The Fathers of Philately; Inscribed on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists by Brian J Birch FRPSL. 2019, Royal Philatelic Society London / RDP Trust. 300 pp. ID No. 21609. Reviewed by Frank Walton RDP FRPSL. The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP) was first signed in 1920, and today it is recognised as the greatest worldwide philatelic honour that can be bestowed upon a philatelist. However, there were numerous great pioneer collectors who had died before the roll’s inauguration. The founders of the roll were very aware of these earlier collectors and 42 collectors were selected to become “Fathers of Philately” – essentially recognising that they would have been invited to become an RDP if they had still been alive in 1920. Their names are recorded for posterity in the scroll work in the frame of page one of the actual roll. Thanks to a series of publications by Ron Butler, the biographies of the signatories to the roll itself are available to researchers – and this wonderful new publication now details the lives of “The Fathers”. Brian Birch has spent six years on meticulous research into the personal and philatelic lives of those honoured, and this profusely illustrated book now records his work. There are many great stories in the book covering some of the giants of the past, for example my personal favourites Crawford, Cooper, Castle, Ferrary, Maury, Moens, Philbrick, Tapling, Tiffany, Tilleard and Westoby – amongst many others. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which I highly recommend.