This post may be a few days late, but I’ve been thinking about 2021 and although it probably wasn’t my most active year in stamp collecting or where Philosateleia is concerned, there were definitely some highlights:
I continued zeroing in on what I’ve adopted as my specialty: solo uses of the 14¢ American Indian stamp. These are not common at all, but I was able to acquire no fewer than five —four commercial, one philatelic—for my collection. I’m still a long way off from having enough examples to put together even a single-frame exhibit, but maybe one day.
With a narrower focus, I also spent some time clearing out material that no longer falls within the scope of my collection. Unrelated covers and duplicates that I don’t need? Some of those have ended up as Philosateleian Post Horn giveaways, while I’ve listed others on eBay or in my own online shop. There’s still much to do, but it feels good to clear some things away.
Philosateleian Post issued its 40th different local post stamp last January and is up to 42 as of the beginning of this year. I never seem to get tired of “playing postmaster”!
I also wrote my 500th blog post last year. I’m not the most frequent of posters, but I’ve been at this for a while now, and the posts add up over time.
As for this year? A couple of things I’d like to do include:
Processing more of the pile of unsorted landscape stamps I’ve accumulated into my collection. I created a few landscape album pages in 2021, but not nearly as many as I would have liked. Hopefully I’ll be able to make more progress on that project this year.
Continuing to expand The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album with additional pages for fiscal stamps. I don’t think there’s anywhere close to the same amount of demand for revenue stamp album pages as there is for postage stamp album pages, but I like to give you as many options as possible.
I wrote back in August about a 3¢ local post stamp issued by Como Park Post out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. That stamp was initially released in imperforate sheets, but Como Park Post operator Tom B. informs me that it has been reissued in coil form, and he sent me a cover bearing a coil pair.
The initial run of coil stamps has no markings that distinguish those stamps from the earlier imperforate sheet stamps. Tom tells me that later printings of this stamp will have a red marking along one edge, which will make it possible to identify singles as being from coils; in the meantime, however, much like the imperforate United States coil stamps of the 1910s, these need to be collected on cover in order to verify their original format.
When I checked my post office box on Friday, one of the items awaiting me was a cover bearing one of Como Park Post’s 3¢ stamps with a red stripe along one edge.
The red stripe is dark but noticeable particularly above and below the design, and should make the stamp easy to identify as originating in a coil even if it’s removed from the cover.
Philosateleian Post to celebrate LPCS Golden Jubilee
In 1972, several collectors of modern local post stamps banded together to form the Local Post Collectors Society, and in 2022, Philosateleian Post will issue a commemorative stamp celebrating the organization’s golden jubilee, or 50th anniversary. The new stamp is scheduled for release on January 24, 2022.
The new 1-stamp stamp features the LPCS logo in red within a dark gray frame. A tablet at the bottom of the frame notes the stamp’s release in connection with World Local Post Day, which is celebrated each year on the fourth Monday of January.
The Local Post Collectors Society promotes the study and collection of stamps issued by modern local posts such as Philosateleian Post through its bimonthly journal, The Poster, and supports its members in operating their own private local posts. The organization recently announced that it would lower annual dues rates for 2022 to just $15 for members in the United States and $20 for members outside the United States, and individuals with an interest in local post stamps are welcomed to apply for membership.
Format: sheets of 36. 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 LPCS Golden Jubilee 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
I have another new local post stamp to share with you as we close in on the end of 2021.
New Hampshire’s Purgatory Post on December 8 issued a pair of stamps commemorating the November 11 launch of SpaceX Crew-3. The 3-sola stamps picturing the four astronauts—Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, Matthias Maurer, and Kayla Barron—along with their spacecraft and the Crew-3 logo.
Crew-3’s members are expected to stay on board the International Space Station until April 2022, after which they’ll make their return to Earth.
The Crew-3 stamps are Purgatory Post’s final planned issue of this calendar year.
Como Park Post recently released a recut version of one of its 5¢ stamps. The design from the local post operating out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is printed in blue.
Based on information provided by Como Park Post operator Tom B., it appears that there is at least one recut variety of this stamp, and while it may look a bit rustic, keep in mind that Tom hand-carves the blocks he uses to print his stamps. It makes me sound like a lazy bum in comparison, doing my graphic design on a computer and then running the results off an inkjet printer!
This is a time of year when there’s not always a great deal of stamp news, so I was happy to receive this from Tom so that I could share it with you.