With a Memorandum addressed to the Ministries of Communication, Finance
and Education in 1926, the H.P.S. had suggested the policy which should
dictate the rules for each new stamp issue, in a way that none could ever
be characterised as speculative.
The H.P.S. had proposed Bill no. 4581/1930 on forgeries, for the
protection of collectors which was an international legal avant-garde text
and an example for the rest F.I.P. member countries.
A working group of the H.P.S. compiled the entries on "stamp"
and "philately" in the Great Hellenic Encyclopaedia, the
Encyclopaedic Lexikon and the Elios (=Sun) Encyclopaedia and managed to
attribute and establish in the Greek language foreign philatelic terms,
such as philately and its derivatives, watermark, tete-beche etc.
With its recommendations in 1931, the stock of the old stamps kept by the
Ministry of Finance were destroyed by fire, except from certain sets
safeguarded for the Postal and Philatelic Museum, when the time would come
for its foundation. With this action the confidence of the international
philatelic community on the value of the Greek stamps was established and,
consequently, same could never be possible to be thrown in the market (as
it had happened in the past), draining the State Revenue and discrediting
the Hellenic State.
It has published, in Greek and
French, two volumes of a monumental work
dealing with the classical Greek issues (Large and Small Hermes Heads
It publishes the bimonthly bilingual journal "PHILOTELIA",
without interruption since 1924. This journal has bread many generations
of Greek and foreign philatelists and has spread Hellenic philately
internationally, the result being its recognition today as one of the best
specialised philatelic magazines worldwide.
The H.P.S. established the "Philatelic Library" counting today
60 monographs in English,
French and Greek language, thus creating
important scientific interest of the foreign philatelic circles on
It is a philatelic educational centre and important research centre as
well, interested in the dissemination of philatelic knowledge with
lectures, papers and philatelic lessons with the foundation of the Study
Circle and various Working Groups.
In 1966, the H.P.S. organized for the first time in Greece a National
Philatelic Exhibition under the name FEGE '66, with the participation of
foreign collectors with collections of Hellenic philatelic interest from
12 countries, which had international impact and was the forerunner of
In 1984, it organised the National Philatelic Exhibition HELLAS '84, with
the participation of collectors from 13 countries, following the standards
of FEGE '66.
For the success of HELLAS institution, the HERMES CLUB was established.
Members of the Club are Greeks and foreigners, friends of HELLAS having as
a target its moral and financial support.
In 1999, with the occasion of the 75th anniversary festivities of the
journal "Philotelia", in co-operation with the Benetatos
Cultural Centre of Psychico Municipality, the H.P.S. organized a
philatelic presentation with collections of its members under the title
"The postal communications and the historical concurrence in the
Helladic area: Philately as a supplementary interpretative tool".
The activities of H.P.S. had essentially contributed to the establishment
of the Hellenic Philatelic Societies in New York (1942), Great Britain
(1960), Chicago (1968), Germany (1976), Melbourne (1978) and Washington
(1986). The above active philatelic organizations with many members of
Greek origin and foreigners publish five philatelic journals dedicated to
the Hellenic philately and the study of the Greek stamp.
The H.P.S. has planned and is implementing with the Hellenic Philatelic
Societies abroad the ambitious program UTOPIA, having as its aim the
tracking, classification and collection, with the help of a computer, of
the articles and studies on Hellenic philately published in the foreign
philatelic press. The program is an international innovative project which
is followed up with interest by the international philatelic community.
The H.P.S. has established since 1984 an annual honorary distinction,
awarded at a special ceremony, acknowledging the services and thus
offering moral reward to individuals or institutions with notable
philatelic activities in the past.
Since 1984 too, the H.P.S. has established the annual award
"Stephanos Macrymichalos" for the best article published in
"Philotelia" the preceding year, in honour of the journal's
In June 2001,
the H.P.S. presented its web pages in Greek and
English (www.hps.gr). Today, the H.P.S. web
pages act as a reference point of Greek philately.
18. In November
2001, in H.P.S.
premises an experimental internet auction
in cooperation with a leading auctioneer from
Switzerland took place.
Its great success, which was considered a
world first, led to its repetition several times since.
19. In January
2004, "Philotelia" journal changed face with
newly designed cover and colour pages.
In its last five
World Exhibitions participations
(2007-2011), "Philotelia" was
awarded five Large Vermeil medals.
2005, the H.P.S.
organized the National Exhibition with international participation "Philotelia
2005", in the City of Athens Cultural Centre.
In January 2008
the acquisition of a storage place in Gerakas was
co-operation with the Scientific Association of Lavrion, in October 2009, the
H.P.S. co-organized the National Exhibition with international participation "Lavrion
European Academy of Philately (AEP) honoured "Philotelia"
with the 2010 Philatelic Press Award.
October 2011, the H.P.S. celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first Greek
stamp by organizing the Athens Symposium.
November 2011, the H.P.S. appeared on Twitter (@hpsgr).
prestige of the H.P.S. as the oldest and largest Philatelic Society of the
country gave the opportunity to the State to seek for its services in
establishing the State's philatelic policy.
Since its establishment and up until a few years ago, a representative of
the H.P.S. participated in the Advisory Board of Ministry of
Transportations (now Hellenic Post) for the issues of the new Greek
The H.P.S., following an invitation of F.I.P., had been representing
Greece up until the establishment of the Hellenic Philatelic Federation in
The national broadcasting system has occasionally provided air time for
philatelic programs which were prepared under the supervision of the
The confidence inspired by the Hellenic Philotelic Society with its
activities and knowledge provides the opportunity to help efficiently with
expertisations not only to its members but also to those who wish to
disperse their collections by public auctions.
The important research and publishing work of the H.P.S. was achieved by
the contribution of its members without any allowance from the State,
except in the case of FEGE '66 and HELLAS '84, which were effected with
the cooperation of the Hellenic Tourist Organisation and the Hellenic
In 1984, the Ministry of Culture, recognizing H.P.S. cultural targets,
contributed to its work with a symbolic amount.
In 1975, the H.P.S. was honoured by the Athens Academy for the Society's
For its philatelic work, the H.P.S. was honoured by the Hellenic
Philatelic Federation in 1981 and by the European Philatelic Federation in
For its publishing activity, the H.P.S. has been awarded so far with 100
medals in International Philatelic Exhibitions.
The H.P.S. today houses its activities in its own premises in central
Athens thanks to members' donations and maintains the richest philatelic
library in Greece.