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September 9th - A New Look at Stamp Design

Niko Courtelis
Portland, OR

September 16th - 1920 Siam "Scouts Fund" Overprints

Dr. Frederick Lawrence
Gilbert, AZ

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Now available: William H. Gross Collection, United States Classics 1847-1869 published jointly by William Gross and The Collectors Club

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Now available: The World’s First Postage Stamp,a new book by Alan Holyaoke, is now available from the Collectors Club. See the comments by Robert Odenweller on the book and how to order it.


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The Collectors Club is a group of more than 750 people who have come together to further the study of philately, promote the hobby and provide a social, educational, and non-commercial setting for the enthusiastic enjoyment of our common passion.

The Clubhouse

Founded in 1896, the Club counted among its members the leading—even legendary—names in philately. Today's membership is no exception and includes some of the hobby's best-known collectors, exhibitors, and authors. The vast majority of our group, however, are "regular" collectors who have one thing in common—a thirst to share their enjoyment of the hobby and a desire to learn more about collecting among others who take philately seriously.

Our physical "heart" is the Club's landmark five-story brownstone, designed by famed architect Stanford White, located at 35th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City. A $1 million renovation was completed in 2001 to ensure that the Clubhouse will meet our needs now and well into the future. While the majority of our members are from the tri-state area, others come from throughout the US and many foreign countries.

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President's Message
May - June 2015

Club Events Right Around the Corner

As I write this note we are looking ahead to two early May events that I hope all members in the Northeast can attend. Our third annual multi-frame competition will be held at the Philatelic Show in Boxborough, MA on May 1-3. Reports are that Collectors Club members have contributed over 100 frames of material to this WSP show. And on May 6, we will honor our former President and active Governor, Wade Saadi, with the presentation of the 2015 Lichtenstein Medal, our highest honor. Invitations to the Awards Dinner have been sent to all members for whom we have email addresses. If you will be in the New York area in early May, please plan to join the Club for this celebration of Wade's accomplishments.

Club Strategy

On Saturday March 14, your Board of Governors met at the Clubhouse for an all day strategy planning session. We developed a concise mission statement for the club that will guide the prioritization of Club activities going forward:

  • Complete the Clubhouse renovations in advance of WSS-NY2016
  • Determine the best use of the underutilized upper floors of the building
  • Identify and empower a Development Chair
  • Organize and manage the Library
  • Membership expansion, communication, and outreach

We also reached consensus on five key priorities to guide our efforts over the next year:

"To facilitate the study and display of stamps and postal history artifacts and related literature centered in a welcoming and historic setting."

More details on progress of each of these priorities will be communicated in this space.

Meeting Presentation Videos On-line

We received feedback from members that they were having difficulty viewing the videos of our meeting presentations that are posted on our website. Investigation revealed that we had outgrown our previous video hosting service and we are now in the process of transferring our video library to the Vimeo service. Initial reports are that our high definition videos are now streaming without significant interruptions. Please take advantage of this opportunity for all members, no matter their geography, to enjoy the presentations.

CCP Advertiser Appreciation

The financial support contributed to the Club by its journal advertisers makes its regular publication in full color possible. Please remember to express your appreciation to them whenever you are bidding, buying, selling, or consigning material with them. Let them know that you saw their ad in the CCP and thank them for their support of the Club's publication.

President's "Notes" on our Website

Space limitations and editorial deadlines sometimes limit the opportunity for timely announcements of current activities in this space. I will supplement these President's letters with "newsier" President's Notes that will be posted on the front page of the Website in between President's Messages which will also be posted on line as they are written. I hope to see you there!

Wanted! Your Email Address

One of the outcomes of the Governor;s strategy session noted above is a move to both increase member communications and channel them via email which is both more economical and environmentally friendly than traditional paper-based "snail mail". One in six of our members have not registered their email addresses with the Club and if you are among them I encourage you to do so now. If you have not received an email from the Club recently, please send an email note to Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg at so that you don't miss out on timely communications.

Thanks to all members for your continued support of the Club!

—Bruce Marsden

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President's News - May, 2015

Greetings from Boxborough Massachusetts!

Congratulations to the winners of the Collectors Club's 2015 Multi-Frame Competition that were announced at the Philatelic Show 2015 Awards Dinner on May 2:

  • Robert G. Rose won the Classic United States competition with his exhibit, "New Jersey Stampless Covers: Handstamp Postal Markings 1775-1855".
  • Robert G. Rufe won the Modern United States competition with his exhibit, "U.S. Special handling 1925-1959: The Stamps & The Service".
  • Robert Benninghoff won the Foreign competition with his exhibit, "The Irish Coil Stamps 1922 to 1970".

Upcoming Club Meetings

Coming up next will be our Annual Lichtenstein Award dinner on May 6th at Cafe Matinique honoring past president Wade Saadi for his extensive accomplishments and service to philately. Please contact Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg at 212-683-0559 to see if overflow tickets are available if you would like to attend.

Wednesday May 20th's regular meeting will feature a presentation by Kees Adema titled "The Paper Trail - WW II in Holland and its Colonies as seen through Mail." The social hour begins at 5:00PM and the presentation will commence at 6:30PM

All China Philatelic Federation Exhibition

I am pleased to announce that on May 27-30 the Collectors Club will be hosting a 40 frame exhibition of Chinese Philately presented by the visiting All-China Philatelic Federation. The exhibition will be open to the public daily, from 12:00 noon to 4:30 PMa on Wednesday the 27th, 10:30AM-4:30PM on Thursday and Friday the 28th-29th, and 10:30 AM-4:00 PM on Saturday the 30th. Please plan to visit the club to take the opportunity to view this wonderful material on loan from China.

Clubhouse Auction News

The Collectors Club facilities are once again available for use by philatelic and related auctioneers to provide viewing and live auction opportunities to collectors. If you are, or know of, an auctioneer who seeks a convenient midtown New York auction venue, please contact me for details. Upcoming auctions include:

  • May 20 Andrew Kupersmit Philatelics - Bulgaria Specialized ex John C. DuPont
  • June 5-6 Harmers International
  • June 24-25 Archives International

Please contact the auctioneers directly for further details.

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Philatelic Show 2015 (Boxborough, MA)

Other Collectors Club News

Collectors Club Supports National Postal Museum

At the opening reception on May 2nd, Board members D.Steidley (left rear), B.Marsden (right front) and H. Scheuer (right rear) pose with Guido Craveri (left front) who was instrumental in bringing the 2 May 1840 Penny Black Cover to the National Postal Museum for a brief (May 3-11, 2014) display entitled The Genesis of Philately. The Collectors Club is proud to support the National Postal Museum.

The Collectors Club will be participating in Philatelic Show 2015 to be held at Boxborough, MA during the weekend of May 1-3, 2015. We are now soliciting exhibits for the show. Feel free to download a letter of information, an exhibit application and the prospectus. We will sponsor a booth at the show and present a Collectors Club Lecture on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a joint dinner with The United States Stamp Society on Friday evening. Please check this site for show updates.

Edward Grabowski, Chair


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One Frame Exhibition – November 5, 2014

The Collectors Club held its annual One Frame Competition on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Club House. Click here check out the report.

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