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Bat’s Private Post issues pair of make-up stamps

Here in the United States, a 3¢ postage rate hike for first-class letters went into effect last week. In olden days, such a rate increase for the United States Postal Service would have been accompanied by a “make-up” stamp allowing customers to pay the difference in postage between the old rate printed on stamps that they had not yet used and the new rate, but with Forever stamps, that’s no longer needed.

Rate change stamps are still necessary for Bat’s Private Post, however. The local post based in Beverly Hills, California, on August 29 issued 3¢ and 4¢ stamps picturing the California Condor.

3¢ and 4¢ Bat’s Private Post California Condor stamps
Bat’s Private Post California Condor stamps

According to a press release, the orange brown 3¢ stamp is for use with 60¢ Bat’s Private Post stamps on letters, while the red 4¢ stamp is intended for use on Bat’s Private Post postal cards.

If you think the frame used on these stamps looks familiar, you’re right. It appears to have been borrowed from the United States fourth Bureau issue, but that does nothing to detract from the stamps’ appearance.

Update (2021-09-14): Bat’s Private Post on September 7 issued two additional local post stamps using the same California Condor design.

One, a black 10¢ stamp, covers Bat’s international rate when combined with an existing $1.25 stamp. The second, a 45¢ value in peacock blue, pays the new Bat’s Private Post postcard rate.

10¢ and 45¢ Bat’s Private Post California Condor stamps
Bat’s Private Post California Condor stamps

In the local post world, we don’t necessarily see much in the way of definitive sets, but I think these four would look good together on an album pages.

Centerport local service stamp from early modern local

Purgatory Post operator Scott A. recently shared with me a local post stamp issued by what was arguably one of the older “modern” local posts: the Centerport, New York, local service.

Centerpoint Local Service stamp
Centerpoint local service stamp

According to reference material to which Scott has access, the local post was in operation only from 1953 to 1955, and the stamp pictured above—not denominated, but originally valued at 1¢—was part of its second issue. Although the design, which features an anchor and the outline of Long Island, is triangular, the stamp is rectangular and rouletted vertically, apparently having been issued in horizontal strips.

There seems to be little information about the Centerport service online, but I’m happy to add this to my collection.

Bat’s Private Post celebrates 15th anniversary

Bat’s Private Post of Beverly Hills, California, on August 18 issued a pair of new self-adhesive stamps celebrating the local post’s 15th anniversary. The 63¢ designs picture a bat, with the standard use stamp having a blue background and the official stamp having a buff background.

Two 63¢ Bat’s Private Post self-adhesive stamps picturing bats
63¢ Bat’s Private Post 15th anniversary stamps

According to a press release, each of the stamps has 16 scallops around its edge: 15 for the 15 years that Bat’s Private Post has been in operation, and an additional scallop representing the local post’s future.

In addition to the stamps, which are only the second self-adhesive issue in Bat’s Private Post’s history, two ungummed souvenir sheets were produced, each containing three copies of one of the issued stamps.

Bat’s Private Post 15th anniversary souvenir sheets
Bat’s Private Post 15th anniversary souvenir sheets

I hadn’t realized that Bat’s Private Post has been around as long as it has, but its only a couple of years behind my own Philosateleian Post. I like it when a modern private local post sticks around for a while, not just issuing a couple of stamps and then disappearing, and I wish the post’s operator, Scott Z., much success with his future local posting activities.

Como Park Post issues tri-colored 3¢ stamp

Como Park Post earlier this month issued a new tri-colored 3¢ stamp.

Covers that I received postmarked August 9, 2021, bear single copies of the Minnesota local post’s newest issue, the design of which is illustrated here.

3-cent Como Park Post stamp
3¢ Como Park Post stamp (type II)

According to Como Park Post operator Tom B., there are two design types differing in the scrollwork at the sides of the central oval. The variety shown here is type II; the type I scrolls, in contrast, are reportedly thicker.

As you may know, Tom handcarves the printing blocks for his local post stamps. I doubt the lettering on my own Philosateleian Post stamps would even be legibile if I attempted that, but he makes it work!

Purgatory Post stamps commemorate Apollo 15

New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post on August 3, 2021, issued its latest stamps commemorating United States spaceflight missions. The pair of 15-sola stamps mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 15, which ran July 26–August 7, 1971.

15-sola Purgatory Post stamps picturing Apollo 15 crew, spacecraft, and lunar rover
Purgatory Post Apollo 15 stamps

One of the stamps pictures astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin along with the mission’s launch, while the second stamp features the Apollo 15 mission patch and photograph of the lunar rover that Scott and Irwin used during their time on the moon.

The members of the Apollo 15 crew after their trip to the moon faced criticism for carrying and signing several hundred stamped envelopes on the mission without approval from their managers, and for receiving payment for the covers after the fact. Although the three ultimately returned the money, they never returned to space.

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