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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Organize and Maintain your Personal Library

During the American Philatelic Society’s Summer Seminar 2013, Tara Murray presented an elective on organizing and maintaining personal libraries. It was recorded for YouTube, but you can watch “How to Organize and Maintain your Personal Library” right here.

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Philatelic Books on Kindle – Part 3

Amazon also offers philatelic books for free in digital format. These are classic texts which may not be the latest as far as publication dates go, but there is useful information in these pages and one cannot argue with the

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Philatelic Books on Kindle – Part 2

In addition to the general philatelic works listed in Kindle Part 1 of this post, a number of Kindle books can be found on specific philatelic subjects. This number will surely increase as philatelic publishers recognize the benefit of generating

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Philatelic Books on Kindle – Part 1

One of the best mobile software applications for digital philatelists is the Kindle Reader App available from Amazon. Although we normally associate Amazon e-books with handheld Kindles, versions of this app are available for any mobile phone, tablet, laptop or

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Quick Review of Linn’s Stamp News Digital Edition

The Stamp Collecting Blog has an interesting review of Linn’s Stamp News Digital edition for philatelists. The annual subscription includes access to digital archive – meaning access to past issues of Linn’s Stamp Magazine and Scott’s Stamp Monthly (from the

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Encyclopaedia Philatelica

The Encyclopaedia Philatelica is an interesting research tool for thematic collectors and philatelists in general. Multilingual encyclopedia composed around four sections: Personages, Fauna, Flora & Geographia. Image gallery about Iconography, Genealogy, History, Art & Taxonomy.

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Wealth of Postal History Information Found on Internet

An article by William F. Sharpe in Linn’s Stamps News, August 17, 2009 describes using the internet to do postal history research with references to various sites. The National Postal Museum [of the Smithsonian Institute] offers an exhibit, “Fifteen Objects

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