U.S. Philately - Book List Project

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  1. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Hello, All –

    I am starting to organize my bibliographical lists of philatelic literature. I’ve thus far just listed them as I found them. I have 37 sub-categories for U.S. stamps and 12 other categories of interest to me. I am sure I am missing many books (I have yet to fully cross-reference the bibliographies of the books I do own) but I need to get organized before the list size makes it too difficult.

    So, here are my lists for United States: Sub-Category Postmarks and Cancellations, and United States: Sub-Category -Third Bureau (specialized). I would especially appreciate any additions to the lists but also comments if I have duplicates, incorrect or incorrect titles, dates or authors, etc.

    There are over 400 unique volumes on the U.S. list and that does not include state or local postal histories. Certainly, if anyone here would like a copy when completed, just let me know! After books, I will do websites.

    Philately: United States: Postmarks and Cancellations

    Alexander – Simpsons US Postal Markings 1851-61

    Bartels – New York Foreign Mail Cancellations 1871-76

    Berthold – Wells Fargo Handstamps and Franks

    Billings/Payne/Morris – Primer of U.S. Machine Postal Markings

    Bomar – Postal Markings of United States Expositions

    Chase/McPherson – First Hundred Years of United States Territorial Postmarks

    Crosby – 19th Century Cancellations

    Gilman – A Guide to 19th Century US Postmarks and Cancellations

    Hahn – Postal Markings of the United States 1847-1851

    Hammer – A Collector’s Guide to U.S. Machine Postmarks 1871-1925

    Helbock/Anderson – US Doanes Catalog of Cancellations

    Herst/Sampson – the New H-S Guide to 19th Century U.S. Postmarks and Cancellations

    Herst/Sampson – Fancy Cancellations on the Nineteenth Century U.S. Postage Stamps

    Jennings – Color Cancellations 1847-1925 (Exhibit)

    Jennings – U.S. 1847-1900 Mail, Cancels and Postal Markings

    Klein – US Waterway Postmarks 1832-99

    Konweiser – Postal Markings

    Linn – The Paid Markings on the 3c U.S. Stamp of 1861

    Loso – 20th Century US Fancy Cancellations – Thunderbolt Edition

    MacDonald – Postal Markings of U.S. Waterway Routes 1839-1997

    Murphy – A Postal History Cancellation Study of the US Pacific Islands

    Norona – General Catalog of United States Postmarks

    Norona – Cyclopedia of US Postmarks and Postal History (2 Volumes?)

    Perkel/Kazman – Post Office Seals of the U.S.

    Rich – United States Slogan Postmark Catalog

    Rohloff – The Waterbury Cancellations: 1865-90

    Russell – Catalogue of US Naval Postmarks (3 Volumes?)

    Skinner/Eno – United States Cancellations 1845-1869

    Steiger/Pamerien – A Type Chart of U.S. Postal Meters

    Stratton – Descriptive Catalog of the Leavitt Machine Cancellations

    Towle /Meyer– Railroad Postmarks of the United States 1861-1886

    Trepel – United States Postmarks and Cancellations

    Vlissingen/Waud – NY Foreign Mail Cancellations 1870-1876

    Weiss – Foreign Mail Cancellations of NYC 1870-1878

    Wierenga – United States Incoming Steamship Mail 1847-1875

    Philately: United States: Third Bureau (Specialized)

    Armstrong – The Washington-Franklins 1908-1921

    Armstrong – United States Coil Issues 1906-1938

    Belasco - Guide to U.S. Vending and Affixing Machine Perforations 1907-1927

    Diamond/Kenworthy – Types of the 2Ct and 3ct Washington Series of 1912-21

    Dick – Tips on Types

    Furman – Comprehensive Catalogue of United States Stamp Booklets

    Lybarger – U.S. Issues of 1918-1920

    Schmid – The Expert’s Book: Washington-Franklins

    Weiss, L – The Washington-Franklin Heads: Simplified!

    Thank You!
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  2. Makanudo

    Makanudo Moderator Moderator


    I am sorry I cannot be of any help to your cause.
    Just wanted to say I admire the list. I have seen many books I would love to browse through.
  3. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    An impressive start, but like Makanudo, I can't add much if anything. I'm not into philatelic literature, except for a few magazines and a novel or two.
  4. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Books as such are dying, unfortunately, for a variety of reasons. There is a great amount of material on the Internet but I still prefer hard-copy. I've loved books since I was five-years-old and made my poor mother read Pinocchio to me a half-dozen times!
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  5. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator


    There was a time in my life when I collected books too, looking for 1st editions, association copies, variant bindings, and other attributes. Then, mostly, I looked for English writers, especially preferring "saga" fiction in which the main characters developed over a long span of time. John Galsworthy's Forsyte Saga was the one that prompted this like. Storage, though, is always a problem for books and I drifted away from them, until around 2000 when I developed an interest in New Testament studies. I still add to this field once in awhile, but no longer value the various book collecting attributes as i once did. Now I am more interested in authors who present new interpretations or themes.

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  6. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    Interesting! Yes, space is a real problem with books. I only have about half of my chess books shelved, the others sadly packed away in boxes. I've bought around 200 stamp books and a couple of periodical runs, all shelved for now.

    The only New Testament interpretation I've read was recommended to me by a Mormon friend - Jesus the Christ by Talmadge. If you can handle the Mormon 'additions' to the NT, the discussion of the parables is interesting.
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  7. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator


    I'm not familiar with Talmadge's Jesus the Christ, but I'll watch for it. I find Joseph Smith and the rise of Mormonism fascinating. Momonism is truly an American religious phenomenon. I don't understand its theology fully, but it's on my list for further reading.

    To keep this thread philatelic in nature, I'll just say that religion on stamps would be a broad topic to collect. I've considered it, but it just hasn't taken hold of me. A few Christmas covers are as far as I've gotten so far. As I think about it, I don't think I have ever seen a Mormon-related cover. The Utah statehood commem has an image of a wagon and settlers with a man overlooking what is apparently Salt Lake valley. Presumably, the man would be Brigham Young proclaiming "This is the place."


    Here is a link to some Utah-related philatelic items that the LDS Church has prepared.


    Last edited: Nov 6, 2016
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  8. sd tom

    sd tom New Member

    Never got involved in books. For some reason the statistical part never interested me.
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