Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Don Jones - Distinguished Philatelist and 'Outhouses on Stamps' Collector

Don Jones, shown here, is featured in a article by Diane Tennant in the Virginian-Pilot. 

Don who was honored with the 2010 Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research from the American Philatelic Society, is quoted  in the piece as saying that the Luff Award could be described as “the Nobel Prize of philately.” 

The Luff Award is given by the American Philatelic Society for meritorious contributions to philately by living philatelists. The award was established in 1940 in memory of John N. Luff who was president of the society from 1907 to 1909.

According to the article, Don has "earned five Grand Prizes at national stamp shows, which led to his writing a book in 1993 about the earliest air mail service, which led to his becoming an international philatelic judge, which led him to Norway, which led to his meeting the grand-niece of the first civilian air mail pilot in America, which led to his second book, about that pilot, Max Miller, in 2004."

"Don Jones essentially stopped collecting stamps in the 1980s to focus on his research, but because he does not and never has done anything halfway, he still dallies with small themed collections on scuba diving and the Lithuanian province of Memel, and after a meeting of the local stamp club, when a bunch of the guys were talking about how it is possible to illustrate virtually any topic philatelically, and one of them said it couldn't be done on outhouses, well, Jones took that as a challenge," pens Diane.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM