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The Wilmington Philatelic Society (WPS) is a stamp club located in Wilmington, North Carolina. Everyone with an interest in any branch of philatelic collecting is welcome to visit or join. We have been an active chapter (#1283-132954) of the American Philatelic Society (APS) since 1984.
Wilmington was the home of Mrs. Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler. The stamp on our Logo includes a reproduction of the painting by James Abbot McNeill Whistler entitled, "Portrait of My Mother." She was honored on the stamp (Scott #737) which was issued as a tribute to American mothers and first sold on May 2, 1934. It is known as the "Mother's Day" stamp.
Wilmington native and noted architect Robert Robinson Taylor (1868–1942) is honored on the 38th stamp in the USPS Black Heritage series. The stamp (Scott #4958) was issued on 12 February 2015. For more than three decades, Taylor, the first black graduate of MIT, supervised the design and construction of most of the buildings at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama and many buildings throughout the southeastern states. As a young man growing up in Wilmington he attended Williston School and Gregory Institute. He returned to live in Wilmington after his retirement and is buried at Pine Forest Cemetery.
Photographs are of the Coast Guard Cutter Dilligence (Courtesy of Jimmy Jordan)
and the Battleship USS North Carolina (Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation)
Both ships are based in Wilmington, the Cutter Dilligence on active duty
and the Battleship North Carolina on permanent display as a museum.