LATEST UPDATE: 21 February 2003

American Philatelic Society (APS) ...
American Stamp Dealers Association (ASDA) …
Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association (APTA) …
British Philatelic Fairs...
Canadian Stamp Dealer’s Association (CSDA) …
Collectors Club of Chicago Philatelic WebSite (CCC) …
Detailed Auction "Calendar" on Philatelic WebSites ...
Euro Symbol Font Availability …
Expertizer and Expertization Committees WebSite (AIEP) …
Free CCC Arthur Salm Foundation Reports …
French Stamp Dealers Association (CNEP) …
German Stamp Dealers Association (APHV) …
LINN'S STAMP NEWS
Now Available OnLine …
Modena's 150th Postage Stamp Anniversary ...
Philatelic Literature Sources...
Philatelic Radio Shows Return via the Internet ...
Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS) …
"World Clock" WebSite …
Worldwide Postal Codes …

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American Philatelic Society (APS) ...

Organized in 1886, the American Philatelic Society (APS) maintains a ca. 50,000-strong worldwide membership: www.stamps.org

Membership benefits include a monthly 96-page journal (the American Philatelist), Stamp Insurance, a respected Expertizing Service covering worldwide philatelia, the largest philatelic Library in the United States, a Sales Division distributing customized circuits, and more.

If APS membership is of interest, send me an E-Mail, and a descriptive brochure and membership application will be mailed to you. Contact: CECwiakala@aol.com

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American Stamp Dealers Association (ASDA) …

Organized in 1914, the American Stamp Dealers Association (ASDA) is the largest organized group of commercial philatelic professionals in the United States. The ASDA OnLine Membership Directory provides full contact information for the individual dealers, as well as available E-Mail Address and WebSite links: www.asdaonline.com

Their WebSite includes a comprehensive search engine which will couple you with ASDA dealer members in a specific geographical area, or members dealing with your specialized collecting requirements. A second ASDA WebSite provides opportunity for the collector or dealer to purchase items directly from the dealers: www.asdabourse.com

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Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association (APTA) …

Organized in 1948, the Australasian Philatelic Traders’ Association (APTA) is the largest organized group of commercial philatelic professionals in Australia. The APTA OnLine Membership Directory provides full contact information and dealing specialties for the individual members, as well as available E-Mail Address and WebSite links: www.apta.com.au

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British Philatelic Fairs (Exhibitions) ...

There are several philatelic fairs taking place in Great Britain during the course of the year which will interest visitors with the philatelic inclination.

The "Strand Stamp Fair", which has been conducted continuosly since 1969, is a monthly affair with many visitors.

The twice yearly, 2-day "York Philatelic Fair" event, which has been conducted for the past 20 years, is now the largest show in the North of England, and now offers coins in addition to stamps and covers.

The twice yearly, 3-day "Philatex" exhibition in London is a popular event regulalry attracting more than 110 dealers, many of them being from overseas; it is the largest stamp fair in the U.K.

Full information for these well established stamp shows can be viewed on their collective WebSite: http://www.stampshows.co.uk

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Canadian Stamp Dealer’s Association (CSDA) …

L’Association Canadienne des Négociants en Timbres-Poste (ACNTP)

Organized in 1942, the Canadian Stamp Dealer’s Association (CSDA) / L’Association Canadienne des Négociants en Timbres-Poste (ACNTP) is the largest organized group of commercial philatelic professionals in Canada. The CSDA/ACNTP OnLine Membership Directory provides full contact information and dealing specialties for the individual members, as well as available E-Mail Address and WebSite links: www.csdaonline.com

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Collectors Club of Chicago Philatelic WebSite …

"AskPhil", the very comprehensive encyclopedic-size philatelic WebSite sponsored by the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC), includes an extensive grouping of informative data of interest to the general or specialized collector and dealer: http://www.askphil.org

The WebSite's various sections include a large "Question & Answer" grouping constructed by "AskPhil" by replying to collector's and dealer's queries, a "Mini Courses" section devoted to philatelic subjects and stamp identifications, a "How To" section, and a possibly unequaled in-depth "Philatelic Resource Library".

