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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Collected Works – Stamps in the Classroom

An older article ‘Collected Works‘ in the New York Times education section by Sierra Prasada Millman and Javaid Khan presents a lesson plan that might still prove of value to teachers in their classrooms. Very interesting approach in studying and

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Philatelic Books on Kindle – Part 5

Although Amazon is the easiest service to use, free philatelic book offerings are also available in various digital formats, including Kindle ebook format, through other sources. Project Gutenberg offers several titles for download and the Philatelic Digital Library Project offers one

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Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting Has Scientific Foundation

The Ask.com web site has an article on the science of stamp collecting – Enjoyment of Stamp Collecting Has Scientific Foundation by John Finch which also discusses specialty groups. “Stamp Collecting is More Than a Child’s Pastime.” While the quote is a cute

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Stamp Software – How To Pick The Best Program To Suit Your Needs

A video describing many of the features stamp collecting software should have to make tracking of your collection easier.

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Wolf Collection of Irish Postage Stamps

The University of Notre Dame’s library has a special collection – The Charles Wolf Collection of Irish Postage Stamps. This is a nice introduction to the area and I found the information as well as the images, reasonably clear and

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A-B-C’s of Stamp Collecting

Going beyond the basics of stamp collecting, Janet Klug, past president of the American Philatelic Society and member of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, is your guide to topical stamp collecting in A-B-C’s of Stamp Collecting.

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Optimize Google Search – Part 2

Janet Klug, WE Think – Vol 3 No 4 Using Google’s search for images will frequently lead you to one or more images that would be useful for your research. Most of the time you can save the images you

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Stamp Insider is a Fine Philatelic Publication

The Ask.com web site has an article on philatelic literature – Stamp Insider is a Fine Philatelic Publication by John Finch which publicizes the digital publication Stamp Insider. If you haven’t checked out Stamp Insider yet, do it now. This is simply a good stamp

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Optimize Google Search – Part 1

Janet Klug, WE Think – Vol 3 No 3 Google is more than just a search engine. It also contains: Web content Images Scholarly papers Book search (searches full text) Video More is being added all the time! Most Google

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Which Search Engines do You Use – Poll

When performing a search for information to use in our hobby, we all want relevant results that are simple to use. Which general purpose web search engine do you find valuable when using one?

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Get More out of Stamp Collecting with Philatelic Literature

The Ask.com web site has an article on philatelic literature – Get More out of Stamp Collecting with Philatelic Literature by John Finch which talks about digital publishing. Over the years philatelic publications have come and gone. The early newsletters that the likes

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Challenges in Literature Exhibiting and Judging

American Philatelic Society AmeriStamp Expo 2013 seminar video – Challenges in Literature Exhibiting and Judging by Richard Drews.

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Philatelic Books on Kindle – Part 4

Amazon has yielded several additions to our previous lists of philatelic books in Kindle ebook format and they follow. I’m sure the list can be updated again in the future and we look forward to comments on this post with

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Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on

The Ask.com web site has an article on philatelic literature – Philatelic Information and Knowledge: Pass It on by John Finch which publicizes the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL). The free exchange of information in the philatelic world is free only insofar

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