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Creation Date

Spring 2018


In August of 2017, Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, contacted the Special and Archival Collections office inquiring if the College would have an interest in accepting as a donation his Poste Vaticane Stamp Collection. On behalf of the College, the Library gratefully accepted Dr. Chambliss’ generous offer, which we exhibit here for the very first time.

Dr. Carlson R. Chambliss is professor emeritus of Kutztown University, where he taught physical sciences - particularly astronomy - for numerous years. He is extremely active in stamp collecting and over the years has developed a particularly outstanding philatelic stock and collection. The collection spans the years 1929 through to 2001 and is housed in two volumes, with commentaries provided by Dr. Chambliss on many of the issues.

The postal system of the Vatican City State began in 1929 with the signing of the Lateran Pact with Italy, and since then a wide array of issues depicting all aspects of history and culture that relate to the Roman Church and to its role in world affairs have been released.

If you’re a philatelist or just love stamps, then you won’t want to miss the opportunity of seeing this fabulous collection