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Kevin Blackston
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San Antonio TX 78217-0544
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Writing up 14¢ American Indian stamps & covers once again

As I mentioned in a prior blog post, I recently discovered tucked away in my binder of 14¢ American Indian stamps no fewer than eight covers and parcel fragments that I had acquired over the past two or three years but never gotten around to researching. I filed those away, and at long last, I’ve finally begun writing up that material for my online exhibit, 14 Cents: the American Indian Stamp.

The first two items that I’ve added are parcel fragments addressed to the Navy Department’s Bureau of Navigation. One was mailed from on board the USS Marblehead; the other, from the USS Maryland.

Front of parcel fragment bearing 1-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp and 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian parcel fragment mailed from USS Marblehead
Front of parcel fragment bearing 1-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp and 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian parcel fragment mailed from USS Maryland

In both cases, the 14¢ American Indian stamp appears to have paid the majority of the 15¢ registration fee, which was not part of the “free” mailing privileges indicated by the handstamped or typewritten penalty statements.

I presume both packages would have contained navigational records or research of some sort, but if you have specifics on what might have been enclosed, I would certainly like to know more!

SAPA cancels weekly meetings through end of August

There will continue to be no local stamp club meetings through at least the end of August for members of the San Antonio Philatelic Association.

According to an email distributed by SAPA Treasurer Fred Groth on Friday, the church at which the club holds its Friday evening meetings has elected not to reopen its facilities until there is a positive turn in COVID-19 numbers, which seems unlikely to occur in the immediate future as San Antonio city officials have been reporting hundreds of newly confirmed cases each day.

While I find this disappointing on a personal level since summer is really the only time of year that I’m able to attend, the club’s membership is comprised predominantly of individuals in age groups that seem to be hit hardest if they catch the disease, so the church’s decision may be for the best. Hopefully things like stamp club meetings will get back to normal sooner rather than later!

Philosateleian Post American flamingo FDC arrives in mail

I’m not sure just how it happened, but I’ve somehow gone nearly two weeks without posting anything here. Happily, the Philosateleian Post American flamingo first day cover that I mailed to myself just yesterday was delivered to my post office box this morning, so I can share a scan!

First day cover bearing 1-stamp Philosateleian Post stamp picturing American flamingo
Philosateleian Post American Flamingo FDC

As you can see, something took a chunk out of the bottom edge of the envelope as it went through the mail processing equipment, and the surface of my flamingo stamp got scraped up as well. Still, I’ve seen pieces of mail battered far worse than this, so I can’t complain too much.

Purgatory Post commemorates Little Richard

I recently received New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post’s newest local post stamp in the mail, and wanted to share a scan of it here for any rock and roll fans in the audience.

Purgatory Post 22-sola stamp picturing Little Richard
Purgatory Post 22-sola Little Richard stamp

The 22-sola stamp picturing Little Richard, or Richard Penniman (1932–2020), was issued on June, and Purgatory Post operator Scott Abbot tells me that the design is based on a 1956 concert poster.

Little Richard’s heyday was long before my time, and although I was aware of him and some of his songs, I didn’t realize just how big an influence on the rock and roll world he was or how big an act he was until after his death last month. I mean, The Beatles opened for Little Richard during a 1962 concert tour! Impressive stuff.

Summer 2020 update for The Philosateleian

It’s a little bit difficult to believe it has already been three months since I last released a quarterly supplement for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album, but such is reality. That means that it’s time for the Summer 2020 Supplement (313 KB, 3 files, 7 pages).

This update includes spaces for all United States postage stamps issued since early March, plus last year’s federal “duck” stamp, which I somehow overlooked previously. Hopefully this will give you spaces for any recently issued stamps in your collection.

As always, if you have any questions or spot any errors, I would like to hear from you. Thank you for using The Philosateleian!

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