November 2016 American Philatelist Available Online

November 2016 American Philatelist.
November 2016 American Philatelist.

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

When the Post Office Branched Out by Dennis Pack. The 1890s saw continued business and population growth, which meant the need for more services from the U.S. Post Office Department. The solution: Open official sub-stations to meet the needs of basic service.

Up, Up, Way Up, and Away by Ray Cartier. Balloonists and mechanized flight into the stratosphere have created a high-flying topical area that touches on science, nature, invention, exploration, success, and failure.

Look Closely, Very Closely by James Weigant. Finding a handsome cover from an unusual place — such as Indian Territory, which eventually became a part of Oklahoma — can light up a collector’s eyes, that is, until a closer look reveals the not-always-obvious signs of a fraud.
Featured Columns

Collecting Coast to Coast. Private Auxiliary Markings by Wayne L. Youngblood. Extra non-postal markings, from “Consular Mail” to “Free Matter for the Blind,” provide an interesting flavor to covers of all sorts.

Books and Catalogs by Jeff Stage. Steve Zwillinger talks about his new book that offers scores of ideas, tips, and directions to exhibitors.

Worldwide in a Nutshell: Armenia by Bob Lamb. Many years of unrest left the small country in the southern Caucasus under many regimes. Russia was the first to bring a formal postal service to the region.

Latest USA Philatelic Catalog Promotes StampApp

The U.S. Postal Service’s third quarter USA Philatelic catalog arrived this last week (October 25) in post offices. The slick, 38-page catalog features the Postal Service’s new StampApp for hand-held devices on the cover and four pages inside.

blog-usaphilquarter3-catalog“(This) is a dynamic mobile app designed for U.S. stamp collectors, with a platform where users can browse the entire U.S. stamp library while managing their own personal collections,” writes Mary-Anne Penner in the catalog’s Introduction. Penner is director of USPS Stamp Services.

The catalog also includes information and ordering details for current USPS stamps and other products available from Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City, Missouri. The most current stamp depicted is Star Trek, issued September 2.

Summit on the Future of Philately Oct. 28

The American Philatelic Society and the American Stamp Dealers Association will host an invited group of leaders from the philatelic community this Friday, October 28, for a “Summit on the Future of Philately.”

The summit will happen at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and the public session will be broadcast via the APS Facebook page. For people who have comments or questions that they want to share with the group can send them via e-mail to future@stamps.org.

The goal of the meeting is to discuss and develop actions for strengthening the hobby for years to come.

Below is the agenda for the Summit on the Future of Philately.  The call-in phone number is 888-537-7715 with a Passcode: 13291358#

Public Session – 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Expected Schedule
12:30 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Greeting and Overview
12:40 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.  Growing the Hobby
1:20 p.m. – 2 p.m.  The Future of Stamp Shows and Dealers
2 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.  Philatelic Partnerships
2:40  p.m. – 3 p.m.  Action Items and Report Back
3 p.m.  Adjourn

 

National Postal Museum Opens “From Royal Mail to Public Post” Exhibition

[NPM October 21 Press Release]

National Postal Museum Opens
“From Royal Mail to Public Post” Exhibition

Observing the 500th Anniversary of the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail

“From Royal Mail to Public Post” opened today, Oct. 21, at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. The exhibition, open through Jan. 16, 2017, chronicles postal reform in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom’s postal service, Royal Mail, observes its 500th anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, the National Postal Museum is presenting a temporary display of original documents from 1635 and 1840, pivotal years in the expansion and evolution of the country’s postal network. The exhibition includes the earliest known example of the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black, dated April 10, 1840, from the archives of leading British postal reformer Robert Wallace. These important documents chronicling postal reform in the United Kingdom are on loan from the private collection of British businessman and philatelist Alan Holyoake.

First Proof of Penny Postage Stamp Cover. Presented to Mr. [Robert] Wallace by the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Francis Thornhill Baring, April 10, 1840. Loan from Alan Holyoake. Photo courtesy National Postal Museum.
First Proof of Penny Postage Stamp Cover. Presented to Mr. [Robert] Wallace by the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Francis Thornhill Baring, April 10, 1840. Loan from Alan Holyoake. Photo courtesy National Postal Museum.
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Halloween Themed Worksheets for Young Collectors

Legend of Sleepy Hollow readers theater
Legend of Sleepy Hollow readers theater.

The American Philatelic Society’s education department has created multiple Halloween themed activities for use by young stamp collectors and teachers. The United States Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow stamps were used for inspiration.

For the Jack-o’-lantern forever stamps there is a Pumpkin Stamp Maze printable game (grades K-5), a Pumpkin Stamp Matching printable game (grades K-5), and a Pumpkin Stamp Finish the Pattern printable game (grades K-5).

Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.
Jack-O’-Lantern Stamps.

For the Legend of Sleepy Hollow there is a Readers Theater for grades 4-8. The teacher notes are available here for the Legend of Sleepy Hollow Readers Theater.

Additional activities and resources can be found on the APS website at stamps.org/young-collector.