With nearly 44,000+ members in more than 110 countries, the APS is the largest, nonprofit society in the world for stamp collectors.
Whether you are a beginning collector or have years of philatelic experience, the American Philatelic Society offers you a number of services and educational opportunities to broaden your personal collection and enhance your special collecting interests!
It is supported entirely by membership dues, gifts, and the sale of its publications and services. Founded in 1886, the APS is now in its second century of service to stamp collectors and postal historians.
No matter what you collect -- worldwide, the stamps or postal history of a particular country, or by topic -- APS membership will help you gain more enjoyment from your hobby and places you among a well-organized and long-established group of collectors associated for mutual benefit.
APS Statement of Purpose
to promote stamp collecting for people of all ages
to offer services to its membership and to philately in general, including knowledge and education, which enhance the pleasure and friendliness of stamp collecting
to initiate and coordinate new programs for the benefit of stamp collecting and of all collectors
to represent the United States of America in the world body of philately
to assist its members in acquiring and disposing of philatelic materials
The nearly 44,000+ APS Members Invite you to Join Today
Brief History of the American Philatelic Society Click Here
The first five issues of the APA's journal, The American Philatelist were published in Altoona, Pennsylvania, commencing January 10, 1887, but a mail vote in June of that year resulted in the choice of The Western Philatelist as the society's official publication. Dissension caused by this action led the membership at the second annual convention, held in Chicago in August 1887, to vote to resume publication of The American Philatelist as the society's official journal.
During the Chicago convention in 1887, Eugene Dill, a member from St. Louis proposed that the APA adopt the vignette of Philatelia as shown on the cover of their official journal The Western Philatelist.
Convention photograph of the 24 members of the APA attending the Chicago convention.
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