Notes from the Past

Edward H. R. Green
Famous Philatelists Series

"Colonel" Green  (1868-1936) was the closest that the United States came to having a national "Ferrary."  Green was an accumulator rather than a true collector, and it is doubtful that he ever acquired any significant philatelic knowledge.  What he did have was money, and he bought everything in sight, regardless of the price.  Green was the son of Hetty Green, known as the female wizard of Wall Street.

He bought the sheet of the 24¢ air mail invert for $20,000 from Eugene Klein, who reportedly paid George Robey $15,000 for the sheet he had bought from the Washington, D. C., Post Office for $24.

Following Green's death, the mass of stamps he had accumulated came on the market and was sold in a series of 28 auctions beginning in 1942.  A total of about $3 million was realized accord to Earnest A. Kehr (The Romance of Stamp Collecting) at that time a record for the estate of a single collector. 

- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Two G-P
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted May 25, 2000

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