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Roger Brody: Second Purpose

The Fourth Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture
October 15, 2005

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Roger S. Brody, a specialist in early twentieth century U.S. stamps, was introduced to the world of stamp collecting at the age of ten, when he was given a general world-wide album filled with a smattering of stamps. His interest eventually led to collecting regular issue and commemorative united States and British North America postage stamps, with particular interest in color varieties. Additional U.S. interests include postal history, coils and booklet panes, airmail and revenue stamps. Roger's specialized interest in the United States 1902 Regular Issue introduced him to exhibiting. His Series 1902 exhibit achieved National Gold/Grand and International Gold medals as well as the United States Stamp Society 1996 Walter W. Hopkinson Memorial Trophy.

Roger is an active researcher and author. He has published numerous articles on stamps and postal history in The United States SpecialistThe Collectors Club PhilatelistLinn's Stamp NewsPerfins BulletinThe Vermont Philatelist and LaPosta, and is a contributing advisor to Scott Catalogue. He is a two-time recipient of the annual USSS Hopkinson Memorial Literature Award for the best research article in The United States Specialist. He has presented lectures on several aspects of the U.S. Series 1902, and on stamp development and production at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Roger is active in organized philately as well. He is an elected Governor, past Treasurer and current Vice President of The Collectors Club, New York. He is Board Chairman of the United States Stamp SOciety and past Chairman of the 1902 Series Committee. SInce 2003, Roger has served on the Smithsonian National Postal Museum COuncil of Philatelists and recently was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Philatelic Research Library.

Other affiliations include the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, NY Chapter, serving as a Treasurer, Westfield (NJ) Stamp Club, and several specialized societies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society of London