The Hellenic Philotelic Society


NOTOS 2015 is organized by the Hellenic Philotelic Society (HPS), Athens, Greece. During the last few years, the HPS has set up three strong national exhibitions with international participation, namely Hellas-Cyprus 2013, Lavrion 2009 and Philotelia 2005. Many of its members had formed the backbone of the OC in Olymphilex 2004.

logo_hps_blueThe HPS was founded in 1925. As an early governmental advisor, it worked hard to set up the policies regarding stamp issues, stock incineration at regular intervals and the fight against counterfeits. In 1947, it was a founding member of the Hellenic Philatelic Federation. In 1975, when it turned fifty, the HPS was honoured by the Athens Academy for its cultural contribution and the uninterrupted publication of Philotelia journal. In 2000, in its 75th birthday, it was honoured by the Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA) with the Certificate of Appreciation. In 2010, Philotelia journal was honoured with the Philatelic Press Award by the Académie Européenne de Philatélie (AEP).

Since the early years, the HPS was closely attached to philatelic research and strongly supported the dissemination of knowledge. In order to achieve this, the Society established and developed an enviable philatelic library and encouraged the in-house production of philatelic publications. One of the most emblematic early works is of course the Study on the Greek Stamp which comprises two volumes, exploring the first two stamp issues in Greece: Large Hermes Heads (1933) and Small Hermes Heads (1937). The Philatelic Library series consists of 61 titles, reprints of articles or complete studies, all previously published in the Philotelia journal. The latter, undoubtedly one of the leading philatelic journals worldwide, first appeared in 1924, and is published ever since without interruption.

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