The American Philatelist
The American Philatelist, published by the American Philatelic Society
American Philatelic Society
The American Philatelic Society is the largest nonprofit stamp collecting and organization of philately in the world, with almost 44,000 members from 110 countries...

, is one of the world's oldest philatelic magazine
Philatelic literature
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 still in operation; its first issue dates from January 10, 1887.

The magazine
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 is published monthly for members of the APS. It has the appearance of a standard glossy color magazine, typically running about 100 pages per issue. As the house organ
House organ
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, there are monthly departments covering APS news and activities, a president's column, and so forth. The core of the magazine consists of 5-10 articles on subjects related to philately, ranging from highly technical subjects such as "Accra overprints on Gold Coast stamps", to the fictional stamps and envelopes that have been used as movie props.

Other regular departments include "The Glassine Surfer", a column reviewing online resources for collectors, book review
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s, and U.S. new issues.

The magazine takes both display advertising
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 and classified advertising
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