NEWS RELEASE - MAY 2000
New Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog
to be released at NAPEX
The United States Stamp Society, formerly the Bureau Issues Association,
Inc. has announced that a new Durland Catalog is at the press and is expected
to be available at the Societys annual meeting at NAPEX, June 2, 2000.
The Durland 2000 edition is the sixth produced by the USSS and its
publication celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the introduction
of the Standard Plate Number Catalog. The Sterling Stamp Co. published the
first Plate Number Catalog, Vol. 1, in 1950 and in successive years through
1981. Clarence B. Durland, himself initially edited the catalog with William
Patten editing the later editions. In 1984 under the leadership of the late
George Godin, the B.I.A. began editing, publishing and expanding the coverage
of stamps. The Society produced subsequent editions in 1986, 1990, 1994 and
1997. The 1997 and the new 2000 edition have been compiled and edited by Kim
D. Johnson, assisted by W. Wallace Cleland and John L. Larson.
The new Durland 2000, the most comprehensive research source for plate number
information on United States postage and revenue stamps, has been expanded to
456 pages, an increase of 64 pages from the previous edition. Plate number
information appears for three years of new issues along with scores of previously
unreported numbers for pre-Bureau issues, which were introduced in the 1997 edition.
New features in this edition include the listing of all Revenue issues with 40
new illustrations and a new section for dummy and test stamps. For the first time,
paste up coils and rotary booklet panes will be priced. A new appendix listing
the maximum percentage of partial plate numbers on Coil stamps will complement the
ongoing Rotary Press Booklet pane percentage listings.
The Postage Due section has been re-worked, incorporating the studies done by
David Stiff and published in The United States Specialist, the Societys
monthly journal. The MDI "Blue Cover" booklet section has also been
enhanced and updated.
With the completion of the revenues section and new listings, the catalog will
now include plate number information on all United States and overprinted Possessions
postage, revenue and back of the book stamps listed in the Scott Specialized catalog.
The Durland 2000 edition, a bound soft-cover 9" x 6" book format, will be
priced at $22.00 post paid. It is available to members of the United States Stamp
Society at the discount price of $18.00. Orders should be sent to Mr. David Lee,
P.O. Box 6634, Katy, TX 77491-6634