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William Wallace Cleland

(1930–2013)

Wallace Cleland was a collector, researcher, and author on many U.S. stamps and revenues stamps. His writings included more than 250 articles published by the United States Specialist (publication of the United States Stamp Society) and the Canal Zone Philatelist (published by the Canal Zone Study Group). He served the USSS as its president and was chairman of its board from 1992 through 1997. He was known by many in the hobby as one of the foremost experts in United States plate blocks and tracking plate numbers. He shared that knowledge through his editing of the Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog, starting in 1994. The society honored him in 2006 with the George W. Brett Century of Service Award and in 2009 with induction into the USSS Hall of Fame.

Cleland also was a member of the American Philatelic Society’s Expertizing Service. In 2008 he received the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum’s Philatelic Achievement Award. At the museum he assisted with its revenue stamps cataloging project. In 2009 the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs inducted him into its Hall of Fame.

Bernard A. Hennig

(1917–2014)

Bernard A. “Bud” Hennig dedicated his life to philately for more than sixty years, impacting not only his local Chicago collecting community, but beyond. He was the lead author of the first edition of the American Philatelic Society’s Manual of Philatelic Judging, as well as serving for twelve years on the APS Judges Accreditation Committee.

In the early 1980s Hennig was the president of the Collectors Club of Chicago and the Chicago Philatelic Society. He was the chairman of the AMERIPEX ’86 international philatelic exhibition.

Hennig’s exhibiting expertise included a gold medal-winning exhibit of Danzig at the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition in 1956 in New York City. He also exhibited material including German Air Mails, German East Africa, Vatican City, and Guatemalan Air Mails.

Hennig was a member of the board of the American Philatelic Research Library from 1975 until 1997. The Bernard A. and Dolores Hennig Room at the American Philatelic Center in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania is named in his honor through a donation fund that was created by him and his wife.

In 1982 he signed Great Britain’s Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. He was elected to membership of the Royal Philatelic Society London in October 1957, was named a Fellow in November 1969, and remained a member until December 2007. In 1982 Hennig was awarded the APS John N. Luff Award for service to the American Philatelic Society. He also received the Smithsonian Institution’s Philatelic Achievement Award in 2008, the Hunt Memorial Award of the German Philatelic Society, the Hans Lagerloef Award from the Society of Philatelic Americans, the Saul Newbury Award from the Chicago Philatelic Society, and the Medal of Honor of the Philatelic Federation of Germany.

Max Kronstein

(1895–1992)

The area of aerophilately was strongly researched by Dr. Max Kronstein. His knowledge of astrophilately and pioneer rocket mail shaped his focus on the subject for more than seventy years. He exhibited, wrote articles for the Air Post Journal (published by the American Air Mail Society), and published books and catalogs, all in the fields of aerophilately and astrophilately. His works included the books Pioneer Airpost Flights of the World 1830–1935 (published 1978) and Rocket Mail Flights of the World to 1986. His catalog efforts were focused on the early European flight covers and Zepplin covers for the American Air Mail Catalogue. The American Air Mail Society honored Kronstein with induction into its Hall of Fame, and also awarded him with the Walter J. Conrath Memorial Award, the George W. Angers Memorial award, and the first Gatchell Literature Award. He is also a Hall of Fame inductee of the APS Writers Unit # 30.

Richard W. Helbock

(1938–2011)

Richard W. Helbock was an enthusiastic postal historian since the 1950s, quickly making a name for himself through postal history society memberships, stamp clubs, exhibiting, judging, lecturing, and conducting auctions. He became a stalwart of the postal history field over a span of 40 years authoring more than 25 books, monographs, and CDs on postal history.

Since 1969, Helbock was the publisher of LaPosta: A Journal of American Postal History. He also served as editor of the American Philatelic Congress Book from 1999 to 2005, the Military Postal History Society Bulletin, and The Alaska Philatelist. Among Helbock’s most significant honors, he received theDistinguished Philatelist Award from the U.S. PhilatelicClassics Society in 1991 and a similar accolade from the Northwest Federation of Stamp Clubs in 2003. In 2007, he was awarded the American Air Mail Society L.B. Gatchell literature award for his four-part series, “Reaching Out to the Islands.”

