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Como Park Post reissues 7¢ local delivery stamps

In September 2022, I wrote about a pair of Como Park Post 7¢ local delivery stamps I’d received from the Saint Paul, Minnesota, local post’s operator, Tom B. Tom recently sent an additional strip of three such stamps that appear to come from the same recut die as those I originally reported.

Como Park Post 7¢ local delivery stamps
Como Park Post 7¢ local delivery stamps

A major difference between these stamps and the originals is that the originals were printed on blue paper, while the ones I received recently are printed on yellow paper.

I have no information regarding an official date of issue or printing quantities for the new stamps, but if I receive any, I’ll certainly try to remember to pass it along.

Carina Nebula featured on pair of cinderella stamps

While I don’t receive huge quantities of mail in connection with my responsibilities as treasurer for the Local Post Collectors Society, a few covers do show up when it’s time for members to pay their annual dues. This year, one of the envelopes bore a pair of cinderella stamps picturing the Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula cinderella stamps
Carina Nebula cinderella stamps

The “JWST” at the bottom of the stamps appears to reference the James Webb Space Telescope. Images of the Carina Nebula and four other targets of interest were among the first taken by the James Webb Space Telescope that were released in July 2022.

These items do not appear to be local post stamps, but true cinderellas.

Rattlesnake Island stamp honors Miller Boat Line

I mentioned earlier this month that I’d received an envelope bearing one of Rattlesnake Island Local Post’s 2022 stamps, and last week, I received another envelope from the same source.

This one has an imperforate copy of the $1 Miller Boat Line stamp from the same set as the 75¢ stamp on the prior cover.

Rattlesnake Island Local Post $1 Miller Boat Line stamp on cover
Rattlesnake Island Local Post $1 Miller Boat Line stamp on cover

As you can probably tell form the scan, this envelope and the local post stamp got kind of dinged up traveling through the mail; there are some lovely vertical and diagonal creases through the stamp itself. Nevertheless, it’s a neat piece of modern local post postal history.

Navigators again uses stamp-sized designs on BRE and container

A little over a year ago, I wrote about a pair of envelopes from the nonprofit Navigators: one a business reply envelope, and the other an oversized envelope in which it was sent to me. Navigators sent a similar parcel to my wife earlier this month, but both envelopes this time have different images than last year’s.

The BRE we received this month bears three preprinted copies of a stamp-sized design picturing a pair of pine cones.

Navigators business reply envelope bearing three preprinted stamp-sized pine cone designs
Navigators business reply envelope

The oversized envelope in which that envelope was mailed has three copies of a preprinted design picturing a green train.

Navigators envelope bearing three preprinted stamp-sized train designs
Navigators envelope
Preprinted stamp-sized designs picturing a train on Navigators envelope
Stamp-sized designs of a train on Navigators envelope

As I mentioned last year, business reply envelopes bearing preprinted stamp-sized designs are pretty common these days, but it’s far less common to see a containing envelope with those sort of thing. It’s a pity the outer envelope got so bent up in the mail, but I suppose that is more or less inevitable these days.

Purgatory Post honors astronauts Borman, Mattingly

New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post on December 7 issued a pair of stamps commemorating two Apollo program astronauts who died within days of each other earlier this year.

The 8-sola stamps picture Frank Borman (1928–2023) and Ken Mattingly (1936–2023), with each photo accompanied by reproductions of the official patches for the missions on which the men flew.

8-sola Purgatory Post stamps picturing Frank Borman & Ken Mattingly
Purgatory Post Frank Borman & Ken Mattingly stamps

Borman served as commander of Gemini 7 and later as commander of Apollo 8, the first manned mission that orbited the moon. He was also part of a NASA review board that investigated the Apollo 1 disaster. Borman died November 7, 2023.

Mattingly was named the backup command module pilot for Apollo 11 and was initially scheduled to fly as command module pilot on Apollo 13, but he was grounded due to exposure to German measles just days before launch. He would, however, serve as Apollo 16’s command module pilot and command two Space Shuttle flights in the 1980s. Borman died October 31, 2023.

The designs of both stamps follow the same general layout Purgatory Post operator Scott A. has used for his series of stamps commemorating the 50th anniversaries of various United States spaceflight missions.

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