05/11/2010 (P1663)
Contact: Judy Johnson

Winter Book Wins Large Gold at London

It is a rare honor for a work of Literature to win a Large Gold award at a prestigious international stamp show like London 2010, but that is what just happened with Understanding Transatlantic Mail by Richard F. Winter. Now you, too, can unlock the secrets of 19th-century maritime postal rate markings with this highly anticipated second volume of Understanding Transatlantic Mail. The richly illustrated volume discusses “transatlantic mail” in relation to the North Atlantic region and covers five mail systems that crisscrossed the Atlantic: Hamburg, Belgium, Netherlands, North German Union, and Switzerland mails. Volume 2 examines each mail system in detail before going into the new postal conventions with the United States: Hamburg (1857), Belgium (1859), and Netherlands, North German Union and Switzerland (1868). Mail transported across the Atlantic prior to this time was sent under postal conventions discussed in Volume 1.

The author has been Associate Editor and Editor of the Foreign Mails Section of The Chronicle of the U.S. Classics Postal Issues, the journal of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, for twenty-four years. He was elected a member of the International Association of Philatelic Experts for Transatlantic Mails and has signed the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society’s Distinguished Philatelist scroll in 1996. Winter received the American Philatelic Society’s John N. Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research (1999), the American Philatelic Research Library’s J.C.M. Cryer Research Award (2001), and the Lichtenstein Award of the Collectors Club New York (2003). In 2008 he signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, regarded as the world’s preeminent philatelic honor.

Understanding Transatlantic Mail, Vol. 2, by Richard F. Winter, RDP (Bellefonte, PA: The American Philatelic Society, 2009), hardbound with dust jacket, 8½ x 11 inches, 600 pages, richly illustrated, extensive index and bibliography, CD with color illustrations is a must for your philatelic library! Available for $76 (APS member price), $95 (non-member price) from the American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823; telephone 814-933-3803; website www.stamps.org/Publications