Happy New Year! Goodbye 2016 and Welcome 2017

Goodbye 2016 and Welcome 2017! The year 2016 was a very special year for the American Philatelic Society. Two blockbuster events occurred, one expected and one not.

Inverted Jenny, Position 76.
Inverted Jenny, Position 76.

The unexpected was the discovery and successful return in June of an Inverted Jenny airmail stamp (Scott C3a). The stamp, known as Position 76 for its location in an original 1918 sheet of 100, is one of four once owned by Ethel McCoy and stolen in 1955. Though two others had previously been located and another is still missing, it was a pleasure for this stamp to return to the American Philatelic Research Library, which received the rights to the stolen stamps via McCoy’s will.

American Philatelic Research Library.
American Philatelic Research Library.

The expected event was years in the planning and creating. The new 9,000-square-foot American Philatelic Research Library opened at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. A grand opening for the state-of-the-art facility was held in October.

The APS, celebrating its 130th anniversary, again sponsored two major shows and conventions — the AmeriStamp Expo in Atlanta and StampShow in Portland, Oregon. In addition, the APS played a major role and held a prominent presence at World Stamp Show-NY 2016, the international show held in the United States every 10 years.

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January 2017 American Philatelist Available Online

January 2017 American Philatelist
January 2017 American Philatelist.

The January issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

Alaskan Interrupted Mail by Steven Berlin. Uncommon and rare covers include those delayed by floods, earthquakes, ship mishaps, airplane crashes, and robberies.

Federal Use of Confederate Design Patriotic Covers of Northern Manufacture by James Milgram. A look at covers displaying Confederate designs that were manufactured and used in the North.

Superheores on Stamps by Timothy M. Bergquist. After spending decades on the pulp pages of comic books, popular superheroes have burst onto the stamp scene with a POW! BAM! and SPLASH!

1919 Texas Recruiting Flight by Don Jones. After World War I, the military found itself short of soldiers so it conducted a major recruitment campaign by dangling the new air service as a carrot.

Featured Columns
Stamp Classics by Joseph Iredale. A new column reviews some stamps from the golden era described by many as the first hundred years, 1840 to 1940. This month, a look at Thailand’s first official postage stamps and some provisionals that preceded them.

Collecting Coast to Coast: A Little Something Extra On That Cover by Wayne L. Youngblood. Messages from the Captain of the Watch, the Fiscal Director and others of interest are found in a review of private auxiliary markings that sometimes amuse or confound postal clerks, customers, and collectors.

Worldwide in a Nutshell: Antigua and Barbuda by Bob Lamb. The Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda had separate philatelic histories until they were joined together as one country.

Two Courses in Reno; EFOs and Nevada Revenues

blog-reno-2016Two On the Road Course offerings, one before and one during, at the March 3–5 AmeriStamp Expo show in Reno, Nevada.

March 2 Course – EFOs and You

The American Philatelic Society will offer a one-day On the Road Course March 2 titled “EFOs and You: How Your Collection, Knowledge Base, and Exhibit Can All Benefit from Postal Blunders.” The course, taught by Wayne Youngblood, takes place March 2, just prior to AmeriStamp Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.

Among the many topics the course will cover are:

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December 2016 American Philatelist Available Online

December 2016 American Philatelist.
December 2016 American Philatelist.

The December issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:

The Art of Expertizing by Mercer Bristow. Starting with seven candidates, the American Philatelic Society’s on-staff expertizer takes us through the process to determine whether a classic stamp from an old German state is the real deal.

Seeking Another Philatelic Quest? by Peter Elias. Most collectors in the United States are somewhat in the dark when it comes to some modern European specialties. The author reviews the popularity and varieties of Spanish thermal ATM stamps.

Curious Aberration on Indonesian Covers by Mardjohan “John” Hardjasudarma. Indonesia’s legacy of first-day covers includes some unofficial back-side first-day cancellations of older stamps.

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Giving Tuesday This November 29

The American Philatelic Society has joined with organizations around the world to support Giving Tuesday. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday helps kick off the charitable season on holiday and end-of-the-year giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations came together to make a difference and now we are joining this effort to make a difference for the hobby.

The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library welcome gifts of all kinds — but we have a very special opportunity to grow the APS and the hobby. Thanks to the success of World Stamp Show-NY 2016 — we have received a challenge.

That challenge is an offer to match dollar-for-dollar donations for two purposes:

  1. Modern Member Outreach: Collecting is different for newer collectors. Technology through the internet has opened new doors to finding stamps and learning about the hobby. With your help, we can connect with collectors and promote the hobby and the APS with greater technology than ever before. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)
  2. A Team for the Hobby: Recently, we convened the Summit for the Future of Philately in Bellefonte. From that Summit, a dream team of collectors, dealers, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Postal Museum will form the Council on Postal Collectors to promote the hobby for the next generation. See the report from the October 28, 2016 meeting here. (Goal: $25,000 for a total of $50,000)

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The American Philatelic Society and American Philatelic Research Library are both IRS recognized 501(c)(3) public charities. Gifts may be tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Written acknowledgments are provided for all gifts of $5 or more.