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    Famous Stamp Collectors

    Famous Stamp Collectors

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    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

    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

    Opera singer Lily Pons said, "Stamp collecting — like music — makes one part of a great world-wide fraternity . . ."

    Arago: American Music Series: Opera Singers Issue

    British Prime Minister Winston Churchill collected stamps as a boy.

    Arago: Churchill Memorial Issue

    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

    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."

    Arago: 10-cent Great Smoky Mountains

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

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

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    Photographer Ansel Adams.

    Ansel Adams, from the [Photographs of artists taken by Mimi Jacobs, photographer] - Image Gallery

    Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

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

    Arago: 1999 Literary Arts Series: Ayn Rand Issue

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

    Arago: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Issue

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

    Arago: Simon Wiesenthal

    Pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart.

    Arago: Amelia Earhart Issue

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

    Arago: 1910s Celebrate The Century Issues

    John Lennon: His childhood stamp album is now part of the Postal Museum's collection.

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