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It's often a dream to become a writer. The question is usually - in which genre and what subject? Fiction, non-fiction, reference guide, etc. In some cases it can also be fun to write a simple booklet for young readers.

Your philatelic interests are one area where you can excel by putting your notes and exhibit pages to better use by publishing them. It's actually quite easy and can be an immediate boost to one's ego, never mind a benefit to fellow collectors! (How-to self-publish part 1 and part 2).

 

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The Hague Peace Conference of 1899
Postcards of the Conference

(Update in PDF format)

Hague book cover

The International Peace Conference of 1899 in the Hague, Netherlands was a first step toward organized disarmament and peaceful arbitration of conflicts between countries. It was also the subject of artists and publishers depicting the people and events of the day.

This guide to the commemorative postcards produced as a remembrance of the conference for visitors to the Hague, provides a glimpse into that time through the beautiful miniature artwork depicted on these postcards.

 

The Leticia Incident 1932-1934
The League of Nations and the Colombian - Peruvian Border Conflict

(Update in PDF format)

Leticia book cover

Colombia and Peru have a long history of arguing over control of an area in southeastern Colombia known as the ‘Department of the Amazonas’. That state includes the port city of Leticia. Between 1911 and 1932, open fighting broke out between the two nations several times and claiming lives on both sides.

In an attempt to defuse the local combat begun in 1932, Colombia and Peru, both members of the League of Nations, agreed to binding arbitration by the League. Under supervision of the League’s new Leticia Commission, a military force policed the disputed area for 1 year, June 1933 - June 1934. This was the earliest use of a neutral military force under international control for peacekeeping purposes. It remains the model for peacekeeping efforts even today.

 

O.C. Marsh, Chief Red Cloud
and the Thunder Horses

(Update in PDF format)

Chief Red Cloud book cover

It was a time of scientific discovery and the characters in the story are all larger than life today. But, they were quite the personalities even in their day.

Othneil Charles Marsh, a paleontologist, described dozens of new species as he examined remains from the fossil rich western badlands of the Dakotas and Wyoming.

Chief Red Cloud, the highly respected leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe, led his people wisely not only in war but also in peace. The Red Cloud Agency bore his name.

Thunder Horses - Giants of prehistoric times whose very name elicits visions of Mammoths and Brontosaurs.

Combine all three and a wonderful true story of suspense and true friendship with a dose of hardship presents lessons in trust and altruism. Two things our modern culture might learn from.

 

International Institute of Agriculture
Official Mail 1910-1946

(October 2020 Update)

Agriculture book cover

The International Institute of Agriculture (IIA) was founded by David Lubin of Sacramento, California in 1905 in Rome with the financial support of King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. The IIA was organized as an international non-governmental body in a 1906 conference with representatives of over 40 nations. It became the source of reports on agricultural law, statistics, plant diseases, fertilizers, entomology, soils, etc. This organization’s importance in the development of worldwide agriculture cannot be overstated.

Although the Institute utilized Italian postal services, it maintained an internal postal facility to track postage expenses of official mail. This guide presents history of the institute as well as examples of official mail.

This short work is derived from a single frame philatelic exhibit developed for the purpose of display at exhibitions. The exhibit has received gold awards at the national level as well as special awards. General background subjects and picture post cards have been interspersed to enhance the subject, but are not part of the exhibit proper.

 

United Nations Memorial Service:
Muir Woods, 19 May 1945

(Update in PDF format)

Muir Woods book cover

The United Nations was conceived by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941. The League of Nations failed to end World War II through their inaction to counter the aggressive Axis Powers of Germany, Italy and Japan.Roosevelt came to the conclusion that peace was only achievable if world nations formed a new peace organization to replace the League

His legacy remains as an incredible effort in guiding the birth of a new peace organization. Roosevelt’s death left a vacuum of international leadership and the world memorialized his loss.

 

The Seven Schwabians:
A German Folktale (Re-told)

(Update in PDF format)

Seven Schwabians book cover

The Seven Schwabians is a series of German folktales. First recited by Hans Sachs in 1545, the fables relate the many misguided adventures of seven Schwabian would-be heroes oft portrayed as innocent or foolish. Such tales have been told and retold over many, many years with the teller adding or subtracting events, people or monsters as the creative mood strikes them.

This version is loosely based on the original (as original as may be determined from sources available.) In the honored tradition of many previous storytellers, I’ve embellished the stories and made substitutions or added details as my imagination dictated. In several instances, major parts of a story are penned by myself as only a sentence or fragment was found to base the story on.

 

The Oceanographic Institute
and Museum of Monaco

(Update in PDF format)

Oceanographic book cover

Life in our planet’s oceans are often great mysteries to mankind, hiding many strange and improbable wonders. Undersea explorers have made many important discoveries, but no explorer’s efforts were more prolific or inspiring than those of Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922).

His founding of the Oceanographic Institute and Museum of Monaco was the first effort to systematically study the world’s oceans. It has been one of the most generous acts on behalf of mankind to the benefit of our oceanic environments. This study presents the history and purpose of the Oceanographic Institution and Museum of Monaco. It uses various philatelic items (postage stamps including official service mail) to enhance the story line.

 

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