Bat’s Private Post commemorates Rudolph Valentino Memorial
On August 23, 2022, Bat’s Private Post in Beverly Hills, California, issued a set of five stamps commemorating the 95th Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service. The first annual service held in remembrance of Valentino (1895–1926) was conducted in 1927, exactly one year after the Hollywood legend’s death.
A 5¢ stamp covering Bat’s Private Post local postage to the USPS pictures roses traditionally left at Valentino’s grave, while 49¢, 65¢, and $1 stamps all picture the actor himself. The 65¢ stamp comes in two varieties: one in purple, and one in black labeled “OFFICIAL” and valid only for use for Bat’s Private Post official business.
The 49¢ stamp covers Bat’s Private Post and USPS postage for a domestic postcard; the 65¢ stamps, for a domestic letter; and the $1.45 stamp, for an international letter or postcard.
In addition to the stamps, Bat’s Private Post issed a 49¢ postal card with an imprinted design picturing Valentino. According to a press release, copies of the postal card are being sold at $2 each, the price of which includes applicable United States postage.
Looking forward, I anticipate soon being able to release a set of pages for Philosateleian Post local post stamps, and I’m in the process of creating pages for a few more categories of revenue or fiscal stamps. Yes, The Philosateleian continues to grow.
I hope you enjoy this newest update, and thank you as always for your support!
Purgatory Post commemorates extra long wooden covered bridge
Purgatory Post earlier this month released its latest stamp in a series commemorating the covered bridges of New Hampshire. The 20-sola stamp depicting the Cornish-Windsor Bridge was issued August 10.
The stamp’s vignette is black while the frame is to my eyes a shade of teal or aquamarine.
At just a few inches under 450 feet long, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge was for many years the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. It spans the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont.1
The Cornish-Windsor Bridge was built in 1866 for $9,000. Various maintenance and renovation projects culminated with a $4.45 million reconstruction of the bridge in 1989.
New local post stamp from Como Park Post is a hoot
Minnesota’s Como Park Post recently issued a new 3¢ local post stamp picturing an owl. Although I’m not certain of the first day of issue, I received a copy in an envelope with a Como Park Post cancellation dated August 6.
While no details were included with the stamp, we can observe that the vignette appears to be printed on a layer of paper that has been affixed to the plain white backing paper. The frame was then printed on top of both layers as is evidenced by the portions of the denomination and local post name that overlap the vignette.
As I mentioned regarding another recent bird issue from a different local post, I’m no ornithologist, but the extremely long tufts on the depicted owl’s head make me wonder if it might be a great horned owl, or perhaps a long-eared owl. It’s also possible, however, that the illustration is merely intended to depict an owl without identifying a particular species.
Christmas in August with Principality of Ankon postcard
I can’t say it’s Christmas in July, but Christmas in August? That appears to be the case for this Principality of Ankon postcard that arrived in my post office box over the weekend.
The postcard has an Ancona machine cancellation dated December 22, 2021. Yes, that means it took nearly eight months to get from Italy to Texas, and I’m not sure why. Was the delay in Italy, or in the United States, or in the transatlantic journey itself? We’ll probably never know, but the postcard did finally reach me.