Part 7- The Jazz Era

The New York International Exhibition

of October 1926 brought together most of the

major philatelists of the jazz era (along with

the leading dealers). Heading the collector

community was exhibition president Charles

Lathrop Pack who was rivaled only by Alfred

  1. Lichtenstein as the outstanding U.S. col­lector of the first half of the American century.   Pack was assisted by fourteen collector vice presidents. Of these only J.H. Calder of  Canada and A. H. Wilhelm are not illustrated in

Fig. 82. Souvenir seal of the 1926 International Philatelic Exhibition, available in four colors.

in figure 83.  Calder exhibited the Canadian 1859 issue among others.  Wilhelm, a U.S. collector, served on the next two U.S. exhibitions (1936 and 1947) as a juror but exhibited at none of them.  Five collectors who were not vice presidents are also shown on the next page.  These include Thomas W. Hall of England, representing the Royal Philatelic Society who exhibited Peru and Colombia, and Alfred Lichtenstein who won the show’s grand award with his Uruguay holding.  He also showed British North America collections, including a gold medal Canadian pence holding, Western covers, Swiss classics.

Figure 83 Vice Presidents and exhibitors at the 1926 International.

Mauritius and the Cape of Good Hope.  Also shown are J. Brace Chittenden (1864-1928), whose specialty was Austria and Lombardy Venice which he exhibited in 1926. However, his greater fame rests upon his reorganization of the Collectors Club of New York where he was president for three terms and his development of its library. It was Chittenden who persuaded Theodore Steinway, a topical music collector and philatelic patron, to purchase the great Victor Suppantschitsch classic library. While Chittenden built membership from 70 members to over 700, Theodore Steinway (l883-1957), his close friend, worked with Lichtenstein to purchase the present Collectors Club building. Steinway was also a founder of the Philatelic Foundation. Another vice president, Ferrars H. Tows, was an important Hawaii collector. His holdings were sold in 1949-50 by Carl Pelander Auctions.

Last, but not least, of the additions to figure 83 was then Collectors Club president, Charles Curie, who showed 19th century world-wide. His collections were sold in the spring of 1939 in London. A fairly early condition collector, Curie also had rarities ranging from the Scinde Dawk Indian issues, British Guiana cotton reels to the Canadian Port Hood provisional in his Empire holdings. Among the U.S. items was the ex-Thorne l0¢ 1847 bisect on piece, a 24¢ 1869 invert, Pan-American inverts, the Columbian 4¢ color error and the Hawaiian 5¢ on 13¢ surcharge. His general foreign included the Moldavian bulls, the 1843 Geneva double eagle and the Spanish 1855 two reale color error on piece.

The new classicists were well represented by Pack, Dr. Carroll Chase, Abraham Hatfield (who was an early plater of the 5¢ New York) and Henry Gibson’s (1885-1987) 1847 exhibit of Elliott Perry’s l0¢ plating. Among the leaders of the new topical movement were vice presidents George Walcott, Senator Ackerman and Theodore Steinway. The father and son team of Joseph and Steven Rich participated by exhibiting South Africa and Korea, while Karl Hennig showed four frames of World War I German submarine mail.

Among the cover exhibitions were Harold Brooks’ Confederates, Emerson’s non-competitive U.S. covers, Hammelman’s World War I covers and Joseph Steinmetz’s bisect cover holding.  Dr. Warren Babcock showed his supplementary mail cancellations (mostly off-cover).  John A. Hall showed steamboat packet covers.

Vice president Charlton Henry of Philadelphia showed British West Indies items, while New Jersey’s Joseph Frelinghuysen showed patriotics, carriers and essays and proofs.  Arthur Hind (1856-1933) of Utica showed rarities, general U.S., Spain and Mauritius while Colonel Green (1868- 1936) showed his holding of envelopes (ex-Worthington and E.H. Mason) as well as revenues.  Alfred Caspary (1878-1955) showed patriotics, carriers and Confederates.  New Jersey’s state senator E.R. Ackerman (1863-1931) showed the 24¢ banknotes, 30¢ vermilion, state departmentals, match and medicines, and Westerns in his U.S. exhibits as well as Great Britain used abroad.

Among the non-vice presidential well known collectors, Henry Gibson (1885-1987) showed his 1847 and India collections, Colonel Hans Lagerdorf (1880-1952) of Sweden showed world rarities, Scandinavia and Hong Kong.  H.P. Atherton showed his U.S. 2¢ blackjacks, Admiral Frederick Harris (1875-1945) showed Ceylon, Edward Knapp (1878-1940) showed his Confederate provisionals.  Saul Newbury (1870-1950) of Chicago showed first issue Brazil and Shanghai.  H.P. Lapham showed New York provisionals, Steve Rich showed telegraphs, A.W. Flistrup showed the I0¢ 1851-7 U.S., E. Tudor Gross displayed the l¢ 1861, Michael Miller of Baltimore showed Canada, John Rausch showed the 2¢ Columbians, J.W. Sampson of New York showed the 7¢ vermilion, Dr. V.M. Berthold showed Salvador and Clarence Hennan showed Netherlands while Henry Needham showed U.S. locals.

Figure 84. Great collectors of the Jazz Age.

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