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Welcome to the Petroleum Philatelic Society International (PPSI)!

The PETROLEUM PHILATELIC SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL (PPSI) is the society for collectors of stamps, covers and related items on the subject of oil, natural gas, and the petrochemical industry.

The PPSI is a study unit of the American Topical Association and is Affiliate 170 of the American Philatelic Society.

The society has members throughout the world. Many of our members are, or have been, involved in the oil or gas industries but this is by no means a requirement, and we welcome new members from all walks of life. We publish a catalogue of world petroleum stamps and updates to this are issued regularly.

We extend a warm welcome to new members so if you would like to join the society, please complete the membership form, which you can easily find on our contact page.

Our quarterly journal, The Petro-Philatelist, is produced as a digital magazine, but it's easy to print copies if you prefer a paper issue. Regular updates to our catalogue, Petroleum Stamps of the World are also produced, and these updates are fully detailed in the Petro-Philatelist. In addition the latest relevant stamp issues are usually shown on our Facebook page, as soon as we become aware of them.

There is a joining fee of US$10, but other than this we are not presently charging a subscription for membership of the Society, although, as noted below, a single payment is required for access to Petroleum Stamps of the World

A one off payment of US$25, is payable for access to the current Petroleum Stamps of the World (PSW) catalogue. The catalogue, which is now in its 9th edition, is available as an on-line database, which is regularly updated to reflect any new stamps found to be petroleum related. Downloads are available so that members can readily print their own copies of the catalogue.

To illustrate the coverage of Petroleum Stamps of the World, you can see our coverage of the petroleum related stamps issued by Chile, by clicking the image to the right

Latest Society News:

Our President, Tony Curiale, recently produced an award winning exhibit of oil related stamps. This presents an excellent introduction to the oil industry, and illustrates the extent of our branch of the hobby of philately. You can view the presentation here. Note that this is a PDF file so you'll need to have Adobe Acrobat installed on the computer to view the file.

You can now read The Petro-Philatelist on-line, rather than downloading the magazine! See the links on The Petro-Philatelist page, accessed from the Members Area Availablility of this feature does however depend on the computer you're using, it appears to work best on PC's running flash player. If it doesn't work for you, then please download the file as usual.

The latest issues ofThe Petro-Philatelist, are available for members to download from the Members Area. You'll need to log in to view the magazine.

We publish all our news, including lots of information about NEW ISSUES, on our Facebook page, and you can comment or add information there too. You can also detail any new issues you find, that may be of interest to our members. Just go to: There's no need for any log in to view all our information, for example, about new issues, but you may need to log-in if you want to comment.

World Postal Museums

The Postal Museum in London is now open. This is the only Postal Museum in the world to feature a ride on anything like "Mail Rail". Mail Rail is an underground narrow gauge railway that connects various post offices across London. The railway was mothballed some years ago, but part has now been bought back into use for an interactive ride. Go to: for full details of the museum.

For a personal view on some other postal museums, in France, India, and Italy please click here!

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Board of Directors

The Society is organised by the Board of Directors on behalf of the membership. At present the Board includes the following members:

Anthony Curiale - President

Vacant - Secretary

Steve Fraser - Vice President

Feitze Papa - Treasurer

Other executive roles in the Society are as follows:

European Representative:

Grahame C. Boutle - United Kingdom

Appointed Officers:


Anthony Curiale - APS Representative

Steve Fraser - The Petro-Philatelist

Hugo Vargas - ATA Representative

Steve Fraser - PSW Catalogue

Vacant - Public Relations

Steve Fraser - Website

Vacant - Consultant


Vacant - The Petro-Philatelist

Members are invited to nominate themselves for any of the vacant roles mentioned above!