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Kevin Blackston
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Philosateleia’s New South Greenland FDCs arriving in mailboxes

Last Monday, I mailed out a batch of first day covers bearing copies of Philosateleian Post’s New South Greenland Discovery Bicentennial stamp, and those are already reaching mailboxes. My copy arrived late last week.

Philosateleian Post 1s New South Greenland Discovery Bicentennial first day cover
Philosateleian Post 1s New South Greenland Discovery Bicentennial FDC

As you can see, the upper right corner of my stamp was scraped during processing of the cover. It’s annoying when that happens, but not at all unusual, and I’ve seen much worse. At least most of the stamp is there!

If you missed out on requesting first day cover service but you would still like a complimentary copy of the stamp, just see my original announcement of the stamp’s issue.

Chief Standing Bear stamp used on ACLU postcard

Although I’m registered to receive USPS Informed Delivery emails each day, I was surprised by several items waiting in my post office box last week. One of the pieces for which I had not seen a preview image was this unusual first day cover bearing a copy of the Chief Standing Bear stamp issued in May.

Chief Standing Bear first day cover
Chief Standing Bear first day cover

For this FDC, longtime reader Kenneth M. used an ACLU postcard promoting an election between two candidates for district attorney.

Thanks to Kenneth for thinking of me!

Bat’s Private Post releases Devil’s Garden, Hermes stamps

I have a couple of new stamp issues from Bat’s Private Post out of Beverly Hills, California, to report.

The first is a 20¢ stamp picturing The Devil’s Garden near Palm Springs, California. Bat’s Private Post in February issued a set of nine official stamps featuring the same scene, but those were printed on white paper. The new stamp is printed on fuchsia paper and covers Bat’s fee for mailing a postcard or letter at a Mexico City post office.

20#162; Bat’s Private Post stamp picturing The Devil’s Garden
20#162; Bat’s; Private Post The Devil’s Garden stamp

Oddly, the envelope containing the copy of this stamp that I received was mailed in April, but it only reached me this month, and I’m not even that far north of the border! Not sure where this was floating around in the interim.

More recently, Bat’s Private Post on July 18 issued a set of four stamps depicting a sculpture of Hermes by Flemish artist Giovanni Bologna.

10#162;, 56¢, 76¢, & $1.55 Bat’s Private Post stamps picturing sculpture of Hermes
10¢, 56¢, 76¢, & $1.55 Bat’s Private Post Hermes stamps

The 10¢ stamp covers Bat’s fee for transporting a local letter to a post office. The 56¢ and 76¢ stamps cover Bat’s and United States postage for domestic postcards and letters, respectively, while the $1.55 stamp covers Bat’s and United States postage for First-Class Mail International letters and postcards.

Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch sends sunflower business reply envelope

Incredibly, this is my first post of July 2023. I’ve had a busy month with some work travel and am still catching up on a few things.

One of the items arriving in my mailbox over the past few weeks was a mailing containing a business reply envelope from Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. It has three preprinted copies of a stamp-sized design picturing sunflowers and, as you can see, a detachable reply form designed to be returned inside the envelope along with a donation.

Cal Farley’s business reply envelope bearing three stamp-sized designs picturing sunflowers
Cal Farley’s business reply envelope bearing three stamp-sized designs picturing sunflowers

The flower design looks very familiar to me for some reason, but I’ve looked back through my previous blog posts regarding business reply envelopes of this sort and I can’t find anything that matches. There are plenty of flowers, though, so maybe that alone is making me think I’ve seen the image previously.

Jefferson Territory Ghost Post issues basketball stamp

It’s time to shoot some hoops at Jefferson Territory Ghost Post! The Colorado-based local post recently issued a .05-dwt stamp picturing a basketball along with the text “Denver Celebrates.”

.05-dwt Jefferson Territory Ghost Post basketball stamp
Jefferson Territory Ghost Post basketball stamp

The design of this item reminds me very strongly of the basketball stamp from the 2017 United States “Have a Ball” issue, though the stamps in that set were of course round rather than square. The stamp is printed on self-adhesive paper, and is die cut with rounded corners. Printing on the reverse suggests this is some sort of commercially-available label stock, but I do not know who the manufacturer might be.

Why basketball? Although no release notes were included with the stamp I received, it’s no great leap of logic to understand that this stamp was released in celebration of the Denver Nuggets’ first NBA championship on June 12, the same day as the postmark on the cover I received.

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