CSA Annual Convention in
Conjunction with EUROPHILEX
May 13th - 16th, 2015
Plans for our Annual Convention taking place in London, England in 2015 are at
an advanced stage. Details are in our newsletter or on our conventions page. Europhilex will mark their 80th year and the 150th
Anniversary of the end of The American Civil war. The event will take place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London. N1 OQH.
National Postal Museum’s Thomas Lera to Retire
Lera Helped Reshape Scientific Analysis in Stamp Collecting
Thomas Lera, the Winton Blount Research Chair at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, will retire Nov. 1. His retirement follows eight years in which he transformed the museum’s scientific direction and established the museum as a global leader in scientific analysis in stamp collecting.
Prisoners’ Mail from the American Civil War A New Research Project
Patricia A. Kaufmann
Galen D. Harrison’s outstanding 1997 publication, Prisoners’ Mail from the American Civil War, became and still is the standard reference work on the subject of Civil War Prisoner's Mail. It took Galen a quarter of a century to compile the information for that ground breaking volume. Now it is approaching twenty years since that publication. All the while, he has continued to accumulate information on prison postal history. He has always been generous about sharing information and is a regular consultant to the CSA Authentication Service.
Recently, I suggested that his original opus needed to be updated. Covers from unlisted prisons have been discovered. Covers have surfaced from prisons that had no covers heretofore recorded. The numbers of recorded covers from specific prisons has changed virtually across the board. I offered my services to edit his work, if he so desired. Instead he asked me to be co-author, which I am honored to accept. It will be a fun collaboration.
Now it’s your turn.Those of you who have his book may or may not have new information that should be included in a follow-up volume. If you have a cover you think may fit in this category, please email me at email@example.com or write me at 10194 N. Old State Road, Lincoln, DE 19960-3644.
We need 300 dpi .jpg or .tif scans. If there are relevant markings on the backs of the covers, please scan those too. If you don’t have a scanner, please mail me a color photocopy of the item and I’ll take it from there. Please provide as much detailed information with it as you can. Thanks for your help!
Confederate Stamp Alliance and Smithsonian National Postal Museum
Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship for original research and analysis relating to the design and/or printing of a specific Confederate stamp issue(s), the Confederate Post Office Department, or an aspect of Confederate postal history. The scholarship, for a sum of up to $2,000, will be a contribution towards expenses including travel costs for a trip(s) to Washington DC or library with Confederate States archives. The scholarship is available for all academic, scientific and philatelic scholars. It is designed to enable one to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the NPM library, other Washington DC libraries, or libraries with Confederate States archives on their projects and discussing their work with others.
The NEW Confederate States of
America Catalog & Handbook of
Stamps and Postal History
a major success.
The much anticipated update, expansion and re-write of
August Dietz classical work on Confederate Postal
History has gone from "brand new" to "out of print" in
only three months. This six year endeavor on the
part of the Confederate Stamp Alliance and its members
has been a tremendous success. Congratulations to the
editors Patricia A. Kaufmann, Francis J. Crown and Jerry
S. Palazolo and to the many other members who
contributed to this important contribution to
National Postal Museum
Announces Launch of Centralized Gateway to
World’s Greatest Philatelic Research The Smithsonian’s National
Postal Museum announces the launch of the
GlobalPhilatelicLibrary.org website, a
centralized information gateway to the world’s
greatest philatelic research. Click here
for more information.
About Confederate Philately
of the history of that short-lived
political experiment, the Confederate
States of America, was
reflected in its stamps, covers, and
other postal mementos. The bitter Civil
War spanned the entire life of the
Confederacy -- the four years from 1861
to 1865 -- and the marks and record of
that great struggle are nowhere found
more clearly than in the postal history
of the "Lost Cause." All collectors of
Confederate stamps come to realize this
very early in their pursuit, and this
fact has much to do with the fascination
that the Confederate collector
are hundreds of varieties of
Paid and Manuscript covers
as well as Provisional adhesive stamps
and envelopes used before the
Confederate government could issue
regular stamps. There are 17 major
varieties of regular issue Confederate
States stamps -- also minor varieties
and endless shades.
are Prisoner-of-War and Flag-of-Truce
covers, Express Company markings,
Blockade-Run covers to
Europe, College covers, Official
and Semi-Official envelopes, Packet and
Steamboat covers, Patriotic covers with
their war mottos, covers showing use of
United States stamps in the
Confederacy, and many interesting
else in philately can one find such
strange usages, makeshifts and evidences
There are envelopes made of wallpaper,
envelopes used twice over, and
United States stamped envelopes
seized and overprinted for the use of
Confederate items are almost 150 years old.
Some are scarce and hard to find, but
many are within reach of all.
has been written about Confederate
stamps and covers --
and still is being written -- than
nearly any other specialized field.
Ever had a question regarding a Confederate philatelic item
and wish you knew someone who could give you an answer? Well, the CSA
recognizes this need and has established a "Mentor Program" whereby you
can call or email a very knowledgeable Confederate philatelist and
fellow CSA member with your question.
Our 2014 Mid-Year gathering was held in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lots of dealers, wonderful
fellowship and excellent presentations.
Here is a
brief summary and photos.
Confederate Stamp Alliance...
CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE is a non-sectional, non-political
organization for fraternity, research and cooperation among a choice
group of hundreds of collectors of Confederate stamps, covers, and
postal history. Its members' interests
cover all possible phases of the stamps and postal history of the
War Between the States, both North and South.
ALLIANCE'S official publication, THE CONFEDERATE PHILATELIST,
is published quarterly and sent to all members. It
contains original articles on Confederate philately as well as
news of the ALLIANCE and its members.
of the important services available to members of the CONFEDERATE
STAMP ALLIANCE is its Authentication
Service. This panel of experts will issue a formal
written opinion on any item submitted by a member for a nominal
fee. Any authentication issue should be submitted to the CSA
Authentication Service for formal expert review.
year the CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE holds its
Annual Convention and Exhibition,
usually in conjunction with a national or regional show. Anyone
who is a student of the War for Southern Independence or who
collects or is interested in starting a collection of Confederate
or Civil War material in any form will find that membership in
Confederate philately's national society provides distinct
Become A Member. Please
accept our cordial invitation to join the CONFEDERATE STAMP
ALLIANCE and participate in the many varied activities
fascinating philatelic field. All are welcome.
If you are
interested in becoming a member of the CONFEDERATE
STAMP ALLIANCE, just access the Membership Application
Form below and print it out. The directions for filling out the
form and mailing it are self-explanatory. Use the back button to
return to this page. Current Membership
stands at 629 (as of 1st Quarter 2015).
Stamp Primer OnlineThe Confederate Stamp Primer
Online by Patricia A. Kaufmann is a basic guide for those who
don't have access to classic philatelic literature on the
subject or for those who do, but would like a quick online
reference. You may view just the section in which you are
interested or read it systematically from one page to the next.
This primer deals only with stamps and not the vast area of
postal history covered by The Rebel Post. A section
called "Trouble Spots" is being added one treatise at a time to
cover such common problems as identifying #11 from #12, London
print from Local print, altered plate reprints and more.