We have members in the U.S. and around the world. They range from beginners to specialists, and their interests encompass every possible branch of Vatican philately: stamps, first and last day covers, postal history, aerophilately, maximum cards, and much more.
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Vatican Zeppelin Mail
Rev. Edward Mullowney, SSJ put together a great exhibit on 'Zeppelin Mail Dispatched from Vatican City'
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VPS Website Update
The VPS Website has an enormous amount of information on Vatican Philately. These articles are intended to inform members of the various features available on the website and to guide you on the easy steps to access these features.
386 Publication Mailing
The 386th issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in early December 2020. This issue of the Notes brings to you our usual varied content, including a lead article on the philately of Pope St. Pius X by Jim Hamilton. Jim discusses the connection and context of several stamp issues commemorating this early 20th century Pope.
Free Vatican City
VPS members can print their own copy of the Vatican City Postmark Notebook. Click here for print instructions.
Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica
James Hamilton, Vatican Notes Associate Editor, published a book in June, Captain James Cook and the Search for Antarctica. It became available in the US in early September. Read More
Question Of The Month
We have been giving some thought to creating a "Question Of The Month" for VPS members on the website. The idea is for someone to pose a question that would be displayed on the VPS home page. VPS members would be given time to think about it, do a little research, check their collection, and suggest answers. After a month the person asking the question would then provide an answer through a short response, a daily email, or a Vatican Notes article. Does anyone have any interesting questions? Contact us
385 Publication Mailing
The 384th issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in mid-October 2020. This issue describes more information about Vatican City airmails, the historic 1966 Florence flood, the postal history of Luxembourg, and details of the VPS website.
Notes About the VPS Emails
If you are receiving the daily VPS in your spam/junk box, you might want to consider setting up an email filter to direct it to your inbox. Use Google to find info on email filters appropriate to your programs. Also, Windows 7 users - We have had some reports of the picture images not downloading properly. Windows 7 is no longer a supported Microsoft product. Fixing this issue is beyond our control.
VPS Cover Archive Now Available
Gregg Pirozzi wrote about the value of studying a cover archive in Vatican Notes back in 2010. We have now made it possible to view all of the cover images we have accumulated. Additional images are added to this collection regularly. See Reference tab on the Member page or
Another Wave Cancellation
This postmark was recently added to our collection. See the surprise we found in the envelope. Click here
381 Publication Mailing
The 381st issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in early October 2019. This issue tells the story of space exploration and Vatican City stamps. (read article)
This unusual cancellation was recently seen on an internet sales site. We presume that it was made with a hand roller device. Any other ideas?
UFN Finally Sent Two New Issue Brochures
A new stamp issue brochure has finally arrived from the forever slow Vatican UFN. to check it out.
384 Publication Mailing
The 384nd issue of Vatican Notes was mailed to VPS members in early July 2020. With a total of 19 articles, this is the largest number ever published in a single issue!!
Looking For Similar
Postmark / Slogan Block
Does anyone have a cover with a similar postmark and the slogan block pictured here? If so please contact the VPS webmaster through the website contact page.
Something New On The VPS Website
The Vatican Notes has several articles documenting the postmarks types used on Vatican first day covers. We have developed a database to collect this data.
VPS members can click on the VPS Vatican Stamp List and see a button for the FDC Postmark types. This information is currently developed for most stamp issues before 1955. The objective is to expand the FDC Postmark information. We are asking VPS members to contribute FDC Postmark information to the database based on their personal Vatican stamp collection. Use the contact page if you can help with this project.
Help Needed To Identify Postmark Type
Can anyone help identify this postmark type?
Reflections After 50 Years
The Vatican Post Office has issued a number of stamps featuring St. Dominic and other Dominicans. Many men and women have been inspired followers of St. Dominic. Recently, one such follower wrote a short reflection of his fifty years as a Dominican friar and priest. He has given us permission to share his reflection with the VPS membership.
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Vatican City Stamps Today
VPS members have the option to receive daily emails about Vatican City Stamps. To see what was sent out today click
We also have a daily slideshow displaying stamp issued on this month and day plus various postal markings related to this calendar date. Click to view the
VPS Want List
The VPS website has a Want List. There are a number of first-day covers we require images for to add to the Stamp List. Check out the Want List and help support the website by scanning and uploading your covers so we can share them with other VPS members.
Introduction To The Stamps Of Vatican City
John Schorn has put together a video which gives a short introduction to the postage stamps of Vatican City. It includes information on how to learn more about stamp collecting.
50th Anniversary Of The Carabinieri Unit Folder
The Vatican Post Office issued a 2019 philatelic folder to commemorate the 50th Anniversary Of The Founding Of The Carabinieri Unit For The Protection Of Cultural Heritage. This is a joint issued with Italy and Malta. See the details
2019 Latern Treaty Anniversary Folder
The Vatican Post Office issued a folder to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Latern Treaty signed in 1929 which established Vatican City as an independent country. The stamp is also jointly issued with Italy. See the details
2019 Bambino Gesù Folder
The Vatican Post Office issued a folder to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital. The stamp is also jointly issued with Italy. See the details
90th Anniversary Issue
The Vatican Post Office issued an embroidered cloth stamp to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Lateran Pact. While the Brits are good at pomp and ceremony, it is hard to beat the Vatican UFN for coming up with creative stamps! See the details
2019 Papal Travel
Recently we posted the UFN announcement for a new stamp issued for the Pope's 2019 trip to Romania (see brochure). The Houston Chronicle reported some events of the trip in an Associated Press article (see newspaper clipping). Wikipedia has a nice article on the on the Sumuleu Ciuc Shrine in Romania.
Links From Vatican City
Visit a collection of material on The 1929 Vatican City Conciliation Issue. Greg's collection is very interesting. Any VPS member can display their collections by contacting the webmaster.
On-Line Vatican Notes
The VPS publication Vatican Notes is on-line with issues starting from the 1950's. New issues are published quarterly.
From The Vatican
Vatican City: A Philatelic Historical Journey by James C. Hamilton
Vatican Postal Museum
In 2010 the Postal Museum had an exibit showing a 2007 picture of Pope Benedict XVI autographing stamps issued to commerate his 80th birthday. Click here for more details...