Stamps - Literature A Fraud List
( Originally Published 1893 )
WE are in receipt of a copy of an Alphabetical list of advertised Philatelic Frauds, as collected and arranged by A. B. Merrill. This little book is a very valuable one especially to dealers, as it contains a list of frauds in the several branches of Philately, approval sheet frauds, subst it utors, etc., who have been advertised at different times by their victims and is most complete in all its details. Every other page is ruled into spaces for the insertion of the names of new frauds, and taking it all through it is a very handy book for reference.
OF the initial numbers received by us since our announcement, that of The Philatelist undoubtedly beats them all. We waited patiently for it to reach our sanctum, and although it art ived a month later than announced, it came up to our expectations. The first striking feature of this new magazine are the miniature portraits of the authors which accompany their articles. After reading a rather lengthy but good Introductory, we hasten to scan the rest of the contents The first article that takes our eye is "The Standard of Philatelic Literature" by J. P. Class and in it he discourses upon the contents of our magazines. He denounces such trash as is met with in a good many of our papers and winds up by saying : " If writers will take the time to study their albums and books, and editors will not be too squeamish about filling the waste basket, we shall soon have an array of publications of which none need be ashamed." We heartily agree with him on this point and trust that a good many of our editors will take this sound advice to heart.
When the startling announcement " Wanted Forthwith " met our eyes, we were dumbstruck and thought that " ye editor " had disgraced his journal by inserting one of those abominable paid puffs, but when we read further, found it not to be the case. It is a very creditable article by S. M. Graves, and in it he ably sets forth the need of an
International Stamp Catalogue." " A Comparison that is not Odious" is the title of a good article in which an issue of a stamp magazine of a decade ago and one of the present day is compared by C. E. Severn, who is fast becoming one of our acknowledged leading writers in Philatelic Literature. Among the other equally meritorious articles which make up this creditable initial number are an " Autobiography of a Stamp " by Charles Jenny ; notes from different quarters of the globe ; " Editorial" ; "To an old Collecting Friend," by Guy W. Green ; " A Song of My Album," by Roy F. Greene, and the opening parts of an " Auction Epitome of United States Stamps," compiled by H. C. Beardsley. We all have our likes and dislikes, and we do not approve of the idea of having some articles in smaller type than others, as it looks "crowded" ; rather had some of those editorials been left out and the same sized type used throughout. Doubtless owing to the scarcity of good engravers out in the " far west,' the cuts, and that of the cover especially, are far from being works of art.
The next in order of merit though not in size is The Ohio Stamp. It comes to us looking fresh, and its typography very good. There is nothing much of any importance in the way of good reading. The contents are made up of " Notes from Ohio,'' "Notes on U. S. Stamps," "Editorials " and " Jottings." A few papers are reviewed in a special column devoted to that purpose. A slight fault with it, however, is the mixing up of the reading matter with the advertisements, or vice versa.
Another new one is The Collector's Review, a very neat four-page paper from Denver. It contains some good readable matter, and typographically is very neat. This is a good point in its favor, as mostly all the new papers come to hand very bad in this respect.
The second largest in size and also the first to be welcomed (?) to our sanctum was The Illinois Philatelist. This is the worst looking one in all respects received by us. There is nothing of special merit to need comment upon in this number. It has one good point in its favor, however, " out on time," as promised.