Philip Ward, Jr. (1886-1963) built a highly successful career as a stamp dealer, buying and selling the world’s greatest classic rarities. Unused stamps in blocks of four or larger, presidential letters and autographs, Philadelphia postal history, Japan, and inverted centers all attracted him. U. S. Revenues, however, stand out as his greatest interest. He owned a complete set of revenues with inverted centers and an exceptional collection of match and medicine stamps. Ward is also known for his interest in first day covers, of which he created some of the earliest and rarest.
During the 1950s, Ward donated to the Smithsonian Institution a valuable assortment of U.S. Carriers and Locals, foreign stamps, inverts and errors, and U.S. 1883 Special Print stamps. He also donated a Chinese collection of 527 stamps and forty-two Distilled Spirits Internal Revenue stamps.