The "Philatelic Resource Library" includes complete address and other contact data for the Worldwide Stamp Dealers, Expertizers and Expertizing Committees, Philatelic Libraries, Specialty and Topical/Thematic Societies, Philatelic Auctioneers, as well as a Philatelic Glossary, and much, much more. The "AskPhil" WebSite should be considered for logging onto your "Favorite Places".

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Detailed Auction "Calendar" on Philatelic WebSites ...

The detailed monthly "Public Philatelic Auction Calendars" also are also available in their entirety on four different philatelic WebSites:

Bretislav Janik "Japhila" (Czech Rep.): http://www.japhila.cz
Collectors Club of Chicago (USA): http://www.askphil.org
Martins Philatélie (France): http://www.philatelie.fr
Stamps of India (India): http://www.geocities.com/mjhingan

The "Calendars" normally are placed on these WebSites one or two days after the first day of the month

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Euro Symbol Font Available …

Introduced in January, 1999, as of 1 January 2002 the Euro currency became the mandatory local money used in numerous European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.

Most computer users do not have the Euro symbol in their library of fonts. "Adobe" is providing a gratis service allowing the downloading of the symbol, available for both "Windows" or "Macintosh" systems in several font versions. The "Adobe" WebSite is: http://www.adobe.com/type/eurofont.html

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Expertizer and Expertization Committees WebSite (AIEP) …

The A.I.E.P. (Association Internationale des Experts en Philatélie/International Association of Philatelic Experts) is a worldwide organization of professionally recognized expertizers and expertization committees.

Their opinions govern the status of items submitted for expertization. The A.I.E.P. members include a roll call of the some of the most respected names in contemporary philately, to include: Pascal Olivier Behr (France), Alberto Bolaffi (Italy), Dr. Paul Buchsbayew (USA), Dr. Ulrich Ferchenbauer (Austria), Pierre Kaiser (Belgium), José Llach (Spain), and Dipl.-Ing. Zbigniew Mikulski (Switzerland).

The A.I.E.P. WebSite provides detailed addresses and contact information (including E-Mail Addresses), and the fields of specialty for the individual members and committees: http://www.aiep.net

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Free CCC Arthur Salm Foundation Reports …

Among the numerous contributions propagated for the good of philately, the Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) has formed the Arthur Salm Foundation to conduct research on philatelic products. Funding has been donated by the Salm family, with the CCC providing a matching grant. All testing is conducted by outside analytical laboratories

The Arthur Salm Foundation has published six reports: No. 1 — The Quality of the Philatelic Album Pages, No. 2 — The Quality of non-United States Philatelic Album Pages, and the Quality of Stamp Hinges, No. 3 — A Study of the Plastics Used in Philately, No. 4 — Non-Existent Cities, States, Territories or Countries For Which "Stamps" or Overprints Have Been Printed, No. 5 — Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive United States Stamps, and No. 6 — Flying Fakes: the Forged USA Pioneer Airmail Cancellations.

The six reports are available at no charge from the Collectors Club of Chicago, 1029 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, IL 60610. A legal-sized addressed envelope with 83 postage affixed must be enclosed. For addresses outside of the United States, addressed envelopes must have $1.60 postage affixed, or three (3) International Reply Coupons enclosed.

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French Stamp Dealers Association …

Chambre Syndicale Française des Négociants et
Experts en Philatélie
(CNEP)

The French Stamp Dealers Association / Chambre Syndicale Française des Négociants et Experts en Philatélie (CNEP) is the largest organized group of commercial philatelic professionals in the France. The CNEP OnLine Membership Directory provides full contact information for the individual dealers, as well as available E-Mail Address and WebSite links: www.cnep.fr

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German Stamp Dealers Association …

Bundesverbandes des Deutschen Briefmarkenhandels APHV e.V.

