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The Travers Papers:
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Unique. In cooperation with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the never-before-told complete story of the development of the first United States postage stamps. With original previously-unpublished documents and unprecedented commentary by legendary experts in American postal history. Certainly one of the five most important books ever published in United States philately. Less than 17 copies remain of this fabulous set of books!

Compilation Directed By Thomas J. Alexander with
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Edited by Barbara R. Mueller
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Postage due: The United States Postage Due Essays, Proofs and Specimens 1879-1986 By Harry K. Charles, Jr., PH.D., 2014, Hardbound, 289p with dust jacket. Published by: The Collectors Club of Chicago

Since 1968, the Collectors Club of Chicago has had a commitment to provide the philatelic community with publications that represent important contributions to our base of philatelic knowledge. The very first book, New York Foreign Mail Cancellations, 1870-1876, was the work of two of our members, Arthur Van Vlissingen and Morrison Waud. Their work became the seminal work on New York foreign mail cancellations and the first major work on the subject since Edward Milliken’s 31-page pamphlet in 1942.

Postage Due - The United States Postage Due Essays, Proofs and Specimens 1879-1986 is the 24th book to be published by the Collectors Club of Chicago. This book presents the first comprehensive look at the spectrum of Postage Due essays, proofs, and specimens ranging from the first Postage Due stamps of 1879 to the last series, which was discontinued in 1986. It will stand as a companion book to George Arfken’ s 1991 work, Postage Due – The United States Large Numeral Postage Due Stamps 1879-1894, which was also published by the club.
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