aims to help the collector identify these stamps, and includes large illustrations and a summary of the information and methods used to distinguish between soft and hard paper, which is crucial in correctly identifying the stamps in a series.

The book is available for purchase from the APS Marketplace.

Caring for your personal library

The APRL binds many of its journals to protect them

Since coming to the APRL, I’ve learned that many philatelists have extensive personal libraries. Here are a few tips for storing your literature collection as safely as your stamp collection:

  • The ideal environment for books and documents is free of dust and pollutants, not exposed to sunlight or bright artificial light, and has moderate temperature and humidity.
  • Avoid storing your library in an attic or basement if possible. These spaces are often prone to excessive heat and moisture.
  • Avoid storing books in spaces exposed to direct sunlight or bright light.
  • Store unbound documents and newspapers flat in boxes.
  • Binding can help preserve journals or loose manuscripts, especially if they will be used frequently.
  • Store clippings and other small items unfolded in folders.
  • Avoid excessive handling of fragile books and documents.

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Thomas Hale Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes

Illustration from one of the patriotic envelopes

Paul Nelson of the Postal History Foundation of Tucson, Arizona has contacted me in regard to an extraordinary donation of patriotic envelopes to the Foundation. It has received the Thomas Hale Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes which consists of approximately 2000 different historic and colorful pieces of stationery. According to Paul, all are unused envelopes and most are from the Union states, although there are a few with Confederate designs. He indicates that the  freshness and brightness of this group of patriotic envelopes is unusual. The collection has  been stored for years in a family trunk. Many of the covers are hand colored and all are essentially in mint condition. The covers have been organized in the Foundation’s library based on the categories that were published in The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers, by William R. Weiss (1995).

With 2011 being celebrated as the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, and with the recent release of a new book, Patriotic Envelopes of the Civil War: The Iconography of Union and Confederate Covers by Steven R. Boyd, the subject matter of the Thomas Hale Collection should be of interest to many historians and philatelists. The Thomas Hale Collection of Civil War Patriotic Envelopes is available for study by appointment. Contact the librarian, Charlotte Cushman, at the Peggy Slusser Memorial Philatelic Library, at the Postal History Foundation, 920 North First Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85719. The phone, email addresses, and other information may be found on the Foundation’s website.

New books at the APRL, December 2010

Postcards from the Holy LandAizenberg, Salo. Postcards from the Holy land: a pictorial history of the Ottoman Era, 1880-1918 (Shaker Heights, OH: Society of Israel Philatelists, 2010): 385 p. : col. ill., maps ; 29 cm.

Beauregard, Gerard de & H. de Gorsse. The stamp king (London: Stanley Gibbons, c2010): v, 119 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. [Call No. HE6184 .L776 B383s 2010]

Bechtold, Gunter, Udo Fleiner, & Rolf Tworek. Gebrauchte Inflationsmarken – echt oder falsch? ([Berlin]: Verein der Deutschlandsammler e.V., INFLA Berlin, c2008): 86 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm. [Call No. G6081 .I43 I43 no.48]

Burns, Ronald A. A type written transcription of the U.S. Post Office Dept. Stamp Bill Book numbers for the Issue of 1870 Ordinaries, 1870-1879. Part One. The National & Continental Issues (Shelbyville, IN: Ronald A. Burns, [2010?]): 71 p. : ill., facsims. ; 28 cm. [Call No. G3701 .D313 B967t pt.1 2010]

Burns, Ronald A. Selected records from the files of the 3rd Assistant Postmaster General, 1869-1907 [papers on the large Bank Note period of 1870-1890] (Shelbyville, IN: Ronald A. Burns, [2006]): 111 p. : facsims. ; 28 cm. [Call No. HE6340 .B967s 2006]

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RMPL Reviews Past Year's Accomplishments

 

RMPL's two buildings with new garden in foreground

The  Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library (RMPL) celebrated the one year anniversary of its purchase of an adjacent building for expansion on December 4. A press release issued by RMPL looks back over this past year and chronicles many of the library’s accomplishments.  Significant strides were made in the renovation of the newly acquired building almost all of which was accomplished by volunteers. Immediately after purchase the additional space was being utilized for a wide variety of philatelic meetings and events. The new space has enabled the library to make its collection of around 10,000 books and 1,100 periodical titles much more accessible. The acquisition of the new building included outside space which has been transformed into an attractive garden area by volunteer help. Besides the many hours worked by volunteers to remodel and update the new building, the RMPL also has initiated an adult education program in affiliation with Denver University titled World History Through Stamps.  This is an 8-week program presented by RMPL members, that began in September 2010, and is being repeated for the 2011 Winter and Spring semesters. I reported earlier on the library’s publication of Mexico’s Denver Printing of 1914 by Ron Mitchell.  The membership of the library has grown to over 500. The RMPL’s newly revamped website includes more information and photos about the library and its expansion.

Return your books using Delivery Confirmation

Delivery confirmationWhen you borrow books from the APRL by mail, you can now return them using Delivery Confirmation instead of the more expensive Signature Confirmation.

We will still ship your books to you using Signature Confirmation, but will now enclose a green Delivery Confirmation form for your return. We will still be able to track return shipments, and can be sure they are delivered back to the library since all packages are received in the APS mailroom.

If your package contains only library books being returned to the APRL, you can use Library Mail or Media Mail.

Embroidered Christmas postcards

Christmas GreetingsImagine spending an entire day’s wages on a postcard. During WWI, some soldiers did just that.

The Canadian War Museum has a collection of embroidered postcards sent by soldiers during WWI. In a new article, the museum’s Research Centre highlights a few Christmas postcards from its collection.

If you are interested in studying postcards, the following book would be a good starting point. It includes library and archives collections as well as a bibliography of books about postcards:

  • Postcards in the library : invaluable visual resources / Stevens, Norman D. — New York ; London: Haworth Press, c1995. (Book) HE6184 .P839 P857 1995

The APRL has many more books and catalogs to assist the postcard collector.  Go to our Online Catalogue and search for “post cards” in the Subject field and “book” to the Record Type field. You can also add a keyword (for example, a country or topic) to the Any Word field to narrow your search.