Julius (John) Murray Bartels

Julius (John) Murray Bartels
Born 1872
Died October 5, 1944
Nationality USA

Engineering career

Projects Auctioned rare stamps; an authority on United States postal stationery
Awards APS Hall of Fame

Julius (John) Murray Bartels (1872–1944), of New York City, was a dealer and auctioneer of rare postage stamps. He was also well known for his knowledge of United States postal stationery.

Collecting interests

Bartels was primarily interested in United States postal stationery and became an expert on the subject. He published the result of his studies in J.M. Bartels and Co.'s Catalogue and Reference List of the Stamped Envelopes, Wrappers and Letter Sheets in 1897, and several editions of Envelopes of the United States, from 1910 to 1938. In 1943 he published a two volume set on stamped envelopes and wrappers.[1]

Bartels also published philatelic literature on other philatelic subjects, such as, The Postage Stamps of the Philippines (co-authored with F. A. Foster and F. L. Palmer, in 1904), Bartel's Checklist of Canal Zone Stamps, in 1906 and 1908, and United States Virgin Islands (co-authored with Bertram William Henry Poole) in 1917.

Philatelic activity

Bartels conducted 337 philatelic auctions. Among his most important sales were portions of the significant portions of the Clarence Eagle and Arthur Hind prize-winning collections

Honors and awards

Bartels was named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1946.


Prescott Holden Thorp continued Bartels work with his publishing of “Thorp-Bartels” catalog editions.[2]

See also


  1. P.H. Thorp, ed.; Bartels Catalogue of the Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States and Possessions", Fifth Edition, 1943.
  2. Thorp-Bartels Catalogue of the Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States; Sixth (Century) Edition, 1954.
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