The United Postal Stationery Society (UPSS) was formed July 1, 1945 from the merger
of the Postal Card Society of America, in existence since 1891, and the International
Postal Stationery Society, founded 1939. There were 164 members by the end of the
inaugural year, and we now have about 900 members.
Postal Stationery became the official organ of the Society in 1949. Editors
have included Eben Farnsworth, E. Norman Lurch, John Randall, Donna von Stein
(1968-1972), Jack Jenkins (1972-1982), Ross Towle (1982-1988), John Weimer
(1988-1996), Glenn Spies (1996-2000) and, since 2001, Wayne Menuz.
The Society has been active in producing postal stationery publications in the
form of handbooks, catalogs and manuscripts since 1955, when the first United States
Postal Card Catalog was published. The Society published numerous books and
catalogs concerning U.S. and worldwide postal stationery that are updated
periodically. They may be ordered from this
website or by mailing a
request to the Society publication manager. Publications are available to members
at a 20% discount from the retail price.
In 1996 the UPSS was recipient of a substantial bequest from the estate of Artur
Lewandowski, a longtime airpost stationery specialist and dealer, and established
an Endowment Fund to encourage publication of original books or articles on postal
stationery and related fields. Through the Lewandowski Fund, the UPSS has given
over $30,000 in support of public philatelic libraries and is a Founder's Club d
onor to the APS/APRL Match Factory renovation campaign. The fund has enabled the
UPSS to expand its focus on literature.
The Marcus White Award is offered at shows throughout the country for outstanding
postal stationery exhibits. Marcus White award winners for the year are invited
to participate in the annual UPSS "Champion of Champions" competition.
United States and world stationery is available to members through UPSS auctioner
and sales circuits.
The society's website includes a "Members Only" section that allows access to a
Bulletin Board, U.S. Envelope Die Gallery, PDF versions of past issues of Postal
Stationery and an Excel spreadsheet of topical stationery.
The bylaws of the UPSS can be found