Notes from the Past

John N. Luff
Famous Philatelists Series

John Nicholas Luff (1860-1938) was for many years an important figure on the U.S. philatelic scene.

Born in South Haven, New York, he tended to drift during his early years.  After an unsuccessful period as a vineyard and resort owner in California's Santa Cruz Mountains, he moved to San Francisco in 1890 and worked as a clerk at the famous Palace Hotel.  It was during this time that he became active in philately and began to amass his philatelic library.

In 1893, he went to New York and joined a philatelic firm, moving to the Scott Stamp and Coin Co. shortly after.

He gained a high reputation as a philatelic student and was editor of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.  Honored both in the United States and Great Britain, he served as president of the American Philatelic Society and the Collectors Club of New York and was chairman of the jury at the 1936 New York International Stamp Exhibition.

His death in 1938 ended a distinguished philatelic career, but his name lives on in the American Philatelic Society's Luff Award for Service to Philately by a Living Philatelist. 


- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Two G-P
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted May 27, 2000

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