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Timbromania

This 1979 classic film, produced by WPSX-TV (Pennsylvania State University) details the history of stamp collecting. Timbromania is narrated by actor and collector, Ernest Borgnine. There is a guest appearance by Herman "Pat" Herst Jr. (March 15, 1909 – January 31, 1999). Herst was a writer of philatelic literature, in many cases on the history of the hobby, as well as a stamp dealer and stamp auctioneer.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs

Search and explore more than 18,000 digitized historical photographs from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) records with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Photographs Finding Aid.

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Smithsonian National Postal Museum Collection

Search the Collection; Glossary Of Philatelic & Postal History Terms, About Scott Catalogue Numbers, and Stamp Image Rights And Permissions

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U.S. Postal Bulletins

The attached website should make life easier for those searching for post office establishment dates. discontinued dates, railway mail service, etc.

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Post Office Site Location Reports

Post Office Department to the National Archives Post office site location reports for the period 1837-1950

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United States Doane Cancellations

Website of Doane Cancel Lists of Known Doane Cancels

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Hawaii Postal History  - Post Office in Paradise

Website dedicated to the study and sharing of information about the stamps and postal history of Hawaii.

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U.S. Postage Rate Tool

Quickly lookup the US postage rates for any date. Courtesy of Stamp Smarter.

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U.S. ZIP Code Tool

Quickly look up the US ZIP Codes. Courtesy of Stamp Smarter.

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USPOD Official Postal Guides

The USPOD Official Postal Guides were initially published in 1874 and continued in regular publication through the end of 1955. This publication was published regularly in both the monthly and quarterly frequency formats, and was also provided to every post office and postmaster. For most years, there was an annual volume published in January or July, followed by eleven monthly issues, which summarized the significant features which had appeared in the Daily Postal Bulletin. The Stamp Smarter Library contains the full collection in downloadable PDF format.

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Stamp Smarter Control Perfin Census

In mid 1909 the Schermack Company began experimenting with the addition of a Control Perfin to their existing affixing machines. This census is the is the most comprehensive and complete listing of these interesting perfins.

Control Perfin Link

Stamp Smarter USPO Forms Database

Postal forms offer a tremendous opportunity for a better insight into how the postal system operated. This is the largest online database of US postal forms available and was built upon Tony Wawrukiewicz and David Straight's work.

USPO Forms Link

Stamp Smarter Fancy Cancels Community Project

There is no firm definition for a ‘fancy cancel’ but they tend to be attractive, somewhat unique cancels. Many were produced at the local post office level by postmaster and other postal employees. This database contains over 10,000 cancels covering every decade.

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