Scope and Content
The Vatican Stamp Collection is presented in 5 ring-binders [Books 1 – 5] published by two companies which sequentially offer a complete set of stamps from 1929 – 2014.
Minkus Vatican City, Scott Publishing Company, OH presents the stamp issues from 1929 to Christmas 2003.
White Ace, the Washington Press, NJ. presents stamps from 2004 through 2014
The change in publishers occurs in the 4th ring-binder and the pagination jumps from page 206 to 244. This is only a gap in page numbers; the set remains chronologically complete.
The collection begins in 1929 with stamps recognized as valid postage and issued solely by the Vatican City. The subject matter on the stamps is diverse, such as human concerns of war, disease, and poverty, as well as celebrations of genius and the natural environment.
Of course, many stamps focus on the Catholic Church - its history, saints, popes, and martyrs, as well as many as artworks owned by the Vatican [paintings, sculptures, parks, and architecture.]
The Popes Elected From 1958 - 2013
Pope Francis: March 13, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI: April 19, 2005 - Feb 28, 2013
Pope John Paul II: Oct 16, 1978 – April, 2005
Pope John Paul I: Aug 26 – Sept 28, 1978
Pope Paul VI: June 21, 1963 – Aug 6, 1978
Pope John XXIII: Oct 28, 1958 – June 3, 1963
All materials in Archives & Special Collections can be found on the 4th floor of Dayton Memorial Library, Room 401. We are currently in the process of hiring a new Archivist; please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure access until we have staffing in place.