While stamp collecting clubs in Richmond date back to the Virginia Philatelic Association, which was founded on September 3, 1897, the Richmond Stamp Club first met on May 28, 1929. August Dietz, the publisher of the Southern Philatelist Magazine, was its first president.
Article I, Section 2 of the original constitution of the club stated:
"…the object of this club is to encourage and promote the science of philately in all its branches, and to bring those interested together for their mutual pleasure and benefit."
The Richmond Stamp Club would go on to sponsor the first VAPEX (Virginia Philatelic Exhibition) in 1960. This exhibition and stamp show has continued and in recent years has been held in the late fall in Williamsburg. Club members also formed the Virginia Postal History Society (VPHS) in the 1960s.
The club has survived both the passage of time and internal turmoil. Initially the club met weekly, which was first changed to bimonthly meetings in 1981, and then later to monthly meetings in 2005. In the late 1940s several club members split to form the Carriage House Stamp Club, which met independently until the two clubs merged in 2005 to form a new combined club called the Greater Richmond Stamp Club.
Since it's founding in 1929, the Greater Richmond Stamp Club has fostered many years of continuous fellowship in support of philately. In 1994, club member E. Randolph Trice wrote a history of the Richmond Stamp Club for the years 1929 to 1993, which has been augmented by supplements published in 1994 and in 2011. Copies of all of these histories are still available.
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