Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

Philosateleian Blog

Thank you, Vivian (once again)

I received a donation today from Vivian B., a longtime supporter of Philosateleia. Vivian has contributed in the past to help cover Philosateleia’s operating expenses, and I really appreciate her latest gift. Thank you, Vivian!

James Herriot, veterinarian and author, to be commemorated with new Philosateleian Post local post stamp

James Alfred Wight (1916–1995), a British veterinarian better known by his pen name, James Herriot, will be honored this fall with a special commemorative local post stamp from Philosateleian Post. The new stamp is scheduled to be issued on October 3, the 100th anniversary of Wight’s birth.

Philosateleian Post James Herriot stamp
James Herriot

Wight, who worked as a veterinarian in England’s Yorkshire Dales beginning in 1940, gained international recognition for a series of books inspired by his experiences. His first two works were published in the United States in 1972 as a single volume titled All Creatures Great and Small.

“I discovered the James Herriot books at my local library as a child, and have read them over and over again since then,” says Kevin Blackston, proprietor of Philosateleian Post. “From the sorrowful tale of Herriot having to put down an elderly pensioner’s ailing dog to the hilarious account of Siegfried Farnon waging a losing battle against a cow’s gas-filled stomach, the stories take you through a range of emotions that few authors can evoke.

“I’ve enjoyed reading Mr. Wight’s stories with my wife and look forward to sharing them with my daughter as she gets older.”

The new stamp is based on two photographs. The World of James Herriot in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, provided the picture of James Herriot and a dog, while New Hampshire’s Scott Abbot provided the image of the Yorkshire landscape which makes up the design’s background. The images were used with their permission.

Technical Specifications

Format: sheets of 36 (6×6). Design size: 28×36 mm. Separation method: perforated 12. Adhesive: water-activated dry gum. Printing method: inkjet.

Philatelic Services

To receive a mint single of Philosateleian Post’s James Herriot stamp, or for first day cover service, send either $2 or a self-addressed stamped envelope and your request to:

Kevin Blackston
Philosateleian Post
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

About Philosateleian Post

Founded in 2004, Philosateleian Post transports mail only from the proprietor’s home to the nearest mail receptacle or post office, and does not compete with any official mail service. For more information, please visit

Winning a gift card

Although I share excess covers and stamps with other collectors via the Philosateleian Post Horn’s monthly giveaway, I’m not used to being on the receiving end in a contest. Imagine my surprise, then, when I recently received a letter containing a $25 gift card from American Philatelic Society Executive Director Scott English!

If you receive the APS E-Newsletter, you may have noticed that there’s a monthly quiz on the content of The American Philatelist. I was one of a couple of dozen readers who answered all five questions in the June quiz correctly, and my name was apparently selected at random to receive the gift card. How cool!

If you’re an APS member but don’t normally read the member e-newsletter, take a moment to open it up. If nothing else, the quiz might send you back to the print magazine to find some bit of information you missed, and that is an excellent way to learn. And you never know—like me, you just might win something!

Letter Writers Alliance fantasy stamps

If you follow the Letter Writers Alliance blog, you may have noticed that Philosateleia got a mention in a recent blog post promoting new Letter Writers Alliance artistamps! I created the frames for the two stamps, and while I’m pleased with how both came out, the blue one is my favorite.

Block of Letter Writers Alliance fantasy stamps
Letter Writers Alliance fantasy stamps

If you’re already a Letter Writers Alliance member, log in to the LWA downloads page and you can print a sheet of my fantasy stamps for yourself.

If you’re not a member, lifetime membership is only $5. Tell them Kevin from Philosateleia sent you.

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