Copyright 2011-2017 John N. Lupia, III

Herman “Pat” Herst, III (1909-1999), was born on March 17, 1909, son of Herman Herst, II (1872-1915), an attorney, and Lilian Meyers Herst (1878-1956).

He was nicknamed "Pat" since he was born on the feast of St. Patrick, a funny jest since he was Jewish. Herst was a prolific writer of philatelic literature, a stamp dealer, and  a stamp auctioneer. He began his philatelic career at 116 Nassau Street in New York City in 1933, directly across the street where his father had his law office eighteen years earlier.

From 1921-1930, he  lived in Portland, Oregon, and graduated Reed College with a degree in International Law.

In 1936 he worked on Wall Street at Louis S. Lebenthal and Company, selling municipal bonds, earning $38.00 per week. While working there he restarted collecting stamps inspired by Henry C. Needham, a client of Lebenthal. Next he became involved attending stamp auctions at Paul Bluss' office.

From 1936 to 1938 he sojourned to London, England.

In 1938, he married Ingeborg Ursula (1916-), a German immigrant, his first wife.

In 1940, he and Ingborg lived at 28 West 72nd Street, New York.

He married Ida Busch (1914-), his second wife.

In 1945, he moved to Shrub Oak, New York.

In 1961, he was the recipient of the APS Luff Award

In 1973, Herst and his second wife Ida moved to Florida.

He died on January 31, 1999, at Boca Raton, Florida.

In 2000 he was inducted into the APS Hall of Fame.

Auctions :

Works : (18 books, thousands of articles for stamp periodicals)

Nassau Street : A Quarter Century of Stamp Dealing (1960)
Fun and Profit in Stamp Collecting (1962)
Fancy Cancellations on Nineteenth Century United States Postage Stamps. (Self-published, 1963)
Stories to Collect Stamps By (1968)
The Complete Philatelist (1979)
The Forensic Philatelist : An Account of the Famous English Stamp Fraud Trials (1986)

Put a Stamp on It!Seventy-Seven Sparkling Stories Showcasing How Stamps Have Intercepted Historical Events

Bibliography :

American Philatelist