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Famous Stamp Collectors

31st President of the United States Herbert Hoover was a stamp collector and, with his successor FDR, a member of the American Philatelic Society.

Arago: Herbert Hoover Issue

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The Cardinal Spellman Philatelic Museum in Weston, Massachusetts received the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower's stamp collection after his death.

Arago: 6-cent Eisenhower

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British Prime Minister Winston Churchill collected stamps as a boy.

Arago: Churchill Memorial Issue

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Film star Bela Lugosi, seen here as Dracula, began collecting stamps after his wife started saving them from postmarked envelopes. His collection reportedly numbered over 150,000 at one point.

Arago: Classic Movie Monsters

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FDR-era Postmaster General James A. Farley got in a bit of trouble over giving as political favors these philatelic souvenirs signed by himself and the president - the scandal was called "Farley's Follies."

Great Britain's King George V: He began the Royal Philatelic Collection in the late 1800s. This red album is from his collection.

Stephanie Wilson: American engineer and NASA astronaut, second African American woman to go into space.

Objectivist author Ayn Rand. Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Arago: 1999 Literary Arts Series: Ayn Rand Issue

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president of the United States. Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Arago: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Issue

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Simon Weisenthal, Holocaust survivor and Nazi war criminal hunter. He began collecting stamps in 1948, in order to combat his insomnia.

Arago: Simon Wiesenthal

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  • Bekka

    I read his bio.I respect this man so much.

Pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart.

Arago: Amelia Earhart Issue

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Charlie Chaplin, comic actor, composer and film director. Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Arago: 1910s Celebrate The Century Issues

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