Although I’ve long been fascinated with stamps, money has never held much appeal to me. I speak from a collecting standpoint, of course; I like having money, and I really like having a little bit extra that I can occasionally direct toward my philatelic pursuits, but collecting the cash itself? Not my thing.
I’ll make an exception, however, for the $10 American Indian military payment certificate used by United States service members in Vietnam during the early 1970s. My mother-in-law, knowing my love for the 14¢ American Indian stamp, purchased one of the MPCs for me earlier this year, and I have to admit that it is an absolutely gorgeous piece of paper.
I received a donation today from Vivian B., a longtime supporter of Philosateleia. Vivian has contributed in the past to help cover Philosateleia’s operating expenses, and I really appreciate her latest gift. Thank you, Vivian!
James Herriot, veterinarian and author, to be commemorated with new Philosateleian Post local post stamp
James Alfred Wight (1916–1995), a British veterinarian better known by his pen name, James Herriot, will be honored this fall with a special commemorative local post stamp from Philosateleian Post. The new stamp is scheduled to be issued on October 3, the 100th anniversary of Wight’s birth.
Wight, who worked as a veterinarian in England’s Yorkshire Dales beginning in 1940, gained international recognition for a series of books inspired by his experiences. His first two works were published in the United States in 1972 as a single volume titled All Creatures Great and Small.
“I discovered the James Herriot books at my local library as a child, and have read them over and over again since then,” says Kevin Blackston, proprietor of Philosateleian Post. “From the sorrowful tale of Herriot having to put down an elderly pensioner’s ailing dog to the hilarious account of Siegfried Farnon waging a losing battle against a cow’s gas-filled stomach, the stories take you through a range of emotions that few authors can evoke.
“I’ve enjoyed reading Mr. Wight’s stories with my wife and look forward to sharing them with my daughter as she gets older.”
The new stamp is based on two photographs. The World of James Herriot in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, provided the picture of James Herriot and a dog, while New Hampshire’s Scott Abbot provided the image of the Yorkshire landscape which makes up the design’s background. The images were used with their permission.
Format: sheets of 36 (6×6). Design size: 28×36 mm. Separation method: perforated 12. Adhesive: water-activated dry gum. Printing method: inkjet.
To receive a mint single of Philosateleian Post’s James Herriot stamp, or for first day cover service, send either $2 or a self-addressed stamped envelope and your request to:
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America
About Philosateleian Post
Founded in 2004, Philosateleian Post transports mail only from the proprietor’s home to the nearest mail receptacle or post office, and does not compete with any official mail service. For more information, please visit http://www.philosateleia.com/post/