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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.

Please note: these libraries may be closed if there are coronavirus restrictions. Please check their websites for arrangements to visit.


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

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


Postcard collecting

History of the Postcard Royal Mail

History of the Postcard (US commercial ite)

Picture Postcard Collecting magazine

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

them@com: News of the world of thematic philately




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