After nearly three years scrutinizing thousands of documents and photographs, reviewing dozens of interviews, and hemorrhaging words (keeping the best 140,000), our publisher, the American Philatelic Society, has sent Stamp of the Century to the printer. In a few weeks, we’ll be holding a 403-page book of photos and stories about all those characters we’ve come to love. Well mostly. There are a few villains, but you have to have those.
The first full-page ads for the book have appeared in online versions of The American Philatelist and Linn’s Stamp News. The book will be available from APS starting May 1. We’ll tell you where to find it when copies hit the shelves. In the meantime, we hit the road to talk about the book and share some of the great stories we found.
April 27 – WESTPEX Stamp Show, San Francisco. We’ll be doing a talk about Inverted Jenny-owning airmail collectors at 3:30 p.m. for the American Air Mail Society.
May 1 – Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Washington, DC, which provided research and publication funding for the book, is throwing us a book-release party in DC, which includes signing Stamp of the Century as fast as NPM sells copies from noon until 2 p.m. We’ve been told that they’re ordering lots of books to sell.
The festivities coincide with the NPM’s opening of its new exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of airmail called Postmen of the Skies. We can’t wait to see it!
That same day, the US Post Office will hold a first-day ceremony at 11 a.m. for two new stamps commemorating US airmail. A blue intaglio-printed forever stamp featuring the Curtiss Jenny biplane will be issued then, and a carmine version will come out August 12.
May 2 – We’ll be the featured guests at the NPM’s History After Hours talk and book signing 6-8 p.m. We’re planning to describe a tour of Jenny history sites around DC, including retelling the May 14 events of Bill Robey’s famous purchase and the May 15 first airmail flights.
All of these events are free though some require registration. We’ll post details as we get closer to these dates. We’ll also post updates as more events get scheduled.
In the meantime, we’re now lucky enough to get to do what published authors do—promote our book. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be posting excerpts and news here in our blog. We hope readers will share our news with friends and colleagues and encourage them to sign up for updates.