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U.S. Stamp Reference Manual for Stamp Collectors

United States Reference Manual - for Stamp CollectorsThe United States Reference Manual for stamp collectors.

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The Stamp News Publishing United States Stamp Reference Manual

Calling upon the unsurpassed resources of our Mekeel's Weekly (founded in 1891) and STAMPS Magazine (founded in 1932), The Stamp News Publishing United States Reference Manual is the only loose-leaf reference work available for the complete range of U.S. stamps. Written for the casual collector as well as the more advanced philatelist, Reference Manual pages are filled with background information, guides to separating same-design rarities from common varieties and tips on how to identify stamp fakes and forgeries.

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Featuring the Washington-Franklin Stamps

• “Telling Them Apart”: The Washington-Franklin Stamps
Our most important set of pages yet! A complete 58-page full color study of ALL of the Washington-Franklin Stamps by denomination with information on how to identify each one of the hundreds of stamps in this challenging series.

58 pages, in full color…………………………….$39.50
Black & white….…………………..………………$19.50
Sample Page - Telling The Washington-Franklin Stamps Apart

The Washington-Franklin Stamps

Separate pages for each stamp, with important identifiers, background information, earliest known uses, other covers, and more. 

NEW!
• The Washington-Franklin Stamps, Part 3 (Scott #s 462-497, 519)

45 pages, in full color…………………………….$28.50
Black & white……………………..……………… $17.50

Previously Released:
• The Washington-Franklins Stamps, Part 1 (Scott #s 331-366, 374-396)

58 pages, in full color…………………………….$33.50
Black & white……………………..……………… $19.50

• The Washington-Franklins Stamps, Part 2 (Scott #s 405-461)

58 pages, in full color…………………………….$33.50
Black & white……………………..……………… $19.50

Sample Page - The 1910 Single Line USPS Watermark Flat Plate Two Cents Coil, Perf 12 Vertically, Scott 388

Other Reference Manual Studies

The United States Grills (Scott Catalogue #s 79 // 144A)
Briefly, the Grills are 'punches', in the form of pyramids that were pressed into the printed stamp paper in an attempt to prevent reuse of stamps, the idea being that pressure applied to remove a cancellation would tear apart paper that had been weakened by the grill. The letters assigned to Grills—A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and Z—do not describe the shape of the grill; rather, they help us identify a given configuration; for example, instead of stating "grill with points up, about 18 x 15 millimeters, counting 22 x 18 points within that area" we say "B" Grill.

20 information-packed pages, complete with high definition photos—including stamp fakes—based on the expert writing of Wm. L. Stevenson and Lester G. Brookman.
Sample Page - United States Grills, Part 4

The Scott Specialized Catalogue—the most widely used guide to United States stamps and their values—made a major change in the listing of the “I” Grills.

In addition to this Grills Manual Sample Page, you also can access an article on what the “I” Grills are and why they may be ready for a significant increase in value as a result of the Scott listing change.
Sample Page - Stamp Market Tips: The "I" Grills

• Bank Notes Part 1 (Scott #s 134-191)
62 pages, including helpful identifiers, secret mark illustrations, postal history and more.
Sample Page - The National Bank Note Company Stamps - The 10 Cents Stamp with Grill, Scott 139

• Bank Notes Part 2 (Scott #s 205-229, 246-253)
54 pages, covering the later Large Bank Notes as well as the Small Bank Notes.
Sample Page - The Re-Engraved Stamp Issue of 1881 - 1882

• Columbians (Scott 230-245) & Trans-Mississippis (Sc. 285-293)
79 pages, presenting a comprehensive, in-depth, study of these two extremely popular pages.
Sample Page - The 2 Cent Columbian Issue, Scott 231
Sample Page - The Trans-Mississippi Issue, Scott 285-293

• 1919-1932 Commemoratives (Scott #s 537 // 715)
59 pages, covering all of the commemorative stamps issued from the 1919 World War I Victory issue through the 1932 set honoring the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of George Washington—including design and other vital background information.
Sample Page - The Electric Light Golden Jubilee Edison Stamps

• U.S. Airmails, Provisionals, and Other 'Back-of-Book' Issues
64 pages filled with details and illustrations of key Air Mail stamps and sets, all of the U.S. Provisionals issued by local postmasters before the first U.S. General Issues, and other issues other that general issue postage stamps that have become increasingly popular with collectors.
Sample Page - The New York Postmaster's Provisional
Sample Page - The First U.S. Airmail Stamp, Scott C3

• Also Available:
A Reference Manual 2" ring binder with spine insert and your name printed on the front cover.