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A work like this could not have been done without help, so it gives much pleasure to record many of the names of the individuals and organisations that assisted. There are others who may have chosen anonymity.


Special 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.

David Beech MBE FRPSL, Robert Benoist, Ian Billings, Brian Birch, Tim Burgess, Ray Dixon, Graham Eyre, Hanns Fasching, Reidar Fjoren, Damen Guido, Ian Harvey FRPSL, 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 MBE FRPSL.

Stamp Printing Companies

Many 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. 

A 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

The 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.

American 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.

The American 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

British Library, UK  

British Library logo

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 a week.

Library of Congress
The 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 future generations.

National Philatelic Society Library, UK  


The National 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.

The NPS was founded by famous stamp collector and philatelic writer Fred J Melville as the Junior Philatelic Society in 1899.

Organisations - Philatelic

The 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.

Museum 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. Website closed.

United States Stamp Society, USA  

Formerly 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.

Waterlow Study Circle, UK  
As its name implies, this organisation covered the output of Waterlow and Sons Limited and Waterlow, Brothers and Layton. The Circle is no longer operating.