Stanley Bryan Ashbrook

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Stanley Bryan Ashbrook
BornOctober 10, 1882
DiedJanuary 23, 1958 (aged 75)
Engineering career
ProjectsFamous for his studies and publications on early United States classic stamps and covers
AwardsCrawford Medal
APS Hall of Fame
Luff Award

Stanley Bryan Ashbrook (October 10, 1882 – January 23, 1958), of Kentucky, was a distinguished American philatelist who was known for his extensive studies of early United States stamps and postal history. He was usually known as Stanley B. Ashbrook.

Collecting interests[edit]

Ashbrook was primarily interested in classic United States stamps and postal history in the form of stamped covers.

Philatelic activity[edit]

Ashbrook is most known for his famous two-volume book entitled The United States One Cent Stamp of 1851-57 which was published in 1938. His research of early American postage stamps led him to author the book The United States Ten Cent Stamp of 1855-57 in 1936 for which he received the Crawford Medal in 1937.

Ashbrook published the "Ashbrook Special Service" as a private subscriber series and also contributed to another subscriber series entitled "Bulletins of the Research Group."

Honors and awards[edit]

Stanley Ashbrook received numerous honors and awards for his philatelic research and subsequent publications. These include, the first-issued Luff Award, the Crawford Medal, and signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1950.[1] He is currently listed in the APS Hall of Fame.


His philatelic estate, which included classic American postage stamps, postal history, unpublished notes, and other material was sold in 1958 at auction by the firm of H. R. Harmer.

See also[edit]

  • Philately
  • Philatelic literature

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Background notes on The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists September 2011, Roll of Distinguished Philatelists Trust, London, 2011. Archived here.