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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.

Principality of Ankon postcard
Principality of Ankon postcard

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.

Although this postcard has no local post stamps attached, it was sent by the originator of Ankon Local Post, which issued its first stamp last November.

Pete Seeger FDC is surprise in post office box

Every once in a while I find a completely unexpected surprise in my post office box, and such was the case when I checked last Friday. It’s a Pete Seeger first day cover from a regular reader in Pennsylvania.

Front of first day cover bearing Pete Seeger Forever stamp
Pete Seeger FDC

Seeger (1919–2014) was an American folk singer and activist. The July 21 first day cancellation from Newport, Rhode Island, features the silhouette of his trademark banjo.

Thank you to the reader who was kind enough to think of sending the cover my way!

Purgatory Post commemorates Lady of the Lake

New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post on July 7 issued the second in a series of stamps picturing steamboats that have traversed the Granite State’s Lake Winnipesaukee. The stamp featuring a red frame with black vignette pictures Lady of the Lake, which began transporting travelers in 1849.

Purgatory Post 2-sola stamp picturing Lady of the Lake
Purgatory Post 2-sola Lady of the Lake stamp

Lady of the Lake succeeded the short-lived Belknap and was the main mode of transportation around Lake Winnipesaukee until 1872 when a larger and faster ship, the Mount Washington, began operating.1 After another two decades, Lady of the Lake was mothballed in 1893 and eventually intentionally sunk in 1895.

According to Purgatory Post operator Scott Abbot, the remains of Lady of the Lake are remarkably well preserved and are a popular dive site, just like the wreck of the earlier Belknap.

References

  1. Strahan, Derek. SS Lady of the Lake. Lost New England. 14 July 2015. Accessed 31 July 2022.

Helen Keller returns to nonprofit’s business reply envelopes

Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote about a business reply envelope that I’d received from Helen Keller International. The envelope had two preprinted stamp-sized designs picturing the nonprofit’s eponym.

Earlier this week, I received another mailing from the organization, and it contained another BRE that reuses the imagery from last year’s mailing.

Helen Keller International business reply envelope with two preprinted stamp-sized images of Helen Keller
Helen Keller International business reply envelope

The images on this year’s business reply envelope are not exactly the same as those on last year’s envelope, however. Last year, one of the images bore the text “Happy Birthday,” and the other read “Helen Keller.” In contrast, the images on the envelope I received this week include no text at all.

Bermagui Local Post issues bird stamps

A few weeks ago, I mentioned the March 1 launch of a new local post in New South Wales, Australia: Bermagui Local Post, operated by one Miro J. New local posts don’t pop up every day, so I’m always happy to welcome a new entrant in that quarter of our hobby.

On June 15, Bermagui Local Post issued its second set of stamps, a strip of three designs picturing birds. The stamps were issued in 20¢, 40¢, and 80¢ values.

Bermagui Local Post 20¢, 40¢, and 80¢ bird stamps
Bermagui Local Post bird stamps

The cancellations used on this postcard appear to be based on the design of the new 80¢ stamp.

I’m no ornithologist, so I can’t tell you what each of the birds pictured is. Perhaps one of my faithful readers can help us out?

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