04/23/2012 (P1702)
Contact: Ken Martin

The May AP Features "The Lord of the Rings"

In the May issue of The American Philatelist we feature "Philately in Middle-earth: J.R.R. Tolkien & The Lord of the Rings" by Robert A. Moss — The fantasy classic of the twentieth century continues to be honored with stamps. Also included in this issue are:

"In My Opinion: An Unexpected Path in Stamp Collecting— Tasmanian Postmarks" by Steven P. Radell —Collecting interests can change as new adventures beckon.

"Ardath Tobacco Cards: ‘Stamps Rare & Interesting’" by Ron Beideck — The tobacco company for "fashionable smokers" produced this set of fifty stamp-related, collectible tobacco cards in 1939.

"Dive! Dive! Postal History from Submarines" by Charles L. Wood —The story of the "Silent Service" can be read from the cachets and cancels generated by submarine mail as well as by stamps issued in its honor.

Collecting Coast to Coast — "Is It Postal History Just Because of the Stamp?" by Wayne Youngblood — The stamp or franking is almost always what we first notice about a piece of mail, but is that the whole story?

Worldwide in a Nutshell — "Nevis" by Bob Lamb — Part of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, this small island’s stamps are sold only in Charlestown, but are valid on St. Kitts as well.