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Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

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Feeding America sends first decorative BRE of 2023

The first decorative business reply envelope of the year to arrive in my mailbox was from Feeding America, an organization that supports food banks and other food assistance programs throughout the United States. The envelope is not Feeding America’s first BRE with a preprinted stamp-sized design, but it’s the smallest envelope I’ve seen from the nonprofit to this point.

Feeding America business reply envelope bearing stamp-sized design picturing fruit
Feeding America business reply envelope bearing stamp-sized design picturing fruit

At first, I thought the artwork used for the faux “stamp” was a repeat from an envelope I received from Feeding America in April 2022, but no, it’s not. While the designs are similar—two pieces of fruit with a stem and leaves—they are most certainly different.

I haven’t received a huge number of nonprofit mailings since the start of the year, but that is not all that unusual; it typically takes a couple of weeks for the inbound flow to reach normal levels following the holiday season. No doubt we’ll see more of this sort of thing as the year progresses.

American Indian rides solo on Cheyenne Agency cover

The latest addition to my collection of 14¢ American Indian stamps on cover is just as philatelic as they come, but it’s still a pretty nifty piece.

The cover postmarked at Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota, on October 1, 1934, bears a cachet commemorating the 130th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s arrival in that area in 1804.

Front of cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp and Lewis & Clark Expedition/Cheyenne River cachet
14¢ American Indian cover with Lewis & Clark Expedition/Cheyenne River cachet

The highlight for me is the solo usage of the American Indian stamp. It’s totally philatelic—even with the “Via Air Mail” notation on the front of the cover, the amount of postage owed was only 6¢, meaning the stamp represents an 8¢ overpayment—but there is something of a connection between the subject of the stamp, Hollow Horn Bear, and Cheyenne Agency.

Cheyenne Agency was set apart in the 19th century as land for the Lakota nation. As a Brule Sioux, Hollow Horn Bear was a Lakota, and although he lived at South Dakota’s Rosebud Agency, he no doubt would have had at least distant relatives at Cheyenne Agency during his lifetime. Pretty cool stuff!

More details about PSCS Local Post

I wrote a few weeks ago about the Philippine Stamp Collectors’ Society’s new PSCS Local Post, which began operating late last year. Since that time, I’ve learned some additional details about the operation.

Renato L. shares that Manila Local Post in the Philippines began operating on October 27, 2022, using provisional stamps denominated in pesos, while his own San Diego Local Post launched November 24, 2022, using provisional stamps denominated 60¢. Both of those concerns as well as an additional planned Angeles City Local Post are operating under the umbrella of PSCS Local Post.

The latest mailing I’ve received bears a large San Diego Local Post/PSCS Local Post seal or stamp on its front, and a strip of six Manila Local Post 1-peso stamps featuring the Rizal Monument in Manila, Philippines, on the reverse.

San Diego Local Post/PSCS Local Post seal on large cover
San Diego Local Post/PSCS Local Post seal on cover
Strip of six Manila Local Post 1-peso Rizal Monument stamps on reverse of cover
Strip of six Manila Local Post 1-peso Rizal Monument stamps on cover

As a longtime local poster myself, I’m always happy to see other people getting involved in this particular slice of stamp collecting, and I think it’s pretty neat that a society not dedicated to local post collecting specifically is encouraging such activities.

Philosateleian Post mail volume declines, but still high

With 2022 in the record books, I’m taking a look back at the numbers for Philosateleian Post, and although mail volume was down from 2021, my local post stamps still carried a bunch of mail last year.

The total number of outgoing mailpieces carried by Philosateleian Post in 2022 was 481. That’s a decline of more than 8% from 2021; however, keep in mind that 2021 was a record-setting year for Philosateleian Post. In fact, last year’s numbers nearly equaled those recorded in 2019, making 2021 my third-busiest year of local posting.

Domestic letters and business mail made up 78% of Philosateleian Post’s mail volume, with international mail, postcards, and packages accounting for most of the rest. Truly “local” mail—envelopes that I hand-delivered rather than mailing via USPS—made up approximately 3% of the overall total.

As for why Philosateleian Post’s mail volume was down last year compared to 2021, I’m going to say that my family’s move had a significant impact. There were some late nights leading up to and in the weeks following that, and it took me a while to get back to normal correspondence, stamp and cover sales, and other activities that would have generated additional outgoing mail. We’ll see how things go in 2023!

2022 annual supplement available for The Philosateleian

If you’ve been waiting for the 2022 annual supplement for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album, it is as of January 1 available for you to download and print. This update includes spaces for all United States postage stamps issued in 2022.

The standard update track for The Philosateleian requires quarterly updates in March, June, September, and December. If you still print your updates on that schedule, you do not need the annual supplement as you’ve already received the updates as they were released.

Thank you for your interest in The Philosateleian, and many thanks to my supporters who continue to make it possible for me to offer free stamp album pages.

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