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Research And Further Information: Useful Links

Here are some useful links to other online resources. Please note the BTA is not responsible for any content on these websites.

Undertaking Research. Full-text guidance on philatelic research, courtesy of the Royal Philatelic Society, London. (Please note these are general guides applicable to all classes of philately).

David R Beech MBE FRPSL Philatelic Research - A Basic Guide

Charles Oppenheim FRPSL What Philatelists Need to Know About Copyright


Philatelic Libraries

British Library Philatelic CollectionsClick here to apply for a free Reader Pass.

Royal Philatelic Society, London. Open to non-members for reference purposes. Click here for the Library Catalogue. You do not have to be logged in to consult the catalogue.


Full Text Resources

Collecting Slogan Postmarks. 5 volumes covering 1917 - 1999. Courtesy of the Great Britain Philatelic Society

Special Event Postmarks of the United Kingdom. 5 volumes covering 1851 - 2013. Courtesy of the Great Britain Philatelic Society


Specialist Societies with themed interest

American Topical Association

Study Units of the American Topical Association 

British Postmark Society

Cinderella Stamp Club

Ephemera Society

FIP Thematic Philately Commission

Perfin Society

Postal History Society

UK Meter Franking


Stamps listed thematically

Colnect collectables catalog. Stamp listings by very detailed subject list..

Free Stamp Catalogue Free world catalogue with virtually every stamp/series/block from 1920 to date, plus many pre-1920.. Indexed by theme.

Thematic Stamp Catalogues. Listed by subject, worldwide coverage. Over 40 different subjects listed

WNS - The WADP Numbering System. The official UPU site listing all postage stamps legally issued by UPU members. Use the Search box for your theme.


Postcard collecting

History of the Postcard (US commercial site)

The Postcard Album

Postcard History Smithsonian Institution

Postcard Pages. Postcard Traders Association


Sites of General Interest

Association of British Philatelic Societies

National and Specialist Societies affiliated to ABPS

Rice University Library Guide. Includes links to online books, articles and websites among other things

them@com: News of the world of thematic philately




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