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American Philatelic Society

100 Match Factory Place

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823

United States

Company Description

With nearly 32,000 members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, non-profit organization for stamp collectors in the world. Founded in 1886, the APS serves collectors, educators, postal historians, and the general public by providing a wide ... more

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Employment History


Confederate Stamp Alliance


New Jersey Library Association


Collectors Club


Bucknell University

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In 1935, Hiram Deats, an early president of the American Philatelic Society and avid Confederate collector, meets August Dietz, Sr., founder of the Confederate Stamp Alliance.

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Hiram E. Deats

Hiram E. Deats was born May 20, 1870, in Flemington Junction, N.J. He started collecting stamps as a child, and joined the APS at 16 as a founding member in 1886.
Deats volunteered to the APS for about 20 years, eventually serving as president in 1904-5. He also was a founding member and first librarian of the Collectors Club of New York in 1896.
Deats copy In about 1895, with a business partner E.B. Sterling, Deats paid the equivalent of more than $40,000 in today's money for ten railroad boxcars of "waste paper" from the US Treasury Department.
Intriguingly, Deats and William R. Ricketts are said to have prepared a 1915 update to Tiffany's 1889 Catalogue of Philatelic Publications, Arranged by the Decimal System, but it was never published and the manuscript apparently has been lost.
Deats' professed occupation was farmer and he lived most of his life on his farm, called Minneakoning, where he was a Cooperative Weather Observer for the US Weather Bureau for more than 50 years starting in 1898. But he also had vast interests in coins, bookplates, archaeology, natural science, and various civic, agricultural, religious, and Masonic organizations. Deats was a trustee of Bucknell University. He was generally interested in books, serving as president of the New Jersey Library Association in 1909-10, and also New Jersey history (especially genealogy). The Hunterdon County Historical Society's library also is named for him. Deats was a member of the grand jury that indicted Bruno Hauptmann in 1934 for the kidnapping and murder of Charles A. Lindbergh Jr.

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Other topics include the ANS COAC Proceedings, the Walton 1913 Liberty Nickel, lotteries in Colonial America, Stanley Apfelbaum, Diana Herzog, Hiram Deats, the 2016 ANS Gala, spelling errors on coins, credit cards, and China's cash hoards.
Hiram Edmund Deats "the Sage of Hunterdon County" (1870-1963), was born at Brookville, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, on May 20, 1870, son of Hiram Deats (1810-1887) and Elmira Stevenson (1830-).
As a youth, Deats started collecting postage stamps of the United States and the Confederate States of America, and eventually created one of the finest collections of his era, eventually selling the collection. Deats specialized in the collecting of United States revenue stamps, and his collection, which in 1888 included the revenue collection of Edward Boker Sterling, was unsurpassed.

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