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ZOOM Encyclopedia of U.S. Postage Stamps
$4.95 (Win95/98/Me/2000/XP/Mac) (Just the CD) (STAMPZCIDJ)

Zane Publishing

Reference

Ratings:

"Does the Job" from New Media

History of the American Postage Stamp

The Encyclopedia of U.S. Postage Stamps is more than just a stamp catalog. It is a multimedia experience that presents full-color images of every face-different U.S. postage stamp design dating from the first stamp issued in 1847 up to those issued in 1993 - that's over 2,400 face-different designs.

This knowledge base is a necessary resource for any novice or expert philatelist or anyone interested in the rich American history that is illustrated by stamp designs. The Encyclopedia of U.S. Postage Stamps includes more than 2,400 full-color stamp designs which were issued over 147 years, depicting prominent political, sports and entertainment figures, native flora and fauna, impressive artworks, and architectural structures. With a click of your mouse you can see how these designs provide an enthralling panoramic survey of American history.

There is also a fascinating section with detailed full-color images of unique postage stamps, including postal service misprints and inverted designs that add even more interest to this intriguing hobby. The Encyclopedia of U.S. Postage Stamps was produced with renowned expert Richard L. Sine, former New York Times stamp columnist, former editor of The American Philatelist, and former editorial director of Scott Publishing, the nation's largest philatelic publisher.

Requirements:

Windows - 386/33 with Windows 3.1 or Higher, 4 MB RAM (8 MB Recommended), CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), VGA (SVGA 640x480, 256 colors recommended), mouse and sound card recommended.

Tested OK on Windows XP.

Macintosh - 68030+ Mac (256 colors recommended), System 7+, CD-ROM drive (double speed recommended), 8 MB RAM.

Reviews:

CD-ROM Today, November 1994

"Don't let the title fool you. ZCI Publishing's latest PowerCD won't tell you everything you want to know about stamps, but it will tell you enough to start a basic collection.

"The disc focuses on three areas: how to identify stamps by the binding process, printing process, and their physical characteristics; what tools you need to start a collection; and what organizations and publications can help.

"Stamps also offers you a mini-history lesson on subjects depicted on the stamps as well as an overview of stamp history."

Home PC, November 1994

"Especially intriguing are the stories of errors and misprints that turn run-of-the-mill stamps into instant collectibles. In 1918, for example, William T. Robey bought a page of stamps for $25 only to discover later that the "Jenny" airplane on each stamp was upside down. Individual stamps from that page have since sold for as much as $150,000. Just try getting that kind of return from your e-mail."

New Media, April 11, 1996

"History buffs will enjoy the commentary of Encyclopedia of U.S. Postage Stamps, but philatelists will find it extremely frustrating...Stamps does an excellent job of providing beautiful scanned color images of every U.S. postal stamp release, but each stamp is depicted individually - the disc doesn't show attached stamp blocks, complete booklet panes, souvenir sheets or full sheets."



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