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Como Park Post stamps feature punched-out designs

Minnesota’s Como Park Post last month issued a new 5¢ local post stamp featuring an interesting “punched-out” design. It’s a feature I’ve never previously seen on a local post stamp.

5¢ Como Park Post stamps with punched-out designs
Como Park Post 5¢ stamps with punched-out designs

Como Park Post operator Tom B. explains that each stamp is comprised of two layers of paper, and he did the punch-outs from the top layer prior to gluing the two layers together. While the bottom layer appears to be a consistent orange, Tom used several different colors and textures of paper for the top layer, and in my opinion, the lighter colors show off the punch-outs most clearly.

I’ve shared examples of Tom’s work here in the past, and his dedication to handcrafting each of his designs is impressive.

Jefferson Territory Ghost Post celebrates LPCS anniversary

World Local Post Day came in January, but new stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Local Post Collectors Society are still showing up in the mail. The latest entry is from Colorado-based Jefferson Territory Ghost Post, which on February 22 issued a black and red .01-dwt Au stamp celebrating the LPCS’s golden jubilee.

.01-dwt Au Jefferson Territory Ghost Post stamps commemorating Local Post Collectors Society’s 50th Anniversary
Jefferson Territory Ghost Post Local Post Collectors Society 50th Anniversary stamp

The stamp was designed by Scott A. who used the same artwork for one of his own Purgatory Post stamps issued on January 4.

Spring 2022 update for The Philosateleian

I ran out of Sunday long before I ran out of things on my to-do list, but as of yesterday morning, the Spring 2022 Supplement (783 KB, 11 files, 19 pages) for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album is online and ready for you to print and download at your convenience.

This update naturally include spaces for the postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service from January through early March of this year. In addition, for the revenue collector, there are also new pages for the motor vehicle use tax stamps that the United States used from 1942–1946.

It has been slow going, but I still plan to add additional pages for fiscal stamps as time permits, so stay tuned for more…and I hope you enjoy The Philosateleian’s spring supplement.

VFW, American Lung Association distribute new BREs

Inbound nonprofit mailings over the past two or three weeks have brought a couple more business reply envelopes with faux stamp designs my way. I found the envelope shown here from Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States sitting in one of the recycle bins at my local post office, while the American Lung Association BRE arrived in my PO box last week.

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States business reply envelope bearing five stamp-sized poppy designs
Veterans of Foreign Wars business reply envelope with preprinted poppy stamp-sized designs
American Lung Association business reply envelope earing five stamp-sized bird and flower designs
American Lung Association business reply envelope with preprinted bird and flower stamp-sized designs

The single design picturing poppies that appears five times on the VFW envelope is interesting in that its borders have an irregular look to them, almost as though they were imperforate stamps that had been roughly torn apart. It’s not even a simulated die cut look. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that particular effect used on one of these preprinted business reply envelopes.

The ALA cover has five different designs depicting various songbirds with flowers, and each design is slightly rotated giving them the appearance of being stamps that were somewhat haphazardly applied to the envelope. I occasionally receive BREs with real stamps applied to them, but that work invariably appears to have been done by a machine with the stamps more or less perfectly aligned. I would rather like to have seen the bird and flower designs here applied in a straight line as well, but that’s just me.

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.
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