Nominations for recipients of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award are open to all Collectors Club members. The annual award is given to a living individual for Distinguished Service to Philately ever since Theodore E. Steinway was selected in 1952.
The Lichtenstein Award Nomination Form and Guidelines can be downloaded and submitted as indicated.
The completed Nomination Form is due on October 1 of the year in which the nomination is made.
Nominations will remain active for a period of four years. Thereafter, a four-year renewal of the nomination may be submitted. Submitting members may provide update information on an annual basis.
The selection of the Award recipient is made by the Collectors Club Board of Governors and is announced in the January/February issue of The Collectors Club Philatelist.
Alfred F. Lichtenstein (August 6, 1876 – February 24, 1947) was one of America’s most famous philatelists. In 1996 the Collectors Club of New York named him the Outstanding American Philatelist for the first half of the 20th century, an honor much applauded by the philatelic world. During his lifetime Lichtenstein built some of the greatest collections ever formed: Canada and the Provinces, Switzerland, Cape of Good Hope, Mauritius, Uruguay, Argentina, and U.S. Western franks.
For three decades Lichtenstein was an international judge. He was chairman of the 1926 and 1936 international philatelic exhibitions held in New York City. He was also named chairman of the 1947 Centenary International Stamp Exhibition (CIPEX), but died less than three months before it opened. A special exhibit of part of his collection was displayed there in his honor.
Lichtenstein was a strong supporter of the Collectors Club of New York, and was instrumental in its growth and prominence in world philately. He and Theodore Steinway led the drive for funds to acquire its permanent home. The first recipient of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award was Steinway, his personal friend and devoted coworker.