Howard Selzer, 1922 - 2012 -a tribute
by Susan McEwen
regret to inform you that we have now heard that Howard J Selzer died
on the 8th September 2012, just two days before his 90th birthday.
by Nick Hackney
I met Howard Selzer in London, when he came over for the 1980 International Exhibition, and for the MSG's 21st anniversary dinner. He remarked then on his perspicacity in founding the Group in 1959 so that the anniversary would fall on a convenient date.
Howard cuts the 21st Anniversary cake with Shirley Cannicott
Howard at the 21st Anniversary dinner with [left] Derek Clayton and [right] William Wells
Thanks to MacMcClaren for thse pictures from the MSG archive
A historical note from the CD of The Malayan Philatelist
The philatelic journal "The Malayan Philatelist" can be regarded as the foundation stone of the Malaya Study Group. This is because Mr. Howard J. Selzer of Chicago, USA, having received positive responses from a small number of corrrespondents in the USA and UK, produced and published Issue No. 1, dated June 1959, which effectively announced the formation of the Malaya Study Group.
Howard remained Group Secretary, and as Editor, produced six issues per year for almost 10 years. In 1969, he was unable to continue and agreed that the administration of the Group, including its journal, should be transferred to the UK, where a "branch" had been established to hold meetings, publish a newsletter, circulate packets and hold auctions.
Howard was active in many other fields of philately, being a member of the New Jersey Postal History Society, and a contributor of many articles to the Illinois Postal Historian, a few of these are listed below.
(Adams): A Foreign Mail Cover from Columbus, Illinois - Howard Selzer.....
Galena (Jo Daviess): From Surveyor to Congressman As Told in Galena by the Lucius Lyon Papers - Howard J. Selzer
Lenzburg (St. Clair): Lenzburg, St. Clair County, Illinois - Another Look - Howard Selzer
Schaumberg (Cook): Shaumburgh - Schaumberg - Schaumburg - Howard Selzer
Howard's Malaya Collection was sold on November 6th 1986 in Zurich at a prestigous auction by Christie's Robson Lowe
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