30.11.2016 - Catalogue of U.S. commemorative stamps issued in 1950 now available
(lsn) The first of what will be a series of books on United States commemorative stamps has been published by the American Philatelic Society. The publication, titled ‘Cataloging U.S. Commemorative Stamps: 1950’, is written by Charles Posner. The author thoroughly examines every commemorative stamp issued by the United States Post Office Department in 1950.
The objective of the series is to fill the gaps between four other publications: ‘United States Postage Stamps of the Twentieth Century’ (by Beverly S. King and Max G. Johl), ‘U.S. Commemorative Stamps of the Twentieth Century’ (by Max G. Johl), ‘U.S. Postage Stamps 1945-1952’ (by Sol Glass) and Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks, which covered the years from 1983 through 2010.
Although Posner’s book covers only commemorative stamps, it is a significant contribution to the stamp hobby of many Americans and collectors abroad. Posner describes in great detail the development of the stamp subjects, the design of the stamps, the history of the various subjects, the photographs that were used for the design, essays and so on.
The catalogue is hardbound and contains 116 pages. The following commemorative stamps, issued in 1950, are described: ‘American Bankers Association’, ‘Samuel Gompers’, ‘National Capitol Sesquicentennial’, ‘Railroad Engineers of America’, ‘Centenary of Kansas City’, ‘Boy Scouts of America’, ‘Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial’ and ‘California Statehood Centennial’. All these stamps have a denomination of 3¢. Included is an introduction to the 1950s and to stamp collecting in those years.
The book is sold through the APS specialty store (blog.stamps.org/2016/10/13/cataloging-u-s-commemorative-stamps-1950/#more-349). It costs $24.99 (APS members: $19.99) with an additional $4 for shipping. You may contact the APS at 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823 (United States).