A letter mailed from Fairfield, Conn. to John Hancock in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776. Click here to learn more…
An essential tool for understanding the postal history of Hawaii. Decades in the making, Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870 is the author’s first major work on the islands’ philately in 50 years. Gregory has expanded the work of Meyer-Harris, the previous authority, and uncovered new evidence that leads to new conclusions. Students and collectors of 19th century Pacific Basin postal history will find this work essential— historians will enjoy going in-depth into this unique period in time. For more details about this exceptional book and to order it from the Philatelic Foundation, click here.
Reperforating Stamps – keeping up with the bad guys.
Reperfs are among the most difficult falsifications to detect, even for the experts. Fakers continue to improve their techniques, and the expert PF staff and our outside consultants work very hard to stay ahead of them. Learn More…
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The value of a stamp or cover is based on not only its rarity, but also its condition. Fake cancels and non-contemporary markings can significantly lower its value. With the unmatched PF reference library and an expertise built over many decades of philatelic research, our expert staff and broad range of outside consultants will give you the highest level of confidence in the genuineness and condition of your material.
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