The New Haven Philatelic Society

The society, established in 1914, is a forum for stamp collectors in New Haven County, Connecticut. We meet every week at our meeting room in the Chapel West District office in New Haven. The society organizes the 4th Sunday of the Month Collectible Show which features dealers of stamps, postcards, coins and other collectibles. The 4th Sunday Show has become one of the biggest monthly stamp shows in New England.

Meeting Information

Meetings are held every Tuesday at 7:30pm at our club room located at 1205 Chapel Street, New Haven in the Chapel West District Office. There is ample free parking behind the building (the entrance to the parking lot is on the right of the building and NHPS members can use any of the “reserved” spaces).

The weekly meetings consist of good fellowship, a short business meeting and presentation of an exhibit. There is usually a small auction at the end of each meeting. Visitors are welcome to attend. Member competitions in various fields are held from time to time, most notably the annual Hitchins competition, named in honor of Dr. C. Stanley Hitchins, a former president of the Society.

Our Logo – the New Haven Postmaster Provisional
The logo of the NHPS is a reproduction of the famous “New Haven Postmaster Provisional” issued by the New Haven postmaster, Edward A. Mitchell. Congress authorized the prepayment of letters, effective July 1st, 1845, but the first US stamps were only issued on July 1st, 1847. During that interim period, a few postmasters including Mr. Mitchell,  created their own stamps or stamped envelopes. Only eleven New Haven Provisionals are known to have survived and their catalog values range from $60,000-$100,000. In 1932 the NHPS purchased the original handstamp and donated it to the New Haven Colony Historical Society.

Want to own a genuine New Haven Postmaster Provisional Handstamp? Only $10!

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebrations, the NHPS has produced a limited number of 1000 covers that have have an imprint made from Mr. Mitchell’s ORIGINAL die. This is NOT a reproduction. The last reprint was made made in 1932. Proceeds will be shared by the NHPS and the New Haven Historical Society.

To order a cover please send $10 (+ $1.00 for S&H) to:
NHPS 100 Cover
PO Box 8141
New Haven, CT 06530


Organized by the New Haven Philatelic Society
Inquiries to Brian McGrath
(203) 627-6874

Stamps … Coins … Postcards

Stamp, Postcard and Coin dealers from throughout the northeast are on hand to both buy and sell. Regular door prizes are given out and there are free gifts for kids. Admission is free and there is ample parking. Meals and refreshments are available.
Annex YMA, 554 Woodward Ave., New Haven, CT 06512
10 a.m. to 3 p.m

Member dues are $10 per year, $5 for juniors and students.