James A. Allen, Senior Fellow

Mr. Allen had a distinguished career in the chemical industry that spanned more than 30 years. He is broadly experienced in all aspects of james-allenathe thermoplastics industry including marketing, applications, production and service both nationally and internationally. He was a key initiator and developer of new products, primarily in the thermoplastics and their derivatives, that would become $100 million to billion dollar product lines that still exist today, and that nearly everyone uses on a daily basis. Specific experience includes: establishing and managing research and quality control labs: paper/ plastics /color testing; ink making; paper making, research and testing, lab to full scale; plastic degradation mechanisms, testing and pigment effects. He holds 20 US patents in variety of paper and plastics areas. In addition, he was an invited speaker and consultant many times for Knowledge Management, won numerous industry awards including a feature article in Internet World resulting in his picture appearing on the cover. Mr. Allen holds BS degrees in Chemistry and Physics, did graduate studies at Princeton University. He is a State of Michigan Certified Business Excellence Practitioner/analyst.

After a long hiatus, Mr. Allen began his philatelic career anew 20 years ago. He now specializes in the collection and study of classic U.S. material. After 13 years of work, he continues today learning the intricacies of philatelic color identification under the tutelage of the current leader for classic U.S. 1851-1857 colors, Dr. W. F. Amonette. He is a member of a number of philatelic organizations including the APS, the AAPE, and the RPSL. He is a life member, director and Publication Business Manager for the U.S. Postal Classics Society. He has published articles in The Chronicle of the USPCS and made significant contributions to the 2006 work The 1851 Issue of United States Stamps: a Sesquicentennial Retrospective. He recently began exhibiting, showing one of his several collections, the U.S. 12c of 1851-1861.