Arthur Hind (industrialist)

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Arthur Hind

Arthur Hind and signature from a 1935 auction catalogue.
Born Arthur Hind
Died 1933
Nationality English
Occupation Industrialist
Known for Manufactured textiles; created world class stamp collections
The "Bordeaux Cover" with Mauritius 1d Red and 2d Deep Blue "Post Office" once owned by Arthur Hind.

Arthur Hind (1856–1933), of Utica, New York, was an English textile industrialist and philatelist.

Business interests

He lived on Maple Street in Utica, New York, in the Mohawk Valley. He was owner of Hind-Harrison Plush Co. in Clark Mills, New York, which made upholstery fabrics for automobile manufacturers.[1] He came to the United States from Bradford, England in 1890.[2]

Philatelic activity

Hind formed an outstanding collection of stamps of the United States. Like Thomas Tapling, Hind poured the profits from his business into rare stamps, and soon acquired many of the world's greatest rarities. Among these were the Bordeaux Letter, which Roger Calves considered "le plat de résistance (main course) de toute la philatélie"[3] or "the greatest item in all philately", purchased in 1922 from Alfred F. Lichtenstein. He also owned the two "Post Office" Mauritius stamps, both unused, purchased from Henry Duveen. At the Ferrary sale, Hind purchased the One Cent Magenta British Guiana for a world-record price, as well as all of the best U.S. Postmasters' Provisionals.[4]

According to Alexander Séfi, because of his obsession with the "black on magenta," Hind (according to rumor) bought not only one of the stamps, but the other remaining one, and then destroyed one so that he would own the only one in the world.[5]


  1. "Noted Collector Dies", (February 24, 2008)
  2. Helen Morgan, "Hind, Arthur (1856–1933)", Blue Mauritius Research Companion
  3. Roger Calves, quoted in David Feldman SA, Mauritius: Classic Postage Stamps and Postal History Switzerland (1993) p. 92.
  4. “Outbid King George for $32,000 stamp”, ‘’New York Times’’ (May 14, 1922)
  5. Séfi, A. J., "Obituary. A Short Memoir of Mr Arthur Hind", Philatelic Journal of Great Britain, vol. 43, no. 507 (March 1933), pp. 46–47.

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