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Series of 1941

"Series of 1941" Wine Revenue Stamps of the United States of America

By Ray W. Bidwell. [Andover, Conn.]: Ray W. Bidwell, 1965.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this thin 40-paged booklet is full of tables, charts, and black and white images depicting wine stamps. Stamp collecting is frequently referred to as "the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings." Men and women worldwide strive to achieve a complete set of stamps. There is a stamp for every type of interest. This book is about wine revenue stamps. Wine revenue stamps were used to pay tax duties on proprietary goods such as alchohol and tobacco. These revenues helped fund the war effort during WWII. Wine stamp usage ended after 1954 and Revenue stamps were... Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By Mack Bernard Morant. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, c2003.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

At over two hundred pages long, this hardback book is basically an encyclopedia of African American heroes on postage stamps, both from the United States and around the world. Arranged alphabetically by last name, it provides short bios, followed by black and white illustrations of each postage stamp. The stamps are numbered, and references to the numbered stamps are in the bios. For example, Michael Jordan, illustration #289, Tanzania postage stamp. In the center of the book, to the reader’s delight, are sixteen pages of color plates, which vividly depict the United States Postal... Read More
African Americans on stamps

African Americans on Stamps

By United States Postal Service. Washington, D.C.: United States Postal Service, 2004.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, thirty-paged color booklet was published by the United States Postal Service thirteen years ago. The Black Heritage stamp series began in 1978, and ever since then, African American heroes and heroines have been honored on postage stamps. The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, CSAC, votes on which candidate will be the next postage stamp. Harriet Tubman was the first Black Heritage postage stamp. This booklet is arranged alphabetically from A to Z beginning with the dancer Alvin Ailey and ending with Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Whitney Moore Young. Read More
Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

Black American Heritage Through United States Postage Stamps

By R. Charles Allen. Washington: Bridge Publications, c1979.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This thin, 26-paged booklet has both color portraits and black and white pencil sketches of prominent heroes of Black History. Written by three Black doctors, it was published in Washington, D.C. Part One is arranged in chronological order based on significant events in American history. For example, two Black heroes of the American Revolution (the first Blacks to fight at Bunker Hill), three Black heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, two Black heroes in education, one hero in literature, one scientist, and two heroes in the arts. Part Two covers significant subjects, such as the... Read More
Cover of Black gold

Black Gold

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, CT: Gold Fever Pub, c1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Kenneth Kutz is the former President of Texasgulf Mining Corporation. He is also the former President of the Collectors Club of New York. The Collectors Club of New York was founded in 1896, making it one of the oldest existing philatelic societies in the United States. This book is about the philatelic history of oil. Stamps and covers (envelopes) are interwoven with postcard illustrations in chronological order of when the events depicted occurred. The book begins with Noah making the ark with coats of pitch. The book ends with a journey through World Wars One and Two, ending when the... Read More
Cover of California Gold

California Gold

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, CT: Gold Fever Pub, c1994.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This book is a compilation of prints of covers (or envelopes) and postcards from the California Gold Rush, featuring detailed information about each illustration. It portrays the adventure involved in prospecting for gold. Mining expert Kenneth Kutz begins his story with the discovery of gold in California and explores the connection between the gold rush and philately. Then he discusses mining law. Finally, he presents the reader with 20 years of correspondence to and from people working in the gold fields, beginning with the initial discovery of gold in 1848. The letters are typed out... Read More
Freedom just around the corner

Freedom Just Around the Corner

By Daniel Piazza.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This pocket sized exhibition booklet contains a chronicle of the African American experience told through the unique lens of stamps and mail. At around 100 pages long, it is full of beautiful color illustrations of stamp art. The National Postal Museum's exhibition opened to the public in the middle of Black History Month 2015, and ended in the middle of Black History Month 2016. Museum visitors learned about letters carried by slaves, mail to and from civil rights leaders, and original artwork from the USPS Black Heritage stamp series. This exhibition made history as the National... Read More
Cover of From the ground up :  stories of Arizona's mines and early mineral discoveries

From the Ground Up

By Jack Williams. Douglas, Ariz. : Phelps Dodge Corporation, 1981.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Arizona is known for its copper mines. This 30-paged booklet contains 15 fascinating stories about the origins of towns and mines in the state of Arizona, including Havasu mine, Vulture Mine, the Bisbee mines, Harquahala mine, and Orphan mine. Compiled by the 13th Governor of Arizona, John Richard Jack Williams, this book was edited when the Governor was 71. Governor Williams was asked to research these mining stories by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, which celebrated its centennial for Arizona mining in 1981. The company was acquired by another Phoenix company in 2007. Some of these... Read More
Cover of Gold Fever

Gold Fever

By Kenneth J. Kutz. Darien, Conn: Gold Fever Publishing, c1987.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Author of eight books in the National Postal Museum Library alone (including Gold Fever, California Gold, Black Gold, Klondike Gold, and Victoria Gold) Kenneth Kutz is a gold enthusiast. This 400-page book tells the history of gold prospecting around the world and the effect it had on early explorers, settlement, and colonization. Gold incites both romance and excitement, not just in California, but all over the world. This volume is illustrated in color with 609 postage stamps and covers (envelopes), and weaves in tales of postal history and... Read More
Cover of Gold Rush Steamers

Gold Rush Steamers

By Ernest A. Wiltsee. Lawrence, Mass: Quarterman Publications, c1976.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This book is a large-font reprint of the 1938 original. It was written by Columbia University graduate, mining expert, and California historian Ernest Abram Wiltsee, who was a collector of covers. (A cover is the name stamp collectors have given to what most people call envelopes.) The original limited-edition of this seminal work was only 500 copies; this copy plays an important and unusual role in the field of United States postal history. Gold Rush steamers carried people west to seek their fortunes, and also carried mail back and forth to loved ones in other parts of the United... Read More

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