Stamp Insider for January-February 2015
The January-February issue of the Stamp Insider, journal of the Federation of New York Philatelic Societies, is online and available for free download in PDF format or viewing online with page turning. It is available in both PDF and HTML5-friendly format at:
In the lead article â€” â€œVermont Ski Resort Post Officesâ€ â€” Glenn A. Estus provides an in-depth history of seasonal post offices that once provided mail service to guests. All are now closed. He follows up in his Vermont Philatelic Society column with the fascinating story of â€œThe 7/1/71 Affair,â€ when Stratton Mountain serviced first day covers for the eight-cent USPs stamp (Scott 1396).
Other articles include â€œA Kid Friendly National Postal Museumâ€ that describes NPM exhibits and activities attractive to youngsters, â€œHoney Moneyâ€ which explores New Zealand revenue tax stamps on honey from 1938-1967, and part one of â€œLiterature and Stamp Collecting in which John H. Bloor of the Rocky Mountain Philatelic Library explains why â€œevery collector should have a personal library.â€
The featured video is â€œThe Spider Press,â€ which shows how a two-person hand press was used to produce US stamps from its first issues until as late at 1920, including the bicolored 24-cent Jenny airmail. The error occurred when the unique single pane either had the plate reversed or the sheet was loaded backwards.