Helbock grew up in Portland, Oregon, and was a 1960 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After earning his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, he became a geography professor, first at the University of Pittsburgh, then at New Mexico State University. In the 1960s, he began corresponding with Chuck Whittlesey, an Oregon collector who specialized in postal history, and in 1969 he began publishing LaPosta. When he returned to live in Portland in 1980, he devoted his full time to LaPosta and other postal history publications, living and publishing in a woodsy house near the Tualatin River.

Helbock published and co-authored two books that deal with Oregon and Washington postal history: Chuck Whittlesey, Oregon Postmarks, a Catalog of 19th Century Usage, and Tim Boardman’s Washington Post Offices. In the 1990s, Helbock emigrated to Australia and continued to publish from there. A celebration of Bill’s life was held June 5, 2011, and his ashes were placed under a fig tree in Australia.

Maynard Sundman

(1915–2007)

That we have a vibrant hobby of stamp collecting in the 21st century is due in large part to the life of Maynard Sundman. He was the founder and chief executive officer of Littleton Stamp Company in 1945, and 30 years later purchased Mystic Stamp Company. He applied his amazing understanding of how to whet readers’ appetites for stamp collecting by placing creative ads on matchbook covers, in comic books, in Sunday supplements and on the radio. Maynard’s name — the Mystic name — is synonymous with the most creative outreach venture to new collectors our hobby has ever seen.

Maynard caught the stamp collecting bug in grade school, and soon began selling stamps to his grade school classmates. By the time he reached high school his dream was to become a fulltime stamp collector. After his Army service in World War II, this dream became a reality and for more than 60 years he led the hobby in creative outreach programs.
He widely expanded the practice of shipping stamps (and later, coins) “on approval,” trusting prospective customers either to buy the stamps or to send them back. Over the years, he sent hundreds of millions of dollars worth of stamps to a very diverse bunch of customers from all over the United States. He had a unique and major impact on the hobby based on his acute understanding of the mail order world.

He was a Life Member of the American Philatelic Society, and received his 50-year medal in 2004. In 2002, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum established the Maynard Sundman lecture series. The annual philatelic lecture features talks by renowned stamp collectors on a variety of topics. In 1995, to celebrate the success of his 50 years in the stamp and coin business, a book telling Sundman’s life story of serving collectors, A Decent Boldness: The Life Achievement of Maynard Sundman at Littleton Stamp and Coin Company, was published.

Lester E. Winick

(1927–2015)

Lester E. Winick of Chicago, was an accomplished author, exhibitor, judge, and show executive. He is perhaps best known as the executive director of the highly successful U.S. International Ameripex exhibition held in 1986 in Chicago. It was the largest philatelic event held in the United States up until that time. He continued to serve as an exhibition consultant afterwards.

His column, “The Insider,” ran more than 25 years in Linn’s Stamp News, and he never missed a deadline. He conveyed current news, not only praising noteworthy people and events, but also constructive criticism of philatelic organizations. Winick authored a stamp column in the Chicago Tribune for six years that was widely syndicated. Among his books were many editions of The White Ace Postage Stamp Identifier (1952–1992), Space Stamps (1966), Iceland: A Bibliography (1978), and Soviet Space Catalog (1978).

Winick was an international commissioner, judge, and exhibitor. His displays of Iceland airmail and space topics won major awards both nationally and internationally. Leadership positions included president of the Illinois Federation of Stamp Clubs, president of the Collectors Club of Chicago, president of the Salm Foundation, and director at large of the American Philatelic Society. He served as president of the Space Topics Study Group of the American Topical Association and was named Distinguished Topical Philatelist by ATA in 1978.

Winick received the Chicago Philatelic Society’s Saul Newbury award in 1982 and the APS Luff award for exceptional contributions to philately in 1997.

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