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Edith "Dee" Margaret Vanderpoel Faulstich (1907-1972), was born at Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York on May 22, 1907, daughter of Andrew Case Vanderpoel, a merchant, and Margaretha Bollinger, Post Master of Montvale, New Jersey.

She was raised at 177 Magnolia Avenue, Montvale, New Jersey and graduated Park Ridge High School.

She married her first husband Mr. Harry G. Fisher, a cashier at Rye National Bank. They had two sons Donald Harry Fisher (1932-), and Stephen Alrion Merritt Fisher (1933-). Stephen became a physician.

In 1928, they lived at the Biltmore Arms, Port Chester, New York.

In 1932, they lived at 37 Summit Avenue, Apartment 4A, Port Chester, New York.

About 1939, inspired by the World's Fair she became interested in collecting postage stamps with her two sons.

In 1940, they lived at 175 Third Avenue, Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey.

She was divorced in the early 1940's and worked as a stenographer to support herself and her children.

From 1946-1972, she became a frequent contributor to the Stamp Column in the Bergen Evening Record and later on the Newark Sunday News.

In 1952, she married a second husband, a fellow philatelist Fred Faulstich, was an engineer and Army Veteran. They lived in Yonkers, New York.

She was a founding member and first president of the Postal History Society (originally named Postal History Society of the Americas). She edited Postal History Journal from 1957-1967.

She was a frequent contributor to the Stamp Column in the Bergen Evening Record from 1961-1966.

She served as editor of the Western Stamp Collector, Covers, and also of Essay-Proof Journal.

She was an expert on the postal history of WWI especially in Siberia. Her massive collection of this postal history research on the Canadian (CEF) and American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in Siberia was donated to the Hoover Archives, Stanford University in 1975.

She was also an expert on Colonial post mail and began writing an essay on it for the American Philatelic Society Research Committee working on a comprehensive study in preparation for a book to be published in time to celebrate the American Bicentennial. However, her contributions were not completely finished prior to her demise.

She died of cancer on Monday, September 4, 1972, at United Hospital, Port Chester, New York. She is buried in Westwood Cemetery, Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey.

In 1973 she was posthumously inducted in the APS Hall of Fame.

Acknowledgments :

Special thanks to Alice Margaret Fisher, granddaughter of the subject of this sketch.


New York Times, Wednesday, September 6, 1972, page 48, obit

American Philatelist (1972) : 746

Alex L. ter Braake, Coordinator, The Posted Letter In Colonial and Revolutionary America 1628-1790. (American Philatelic Society, 1975)

Philatelic Literature Review (2003) : Robert A. Siegel Sale #440