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Kevin Blackston
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Generous collector shares Hawaiian postal card clipping

Although I’ve long been aware that Hawaii—first the kingdom, and then the republic—issued postage stamps prior to becoming part of the United States of America, I’ve never put much effort into pursuing those things. There are some really pricey Hawaiian stamps even once you get past the famous Missionaries.

This week, I did receive a surprise mailing from Brian W., one of the users of The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album. He sent several items for my collection, including a clipping from a Hawaiian postal card issued in either 1894 or 1897. Knowing the size of the frame around the edge of the postal card would help us pinpoint the exact year, but since we're working with a cut square, we can’t get any more specific.

Hawaii 1-cent postal card cut square picturing ʻIolani Palace
Hawaii 1¢ ʻIolani Palace postal card cut square

The design pictures ʻIolani Palace, which was the residence of Hawaii’s rulers during its time as a kingdom, and later capitol building for the republic, territory, and state. As you can see, this item was postmarked in Hilo, Hawaii, on July 8, 1899, less than one year before Hawaii became a U.S. territory.

Intact, this postal card is worth a bit of money; my aging Scott Specialized Catalogue values it at $40! Postal stationery collectors tend to frown upon cut squares from postal cards, however, which means this has very little retail value, but I’m still thankful to have it.

Brian noted that he was sending this item and the other stamps he included as a token of appreciation for my work on The Philosateleian. While that’s not at all necessary—I offer my album pages for free as a means of giving back to the hobby in some small way—I do appreciate such surprises when they show up in my mailbox. So, as we get ready to enter Thanksgiving week, I want to say thank you to Brian and other supporters who have contributed over the years.

Purgatory Post commemorates SpaceX Crew-5 mission

On October 25, Purgatory Post issued a pair of 5-sola stamps commemorating the SpaceX Crew-5 mission. Crew-5 launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on October 5, carrying three astronauts and one cosmonaut to the International Space Station.

Purgatory Post 5-sola stamps picturing SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts, spacecraft, and mission patch
Purgatory Post 5-sola SpaceX Crew-5 stamps

One of the stamps pictures Russia’s Anna Kikina the United States’ Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann (commander), and Japan’s Koichi Wakata, along with the launch of the Crew-5 capsule. The other stamp features an image of the spacecraft in orbit plus the mission patch.

Crew-5 is expected to remain docked with the ISS until February 2023 and to return to Earth the following month.

Bat’s Private Post reissues postal tax stamps on rose paper

Earlier this year, Bat’s Private Post in Beverly Hills, California, issued a set of six postal tax stamps on white paper in various denominations to raise funds for Yemeni Civil War relief efforts. On October 24, those stamps were reissued on rose paper.

The reissued stamps include the following values:

  • 10¢: Mother and child
  • 20¢: Dar al-Jahar (museum)
  • 50¢: Early Yemeni stamp
  • $1: Yemenis searching through rubble
  • $2: Military aircraft dropping bomb
  • 65¢ + $1: Yemeni Arabian Nights stamp (semipostal with postal tax included in price)
Bat’s Private Post Yemen Relief stamps
Bat’s Private Post Yemen Relief stamps

The 65¢ + $1 stamp is a denomination change, with the original issue being a 63¢ + $1 stamp. In addition, the text on the new stamp is in black instead of the red used on the original. Otherwise, there are no glaringly obvious differences except for the paper color.

According to a press release issued by Bat’s Private Post, all domestic mail carried by the private local post between September 15 and December 31 must bear one or more of the postal tax stamps, with letters facing a 10¢ charge in addition to normal postage, parcels a 20¢ charge, and freightsheets a $1 charge.

Flowers adorn American Parkinson Disease Foundation envelope

I was all but certain that I blogged about this business reply envelope last month, but after receiving another copy of it in the mail this week, I can’t find a previous post about it, so

This is an envelope distributed by the American Parkinson Disease Association in September and October 2022 fundraising mailings. The envelope features three stamp-sized images with simulated perforations, all of which depict flowers.

American Parkinson Disease Association business reply envelope with three preprinted stamp-sized images picturing flowers
American Parkinson Diseases Association business reply envelope with flower images

As I’ve mentioned before, this sort of BRE pales in comparison to the envelopes with actual labels attached to them that Boys Town distributed a while back, but it’s still colorful and worth a mention.

Purgatory Post honors Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is the subject of the newest stamps from New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post. The longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom died earlier this year, and on October 12, Purgatory Post issued its memorial issue in her honor.

One of the stamps based on a portrait by Pietro Annigoni pictures a “young” queen, while the other uses an official photograph of Queen Elizabeth II taken during the later years of her life. Between the two stamps is a label picturing a rainbow that appeared over Windsor Castle shortly after the Queen’s death on September 8.

Pair of Purgatory Post 2-sola stamps picturing Queen Elizabeth II separated by label depicting rainbow over Windsor Castle
Purgatory Post 2-sola Queen Elizabeth II stamps and label

The new stamps comprise Purgatory Post’s 250th issue, a remarkable run for a modern private local post. Both stamps and the label feature black frames, traditionally used to indicate mourning.

Interestingly, Purgatory Post is not the first United States private local post to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II. Bat’s Private Post in Beverly Hills, California, issued a stamp picturing the late Queen on the same day she died.

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