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Philamercury Digital Rendezvous 2017

In a continuing effort to promote philatelic exhibiting, I am pleased to announce a one frame (16 pages) online philatelic competition – Philamercury Digital Rendezvous (PDR2017). – Richard Frajola

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Philamercury Digital Rendezvous 2016

In an effort to promote philatelic exhibiting, I am please to announce a one frame (16 pages) online philatelic competition – Philamercury Digital Rendezvous (PDR-2016). – Richard Frajola

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The 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway Commemorative and its Famous Invert

Historian Charles Verge, is past-president of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, curator of the Canadian National Stamp Collection, a prolific writer, exhibitor, and judge. He has written three books and over 200

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Digital Media and the Future of Philatelic Publishing – Part 3

Richard Drews These commercial approaches all recognize that world in general has migrated to the Internet and our most active hobbyists have followed. Publishing information on paper is static. The world is dynamic and interactive. The post baby boomer generations

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The Internet has Changed Philately – Forever!

The Stamp News Australasia – Market Matters article by Glen Stevens The Internet has changed Philately – Forever! presents an interesting view from the dealer’s perspective. Many readers do not realise this, but it is a fact the internet has changed forever,

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Future Posts

Due to a change in my availability to post, future articles will be sporadic. Thank you for reading and following the blog.

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Fakes, Forgeries, and Counterfeits from the National Postal Museum

AmeriStamp Expo 2013 seminar – Fakes, Forgeries, and Counterfeits from the National Postal Museum Collection hosted by Daniel A. Piazza, Curator of Philately, Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

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Stamp Collecting Stages Quiet Comeback in India’s Digital Era

An encouraging article on philately in the digital age by Sankalp Phartiyal – Stamp Collecting Stages Quiet Comeback in India’s Digital Era appears in Indian Insight. Though numbers are hard to come by, philately appears to be staging a revival in India,

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Digital Media and the Future of Philatelic Publishing – Part 2

Richard Drews John Hotchner and I have given two seminars on Challenges and Opportunities in Exhibiting and Judging Philatelic Publications. As a result of the participation and feedback we have been given the task of establishing ongoing colloquiums on philatelic

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Eric Gill: Sympathy for a Philatelic Devil

The type designer and sculptor Eric Gill had exacting and pointed opinions about postage stamps, their purpose, and their design. In spite of those opinions, he had a terrible time getting his stamp designs issued. This talk has been adapted from

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Would You Use a Digital Synopsis – Poll

In this electronic age of philately and stamp exhibitions, we’ve moved from handwritten to computer generated pages. Our literature is now becoming available in digital format and who’s to say that we shouldn’t also start using a digital synopsis for

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New Tools For Stamp Collecting

A discussion of the latest analytical tools New Tools for Stamp Collecting by Gary Eggleston on BellaOnline is a good read and highlights the Institute of Analytical Philately. Most collectors are ignorant of how far scientific techniques have advanced that can advance

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Digital Media and the Future of Philatelic Publishing – Part 1

Richard Drews The pervasiveness of connectivity today has resulted in a revolution in publishing more profound than the introduction of moveable type by Gutenberg. Digital books already outsell hardbound books and will surpass sales of paperbacks in the next few

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QR Codes on Stamps Digitally Enhance Snail Mail

The Australian Post Office is linking digital files to physical mail through stamps as reported in the article QR Codes on Stamps Digitally Enhance Snail Mail by Julie Campbell. A very interesting article with a future trend being made available

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How it’s Made Postage Stamps

An interesting HowTheyMade video on the production of postage stamps – How it’s Made Postage Stamps. From computer screen to the final product, shrink-wrapped and boxed for shipment to post offices, the video also discusses measures to ensure errors do

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Would you use a Digital Synopsis – Poll

The synopsis for a philatelic exhibit has become invaluable for judges to properly evaluate an exhibit. Too much paper is always an issue for committees as it is cumbersome should the exhibitor fail to send one on time, not send

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Did the Internet Kill Stamp Collecting? Not a Chance!

An interesting opinion article by Peter Messerschmidt on the hobby of stamp collecting and the internet – Did the Internet Kill Stamp Collecting? Not a Chance! from Bubblews. Then came email, and the Internet. Many observers believed that electronic media would mean the certain

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Digital Philatelic Studies, Why Aren’t There More?

Digital philately grew into adolescence when Digital Philatelic Studies (DPS) became recognized in the hobby a few years ago. There were a few competitions, and it appeared digital studies were finally on their way to acceptance as another avenue to

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Lick Stamps No More

The web site sree.net has an opinion article by Sreenath Sreenivasan – Lick Stamps No More. I never gave postage stamps much thought. Aside from an abandoned childhood philately collection, my main relationship with stamps was scrambling for one to stick on

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The Art of the Stamp

The Tenth Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture The Art of the Stamp, Saturday, November 10th, 2012, Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

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Spreadsheet Software – Poll

Spreadsheets are useful in doing quite in-depth mathematical analysis. Most collectors however are less interested in that function than using them as simple databases to track inventory or as a tool for surveys.

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The Postman Doesn’t Ring at All

The blog Collateral Damage has an opinion article by Marianne Thamm – The Postman Doesn’t Ring at All: the Death of Snail Mail. Perhaps we will see some sort of hipster or steam punk revival in philately as postage stamps become increasingly

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Philatelic Books on Kindle – Part 6

All of the books discussed to date have been technical in that they all refer to aspects of philately such as postal history or printing methods, etc. There are however, novels or short stories that include stamp collecting as a

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Searching the Postal Bulletin Database

The American Philatelic Society is sponsoring two online seminars Searching the Postal Bulletin Database and Postal Laws and Regulations Database with Tony Wawrukiewicz on Saturday, March 1st and 8th using the GoToMeeting computer technology. Talk about getting the best information straight from the guru

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100 Greatest American Stamps

The 100 Greatest American Stamps presented by Janet Klug and Donald Sundman, The Sixth Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture, February 9, 2008, Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The museum’s Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his

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