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March 29th - American Civil War:Effects on the Mails. Dan Ryterband

April 5th Cunard Line: The ships and Transatlantic Mail 1840-1867, the Monopoly Years. Eigil Trondsen

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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
September 2016

The Collectors Club participation in World Stamp Show - NY2016 was a success on many levels.

Along with our NY2016 co-sponsor, the Philatelic Foundation, we hosted 231 guests at our Grand Opening and Awards Dinner on the show's May 28th opening night. The hot weather contributed towards a warm reception for all award winners. I was pleased to present Collectors Club President's Medals to Carol Bommarito and Eddie Bridges in recognition of the yeomen's efforts that they demonstrated in making the Clubhouse ready for the guests expected in connection with NY2016. Following the presentation of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Award for Service to Philately, Cheryl Ganz delivered a well received talk on the future of philately and a sound approach to identifying potential new recruits to the hobby. A video of the awards presentations and of Cheryl's talk is available for viewing at our website.

Special thanks go to Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg for handling the dinner registrations, to Carol Bommarito for her contribution to the venue and menu selection, and to Larry Lyons and Robert Rose for their role in the Philatelic Foundation's partnership in the event. And thanks also to the dinner's premier sponsors, Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, and Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions and for additional support from Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries which helped to make the dinner affordable for the attendees.

Nearly every day, our Club booth on the show floor was hosted by Irene Bromberg with many members contributing their time at the show to present the Collectors Club story to show visitors. So far, at least 23 new membership applications resulted from their efforts. On Tuesday May 31, Alan Holyoake made himself available at our booth for an author's book signing of his latest book co-authored with Alan Huggins, The Mulready Postal Stationery.

David Steidley, center in light-colored jacket, provides philatelists with a tour of the historic Collectors Club building on 35th Street

On Thursday June 2, Club Secretary and Historian David Steidley hosted group tours of the Club for interested World Stamp Show attendees including both members and prospective members. The three sessions throughout the day were well attended, entertaining, and resulted in several new membership applications being submitted.

Many Collectors Club members were individually successful in presenting exhibits at the show. Of particular note, at the June 2 Palmares Dinner, Club member Gordon Eubanks was presented with the Grand Prix National trophy for his exhibit, The U.S. Imperforate Issues of 1851-1856 and Their Importance in an Expanding Postal System.

And as a Donor Sponsor of the show, one would expect that the Club would be providing not only financial support but also leadership support towards the success of the show. Club members made up all of the Directors and Officers and the vast majority of Organizing Committee members who worked tirelessly to make the show a success. I must call out our former President and Show President Wade Saadi and our former Governor and Show Vice President Steven Rod who volunteered their full time attention to the show for months ahead, leading the Organizing Committee team in order to ensure the show's success.

Looking forward, Stephen Reinhard has again assembled an outstanding assortment of national and international guest speakers to present their collecting interests at upcoming meetings in the 2016-2017 season. I am pleased that the Club will continue its practice of video recording the presentations for the benefit of Club members worldwide who can view them at leisure from our website.

The Club's Board of Governors continues to pursue opportunities to preserve the financial sustainability of our continued operation of our historic Clubhouse so that philately will always have a "pied a terre" in the United States' financial and metropolitan capital.

I would also like to recognize the role other Collectors Club members are taking in leading the hobby at the national level. Eight of our members were recently elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Philatelic Society including Patricia Kaufmann, Jeff Shapiro, and Robert Zeigler to serve on the Board of Vice Presidents, Stephen Schumann as Secretary, and Peter McCann, Mark Schwartz, and Rich Drews as Directors at Large. Club member Stephen Reinhard will also continue his service to the APS on the Board in his role as Immediate Past President. Congratulations and thanks to them!

Closer to home, our own annual election of Club Governors will be coming up at our annual meeting on January 11, 2017. If you are a resident member with an interest in learning more about the opportunity to serve or just want to better understand the role of the Governors, please contact me by email at or by telephone at 973-432-6163. If, after a friendly conversation, you have an interest in serving, I will be pleased to introduce you to the nominating committee.

Thanks to each of our members for your role in supporting serious philately.

--Bruce Marsden

Postal History Symposium Co-Sponsored by the Spellman Museum and the Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa - May 4, 2017

The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, the oldest philatelic museum in the United States, will host its annual postal history symposium co-sponsored by the Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa. The symposium’s theme is “Philately and Postal History of Southern Africa.” It will take place on the campus of Regis College (College Hall 202) in Weston, Massachusetts, where the museum is located, on Thursday, May 4, 2017, starting at 9:30AM, a day before the opening of the WSP Philatelic Show in nearby Boxboro.

You can view the entire program here.

The displays in the Museum’s galleries, open to the public, will include truly exceptional material from its holdings. 

The symposium presenters include Peter Thy, “Postal History of Southern African Pioneers in World War II,” Ken Lawrence, “The Intersection of African Liberation and Philately in the Life of an Activist,” Tim Bartshe, “The NZASM (Transvaal railroad),” Hugh McMackin, “The Philatelic Literature of Southern Africa,” Eddie Bridges, “Union of South Africa: The Darmstadt Trials of 1929,” Gawie Van der Walt and Johan Joubert, “South African Border War: including the involvement of the Cubans 1966-1989” and Guy Dillaway, “The Development of the Cape Eastern Frontier 1864-1910.”

Admission to the symposium is free but the Museum asks that attendees register at their website. For questions contact, or visit The Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa


We are presently arranging the Club Program for the time period April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017. Due to the impending once in a lifetime New York 2016 World Stamp show being held from May 28-June 4, 2016 we are having difficulty signing up speakers, especially from other countries, who don’t want to commit to a second trip to New York so close to the International extravaganza.

Our meetings are usually held on the first and third Wednesday evenings, except in July and August, with a few exceptions. Most speakers use some or all of our 20 built-in exhibit frames and a PowerPoint slide program (not required) to present some aspect of their collecting interests. If you would like to consider being one of our speakers please get back to our Program Chairman, Stephen Reinhard, as soon as possible. Dates are assigned on a first come basis. Steve’s email address is

Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to help out.

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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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