Théodore Champion

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Théodore Champion with Henri Henneberg in Paris–Roubaix (1898)

Théodore Champion (14 February 1873 – 31 August 1954) was a Swiss cyclist, philatelist and stamp dealer, who was added to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1937. [1] He was born in Geneva and took French citizenship in 1948.

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Cycling

Théodore Champion was among the first generation of Swiss cyclists. Four times - 1892, 1893, 1895 and 1896 - he was Swiss champion in the sprint. In 1895 he was also second in the Swiss Championship road race.

Philately

Theodore Champion was the son of a bank employee and a mother who collected stamps. With his brother Adrien he searched the bins of his father's bank for stamps. It was said that they sold their collection for a large sum of money to show their skeptical father the merits of collecting stamps.[ citation needed ]

He moved to Paris in 1899 and was employed by Alfred Forbin. In 1902 he bought Forbin's postage stamp dealership so that Forbin could concentrate on fiscal stamps. [2]

Champion was one of the founders of the Paris Postal Museum, to which he left valuable pieces from his collection.

Tributes

Theodore Champion was shown several times on stamps:

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References

  1. Background notes on The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists September 2011 , Roll of Distinguished Philatelists Trust, London, 2011. Archived here.
  2. Birch, Brian. Biographies of Philatelists and Dealers. 9th edition. Standish, Wigan: 2008, p.540.