Friday, August 05, 2005

In an article that appeared in the Poughkeepsie [New York] Journal, Cynthia M. Koch, director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum, is quoted as saying President Roosevelt had 1.2 million stamps in his collection.

"He started as a child and worked on it during his long convalescence from polio," Koch said in advance of first day of issue ceremonies being held at the FDR Presidential Library for the new stamp marking the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.

Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the first presidential library in Hyde Park, NY. He was an avid stamp collector and was a life member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). Roosevelt was inducted into the APS Hall of Fame in 1945.

According to the APS, "Roosevelt had a hand in every stamp issued during his period in office, suggesting some, designing many and giving his final approval on all issues. He arranged for the issuance of souvenir sheets at national stamp conventions and saw that many stamps had their first days at philatelic events."

For more on FDR, our "Philatelic President," click here... and his stamp collection, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM