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Purgatory Post issues stamp picturing Prentiss Bridge

Purgatory Post continued its series of stamps commemorating New Hampshire covered bridges with the release on February 2 of a 19-sola stamp picturing Prentiss Bridge in Langdon. The design features a black vignette of the bridge set within a blue frame of a type used for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition issue of the United States.

19-sola Purgatory Post stamp picturing Prentiss Bridge
19-sola Purgatory Post Prentiss Bridge stamp

At less than 35 feet long, Prentiss Bridge is the shortest covered bridge in the state of New Hampshire.1 The bridge is the third known to have existed at the site; the first was replaced in the late 18th century, while the current structure was built in 1874.

If you’re new to this blog, Purgatory Post is a private local post based in New Hampshire.

References

  1. Marshall, Richard. Prentiss Bridge. NH.gov. Accessed 13 Feb. 2022.

Marihuana tax, consular service fee album pages added

As part of my continuing effort to expand The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album, I’m happy to announce that album pages for marihuana tax stamps and consular service fee stamps are now available in my Special 2022 supplement. I uploaded that package this morning, and it’s ready for you to download and print at your convenience.

Real life responsibilities have prevented me from making quite as speedy progress on pages for fiscal stamps as I would like, but I’m still working on pages for other revenue categories and will share those as I finish them.

My next regular update for The Philosateleian should be ready in early March. Stay tuned!

Philosateleian Post LPCS FDC postmarked, but on reverse

Last Monday, I began using my new Philosateleian Post Local Post Collectors Society stamp, putting approximately 20 pieces of mail in the mailbox. When I went to the post office on Friday to check my PO box, my first day cover was there, and at first glance, I thought the USPS failed to postmark it.

Philosateleian Post Local Post Collectors Society first day cover
Philosateleian Post Local Post Collectors Society FDC

But flip it over and hey! There’s the January 24 San Antonio postmark, on the back and upside down.

Reverse of Philosateleian Post Local Post Collectors Society first day cover
Philosateleian Post Local Post Collectors Society FDC (reverse)

I would have preferred the postmark on the front of the cover, but at least the postmark is there, evidence that the envelope was in the mail on January 24.

As you can see, my stamp did sustain some surface damage near its right edge, as did the 22¢ Bison stamp. This seems to be very common these days whenever a stamp with water-activated gum is used; in contrast, self-adhesive stamps don’t generally seem to suffer that sort of damage. I’m not quite sure why that is.

Purgatory Post commemorates LPCS 50th anniversary

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Local Post Collectors Society this year is celebrating its golden jubilee. New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post on January 4 issued a pair of stamps celebrating that 50th anniversary.

Pair of 5-sola Purgatory Post stamps commemorating Local Post Collectors Society’s 50th Anniversary
Purgatory Post Local Post Collectors Society 50th Anniversary stamps

If the right-hand stamp looks familiar, its because it uses the same design as the Philosateleian Post stamp I plan to begin using on January 24, but at a smaller size.

Purgatory Post has been issuing stamps since 2001, making it one of the longest-running extant private local posts that I’m aware of in the United States. I’m looking forward to seeing other local posts’ stamps issued to commemorate the LPCS anniversary.

Boys Town puts cardinals to work on new envelope

The first fundraising mailing of 2022 from Boys Town contained another item of note if you’re interested in business reply envelopes bearing faux postage.

A light blue envelope in the packet that I received in the mail late last week bears four instances of a stamp-sized design picturing a cardinal.

Boys Town business reply envelope with four instances of a stamp-sized design picturing a cardinal
Boys Town cardinal business reply envelope

Near the left edge of the envelope is an inscription reading, “Postage has been paid for you!” This vaguely implies but does not explicitly state that the cardinal designs are that postage even though they obviously are not.

From a philatelic perspective, actual cinderella labels such as the ones first seen on the business reply envelope included in a 2019 Boys Town mailing are of far greater interest than preprinted designs like the one used on the new BRE, but this latest item is still attractive and might serve to boost donations, which is of course the sender’s hope.

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