Society History


The Society for Hungarian Philately was formed late in 1969 by a group of southwestern Connecticut collectors interested in Hungarian Philately. Early in 1970, SHP was chartered as a non-Profit Corporation in Connecticut and accepted as Unit 34 of the American Philatelic Society. SHP currently has active members from throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Australia and South America. Less than 10% of our members now reside in Connecticut, and further efforts are in progress to demonstrate the widespread character of our Society.

A quarterly newsletter, The News of Hungarian Philately, is published, and about 60% of the space is devoted to in-depth articles related to the collecting and study of the many phases of Hungarian Philately. A series of monographs on specialized topics have been written, nine volumes having been published. The Society periodically conducts mail auction sales, and also has prepared several commemorative covers for sale. The annual exhibit is the highlight of the year. Each year hundreds of pages of top quality Hungarian material have competed for numerous awards. In the past years, SHP members have participated in various exhibits jointly with SEPAD, BALPEX, INTERPHIL, the ASDA Show in New York and NOJEX.

Membership is on a calendar year basis, the annual dues being $18.00 for prospective members in the US or Canada, and international dues for all others is $25.00. The quarterly newsletter is mailed free to all members.

The society is run by the volunteer officers and board of directors, elected by the membership. Annual meetings are held at several sites in the United States on a rotating basis.

You are cordially invited to join the Society for Hungarian Philately. The membership form is located on the Web Page and may be printed and mailed to the membership committee. If you have any questions regarding our Society, or would like further information, please write to the Secretary or Membership Committee, at the address below or send an email to ( ).

Society for Hungarian Philately
505 S. 35th Street
Tacoma, WA 98418 USA

Thank You
The Members of SHP


A presentation describing the history of the Society for Hungarian Philately has been added to the Mafitt (Hungarian Society for Philatelic Research – Magyar Filateliai Tudomanyos Tarsasag) site.  Go to the site, click on the English Flag, and then select the Membership link and finally select the paper by Alan Bauer (The Society for Hungarian Philately – A Historic Perspective).  You can also get a PDF copy here