Notes from the Past

Edward Loines Pemberton
Famous Philatelists Series

A giant in the early days of our hobby, Edward Loines Pemberton (1844-1878) was born in the United States, orphaned, and sent to England to live with relatives at Birmingham.  By the early 1860s, he was already a stamp "dealer" advertising items from his collection in the Boy's Own Magazine.

In the early 1870s, according to Melville writing in the Stamp Lover, Pemberton could write a friend that he had made £300 between July and December of the previous year from dealing in stamps.

Pemberton was active in the formation of the Philatelic Society, London (later the Royal Philatelic Society, London), and served on its first committee despite the rule against professional membership.

As a philatelic journalist, publisher, and dealer, Pemberton had no equal in his time and with his death from rheumatic fever on December 2, 1878, philately lost one of its strongest voices. 


- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Two G - P
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted December 2, 2000

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