I am very tardy in making mention of this, but I want to publicly thank longtime Philosateleia fan James F. James recently sent a generous cash gift that will help cover a good chunk of my expenses for keeping Philosateleia running this year, and it isn’t the first time he has contributed. Thank you, James!
Since I launched The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album in 2006, more than 20 people including James have sent cash, stamps, or covers to show their appreciation, and I appreciate the contributions from each one. It’s much easier to justify keeping my project going when it doesn’t impact the household budget, so thank you again.
Letter Writers Alliance releases Year of the Pig artistamps
I’ve been a bit tardy getting this posted, but Donovan from the Letter Writers Alliance recently sent me a note inside a colorful envelope bearing one of their new Year of the Pig artistamps.
There are two variations of this stamp: the one shown here with pig facing to the right, and a second with pig facing to the left. You can download the artwork for a sheet of these stamps for free from the LWA website.
As you can see above, the cover got postmarked twice, probably due to the selvage that Donovan used as an address label. And although Donovan is not a stamp collector, she did place the air mail centennial commemorative postage stamp well away from the top edge of the cover, which I very much appreciate since it saved the stamp from getting totally obliterated by the inkjet cancellation!
As you can see, the cover arrived reasonably unscathed, and although it got the usual blurry injket cancellation, the cancellation is at least on the United States stamps, not upside down on the lower left corner of the envelope. I’ve had some problems with that in the past—the sorting machinery apparently detects my local post stamps over the real thing—but I guess my Philosateleian stamp is high enough that there was no confusion this time.
I had a couple of days off at the beginning of the year, and having already caught up on some other projects, took time to clean some things out of a couple of boxes of stamps and albums. In the process, I rediscovered (again) a couple of stacks of landscape stamps that I acquired over the past three years or so, and I’m slowly beginning to work my way through them.
As I may have mentioned previously, I create custom album pages for my landscapes stamp collection, using a different background image based on a stamp for the pages for each site and trimming the resulting page down to 5½″×8½″, half the size of a normal sheet of paper. I had not done any since the summer of 2017, but here are a couple that I created recently for stamps picturing Grand Anse Beach, Grenada, and Long Beach, Ascension Island.
I already have somewhere in the neighborhood of 650 such pages done—overall, of course, not since the beginning of the year. Creating custom backgrounds does take extra time, but I really like the results, and it’s not an impossible task for a collection of relatively limited scope.
The Beatles’ rooftop concert commemorated by Purgatory Post
When I stopped by the post office yesterday afternoon, I had a nice surprise waiting on me: Purgatory Post’s newest stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ rooftop concert.
The unorthodox concert on January 30, 1969, was the iconic British rock band’s final public performance, and was followed by the release of just two more albums: Abbey Road and Let It Be.
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the lower corners of this pair of stamps are darker than the rest of the stamps’ margins. That’s because the stamps’ designer, Scott Abbot, used an image of an apple as the background for the miniature sheets of four that contain two pairs of these stamps; the bottom pair in each sheet is as pictured here, while the top corners are darker on the top pair of stamps.