Celebrating Stamp Collecting in Wilmington, NC

Our Club

The Wilmington Philatelic Society (WPS) is a stamp club located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Everyone with an interest in any branch of philatelic collecting is welcome to visit or join.

Traditionally, three times a year we have auctions, along with bourses and an annual holiday party.

For the 2020 Holiday, we opted to have Christmas in July Picnic 2021.

The membership dues are $10.

We are an active chapter (#1283-132954) of the American Philatelic Society (APS) since May 31, 1984, and included with 25 Year Clubs Milestone listing at APS.

Our Club's Heritage

Wilmington was the home of Mrs. Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler. The stamp on our Logo includes a reproduction of the painting by James Abbot McNeill Whistler entitled, “Portrait of My Mother.” She was honored on the stamp (Scott #737) which was issued as a tribute to American mothers and first sold on May 2, 1934. It is known as the “Mother’s Day” stamp.

Wilmington native noted architect Robert Robinson Taylor (1868–1942) is honored on the 38th stamp in the USPS Black Heritage series. The stamp (Scott #4958) was issued on 12 February 2015. For more than three decades, Taylor, the first black graduate of MIT, supervised the design and construction of most of the buildings at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and many buildings throughout the southeastern states. As a young man growing up in Wilmington he attended Williston School and Gregory Institute. He returned to live in Wilmington after his retirement and is buried at Pine Forest Cemetery.

Club Officers

John L. Daniels – President

Helen Rittersporn – Vice President

Tim Snyder – Treasurer

Jimmy Jordan – Secretary / Membership Chair

Steve Matthews – Director / Member at Large

Richard Porcelli – Director / Past President

WPS Contact Link

Club Meetings

The Wilmington Philatelic Society meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month 7pm at the Southside Baptist Church, 3320 S College Road, Wilmington, NC
28412. The doors open at 6:30 pm for social gathering and connecting with meeting and program beginning at 7pm – 8pm.