The Petroleum Philatelic Society International

The society for collectors of stamps, covers and related items on the subject of oil, natural gas, and the petrochemical industry

About the 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.

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

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 find on our contact page.

Our quarterly journal, The Petro-Philatelist, is full of articles of interest to petro-stamp collectors. It is produced as a digital magazine, but it's easy to print copies if you prefer a paper issue. Updates to our catalogue, Petroleum Stamps of the World 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.

To join the Society there is a fee of US$10, but other than this, we are not presently charging any subscription for membership, although, as noted below, a single payment is required for access to our catalogue, "Petroleum Stamps of the World".

This is a complete online catalogue of world petroleum stamps, for which we charge a one off payment of US$25, for access. The fully illustrated catalogue, is now in its 9th edition, having first been published some 40 years ago, in the early days of the Society. The catalogue is frequently updated, both to include any new stamps found to be petroleum related, and to add any additional information on existing stamps. Downloads are also available so that members can 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 Canada, by clicking here.

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We are presently celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Petroleum Philatelic Society International and the 160th anniversary of drilling of the Drake Well, which was the start of the modern oil industry. A number of changes to the website have been implemented, including updated indexes that now cover all 45 years of our journal, "The Petro-Philatelist".

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

Vacant - Consultant

Grahame Boutle - European Representative


Steve Fraser - The Petro-Philatelist

Steve Fraser - PSW Catalogue

Steve Fraser - Website

Vacant - Publisher

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.

There's a new item in our "Features" section. This gives full details of a walk around central London to look at some of the 1,500 gas lights that are still in use. It highlights the sites you'll see during the walk, and where possible is illustrated using relevant stamps. You'll also visit the site of the first London gas works, and the location of the first street gas lighting anywhere, during the walk. Click here for the description, which you can easily print, to take with you!

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, although you may need to log-in, if you want to comment.

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!

If you would like to receive an email notification whenever the website is significantly updated, please advise the webmaster via the contact form!

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