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Essential Philatelic Literature

United States Postage Stamps of the 20th Century, Volume 1
The first of four volumes of this comprehensive work by Max Johl covers 1901-22 Issues. Published in 1937.
United States Postage Stamps of the 20th Century, Volume 2
The second of four volumes of this comprehensive work by Max Johl covers 1923-33 Commemorative Issues. Published in 1934.
United States Postage Stamps of the 20th Century, Volume 3
The third of four volumes of this comprehensive work by Max Johl covers 1922-35 Issues, Parcel Post and Air Mail Issues. Published in 1935.
United States Postage Stamps of the 20th Century, Volume 4
The fourth and last volume of this comprehensive work by Max Johl covers 1933-37 Commemorative Issues. Published in 1938.
Historical Background

The Arthur White Postal History Archive
Checklist of Presidents of the United States
Checklist of free franking privileges for presidential widows
Evolution of American Postal System to 1792
U.S. Domestic and Incoming Private Ship Letter Rates
This handy chart shows the progression of rates based on both distance and weight from 1792 until 1863. The third page shows rates for drop letters and unsealed, printed circulars.
Historical Evolution of American Bank Note Company
This flow chart shows when other companies merged with what became the American Bank Note Company.