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

Philosateleian Blog

Used and tied to postcard, genuine in all respects

A couple of months ago, I wrote about finding an apparent Scott 443 Washington coil stamp in the $0.50 postcard box at the local stamp store, ABC Stamps. As I mentioned at the time, Washington-Franklin coils are often faked because of their relatively high catalogue value compared to their fully perforated siblings from sheets and booklets, and although the stamp I found looked okay to me, I wanted to be sure, so I shipped the postcard off to APEX for an expert opinion.

When I checked my post office box yesterday afternoon, I had a notice that a piece of certified mail was being held for me, and it turned out to be the postcard back from APEX. When I got home, I opened it up, and the certificate says…

“United States Scott No. 443, used and tied to postcard, genuine in all respects, postcard has a few creases.”

APEX certificate #224872 for 1-cent George Washington stamp on postcard
APEX Certificate #224872

As you can see, my improbable find turned out to be the real deal! For a total outlay of around $27, I have an authenticated Washington-Franklin coil with an on-cover value of $60.

Southworth perforator for sale in Portland, Oregon

Southworth perforator for sale in Portland, Oregon

A Southworth treadle perforator has turned up for sale in Portland, Oregon, and the seller, Niko, shared a photo for me to share with you.

Southworth perforator
Southworth Perforator
Southworth perforator closeup
Southworth Perforator Closeup

The perforator “has a new wood table top and shelf, and I added heavy duty casters,” writes Niko. “It’s a beauty, but I only have room for so many of them.” (These old perforators are heavy, so I have no doubt the addition of the casters makes this example a lot easier to move.)

Niko is asking $900 for his perforator. If you’re interested, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with him.

Texas artist’s work to be featured on new Philosateleian Post stamp

A Texas artist’s work will be featured on the newest stamp from San Antonio-based Philosateleian Post. The Contemporary Art issue picturing Hadassah’s Lettuce is scheduled to be issued on June 1.

Philosateleian Post Contemporary Art stamp
Contemporary Art

Lettuce is a colored wax on paper composition created by Hadassah at age 3. The young artist has also worked with ink on paper, and wax on a variety of plastics.

“Hadassah used two different shades of green when coloring Lettuce,” says Kevin Blackston, the artist’s father and proprietor of Philosateleian Post. “It is among the most original of her creations to this date, and it is a picture that I will keep always and am honored to be able to feature on Philosateleian Post’s new Contemporary Art stamp.”

Contemporary art is defined as “art made and produced by artists living today” (J. Paul Getty Museum), or as art “produced in the late 20th century or in the 21st century” (Wikipedia).

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 Contemporary Art 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

Another 14¢ American Indian stamp with plate flaws

I’ve previously mentioned finding a couple of 14¢ American Indian stamps with some nice plate flaws, and I recently ran across another one.

14-cent American Indian stamp with plate scratches in left quarter of vignette
14¢ American Indian stamp with plate scratches

As you can see, this stamp has a couple of things going on in the left quarter of the vignette. There’s a diagonal scratch running nearly from the chief’s eye up toward the “TE” of “UNITED,” plus a smaller but very distinct apparent scratch or gouge just inside the vignette frame to the right of the “U” of “UNITED.”

This sort of item is unlikely to ever hold a great deal of value above what a normal example is worth, but it does give me a way to add some interesting material to my collection at minimal cost.

World War I centennial stamp on first day cover

I’ve been intending for some time now to post a scan of my most recent Philosateleain Post stamp on a first day cover I mailed to myself back in January. Spring cleaning and life in general kept getting in the way, but hey—I have a couple of minutes, so here it is!

1-stamp End of World War I Philosateleian Post stamp on first day cover
End of World War I FDC

I’m not at all surprised when I see one of my local post stamps with a big scrape across its surface—mail processing equipment seems to reach out and grab my stamps for some reason—but this one somehow made it through relatively unscathed. It’s a nice addition to my collection.

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