James Benjamin Seymour
James Benjamin Seymour of Great Britain
Great Britain
Great Britain or Britain is an island situated to the northwest of Continental Europe. It is the ninth largest island in the world, and the largest European island, as well as the largest of the British Isles...

, was a philatelist
Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps...

 who created an award winning collection, and who wrote some of the key works in British philately.

Collecting interests

Seymour collected stamps of Great Britain and created a collection of stamps and postal history
Postal history
Postal history is the study of postal systems and how they operate and, or, the study of postage stamps and covers and associated material illustrating historical episodes of postal systems...

 of that country that won numerous awards at national and international exhibitions.

After his death, his collection was auctioned by Robson Lowe
Robson Lowe
John Harry Robson Lowe , Robbie to his friends, was an English professional philatelist, stamp dealer and stamp auctioneer.- Life and career :...


Philatelic literature

James Seymour contributed the section on British line engraved stamps in the Kohl Briefmarken-Handbuch
Kohl Briefmarken-Handbuch
The Kohl Briefmarken-Handbuch was a seminal work of philatelic literature first published in Germany in 1923 as the 11th edition of the previous well known Handbuch published by Paul Kohl of Chemnitz.- Production of the work :...

, published in Germany in 1923. He and the editor, Dr Herbert Munk
Herbert Munk
Dr Herbert Munk was a distinguished German philatelist and editor of important sections of the seminal Kohl Briefmarken-Handbuch for which he and J.B...

 jointly received the Sieger Medal in 1931 for the best philatelic work in the German language that year. Seymour was also the author of Stamps of Great Britain: The Line-engraved Issues, 1840 to 1853. He completed a revised edition of the book in 1950.

Philatelic activity

Seymour was active within the philatelic community. He served both the International Philatelic Union
International Philatelic Union
The International Philatelic Union, formed 1881, was an early international philatelic organisation formed for the study of stamps and the promotion of philately generally...

 and the Royal Philatelic Society London as president. And, at the l'Academie de Philat√©lie, he was elected as a corresponding member. Seymour was also a member of the Fiscal Philatelic Society
Fiscal Philatelic Society
The Fiscal Philatelic Society was an early twentieth century philatelic society that is seen as a predecessor to today's Cinderella Stamp Club and The Revenue Society...


Honors and awards

James Benjamin Seymour received numerous philatelic awards from his and other countries. He signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists
Roll of Distinguished Philatelists
The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists is a philatelic award of international scale, created by the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain in 1921...

 in 1931 and was named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame
American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame
The American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame award honors deceased philatelists who have contributed significantly to the field of national and/or international philately.-History:...

in 1951.
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