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Baltimore Philatelic Society History




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The Baltimore Philatelic Society (BPS) was established in 1889. In the 1880’s and 1890’s, philately was very popular in Baltimore. Our old clubhouse was located at 1224. N. Calvert Street. Many past and present members have made significant contributions to philately both in Maryland and across the nation. A near complete history of the Society has been written by American Philatelic Historian Herbert A. Trenchard. Several years ago various parts of the history were published in the BALPEX program and in the Society's journal the Baltimore Philatelist. Once completed, the entire history will be printed and made available to the philatelic public. Several years ago the Board of Governors decided to name the building The Horace W. Harrison Philatelic Center to honor Mr. Harrison for all his contributions to the Society.


The Clubhouse


In July 2012, the Society purchased a property in an Ellicott City professional office park. 


The new clubhouse is handicapped accessible.  There are no steps to gain entry to the building.  The main meeting room, smaller quiet rooms for research or reading, the library, and rest rooms are all on the lower level.

The BPS clubhouse is located in a safe well lit area, with easy on and off access to Route 40, Interstate 70, and Route 29.





One of the first activities of the BPS after the procurement of the Calvert Street clubhouse was the establishment of the BPS library. Early patrons included H. L. Linquest, Sol Glass, and George Turner whose initial donations of material together with other members of the hobby and private collections provided the nucleus of the present collection. In addition, the BPS received many volumes of Canadian material from the Horace Harrison Estate. Currently, the library has over 30,000 handbooks, references, catalogs, periodicals and auction catalogs some dating back to the 1880’s.

The BPS Library is currently being reorganized and computerized. All of the books have been reshelved after the move from the Calvert Street clubhouse. A team of 4 members lead by our Librarian, Jim Dail, are working on Mondays and are slowly completing the task. The library is available for members to use at the clubhouse or most books or cataloges may be checked out for home use.


Three different sections of the Baltimore Philatelic Society Library.


For the convenience of our members and the philatelic community, the new building is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please ckeck the calendar for details  It is closed for all Holidays. Other times are by appointment only. However, it is always advisable to contact us prior to your visit either by phone: 410-465-5712, or e-mail:


The Baltimore Philatelic Society is a non-profit organization [501(c)(3) and will accept donations of all philatelic material or literature.  Please contact us prior to your visit either by phone: 410-465-5712 or e-mail: to arrange a drop off date and time.  The Society thanks you in advance for your generosity.




Since the 1930's the Baltimore Philatelic Society has sponsored an exhibition and bourse. These early shows were held in several locations throughout Baltimore.  The Delta Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, located in Baltimore County just a few miles north of the City, has been the venue for BALPEX for the past fifty years.



Officers and Board of Governors


The current Officers and Board of Governors are listed below

and will serve until June 30, 2023


Aldona Pilius - President

Carroll Browne - Vice President & BALPEX 2022 Chairman

Dr. C. Michael Pfeifer Jr. - Secretary

John Ng - Treasurer

Board of Governors

John Brandenburg

Mike Carski - BALPEX 2022 Co-Chair

Barry Casanova, Esq.- Society Attorney

Norman Cohen

Paul DeMinco

Richard Drought

Lynette Gaspar

Dr. Phil Sager


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