Stanley J. Richmond
Stanley J. Richmond
Stanley J. Richmond’s passion for stamps began as a young child in the late 1930s. By the time he approached his teens andyoung adulthood he was already deeply entrenched in philately, doing business with many of the elite dealers of the day, including the likes of Warren Colson, Robert Siegel, the Weill Brothers and Bernard Harmer.
In addition to New York City, Boston has a significant philatelic history dating back the 1800s which contributed greatly to the rich history of stamp collecting and dealing. In the mid 1960s Stanley purchased Daniel F. Kelleher Company. To this day, Daniel F. Kelleher Company, established in 1885 and to become the oldest philatelic auction house in America, is still going strong. As owner and President of the company for more than 50 years, Stanley’s contributions to the industry are legendary. Stanley has bought, sold or been involved with a giant range of significant collections including those of Morton Dean Joyce, William Wyer, and Marcel Lutwak just to name a few. He is still actively involved in acquiring and selling collections.
Stanley also acquired the Scott Stamp and Coin Company, which was originally founded by the legendary John Walter Scott. To this day there is a framed photograph proudly displayed in Stanley’s office of Mr. Scott. Stanley also acquired the working stock of H.E. Harris & Company that consisted of hundreds of fully stocked file cabinets containing millions of stamps. This is a little known happening in philately’s history.
In 1978 at Christie’s auction house in New York City, Stanley was the first person to ever pay more than $100,000 for a U.S. stamp (the inverted Jenny).
As an auction house proprietor, Stanley’s forward-thinking vision was instrumental in pushing the hobby forward on a number of fronts. For instance, he helped in establishing a buyer’s premium that propped up the stability and health of the philatelic auction business which soon became the norm in the entire auction world, not just in philately. It is this kind of vision that has helped elevate the industry of philately to what it is today.
All of Stanley’s accomplishments in the world of philately derive from his genuine love for stamps, the hobby and the relationships he has built throughout his life. Stanley J. Richmond’s dealings in philately have always been from a collector’s mentality. He is known for his professionalism and his willingness to spend time with any collector or dealer, from novice to expert. As a byproduct of collecting stamps, Stanley has been fortunate enough to call his lifelong passion of philately his career, which has resulted in a historic body of work that will be remembered for generations to come.