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Robert Odenweller: The Philately of New Zealand: Innovation Born of Necessity, 1855-1955

The Ninth Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture
February 5, 2011

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Robert Odenweller is a researcher, writer, and mentor. His research has produced the seminal works The Postage Stamps of New Zealand: 1855-1873 The Chalon Head Issues, and The Stamps and Postal History of Nineteenth Century Samoa. In addition, he has written many exceptional articles and his exhibits have won the APS Champion of Champions and the FIP Grand Prix d’Honneur. He edits Collectors Club Philatelist for the Collectors Club (New York). Odenweller’s service to philately is extensive. He served as president of FIP Commission for Traditional Philately for eighteen years, as director on the APS Board for nine years, as governor on the Board of the Collectors Club New York for forty years, on the Board of Trustees of Philatelic Foundation for twenty years. In addition he serves as an expert for the Philatelic Foundation and the American Philatelic Society. He served as director of the International Association of Philatelic Experts for thirty years and is currently its vice president, as overseas representative for Royal Philatelic Society London for twenty years, and has been a member of the National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists for four years. Odenweller has signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists and was awarded the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award, the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award, the APS Luff Award, and the FIP Medal for Service. He holds honorary fellowship in the Royal Philatelic Society London and the Royal Philatelic Society New Zealand. He has earned the FIP Medal for Research, the Royal Philatelic Society London Crawford Medal, the Royal Philatelic Society New Zealand Collins Award. He is a Distinguished Philatelist of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society.