Providing A Permanent Census of U.S. Stamps & Cover Images
If you love Postal History, this is a wonderful site that I hope you already know about. He probably needs no introduction, but Richard Frajola is a giant in Philately. His personal journey has taken him from collecting, to exhibiting as a junior collector in the 1966 SIPEX international show in Washington D.C, to working professionally in the field. In 1968 he began working for a series of several auction houses, including as a consultant to Sotheby’s. Frajola also to ran his own auction house from 1980 till 1995. He has served as a consultant to several leading auction houses in the United States and served private clients. Credits include serving as an expert consultant to the Philatelic Foundation, Professional Stamp Expertisers and Philatelic Stamp Authentification and Grading (PSAG).
His site, rfrajola.com, is a treasure trove with more than a few gems inside for philatelists, historians and lovers of old paper.
The Frajola Phila Mercury Project is a permanent census of United States cover images from and descriptions in a single, searchable database. It’s a participatory site with collectors and dealers pitching in to share the covers they own, or have available for sale. The site is viewable by all but only approved registered users can add images and descriptions to the database. Dealers can designate if the item is available for sale and collectors can have their ownership of material identified if they chose to do so. It can be used for research, as an imaged record of a collection, or to list covers available for purchase.
Samples of what you can view on the census:
Each item features a clear description with high resolution images:
Another section of high interest to myself is the Postal History page which has:
1} Searchable PDF files of United States Post Office Acts and postal rate summaries.
2} An annotated page of links useful for research including newspaper archives, and period source documents.
3} Stanley B. Ashbrook’s Special Service page of links. A cornerstone series, written between 1951 and 1957, relating to the analysis of United States covers.
There is also the Frajola Board For Philatelists:
a public discussion forum where philatelists from around the world can chat and ask questions about everything Philatelic.
If you haven’t tasted from this site then I especially invite you to feast on the sumptuous table spread of postal history on rfrajola.com
Kudos to Mr. Frajola and all who have helped to make this resource available to the world!
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