Our new issues bill for German July issues hit an all time high. Germany released a slew of new regular (flower) stamps to handle rate increases. New issues subscribers must prepare for a shock when the third quarter issues arrive!

We are in our second August here in Texas and you have to like truly hot weather to like it here- fortunately I do. My garden requires watering almost everyday but is surviving the 100° + days.

We have reluctantly signed up for the November stamp show in Grapevine Texas. Dragging stock to a show gets harder with each passing year. This show is reportedly the biggest show in Texas each year. All of the dealer tables are always sold out and there is a waiting list to get a spot so we are hoping it will be a good show for us. We will remind our customers when the show dates near.

This month we have updated our Austria Part C list price list which covers Austrian offices and occupations. We have also updated our Germany Bundesrepublik/ Berlin zusammendrucke price list this month.

Austria – Ferchenbauer Catalog

Next month we will try to update one of our German offices and colonies lists – this area is our fastest selling area and our stock turns over very quickly which requires frequent updates of these lists.

Ferchenbauer Handbook of Austria 1850-1864 – published in 2008 is the most complete catalog of the period for Austria in the world. This handbook/catalog is published in four hardbound volumes and totals well over 2000 pages of information. This catalog includes everything philatelic pertaining to Austria during the period 1850-1864. It includes images of stamps and covers in the most accurate colors of any philatelic publication. One can identify shades accurately by comparing stamps to the handbook’s images!

Although in German, the catalog listings are easy to use because of the detailed descriptions and the clear images. (The Austria Philatelic Society (US) has translated a good portion of this catalog already.) This catalog is for more advanced collectors who are acquiring covers and cards, or collect the many varieties that exist among the early stamp issues

The Handbook is available in the US only from our firm. The price is $380 Postpaid. (We just restocked but have only a few sets on hand.)