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Ernst Max Cohn , was a multi-lingual philatelic researcher and expert from Alabama, who advocated re-researching original philatelic sources rather than relying on subsequent published philatelic literature.


Cohn, Ernst Max was born on March 31, 1920 in Mainz, Hesse, Germany. Came to United States, 1936. Son of Martin and Lorle Cohn.


Bachelor of Science, University Pittsburgh, 1942. Master of Science in Chemistry, University Pittsburgh, 1952.


Cohn was particularly interested in the siege mail of the Franco-German War of 1870–71 although his collecting interests were previously more widespread. Ernst Cohn authored a number of books during his philatelic career, including: Die “Papillons” von Metz (1976), The Flight of the “Ville d’Orleans (1978), Ordinary Mail by Diplomatic Means (1995), Unusual Mail in Occupied France 1870–1871 (2000), and A Book of Postal History (1988) which contained many of his articles he had previously written for The American Philatelist. At the American Philatelic Society, he served a number of posts, including representative to the FIP Postal History Commission and on the Postal History Committee.

At the Postal History Society he held a number of posts including president and associate editor.


  • Ernst Cohn was awarded the Luff Award for distinguished philatelic research in 1995 and the Lichtenstein award for distinguished service to philately in 2004. He received recognition for his work from the American Philatelic Congress, the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Aérophilatéliques (FISA), the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), and others. He was named to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 2006.


  • Other Work

    • Author: books. Contributor articles to professional journals. Patentee in field.


Cohn was a member of the most important philatelic societies in the United States, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.


  • Other Interests

    Postal history 1870-1871, franco-german war.


Married Margaret Miller, July 8, 1949 (divorced February 1981). Married Doris Brohm, March 31, 1981.

Martin Cohn

Lorle Cohn

Margaret Miller

Doris Brohm