CCC offers free digitized handbooks online

The Collectors Club of Chicago (CCC) offers 23 digitized philatelic handbooks from the world over for free on its website.

Since the first handbook was introduced in 1968, the CCC has published 30 high-quality, original research specialized philatelic handbooks, compendia and anthologies. The handbooks are issued in limited editions—usually 300 copies—with the majority of the pre-2005 published editions only available from libraries or whenever private philatelic literature libraries are dispersed through private treaty or auction. Several of these handbooks—such as the 1975 book The Waterbury Cancellations, 1850-1890—bring $200 or more on the collector’s market.


While the CCC maintains the copyrights for these handbooks, the club has embarked on a “program for the Good of Philately” to digitize 23 editions on its website. The digitized handbooks were published before 2005 and are no longer available from existing CCC inventory or philatelic literature dealers.

Among the 23 digitized handbooks is one Canadian offering—Canada’s Registered Mail 1802-1909, From Money Letters through Insurance for a Fee, which was authored by Horace W. Harrison, George B. Arfken and Harry W. Lussey in 2002.

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