A work like this
could not have been done without help, so
it gives much pleasure to record many of
of the individuals and organisations that
assisted. There are others who may have
thanks go to the following individuals that
offered help with the checking of the manuscript,
or by providing information on the companies
recorded. It is hoped that nobody has been
missed,but please accept the thanks of the
compiler if this is the case. Your contribution
is none the less appreciated.
Beech FRPSL, Robert Benoist, Ian Billings, Brian
Burgess, Ray Dixon, Graham Eyre, Hanns Fasching,
Reidar Fjøren, Damen Guido, Ian Harvey
Gini Horne, Joann Lenz, Vaido Lillemaa,
Bob McDonald, Alan Meech, the late James Negus, Steven
Olson ,William Patrick, Nick Pezikian, Ross
Towle, Elvis Velez and Richard West FRPSL.
dozens of the current stamp printers recorded
within this work offered their assistance
in the form of company brochures, samples
of their work and / or snippets of information
in private correspondence. Not all companies
wished its staff to be mentioned in view
of the security nature of their work and
this is, of course, respected.
decision was therefore taken by the compiler
not to list anyone, lest it caused any offence,
embarrassment or security risk to themselves
or their companies. These people are acknowledged
here 'in bulk', as it were, for their major
contribution to the extent of this web-site.
Without their help, the content would have
been much shorter and far less accurate.
Organisations - Libraries
various library organisations that are listed
below greatly assisted, albeit unwittingly
sometimes, by enabling the compiler to access
their catalogue of holdings often over the
Internet in the early hours of the morning.
Philatelic Research Library, USA
The American Philatelic Research
Library serves American Philatelic Society
members, as well as APRL members. The library
welcomes visitors, and for those members
who cannot travel to our premises,
the APRL provides services by mail.
Philatelic Research Library is the largest
public philatelic library in the United
States. Its holdings include many of philately's
classic periodicals, and it receives more
than 400 current periodicals from around
the world. Catalogues, government documents,
auction catalogues, and a variety of other
materials are available for your use
The British Library is one
of the world's great knowledge institutions.
It holds over 150 million items from every
age of global civilisation, from historical
documents to the latest information for
business and research.
Their web-site describes
the collections and its wide range of services.
You can search the catalogues and you order
copies of some documents online. You can
also view some of the cultural treasures
on show in their galleries in London, which
are open to all, free of charge, seven days
Library of Congress is America's oldest
federal cultural institution. It is also
the largest library in the world, with more
than 120 million items on approximately
530 miles of bookshelves. The collections
include more than 18 million books, 2.5
million recordings, 12 million photographs,
"5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts.
The Library's mission
is to make its resources available and useful
to the Congress and the American people
and to sustain and preserve a universal
collection of knowledge and creativity for
Philatelic Society Library, UK
Philatelic Society is one of the largest
general philatelic societies in Great Britain
whose members are drawn from throughout
the UK and Overseas. It serves a worldwide
membership and provides many
facilities and services.
was founded by famous stamp collector and
philatelic writer Fred J Melville as the
Junior Philatelic Society in 1899.
Organisations - Philatelic
publications of the following philatelic
organisations often contain(ed) articles
relevant to the subject matter recorded
in this web-site. Contact details at the
time of uploading have been recorded below,
where appropriate, and it is hoped that
they will attract new members by their inclusion.
of United States Essays and Proofs, USA
This organisation only existed out there in
cyberspace for a short time. It had a superb site worth regularly
accessing. It was not seen as a replacement
for the Essay-Proof Society, but had many
of the former organisations attributes.
States Stamp Society, USA
the BIA, the USSS specialises in the output
of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
and the many private sector printers now
utilised in American philately.
Study Circle, UK
name implies, this organisation covers the
output of Waterlow and Sons Limited and
Waterlow, Brothers and Layton. The Circle
is no longer operating.