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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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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
July - August 2015

The Collectors Club has had a busy Spring!

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".

Over a dozen Collectors Club members participated in the related Postal History Symposium at the Spelman Philatelic Museum and Library on April 30 and in a festive joint fellowship dinner with the U.S. Stamp Society on May 1. Please keep your calendar open to future Club outreach activities.

Congratulations again to Wade Saadi who was honored as the winner of the 2015 Lichtenstein Medal at the Club's annual awards dinner on May 6th.

By the time you read this, the Club will have hosted three Spring 2015 philatelic and related auctions by Andy Kupersmit (Bulgaria in May), Harmers International (U.S. and Worldwide in June) and Archives International (Ephemera in June). By hosting auctions we increase awareness of the Club, raise funds for the continued maintenance of the building, and facilitate the acquisition and study of original philatelic and related artifacts. I encourage members to invite reputable New York area auctioneers to consider our facilities as a venue for their live and internet auctions. Please refer auctioneers to Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg for more information.

On May 27-30 the Club hosted a Chinese Stamp Exhibition co-organized by the All China Philatelic Federation of Beijing. The exhibition featured 40 frames of material provided by 11 exhibitors including two "Kings" of Chinese philately Mr. Sun Jiangtao of Macau and Mr. Ding Jinsong of Shanghai. Additional exhibits presented a variety of areas of Chinese philately.

The exhibition was a success thanks to the support of our American Philatelic Society Partners Stephen Reinhart, Ken Martin, and Barb Johnson who arranged the loan and transportation of frames which allowed the expansion of the exhibition to 40 frames and the efforts of Dr. Mark Banchik (publicity and take down), Executive Secretary Irene Bromberg (administration), and Caretaker Melissa Hayes (set up and restoration). I also want to formally acknowledge and thank my Chinese counterpart and close partner, Mr. "Teddy" Song Xuejun, Director of International Affairs of All China Philatelic Federation for his terrific teamwork, communication, and coordination of the exhibition program and without whom the exhibition would not have been such a success.

Following the official opening ceremony the Chinese delegation, APS representatives, and members of the Club's Board of Governors met formally to discuss areas of common interest in promoting philatelic cooperation between China and the United States. We also had the opportunity to meet and learn more about the philatelic background of Mr. Sun Jiangtao and the status of the stamp collecting hobby in China.

The Board of Governors is working diligently towards a building rehabilitation program in anticipation of World Stamp Show-NY2016 including both the exterior and interior spaces. We have been in conversation with architects about the refurbishment of the façade, repair and restoration of the wrought iron fencing, and remediation of numerous stonework issues. We are also soliciting bids for painting, floor repair, and recarpeting of the public interior spaces so that the Clubhouse will make a good presentation to visiting non-resident and prospective new members attending the international show, mark your calendars: May 28–June 4.

Speaking of which, on May 28, 2016, the opening evening of World Stamp Show the Collectors Club and Philatelic Foundation will be hosting a joint gala celebration for members of both organizations to honor the recipients of the Club's Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award and the Foundation's Neinken Medal. I am hopeful that our out of town members attending the Show will take the opportunity to renew personal connections to the Club as we are planning for a very festive evening of fun, camaraderie, and celebration. Mark your calendars twice for May 28, 2016: enjoy the Show's opening day and then celebrate with your friends!

Wanted! Your Email Address

One of the outcomes of the Governor's strategy session noted previously 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 info@collectorsclub.org 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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