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What's The Word On A Revised Springer's Handbook?

 
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Posted 06/23/2021   9:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add GregAlex to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Seems like there have been rumors for decades that the Springer's Handbook, covering taxpaid revenues, telegraph stamps, and other obscure philatelic material, would get a revised reissue. Maybe even in a compiled format, so collectors wouldn't have to consult various editions.

Does anyone know what became of this idea? I think the last edition was #10 in 1985. Are these in the public domain yet?
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Posted 06/23/2021   9:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add classic_paper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Written works don't reach the public domain in the US for something like 95 years, I think.

I wonder, though: maybe an arrangement can be made. Perhaps the owner/publisher would allow a group of volunteers to collate old editions into a new, print-on-demand version. The labor to put it together would be free, and set-up and proofs would be <$250. No inventory, and anyone who wanted a copy could just order one and get it in a few days…
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Posted 06/23/2021   9:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I know the American Revenue Association is nearing the end of a lengthy and huge revision and expansion project to produce a greatly improved US revenue stamp catalog. It will make Springer (and some other revenue books) essentially obsolete. I do not know reliable details beyond this - and it should come from someone much closer to the project than myself anyway.
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Posted 06/24/2021   08:04 am  Show Profile Check 1typesetter's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I know Eric has been working on an updated Springer catalog. Maybe he can weigh in on the details.
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Posted 06/24/2021   2:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I know Eric has been working on an updated Springer catalog. Maybe he can weigh in on the details.


I had heard that, too, and was hoping he might have a word to say.
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Posted 06/24/2021   10:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revinmn to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John Becker,

No idea where you got that information, but the ARA is not near the end of anything of the sort, nor are we working on it. There is a private group that has been working on a revised Springer for years now, but I don't know anything about the time line, nor what all will be included. I'd think Eric might know.
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Posted 06/24/2021   10:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, I'll stand corrected on the ARA part, but I do know some collectors who are actively working on sections and I have contributed some data through them.
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Posted 06/24/2021   10:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's been "coming soon" for several years now........
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Posted 06/27/2021   2:31 pm  Show Profile Check ericjackson's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ericjackson to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The new Springer Catalog is progressing. It is a huge undertaking, but when it finally becomes available I believe you be pleased. It is currently more than 450 pages with hundreds of color illustrations covering all U.S. Taxpaids, Special Tax Stamps, Customs Stamps and Dept. of Agriculture stamps.
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Posted 06/27/2021   3:05 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hopefully it will also be available in digital format.
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Posted 06/27/2021   9:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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It is currently more than 450 pages with hundreds of color illustrations covering all U.S. Taxpaids, Special Tax Stamps, Customs Stamps and Dept. of Agriculture stamps.


You're like the 21st Century Deats & Sterling! Thanks, Eric.
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