Organized in 1949, the German Stamp Dealers Association / Bundesverbandes des Deutschen Briefmarkenhandels APHV (Allgemeiner-Postwertzeichen-Händler-Verband) e.V. is the largest organized group of commercial philatelic professionals in the Germany. The APHV OnLine Membership Directory provides full contact information for the individual dealers, as well as available E-Mail Address and WebSite links: www.aphv.de

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LINN'S STAMP NEWS Now Available OnLine …

Effective 22nd August 2002, LINN'S STAMP NEWS, the USA-published ca.-50,000 circulation weekly philatelic periodical, is available in its entirety to OnLine subscribers. "LinnsOnLine" contains the most recent 13 issues of LINN'S, all being fully searchable. If desired, the publisher also will E-Mail subscribers each Thursday, when the latest edition of LINN'S is published online.

The entire page-by-page content of each new issue LINN'S will be presented weekly. The online edition will be of high interest to overseas collectors, who will now have timely access to the latest philatelic news published in the USA. It will also interest USA hard copy subscribers experiencing late or erratic deliveries.

The software underlying "LinnsOnLine" was developed to convert archive microfilmed printed matter into Internet-compatible "html" pages. The systems allow the transformation of back-issues microfilm into an accessible, searchable electronic archive that could include every page of every issue of LINN'S, starting with the first edition published in late 1928.

USA-resident subscribers can substitute the OnLine version without additional charges. New subscribers, whether resident in the USA, Canada, or anywhere else worldwide, will pay only the cost of a USA domestic subscription ($US49.95 annually). There is a special charge should both online and hard copy editions be required.

Detailed information for subscribing to this new service is available on the LINN'S online WebSite: http://www.LinnsOnLine.com

An example issue is included on the LINN'S WebSite. If an online subscription is being considered, have a credit card ready and, if you are a current subscriber, have your LINN'S subscription label at hand.

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Modena's 150th Postage Stamp Anniversary ...

The Duchy of Modena issued its first postage stamps in 1852, and is celebrating it 150th Anniversary marking the event. In conjunction with the philatelic festivities, a special exhibition of Modena's philatelic rarities has been made available on a WebSite.

Courtesy of Ms. Valeria Vaccari (VACCARI S.R.L., Vignola [MO], Italy), the WebSite is given as: http://www.modena1852.it

The Exhibition opened 1 June 2002, and is entered in its entirety on the updated WebSite.

The exhibit includes Modena's postage stamps and postal history, including the most important rarities

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Philatelic Literature Sources ...

Philatelic literature is a very necessary resource for the serious philatelist requiring information normally unavailable in the general listings Scott, Stanley Gibbons, Michel, Yvert & Tellier, or similar catalogs. There are a number of philatelic literature dealers recognized as having stocks representing even the most remote or esoteric philatelic subjects.

James Bendon (Limassol, CYPRUS): Specializes in the publishing and distributing of a very fine range of upscale, scholarly, and otherwise desirable comprehensive worldwide philatelic handbooks and catalogs, to include titles unavailable elsewhere: http://www.JamesBendon.com

Eric Jackson (Leesport, PA): Specializes in literature pertaining to
United States and General Foreign revenue, telegraph and local post
stamps. In-print and out-of-print handbooks, catalogues, pamphlets, auction catalogues and journals are available on their website, and from their bimonthly catalogues. They also maintain a comprehensive stock of
United States and Possessions revenue, telegraph and local post stamps, and documents: http://www.ericjackson.com

James E. Lee (Wheeling, IL U.S.A.): Specializes in United States, Confederate States, and British North America philatelic literature. Stocked are in- and out-of-print books, pamphlets, auction catalogs, and numerous periodicals, totaling over 1,400 entries on their WebSite (which also includes specialized United States postal history, essays, proofs and fancy cancels): http://www.jameslee.com

Philatelic Bibliopole/Leonard H. Hartmann (Louisville, KY U.S.A.): Specializes in United States, Confederate States, British North America, and Worldwide philatelic literature, to include postal records, auction catalogs, fake and counterfeit issues, and bibliographies. Issues an E-Mail "Newsletter" every 3-4 weeks, and maintains a daily-updated user-friendly WebSite containing over 1,000 pages: http://www.pbbooks.com

