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If this were a monograph or article, the "thanks" section would be at the end of the preface and wouldn't change until the next edition.
- But websites can change constantly, and people continue to contribute suggestions, reference material, corrections, etc.
- So there are separate listings of people who have made such contributions after the website was published and mostly debugged, in mid-to-late December, 2007.
These listings are organized as follows:
- The first listing covers the period from November 14, 2007 through June 19, 2008, and provides some of the background for these listings.
The first awards listing reviews the above period, and introduces the series of occasional awards for suggestions.
- The second awards listing covers the period from June 20, 2008 through August 19, 2009.
- The third awards listing covers the period from August 19, 2009 to August 30, 2010.
- The fourth awards listing covers the period from August 30, 2010 to June 26, 2011
The fifth awards listing covers the period from June 27, 2011
to the present
Most of the philatelic material in the website is taken from Alan Blunt ,
John Barefoot,  and Stefan Petriuk .
Apparently the original synagogue documentation and photography was by Szymon Zajczyk, who perished in the holocaust on 27 May 1944. He is believed to be the original sources of the wooden synagogue photos.
I want to particularly thank:
- Alan Blunt, for his unselfish help and encouragement,
- Edwin Rabbie, for his help in translating much of Petriuk's section on Przedborz.
This was especially important in helping start the first version of this project.
- Hagen Hanke, for many generous favors
- My friends in the Polonus and
Rossica Philatelic Societies for their encouragement,
their willingness to translate to/from Polish, their opinions about historical questions,
their generosity in finding material, loaning me material to scan, etc.
Among the many, Roman Sobus, Hank Bieniecki, Chris Kulpinski, Roy Koczarski,
Joseph Matlack, the late Adam (Zbigniew) Chojczak, Stan (also late) and John Wlodek and Frank Karwoski
especially stand out.
- Alex Brodsky, who introduced me to the amazing variety of Przedborz forgeries,
- Many eBay users with whom I had correspondence: Menno van Eek, Rick Scott,
Jay T. Carrigan, Joe Klekotta, Tomasz Gajak, Anthony O'Brien, Andrew Wadowice,
Zbigniew Izydorczyk, and Don G. Reuter come to mind.
- Erv Mrotek, Bob Ogrodnik, Jan Prygoda, Herb Volin and others, for recommending machine translation sites and procedures.
- Thanks also to the staff of the American Philatelic Research Library (APRL),
especially Ellen Peachey for her tireless help and endless good humor.
- The volunteers at the Western Philatelic Library were also very helpful.
- Various non-philatelic friends such as David Holton and Peggy Solick gave
much-appreciated advice on page layout, graphics, etc.
- G. Kock and Paolo Berentzen gave very helpful comments after the web site
Above all, I want to thank some friends in Berkeley:
- Fried Wittman, who inadvertently got me interested in Przedborz stamps,
- and Tomas Frank, Barbara and Bob Budnitz, who shared material and stories
from their trip to Przedborz in about 1999.
And, of course, my family for their encouragement (you know who you are) or at least their patience and forbearance (ditto),
Special thanks to Lydia Idem and Unca' Joetoshop, for extra-special encouragement, tutoring, and on-going help.
My apologies to those whose names I've inadvertently omitted.
This project is dedicated to the millions who died in WWI & WWII, including those in Przedbórz.
As noted above, the basic data primarily comes from:
Blunt  "Przedborz Revisited" [I have used his forgery types to the maximum extent possible.]
Barefoot  "Poland 1918 Locals", who has excellent illustrations
Petriuk  Stadtpostampter, etc.
The illustrations are my own, except for a couple of the F2's which are from photocopies provided by Alan Blunt
The wonderful "Finder" series of nature guides
(e.g., the Pacific Coast Tree Finder, the Rocky Mountain Flower Finder, etc.)
provided the inspiration for finding a good sequence for identifying each stamp type,
especially in the first issue.
Town Map and Photos
The map itself is traced from something Tomas Frank [Frank Architects, Berkeley, California] had.
The synagogue, town, town square, and Widoma photos are all from Avotanu.com, with copyrights as noted on the photos.
(I can't read some of them very well.)
Post-WWII Przedborz is from a postcard purchased on eBay.
Reverse is labeled "Ideal-Postkarte, Ica, Aktiengesellschaft, Dresden."
Comments attributed to the late Stan Wlodek are based on his emails, letters, and phone conversations. I apologize to him and his family for any misquotes and/or misunderstandings.
Read about fair use.
See list of those helping to improve this website after about mid-December, 2007.
© 2007-14 Sam Ginsburg
14 Oct. 2014