Tuesday, August 11, 2009

John Walter Scott - The Great Scott!

The Philatelic Database reprints an article about the father of the Scott Catalogues - John Walter Scott.

It was first published in The Postage Stamp (October, 1913). It ran as first in a series under the title “Postage Stamp Romances: The True Stories of the Stamp World, Collected by Cornelius Wrinkle from Authentic Sources. No 1 – Great Scott!”

According to the American Philatelic Society, "Scott was called 'The Father of American Philately' in his lifetime. His first interest in stamp dealing began around 1860 in his native London. It continued in 1863 when he came to New York City. In 1865 he went to California seeking gold but had no success. He returned to New York City in 1867 and resumed his stamp business.

"During the next two decades he became America's leading stamp dealer. In 1868, he began publishing the American Journal of Philately, the first important stamp journal in the U.S. That same year he helped support the first U.S. stamp club, the New York Philatelic Society (the second in the world)."

For more on Scott, click here.

To read "Great Scott!," click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM