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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
November 2015

Exciting times!

First off, congratulations to our member Mark S. Schwartz, the winner of the APS Champion of Champions at the APS StampShow in Grand Rapids for his exhibit, Boston Postal History to 1851 and to member Yamil H. Kouri Jr. for taking the Stamp Show Open Competition Grand Award for The First Postal Issues of Spanish Antilles (1855-1865). And congratulations to Governor Nick Lombardi for earning another trip to the 2016 CofC competition with his Grand Award at SEAPEX for his exhibit, The 1903 Two Cent Washington Shield Issue.

Our Program Chairman, Steve Reinhard, is preparing the Club's program calendar for the April 2016 - March 2017 planning cycle. Because many potential out of town speakers will be concentrating their New York visits in conjunction with World Stamp Show - NY2016 ("NY2016") this cycle will be a terrific opportunity for resident members to share their collecting interests with the Club. Please contact Steve as if you would like to discuss the many benefits to you and the Club of your participation.

I am happy to announce that Miklos Pinther has agreed to return to service as our Library Committee Chairman. Miklos and I have been busy interviewing candidates for our part-time library assistant position and we hope to have an announcement on our website soon. We will be undertaking a significant project to assign call numbers to our literature collection to make finding and reshelving material in the library easier and to conform with best practices among philatelic libraries. Volunteers are welcome. Please contact Miklos at

Elsewhere in this issue you will find an advertisement promoting the Collectors Club and Philatelic Foundation Grand Opening Awards Dinner to be held on the opening night of NY2016, next May 28. Please reserve your and your guests' places with Irene Bromberg immediately, as we expect to sell-out our venue and do not want to disappoint. By the time you read this, I hope that our website will have complete details.

In preparation for visits by many of our distant members in conjunction with NY2016, we are painting and recarpeting all of the public interior spaces of the Clubhouse. We hope to complete the interior work by the end of November so that we can show it off at our annual Governors Holiday Reception on Wednesday, December 9th. Please plan to attend this festive event.

We have also engaged an architect to manage necessary exterior renovations to the facade so that we put our best foot forward, inside and out. Please be mindful of the scaffolding which we expect to be removed well in advance of NY2016.

All of this good work, naturally, comes at a cost. The Club is financially healthy, but your tax-deductible year-end contribution will help restore the balance in the building fund and sustain the future. Your contribution is welcome at anytime but it may be convenient for you to add it to your remittance of membership dues at year-end. Thank you for considering it.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!

--Bruce Marsden


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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