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Fig. 1. Photo of Harry Myron Konwiser published in the Quarterman reprint of Postal Markings. Note the caption gives his years 1880-1961. He appears to have been born probably in September 1879. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library.

Harry Myron Konwiser (1879-1961), was born on November 1, 1879 in Russia, the son of Russian parents, Meyer Konwiser (1857-), and Dora Konwiser (1860-). The family immigrated to the United States in 1882. Curiously, most of the later records report him born in New York.

The 1900 U.S. Census reported he was born in September 1879 at Russia, and that he worked as a journalist living with his parents at 36 Barbara Street, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.

On his WWI draft card he gave his date of birth as August 4, 1879 at New York. However on his WWII draft card he claimed it was November 1, 1879.

In 1917 he lived at 837 South Orange Avenue, Newark, New Jersey, and worked as an editor on tobacco goods for the Tobacco Record Publishing Company.

In 1930 he worked as an assistant editor for a newspaper.

Fig. Konwiser's classic work Postal Markings. This is a series of articles originally published from June 24, 1933 to September 18, 1954, in his weekly column "Postal Markings" in Stamps Magazine. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library.

Fig. Scott Stamp & Coin correspondence with Harry Konwiser postmarked December 18, 1934. He had been writing his column "Postal Markings" in Stamps Magazine five and a half months at the time of this letter. Courtesy Lupia Numismatic Library.

In 1942 his address was 181 Claremont Avenue, New York, New York, where he lived with his wife Mary.

He died on March 17, 1961. He is buried at Park View Cemetery, Schenectady, New York.

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