Philatelic Society

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Welcome to the
Knoxville Philatelic Society

Calendar of Events

"Knoxville Philatelic Society - Then and Now"


Founded in 1980 as the Expo City Stamp Club, in honor of the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair, the club became the Knoxville Stamp Club in 1983 and the Knoxville Philatelic Society in 1994.

KPS members range from the new collector to the experienced exhibitor, and collecting interests cover the world from classic issues of the 19th century to the latest new issues. Members are eager to share their experiences and enthusiasm for our hobby, and some programs are designed to assist new collectors, young and old. Membership in the KPS is open to all interested collectors worldwide.

KPS meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm with a trade and swap time, and the formal meeting begins at 7:30 pm with a program presented by a KPS member on an interesting aspect of philately. The business meeting follows the program, and meetings usually conclude by 9:00 pm. KPS members may place lots in the silent auction held before the formal meeting.

Special KPS meetings are held when a month has a 5th Tuesday. The 5th Tuesday meetings are devoted exclusively to trading and swapping. Delving through the KPS kiloware, buying stamps from the internal KPS circuit books, or purchasing from the American Philatelic Society circuit books sent to the club are among the activities at 5th Tuesday meetings. Additionally, the KPS executive board meets on those evenings, and all KPS members are invited to attend board meetings.

KPS members receive the monthly newsletter, Knoxville Philatelic Society News, back issues of which are archived at this website.  This award winning publication, which earned a Gold Award from the American Philatelic Society for 2006 and 2007, is mailed in a colorful cachet envelope featuring a theme related to a new USPS stamp.  An added bonus is the real "Stamp of the Month," included in members' newsletters, but available only in virtual form on the web site.

Each year, KPS hosts Knoxpex 2014 – its annual philatelic exhibition. Typically held the first weekend in March, Knoxpex features a program to assist youth and new collectors, a bourse of approximately 15 dealers, a show cachet and commemorative cancel, competitive exhibits, and a live auction. Admission and parking are free. KPS members may enter lots in the live auction, which is held Saturday evening during the show.

For additional information about the Knoxville Philatelic Society, contact Jim Pettway by email at, or write KPS at PO Box 50422, Knoxville, TN 37950-0422.


Knoxville Postal History


The stamp images at the left highlight postal issues that relate to the city of Knoxville and surrounding area.

In the few months after June 1, 1861 when United States stamps were no longer valid for postage in the Confederacy, postmasters in many cities throughout the South issued provisional postage stamps. Two denominated adhesive stamps, two postal envelopes, and two hand stamped envelopes were produced for Knoxville postmaster, C.H. Charlton. The 5c stamp is the most common of these postal pieces, and the 10c stamp is unique.

Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park commemorative stamp of 1934 was first issued in nearby Asheville, North Carolina, the park is shared by Tennessee and North Carolina and is only a short drive from Knoxville. The latest stamp to commemorate the park was issued in 2006.

The 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair had energy as its theme as shown by its four commemorative stamps. The original name of KPS was the “Expo City Stamp Club,” named for the fair.

The Tennessee Valley Authority was created in 1933 to assist the region with flood control, rural electrification, and economic development. The 50th anniversary of TVA, which is headquartered in Knoxville, was celebrated with a stamp in 1983.

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