Arthur H Groten M.D.
PO Box 3366
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
The Postal Label Study Group was first formed in England in 1976. The Group became inactive in 1979 and was re-formed in the U.S. in 1985. The Group has approximately 100 members from 14 different countries with about half the membership in the U.S. We are an affiliate of the APS and the United States Stamp Society.
Our focus is on those labels that preform a postal function. Most commonly encountered are airmail etiquettes, registration labels and express labels. Others include auxiliary ones for such functions as “return to sender”, “addressee unknown”, “deceased”, C.O.D., etc. We have interest in all world-wide labels including, of course, the U.S.
One can understand the importance of understanding these labels and their relevance to the study of postal history. Often they can explain something not readily apparent. They certainly add pizzazz to the item, particularly when more than one label has been used. Covers with labels for three services are quite scarce; those with four are very rare.
Our members receive a quarterly electronic publication, The Postal Label Bulletin, which contains extensive news and information from the world of postal label collecting as well as original research articles. Previous issues are available on our website. The Group has large auctions of labels and covers several times a year.
The pleasure of this aspect of our hobby is the constant appearance of new items. They were not seriously collected at the time of their issuance, so no repository of contemporary information exists. Various publications on registration labels, express labels and airmail labels may be obtained through our website. They are revised from time to time.
The opportunities for original research are endless.
The Postal Label Bulletin , published quarterly, can be found within USSS Resources Click here
Information about PLSG membership may be obtained on the PLSG website: Click Here