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February 17th - The Pony Express and Indian Conflict

Scott R. Trepel
New York, NY

March 2nd - Charcot in the Atlantic

Serge Kahn
Menthon Saint Bernard, France

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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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President's Message | One Frame Exhibition - November 4, 2015 - Announcement | One Frame Exhibition - Prospectus | One Frame Exhibition - November 6, 2013 | One Frame Exhibition - November 5, 2014Collectors Club Supports National Postal MuseumImages from the 2014 Awards BanquetMembers β-Test New RestaurantCBS News Report on Stamp Collecting Features the Collectors Club Youth ProgramWade Saadi to Receive 2015 Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award | Collectors Club Members Collect it All (Watch the Video)

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
January 2016

It has been a busy Fall season at the Collectors Club this year.

I am pleased to report that the Board of Governors has awarded the 2016 Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately to Ms. Cheryl Ganz of Illinois. Please see the accompanying article on page XX which describes Cheryl's extensive philatelic career and many contributions to the hobby. Congratulations, Cheryl!

As noted previously, this year's Lichtenstein Award Dinner will be an especially festive joint event with the Philatelic Foundation held on Saturday May 28th, the Opening Night of World Stamp Show-NY2016. I'm pleased to report that thanks to the support of early sponsorships of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions, Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, and Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries we have been able to book a first class venue for our dinner, the Bryant Park Grill. Festivities will begin with an al fresco cocktail hour with passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a three course dinner with open bar. The Bryant Park Grill overlooks the greenery of one of Midtown Manhattan's favorite public parks adjacent to the historic New York Public Library. It is a short walk from the Marriott Marquis NY2016 official show hotel and just two stops on the number 7 subway line direct from the Javits Center.

Our reservation with the restaurant is 85% spoken for so to ensure your place, please make your reservation with Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg right away to avoid disappointment. Invitations will be sent first to those with pre-reservations in early January.

The evening of November 4, 2015 found the Collectors Club buzzing with the excitement of one of our most popular meetings, the annual one-frame competition. Congratulations to Larry Lyons, who took the Grand for his exhibit, Honour's City Express Post. And thanks to Ed Grabowski for organizing the event, member John Pednault for providing Ed with logistical assistance throughout the day, and our judges, Steve Washburne (chair), Steve Reinhard, and Hal Vogel who all contributed to the success of the event.

The Clubhouse's interior redecoration is nearing completion with historically appropriate repainting of the public rooms, fresh carpeting, a refurbished elevator, and new furnishings creating a more comfortable environment for member social activities. As you read this, the exterior façade renovations will be underway so that the Club will be in first rate condition to present itself to visitors during World Stamp Show - NY2016 May 28 - June 4, 2016. Carol Bommarito is to be commended for undertaking and managing this important project. New York City contractors are not inexpensive, however, and project costs are expected to total over $250,000 so we need every possible member's contribution towards cost recovery. I would like to acknowledge and thank member Gordon Eubanks for his generous $5,000 contribution towards our fundraising efforts. And thanks to all members who participated in our suggested $100 contribution supplement that was included on our annual dues statement. Recognizing that some of our members may be on fixed retirement incomes, we have not increased dues this year but appreciate additional assistance from all of our members with the ability to help.

Have I mentioned World Stamp Show -NY2016? I am pleased that our Vice President, Mark Banchik, is taking the lead in coordinating the activities taking place at the Clubhouse during the week of May 30 - June 3. Please contact Mark at mebanchik@gmail.com with suggestions or for more information.

To accommodate increased security arrangements, through the end of May 2016 access to the rare books and name sale auction catalogs stored in the our 4th floor archive will be available by appointment with Christine Jimenez, the NY2106 Executive Assistant. Generally, the material will be open and available at least four days a week. Please contact Christine at christine.jimenez@ny2106.org or 609-651-7519 during New York business hours to make an appointment.

Don't forget: World Stamp Show-NY2016 - May 28-June 4 - Javits Convention Center - New York City!

Have a safe and warm winter!

--Bruce Marsden

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WE NEED SPEAKERS

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 sreinhard1@optonline.net.

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

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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