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Closeup scans of PSCS, Manila Local Post stamps

When I wrote about the Philippine Stamp Collectors’ Society Local Post for the first time last December, I mentioned information I’d received indicated provisional stamps with face values of P1.00, P15.00, P18.00, and P21.00 had been prepared, but that I had not yet seen them. Today, I’m happy to report that I have seen them, and can share a scan with you.

P1.00, P15.00, P18.00, and P21.00 PSCS Local Post provisional stamps with PSCS logo
P1.00, P15.00, P18.00, and P21.00 PSCS Local Post provisional stamps

Ann F., the operator of Manila Local Post, confirmed that the stamps went into use in November 2022.

Manila Local Post last month issued a local post stamp picturing the Rizal Monument in Manila, Philippines, a stamp I’d previously reported seeing on the back of a San Diego Local Post cover. I now have one properly used on a cover from the Philippines, too.

P1 Manila Local Post stamp picturing Rizal Monument
P1 Manila Local Post stamp picturing Rizal Monument

As you can see, there’s also a PSCS stamp or label next to the Manila Local Post stamp. It appears to picture a cartoon cat or something along those lines, but I don’t have any other information about it. Maybe at a future time!

San Diego Local Post issues Medinilla magnifica stamp

I wrote last week about a couple of the newest stamps from San Diego Local Post, and I have one more to share that was waiting on me the last time I checked my post office box. The 60¢ stamp picturing Medinilla magnifica was issued on World Local Post Day, January 30, 2023.

60¢ San Diego Local Post stamp picturing Medinilla magnifica
60¢ San Diego Local Post stamp picturing Medinilla magnifica

Medinilla magnifica or showy medinilla is a flowering plant found in the Philippines. It can reach heights of up to about 10 feet tall.

San Diego Local Post is part of the Philippine Stamp Collectors’ Society’s Local Post network, which explains the choice of the flower. Local flora and fauna (such as Medinilla magnifica) were the official topic for this year’s World Local Post Day.

San Diego Local Post announces two new stamp issues

San Diego Local Post began operating only on November 22, 2022, but already the outfit is making its mark on the local post scene.

Following the release of a 60¢ provisional stamp used late last year, SDLP on January 1, 2023, issued a 60¢ stamp picturing a hot air balloon, rising sun, fireworks, and fish. According to a bulletin, all four items are related to traditional beliefs associated with the New Year.

60¢ San Diego Local Post stamp picturing hot air balloon, rising sun, fireworks, and fish
60¢ San Diego Local Post stamp picturing hot air balloon, rising sun, fireworks, and fish

San Diego Local Post also announced plans to celebrate World Local Post Day on January 30 by issuing a non-denominated stamp commemorating Philippine revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio (1863–1897). Known as “The Father of the Philippine Revolution,” Bonifacio was one of the founders of the Katipunan, a secret society dedicated to seeking independence from Spain. He was executed on charges of treason against Emilio Aguinaldo’s government.

Nondenominated San Diego Local Post stamp picturing Andres Bonifacio
Nondenominated San Diego Local Post stamp picturing Andres Bonifacio

Both stamps were designed by Philippine Stamp Collectors’ Society member Jamos Ever Co.

Happy Holidays cancellation results in humorous visual

Last week, I received an envelope in the mail with several older commemorative stamps on it. Of itself, this is not that unusual; a lot of collectors use surplus mint stamps from decades ago on their outbound mail. I’m working through using up a stash of such material myself. I get it.

What was kind of unusual was the placement of the “Happy Holidays” cancellation on the 1952 stamp honoring the 4-H Clubs. It looks like the elf in the cancellation just pegged the boy on the stamp in the face with a snowball!

3¢ United States stamp honoring The 4-H Clubs with “Happy Holidays” cancellation
Snowball fight on a 3¢ 4-H Clubs stamp

The kid doesn’t seem too upset about getting clobbered, so maybe a snowball fight is about to begin. Either way, this struck me as pretty humorous.

Purgatory Post issues Artemis 1 local post stamps

Purgatory Post on January 4, 2023, kicked off the calendar year by issuing a pair of 1-sola stamps commemorating Artemis 1. The mission that ran from November 16–December 11, 2022, saw an uncrewed spacecraft launched, placed into orbit around the Moon, and successfully returned to Earth.

Pair of 1-sola Purgatory Post stamps picturing Artemis 1 spacecraft, Moon and Earth, and Artemis 1 mission patch
Purgatory Post 1-sola Artemis 1 stamps

One of the New Hampshire-based local post’s stamps features a view of part of the spacecraft looking back toward Earth as well as its launch from Kennedy Space Center, while the other has a view of the Moon’s surface with Earth in the distance plus the Artemis 1 mission patch.

The goal of the Artemis program is to eventually return humans to the Moon’s surface. As of this writing, the first crewed Artemis mission is scheduled for next year with a lunar landing to take place in 2025.

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