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Aspects of American Postal History

Aspects of American Postal History was published with the prime purpose of promoting the wide range American postal history. It was compiled and edited by Peter Martin, the editor of La Posta: The Journal of American Postal History.
The book is hardbound, 8.5 x 11 inches, 224 pages, and in full color. Aspects of American Postal History features “The Sweet 16,” 16 different aspects of the American postal history written by 16 leading authors, all specialists in their subject areas. The articles cover in-depth looks at diverse postal history subjects spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
To showcase the type of research and scholarship presented in this work, the offprint of the lead article Independent State Mail and Confederate Use of U.S. Postage—How Secession Occurred; Correcting the Record, written by Patricia A. Kaufmann, received the Chicagopex 2017 Literature Reserve Grand Award. The book was also used to help teach the postal history course at the 2017 APS Summer Seminar.
Equally impressive in scope and content are articles by the other 15 authors. The full list of authors and their subject areas are:Equally impressive in scope and content are articles by the other 15 authors. The full list of authors and their subject areas are:

Roland Austin Liberty Series
Albert ‘Chip’ Briggs
Charles A. Fricke
Richard S. Hemmings
19th Century, New York
John M. Hotchner
Auxiliary Markings
Brady R. Hunt
Oklahoma Hotel Advertising
Patricia A. Kaufmann
Confederate States
William J. Keller
Highway Post Office
Kelvin Kindahl
Modern, Contract Stations
Eric Knapp
Alaska, Censorship
Sergio Lugo
Military Postal History
Ralph H. Nafziger
First Day Cover, Oregon
Charles A. Neyhart Jr.
Exposition Postal History
Paul Petosky
Town Postal History, Michigan
Christine C. Sanders
Topical Postal History, Christmas
Jesse I. Spector
Social Postal History, Slavery

Whether you’re a postal history veteran or a novice, Aspects of American Postal History has something for everyone.
The book is available from La Posta Publications, POB 6074 Fredericksburg, VA 22403. The retail price for Aspects of American Postal History is $65 plus $5 shipping.

Other Books For Sale

Unless noted, previously owned books are one of a kind. E-mail to confirm availability and to reserve your purchase. First come, first served. Postage is $4 for the first book and $1 for each subsequent book. Make checks payable to: La Posta Publications and send to: POB 6074, Fredericksburg, VA 22403.


