Antique Stamps
The American Album For United States Stamps
The American Album For United States Stamps
Hardcover      SKU: 281AKJ1023243

Red cloth boards. Corners and edges rubbed. Some glue marks and faint pencil markings throughout, else clean. Previous owner's name on FFEP.

Every Stamp Tells a Story: The National Philatelic Collection
Every Stamp Tells a Story
The National Philatelic Collection
Hardcover      ISBN: 1935623427
Every stamp and piece of mail tells a story. In fact, each often tells multiple stories, ranging from concept to art design to production to usage, often with tales of politics, history, technology, biography, genealogy, economics, geography, disaster, and triumph. The lens of philately offers a fresh and engaging story of American history, culture, and identity, and it can also help deepen the understanding of world cultures. The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery, opened at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in September 2013, has many such stories to tell. Chief philately curator Cheryl R. Ganz guides readers through some of the gallery's nearly 20,000 objects that together illustrate the history of our nation's postal operations and postage stamps.
A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
Hardcover      ISBN: 1250043689
DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF AMERICA THROUGH ITS BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE POSTAGE STAMPS IN THIS EXUBERANT AND ALWAYS CHARMING HISTORY. In A History of America in Thirty-six Postage Stamps, Chris West explores America’s own rich philatelic history. From George Washington’s dour gaze to the charging buffalo of the western frontier and Lindbergh’s soaring biplane, American stamps are a vivid window into our country’s extraordinary and distinctive past. With the always accessible and spirited West as your guide, discover the remarkable breadth of America’s short history through a fresh lens. On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history.
Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries, 1840-1975
Nowherelands
An Atlas of Vanished Countries, 1840-1975
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0500519900
These are the stories of fifty countries that once existed but have now have been erased from the map. Varying vastly in size and shape, location and longevity, they are united by one fact: all of them endured long enough to issue their own stamps.Some of their names, such as Biafra or New Brunswick, will be relatively familiar. Others, such as Labuan, Tannu Tuva, and Inini, are far less recognizable. But all of these lost nations have stories to tell, whether they were as short- lived as Eastern Karelia, which lasted only a few weeks during the Soviet– Finnish War of 1922, or as long- lasting as the Orange Free State, a Boer Republic that celebrated fifty years as an independent state in the late 1800s. Their broad spectrum reflects the entire history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with its ideologies, imperialism, waves of immigration, and conflicts both major and minor.The motifs and symbols chosen for stamps have always served as a form of national self- presentation, an expression of the aims and ambitions of the ruling authorities. Drawing on fiction and eye- witness accounts as well as historical sources, Bjorn Berge’s witty text casts an unconventional eye on these lesser- known nations. Nowherelands is a different kind of history book that will intrigue anyone keen to understand what makes a nation a nation.

The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World
The One-Cent Magenta
Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World
Compact Disc      ISBN: 1681684411
When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby's for nearly $10 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the One-Cent Magenta in the years in between, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect. One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed quickly when a shipment of official stamps from London did not arrive in British Guiana. They were mostly thrown out with the newspapers; one stamp survived. The singular One-Cent Magenta has had nine owners since a twelve-year-old boy rediscovered it in 1873. He soon sold it for what would be $17 today. Among later owners was a wealthy French nobleman who hid the stamp from almost everyone; a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, who died while serving a thirty-year sentence for the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. The One-Cent Magenta explores the intersection of obsessive pursuits and great affluence and asks why we want most what is most rare.
The One-cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World
The One-cent Magenta
Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1616205180
An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp. When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, this tiny square of faded red paper sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the largest amount ever paid for a postage stamp at auction. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the One-Cent Magenta in the years in between, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect. One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed quickly in what was then British Guiana when a shipment of official stamps from London did not arrive. They were intended for periodicals, and most were thrown out with the newspapers. But one stamp survived. The singular One-Cent Magenta has had only nine owners since a twelve-year-old boy rediscovered it in 1873 as he sorted through papers in his uncle’s house. He soon sold it for what would be $17 today. (That’s been called the worst stamp swap in history.) Among later owners was a fabulously wealthy, eccentric Frenchman who hid the stamp from almost everyone (even King George V of England couldn’t get a peek); a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase he handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, an heir to the chemical fortune, who died while serving a thirty-year sentence for the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. Recommended for fans of Nicholas A. Basbanes, Susan Orlean, and Simon Winchester, The One-Cent Magenta explores the intersection of obsessive pursuits and great affluence and asks why we want most what is most rare.

Stamps of the World
Stamps of the World
Hardcover      ISBN: 1844062007
Warman's U.S. Stamps Field Guide
Warman's U.S. Stamps Field Guide
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1440242011
Warman's U.S. Stamps Field Guide, 3rd edition, features photographs of nearly 1,000 color stamps, thousands of listings values for U.S. regular-issue and Airmail stamps from 1847-2013, all providing a compact and enjoyable overview of one of the world's oldest hobbies.
The World Encyclopedia of Stamps & Stamp Collecting: The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to over 3000 of the World's Best Stamps, and a Professional Guide to Starting and Perfecting a Spectacular Collecti
The World Encyclopedia of Stamps & Stamp Collecting
The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to over 3000 of the World's Best Stamps, and a Professional Guide to Starting and Perfecting a Spectacular Collecti
Hardcover      ISBN: 1846818834
A fascinating history of collecting, visual directory of stamps, and guidance on acquiring your own.

The World in Stamps
The World in Stamps
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810955199
More than 3,500 full-color reproductions of postage stamps from around the world, all organized thematically, capture important events, personalities, movements, and accomplishments in such subject areas as The Wonders of Nature and The Space Conquest, revealing the diverse ways in which different cultures represent the same events.