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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Mt. Ranier 1934 Imperf. Sheet Signed as President.
    -August 1934. Scott #750. 4" x 4".
    -Natural toning, else mint.

    Special souvenir sheet of six 3¢ commemorative stamps marginally identified as being made "In compliment to the American Philatelic Society for its Convention and Exhibition Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1934..." with bold signature of FDR in lower selvage. An excellent signed item as Roosevelt was an avid philatelist.


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    A terrific item, especially given the fact that Franklin D. Roosevelt was a lifelong philatelist! A full decorative sheet of six uncut Mount Rainier United States Stamp series three cent stamps, boldly signed at the bottom by FDR. On the left margin are the words: "Printed by the Treasury Department/ Bureau of Engraving and Printing." On the right margin are the words: "In Compliment to the American Philatelic Society/ For its Convention and Exhibition." On the top margin are the words: "Under Authority of/ James A. Farley, Postmaster General." Finally, the bottom margin contains both FDR's signature and the words: "Atlantic City, New Jersey, August 1934/ Plate Number 21803." Sheet is mint, never hinged and intact with full selvedge, and signed by FDR as President. The American Philatelic Society was first incorporated in the State of West Virginia November 2, 1891, and re-incorporated in the State of Minnesota in 1897. In 1897 the name of the organization was changed briefly to American Philatelic Society, but was changed back to American Philatelic Association after only a few months. The name was changed again to American Philatelic Society at the 1908 convention, and has remained as such since that time. In 1916 Dr. Holland A. "Doc" Davis of Denver was elected as secretary of the Board of Directors, a position he held until 1945. His twenty-nine years of service on the Board of Directors has never been eclipsed. During Davis's tenure Franklin D. Roosevelt, an avid philatelist, and APS member, was elected President of the United States. He brought into his administration long-time APS member Harold R. Ickes, as Secretary of the Interior, a large proportion of whose personal stamp collection is also a part of this FDR Collection. Through the 1920s and 1930s the number of members grew steadily. By 1940 there were more than 4,000 members. FDR's signature is a fine specimen on this uncut stamp sheet, signed large and bold, rating a "10." A very interesting philatelic item signed by the Nation's number one philatelist!



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    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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