Emorys Tam Institute for Jewish Studies has received an extraordinary
stamp collection that includes every stamp issued by the state of
Israel, as well as supporting materials and stamps issued all over
the world featuring Jewish themes. The Sol Singer Collection of
Philatelic Judaica was collected over a 40-year period and was donated
to the University by retired Atlanta businessman Sol Singer and
his wife, Ruth.
David Blumenthal, Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies, said the collection
provides a wonderful resource for scholarly research and for teaching
such topics as the representation of women, holidays, the Holocaust,
the military, minorities, peace, agriculture and art.
Stamps are one of the ways that countries express national
culture, so this collection is an excellent tool to use to study
how Israel and other nations treat issues of Judaism, Blumenthal
The donation of the Sol Singer Collection was announced during
the annual David R. Blumenthal Awards dinner April 22, where the
Singers were honored for their donation and some of the material
was on display.
The collection includes a complete set of stamps issued by Israel
from the period just before independence up to this year, some of
them extremely rare and valuable. More than just individual stamps,
the collection includes corners, first-day covers and whole sheets
of each stamp issued.
The collection also features stamps with Jewish content issued
around the world. No one knows how many such stamps exist, but the
Singer collection contains entire volumes of stamps on the themes
of the Holocaust, Einstein, Herzl, Judaica and more. Also included
are whole sets of various philatelic journals dealing with Israeli
and Judaica stamps.
The Sol Singer Collection of Philatelic Judaica will be housed
in Special Collections at Woodruff Library. The collection will
be available for research and teaching purposes and may be exhibited
in the future.