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Alfred F. Lichtenstein
|Born||August 6, 1876|
|Died||February 24, 1947 (aged 70)|
New York City
|Children||Louise Boyd Dale (daughter)|
|Institutions||Philatelic Foundation |
Collectors Club of New York
Royal Philatelic Society of Canada
|Projects||Named Outstanding American Philatelist for the first half of the 20th century|
|Awards||APS Hall of Fame|
Alfred F. Lichtenstein (August 6, 1876 – February 24, 1947) was one of the most famous American philatelists.
Alfred Lichtenstein's classic stamp collections were one of the most complete, with a passion for stamps issued before 1870. He collected stamps issued by Canadian provinces and the Confederation of Canada, Switzerland, Cape Colony, Ceylon, Gambia, Mauritius, Argentina and Uruguay. Considering the postal history of the United States, his collection was a reference for "Western Express".
An international philatelic judge during three decades, he was the commissioner of international philatelic exhibitions of 1913, 1926 and 1936 (the last two in New York). When he died, he was preparing the Centenary International Stamp Exhibition (CIPEX) of 1947.
Lichtenstein exhibited the Buenos Aires “barquitos” tete-beche pair at the 1940 exhibition held at The Collectors Club of New York to commemorate 100 years of postage stamps. When he died in New York City in 1947 (also his birthplace) and his daughter, Louise Boyd Dale, continued his philatelic legacy, it was assumed that she had possession of the pair.
In March 1945 in New York City, Theodore Steinway, other philatelists and Lichtenstein founded the Philatelic Foundation. It is a non-profit educational institution whose goals are philatelic expertise, research and publications. After 1947, his daughter Louise Boyd Dale continued to support the foundation.
His stamp collections and those of his daughter were sold during auctions at Harmer's between 1968 and 1971, between 1989 and 1992, and in 1997.
In 1927, Alfred Lichtenstein signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, the major British philatelic distinction.
In 1948, the American Philatelic Society added him to its Hall of Fame list of the most important deceased philatelists.
In 1952, the Collectors Club of New York created a philatelic award called the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award. Theodore Steinway was the first person to receive this prize for his work in developing philately. In 1996, this club named Lichtenstein "the Outstanding American Philatelist" of the first half of the 20th Century.
- Buenos Aires 1859 1p "In Ps" tete-beche pair
- Ferrer corner block of 15 of the 80 centésimos green 1856 'Diligencia'
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