Vera Trinder Ltd. (London, ENGLAND): Possibly the oldest philatelic literature dealership extant, the company maintains a sizable shop philatelic literature stock in the philatelically historical "Strand" area. The company offers Great Britain, British Commonwealth, and comprehensive other foreign catalogs, handbooks, and other references, as well as a full range of all printed albums, to include those for postcards, cigarette trade cards, first day covers, and coins: http://www.vtrinder.co.uk

Vaccari s.r.l. (Vignola [Modena], ITALY): An established and well regarded company specializing in the full range of catalogs and specialized handbooks for all of the Italian States, Italy, the Italian Offices Abroad, and the Italian Colonies, as well as the European areas and other better worldwide titles: http://www.vaccari.it

As further philatelic literature dealerships of merit become known to us, especially those specializing in the Asian areas, they will be listed in the company of those above.

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Philatelic Radio Shows Return via the Internet ...

For those who may know of the legendary 1930s-era "Capt. Tim Healy's Ivory Soap Stamp Talk" radio show sponsored by Procter & Gamble, you'll be pleased to know that a similar program has been resurrected via the Internet: "Major Ted's Stamp Talk".

The 1-hour show is programed by Maj. Ted Bahry, USMC (retired), a well-known philatelist and accredited judge, and is broadcast live every Saturday at 3:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time). All of the programs, which began on 8 June 2002, have been archived for listening at your leisure.

For first-time listeners to Internet radio, log on to the www.wsRadio.com WebSite, click on the "How to Listen" button, and follow the easy procedures instructions. The Web Page for the program, www.wsRadio.com/majorted includes content summaries and illustrations relating to the content topics. The listeners can also register for E-Mail "alerts" featuring late-breaking news and advance notice of future programs content.

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Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS) …

Organized in 1929, the Philatelic Traders’ Society (PTS) is the largest organized group of commercial philatelic professionals headquartered in
the United Kingdom. The PTS OnLine Membership Directory provides full specialties and contact information for the individual dealers, as well as available E-Mail Address and WebSite links: www.philatelic-traders-society.co.uk

The first PTS Chairman was Albert H. Harris, who had established a successful publishing company producing, amongst other products, specialized stamp albums and other philatelic accessories. The Secretary of the newly formed PTS was Vera Trinder who, in turn, purchased the business founded by Albert H. Harris, and who continues to trade in philatelic literature to this day.

The PTS was incorporated as a Limited Company on 14 September 1946. From its beginning, the PTS organised trade bourses, and these developed into the well-known annual STAMPEX exhibitions.

Since 1991, the PTS headquarters have been located within the British Philatelic Centre, where close relationships with the British Philatelic Trust and the major collector societies is of great benefit. PTS Membership currently stands at 600 dealers and postal administrations, with more than half being resident in overseas areas.

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"World Clock" WebSite …

Especially valuable to those philatelists conducting transactions or other communications on a global basis, the "World Clock" WebSite provides the current local time (and weekday) for an alphabetical list of hundreds to worldwide cities, both major and minor. The WebSite is especially helpful when employed as a "Favorite Place": http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/full.html

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Worldwide Postal Codes …

Continuously updated WebSites are available for determining Postal Codes for every country employing such address designations.

For the United States ZIP + 4 Postal Codes, the USPS provides the user-friendly WebSite: http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups/lookup_zip%2b4.html

For Canada, the Canada Post/Postes provides the comprehensive WebSite: http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pcl/bin/advanced-e.asp

For the United Kingdom, the Royal Mail provides the WebSite: http://www.consignia-online.com/portal/default/all/home

For the balance of the world, the global Postal Codes and other useful Postal Code links for countries alphabetically ranging from Argentina through Uruguay (and almost everywhere in between), are provided by the "Virtual Mechanics" group through their user-friendly WebSite: http://www.execulink.com/~louisew/postal-links.htm

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