The Petroleum Philatelic Society International

Welcome to the Features section

Here you'll find information about the organisation and origins of the Society, reviews of some world postal museums and details of a walk around central London, to explore the gas lights still in use.

Organisation of the Society

Board of Directors: The Society is organised by the Board of Directors on behalf of the membership. Our Appointed Officers, Representatives and Editors have responsibility for particular areas of interest:

Where positions below are indicated as vacant, members are invited to nominate themselves for these roles


Anthony Curiale - President

Steve Fraser - Vice President

Vacant - Secretary

Hugo Vargas - Treasurer


Anthony Curiale - APS Representative

Hugo Vargas - ATA Representative

Vacant - Public Relations


Steve Fraser - The Petro-Philatelist

Steve Fraser - PSW Catalogue

Steve Fraser - Website

Anthony Curiale - Publisher

The History of the Petroleum Philatelic Society International

The Petroleum Philatelic Society International (PPSI) was organized late in 1974 for the purpose of advancing the philately of the oil, natural gas and petrochemical industries. Since that time more than 600 members from approximately 40 countries all around the globe have joined our organization. To read on please click here

Members Collections

The Petro-Stamp collections of some former members of the Society have been scanned, and are available for you to download as PDF files, To find out more please click here

World Postal Museums

We've taken a personal look at various worldwide postal museums, some of which are detailed in the feature here. The Postal Museum in London is a new museum, which replaces the long closed National Postal Museum. This is the only Postal Museum in the world to feature a ride on anything like "Mail Rail". To read on please click here

Exploring London's Gas Lights

This popular part of our website now has it's own link in the top navigation, as it is our most popular page!

This is a seven kilometre walk around central London that takes you to see some of the 1,500 gas lights still being used and visits the location of the original London gas works of 200 years ago, as well as highlighting the various point of interest that you see on the way.

It’s not widely known, but there are still about 1,500 gas lamps operating in London. The lamps burn a tiny pilot light continuously, but at dusk the timers fitted move a lever, which opens a valve to open the gas supply, which lights up the mantles. To read on please click here

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