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Posted 05/12/2020   12:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add bzurer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Growing up in Manhattan in the 1950s and started to collect stamps when I was around 9 or 10. I remember how the amazing Gimbel's Stamp Department was. I think I knew that Macy's across the street had stamps as well, but even at that age I think I knew it was inferior. I just found this glassine and I thought that someone might enjoy looking at it.
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Posted 05/12/2020   5:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I used to take the bus in to NYC from New Jersey just to shop at Gimbel's stamp dept.
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Posted 05/12/2020   10:55 pm  Show Profile Check rlsny's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add rlsny to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I was a regular at Macys when I was a kid. I remember (though I could be mistaken) that the stamp department was on the top floor. Taking the escalators up, dragging my parents to the next floor and the next. It was a place of wonder.
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Posted 05/13/2020   06:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi

That brings back memories.

My aunt started me collecting. She took me to Gimbels and bought me a Minkus WW and a Scott Modern US. She also bought me my first stamp, Israel 9 (it has a small crease, but I will never get rid of it). Gimbels' stamp department was run by Minkus, which was nearby. If I remember correctly, I went to Macy's once and wasn't impressed. I bought a lot of things at Gimbels.

My aunt was in the millinery business and would receive letters from all over Europe. Every time she came to visit there was always a shopping bag full of stamps on paper. On other trips to NYC my aunt took me to Nassau street. In the late 40's, mid 50's the area was mind boggling.

Dudley: I remember the brown and tan bus but going to New Jersey for a stamp show, I believe, in Florham Park or Paramus. That was a trip. Subway from the Bronx to Grand Central, the shuttle to Time Square, the subway to Port Authority and the bus to NJ. After we moved to Maine, it was trips to Boston, but Boston was not like NYC.

I feel sorry for those that never experienced the NYC stamp environment. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I must say we had some dealers that were real characters. It had to be experienced.

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Posted 05/13/2020   09:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bzurer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes NYC in the 50s was amazing for stamps. The New York Times had a stamp column. I lived on Washington Place, a block away from publishers of Stamps magazine. There was also a stamp dealer named Al Shantz. He made his money being the super of three buildings on 9th street between University and Broadway but he also sold stamps. I think he was also selling liquor at reduced prices to people he knew. I hung out in his shabby storefront. I once accompanied him to Park Row to Mozian to get a loan on some stamps. I remember they put them in a huge metal safe.

Nassau Street was amazing, but Times Square had stamp dealers as well
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Posted 05/13/2020   10:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi bzurer

I went to school, Cooper Union, in the village. Cooper's library closed at 5pm, so was unavailable to night students. So, night school "study hall" was McSorleys pub on, I believe, 7th street. It was convenient as it was across the street from Cooper. Everyone got angry when McSorley passed away and his daughter had the nude painting behind the bar taken out. No women were allowed in McSorleys, including his daughter.I did not know that there was a stamp dealer on 9th street.

I know one weird dealer, I believe his name was Landau. He wore a Stetson, cowboy boots, etc. He lived in Queens and probably the only steer he ever saw was at the zoo He carried an account's case full of stamps, classic and otherwise. He did not sell at a show but, when I knew him, he took "orders" at a show (I bought a few things from him). In the evening you met him at a designated diner in Queens (across the street from Creedmore Mental Hospital, apropos?). His "shop" was a round corner table and you paid for your order there. He would also show you other material. The diner didn't mind as there were people waiting their turn and they always ate something while waiting.

Another dealer I knew threw me out of his shop. I was going to buy a stamp and I asked for one that was a little better centered. He told me that if I didn't like what he was giving me, I could get the h--- out of his shop.

Also, how about the postal clerk at the stamps window at Grand Central PO. He would accept an order for new issues. You left and came back later to pick up your "order" and pay for it. If you only wanted one stamp, your envelope may have 2 or more of the stamp. I never knew anyone that complained about it. At least one had postage. He was written up in either the Daily News or the Post.

One has to read Herst's "Nassau Street" to appreciate the characters that were selling stamps in 50's NYC. I am glad I had the opportunity to experience it.

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Posted 05/13/2020   11:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add EdziuMM to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A great thread!
Stirred up in me fond memories of my many visits to Woolworth's stamp "department" during my boyhood in Utica, N.Y.
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Posted 05/13/2020   12:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamps were on the fifth floor, according to the Macy's Museum site. My mother worked at Macy's 34th st in the 60's, but I think the stamp dept was closed by then. At least I don't remember it, and I would have found it, I was everywhere in that store; at one time I knew it like the back of my hand.
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Posted 05/13/2020   12:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've never been to Macy's or Gimbel's stamp departments, but I did find this card in a cover I bought. An example of good service, and good advertising.

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Posted 05/13/2020   12:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Guys

In Maine, Woolworth's was one place to buy stamps (I remember them). The other place was the only dealer in town (I was splurging if I bought a 5 cent stamp). Also, on the back of comic books, do you remember the advertisements for stamp approvals? One I remember is Littleton (still in business). Schools had stamp clubs (and we were not considered nerds).

The local dealer in town is the reason I do not use albums. He told myself, and others, get rid of the albums and use blank pages. For the last 60+ years, my collections have been on quadrilled pages. That way I can mount plate varieties, covers, etc. on a single page.

BTW: Do you guys realize that, remembering things from the 40's, 50's and early 60's, we are dating ourselves. Unfortunately, it gives the impression that stamp collecting is for "old coots" But, I must admit, those days were great!!

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Posted 05/13/2020   12:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add centerstage98 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I wish I had seen NYC in its heyday. In Syracuse, we had a couple of downtown stamp dealers, with the most prominent being Fred Scholl (Syracuse Stamp & Coin). During my middle school years I would often have to take the bus from the suburbs to downtown to visit my orthodontist. I made sure I had enough extra time before taking the return bus to visit the Ed Guth Hobby Store, the Economy Book Store and naturally, Syracuse Stamp & Coin. (And yes, I might have missed a bus or two!)
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Posted 05/13/2020   5:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jkelley01938 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
We didn't have Macy's or Gimbal's here in New England. But we did have Jordan Marsh. Much later,they were taken over by Macy's. No more Jordan's; no more stamp dept.

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Posted 05/13/2020   5:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jmdregs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great stories!
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Posted 05/13/2020   8:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Boxcar1954 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Fast forward to the late 1990's, and Marshall Field, I guess Macy's by then, had a stamp department in their State Street store in downtown Chicago.
My work took me downtown on occasion, and I found the stamp counter after (quite) a bit of looking around. I recall it was in an upper floor and not at all in the main flow of foot traffic.
Things must have been in the wrap up stage at that point, fairly chaotic, but the staff were all helpful and I looked over several items.

Ended up buying a Jamaica collection that Scott-ed out at over $2200 for $180. In my collecting journey, this was one of the very first 'specialized' collections I had seen, and I was hooked. Still have it and a great memory of vanished aspect of this hobby.

It was heck-to-pay getting back to the office and having to put the collection aside until the day was over!
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Posted 05/13/2020   11:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Marshall Field (better dead than red) imo became Macy's in 2006. I was a Saturday regular in the late 50's and 60's at the stamp section. Switched some of my albums from Minkus to Scott albums in the 60's. Stamps were priced the same. Mint or hinged.
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Posted 05/14/2020   02:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi kelley01938

I lived in Maine and we made many trips to Boston. The big stores that my parents shopped in were Filene's and Jordan Marsh. I did not know Jordan Marsh had a stamp counter. Filene's basement sales were another wonder of the 50's. While my parents shopped I would go to the Franklin Park Zoo or Boston Common.

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