Postal History
U.S. Mail: The Story of the United States Postal Service
by Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield. New York: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1960, hardbound, 256pp., illus
American Postal Markings From Colonial Times to the 1850’s: The Unexhibited Exhibit of Royden H. Lounsbery
1983, hardbound, 149pp
Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse
by Richard R. John. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995, perfectbound, 382pp
The Postal History of Christmas Seals
by Douglas K. Lehmann. Springfield, Va.: Paragon Publishing Co., 1990, saddlestitched, 39pp
The First U.S. Postal Museum
by Herbert R. Collins. Springfield, Va.: Paragon Publishing Co., 1991, saddlestitched, 50pp
Introducing Postal History
By Vivien J. Sussex. British Philatelic Trust, 1988, saddlestiched, 36pp
Prexie Postal History
By Richard Helbock, ed. Lake Oswego, Ore.: La Posta Publications Monograph 2, 1988, saddlestitched, 100pp
Florida Postal History and Postal Markings During the Stampless Period
By Mrs. Harold Major Pickett, Kenneth L. Rice and Henry M. Spelman III. Palm Beach, Fla.: Palm Beach Stamp Club, 1957. Florida Federation of Stamp Clubs Handbook Number One. Three-hole screw bound, 74pp., a rare first volume
Chicago Postal History
By Harvey M. Karlen, ed. Chicago: Collectors Club of Chicago, 1971, hardbound, 198pp
Postmarked Kentucky: A Postal History of the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 1792-1900
By Alan T. Atkins. J-B Publishing Co. (NE), 1975, hardbound, 169pp., Illustrated
Discontinued Post Offices of New Jersey
by Stanley E. Griffith. Bound Brook, N.J.: New Jersey Postal History Society, 1975, stapled
New Jersey’s Foreign Mail
by Gerald J. Neufeld. NJ Postal History Society, 1975, saddlestitched, 76pp.
The Catalog of New Mexico Railway Postal Markings
By Charles L. Towle. Las Cruces, N.M.: La Posta reprint, 1988, saddlestitched, 80pp
South Carolina Postal History and Illustrated Catalog of Postmarks 1760-1860
By Harvey S. Teal and Robert J. States. Lake Oswego, Oregon.: Raven Press, 1989, spiral bound, 234pp., Illustrated, scarce
The Post Offices of Utah
By John S. Gallagher. Burtonsville, Md.: The Depot, 1977, saddlestiched, 84pp
United States Railroad Postmarks 1837-1861
By C.W. Remele. State College, Pa.: American Philatelic Society handbook series, 1958, hardbound, 175pp
Railroad Postmarks of the United States 1861 to 1886
By Charles L. Towle and Henry A. Meyer. U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, 1968, hardbound 393pp
Vessel-Named Markings on United States Inland and Ocean Waterways 1810-1890
By James W. Milgram, M.D. Chicago: Collectors Club of Chicago, 1984, hardbound, 828pp., illus., w/16pp. value guide, heavy-Add $5 extra postage
19th Century United States Fancy Cancellations Third Revised Edition
By Herman Herst Jr. Shrub Oak, N.Y.: Herman Herst, 1963, hardbound, 287pp
United States Registered Mail 1845-1870
by James W Milgram M.D. North Miami, Fla: David Phillips Publishing Co, 1988, perfect bound, 176pp
Pacific Northwest Doanes
by Richard W. Helbock. Lake Oswege, Ore.: Raven Press, 1985, saddlestitched, 68pp, illus., covers Washington, Oregon and Idaho
Civil War
Sanitary Fairs: A Philatelical and Historiclal Study of Civil War Benevolences
by Alvin and Marjorie Kantor. Self published, 1992, hardbound, 304pp. NEW in original. wrapper
Civil War Patriotic Covers Postally Used
Nutmeg Stamp Auctions Sale 27, June 21-23 2000, hardbound, 390pp., like new
The Confederate Postmaster Provisionals of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Richard C. Calhoun. Confederate Stamp Alliance, 2013, saddlestiched, 29pp
Uniontown, Alabama, Postmaster’s Provisionals
By Francis J. Crown Jr. Confederate Stamp Alliance, 2016, saddlestiched, 80pp, Illustrated
The North vs the South 1860-1865: The Southern Side of the Philatelic Goings On as Seen from Charleston, SC
By Bob Karrer. Springfield, Va.: Springfield Stamp Club monograph, 1989, stapled, 25pp. Illustrated
AMERIPEX 86 World Philatelic Exhibition Catalog
1986, perfect bound, 346pp+ads, incl. SS, hologram on cover.
World Stamp Expo ’89 Official Exhibition Guide
1989, perfect bound, 208pp
ANPHILEX ’96 Exhibition Catalog
Collectors Club, New York, 1996, hardbound, 147pp.
Pacific 97 World Philatelic Exhibition Handbook and Congress Book 1997
1997, hardbound, 400pp. NEW.
Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition Catalog
2006, spiral bound, 336pp
Other Philatelic
Rowland Hill: Victorian Genius and Benefactor 1795-1879
by Colin G. Hey. London: Quiller Press, 1989, hardbound, 210pp
The Historical Air Mail Catalogue, 1929
New York: K. Lissiuk Philatelic Co., 1929, hardbound, 180pp. incl. period ads.
The Congress Book 2008
edited by Ken Trettin. American Philatelic Congress, 2008, hardbound, 218pp
The Congress Book 2018
edited by Ken Trettin. American Philatelic Congress, 2018, hardbound, 231pp., NEW
Indexes to The Airpost Journal Vols 1-60 (1929-1989) and Aero Philatelist Annals Vols 1-25 (1953-1971 and 1975- 1982)
American Airmail Soc., 1992, hardbound, 194pp
Index of the USPCS Chronicle Whole No. 45-131
by Theron Wierenga, USPCS, stapled


USPS Pub 100 1993 edition
saddlestitched, 32pp., scarce
USPS Pub 100 2003 edition
saddlestitched, 60pp., scarce
USPS Pub 100 2007 edition
perfect bound, 84pp.


Webster’s New Geographical Dictionary
Springfield, Mass: Merriam-Webster, 1988. hardbound, 1,3764pp. A great placename reference
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third ed.
Houghton Mifflin Co., 1992, hardbound, 2,184pp. A great reference
The CIA World Factbook 1990
Washington, D.C.: CIA, 1990, perfect bound, 382pp. plus map inserts, illus., the unclassified ed. What’s happening in the world in 1990

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