Kevin Blackston
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Floresville TX 78114-0217
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Letter Writers Alliance releases Year of the Pig artistamps

I’ve been a bit tardy getting this posted, but Donovan from the Letter Writers Alliance recently sent me a note inside a colorful envelope bearing one of their new Year of the Pig artistamps.

Letter Writers Alliance Year of the Pig artistamp on cover
Letter Writers Alliance cover bearing Year of the Pig artistamp

There are two variations of this stamp: the one shown here with pig facing to the right, and a second with pig facing to the left. You can download the artwork for a sheet of these stamps for free from the LWA website.

As you can see above, the cover got postmarked twice, probably due to the selvage that Donovan used as an address label. And although Donovan is not a stamp collector, she did place the air mail centennial commemorative postage stamp well away from the top edge of the cover, which I very much appreciate since it saved the stamp from getting totally obliterated by the inkjet cancellation!

World Local Post Day 2019

This past Monday, January 28, was World Local Post Day 2019, and I participated by issuing Philosateleian Post’s new stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. I mailed a first day cover to myself, and it arrived in my post office box yesterday.

Philosateleian Post First Moon Landing first day cover
50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing first day cover

As you can see, the cover arrived reasonably unscathed, and although it got the usual blurry injket cancellation, the cancellation is at least on the United States stamps, not upside down on the lower left corner of the envelope. I’ve had some problems with that in the past—the sorting machinery apparently detects my local post stamps over the real thing—but I guess my Philosateleian stamp is high enough that there was no confusion this time.

Creating landscape stamp album pages once again

I had a couple of days off at the beginning of the year, and having already caught up on some other projects, took time to clean some things out of a couple of boxes of stamps and albums. In the process, I rediscovered (again) a couple of stacks of landscape stamps that I acquired over the past three years or so, and I’m slowly beginning to work my way through them.

As I may have mentioned previously, I create custom album pages for my landscapes stamp collection, using a different background image based on a stamp for the pages for each site and trimming the resulting page down to 5½″×8½″, half the size of a normal sheet of paper. I had not done any since the summer of 2017, but here are a couple that I created recently for stamps picturing Grand Anse Beach, Grenada, and Long Beach, Ascension Island.

Stamp album pages for stamps picturing Grand Anse Beach, Grenada, and Long Beach, Ascension Island
Landscape stamp album pages

I already have somewhere in the neighborhood of 650 such pages done—overall, of course, not since the beginning of the year. Creating custom backgrounds does take extra time, but I really like the results, and it’s not an impossible task for a collection of relatively limited scope.

The Beatles’ rooftop concert commemorated by Purgatory Post

When I stopped by the post office yesterday afternoon, I had a nice surprise waiting on me: Purgatory Post’s newest stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ rooftop concert.

Pair of 4-sola Purgatory Post stamps picturing The Beatles performing on a London rooftop
Purgatory Post The Beatles’ Rooftop Concert stamps

The unorthodox concert on January 30, 1969, was the iconic British rock band’s final public performance, and was followed by the release of just two more albums: Abbey Road and Let It Be.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the lower corners of this pair of stamps are darker than the rest of the stamps’ margins. That’s because the stamps’ designer, Scott Abbot, used an image of an apple as the background for the miniature sheets of four that contain two pairs of these stamps; the bottom pair in each sheet is as pictured here, while the top corners are darker on the top pair of stamps.

Miniature sheet containing four 4-sola Purgatory Post stamps picturing The Beatles performing on a London rooftop
Purgatory Post The Beatles’ Rooftop Concert miniature sheet

2018 annual supplement available for The Philosateleian

As you probably realize if you’ve been using The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album for any time at all, you probably realize I prefer to group my stamps by series, not necessarily by the year in which they were issued. That breaks with how various catalogues handle things, but I think it’s more aesthetically pleasing. In addition, I issue quarterly updates so I don’t end up with an envelope full of stamps with no place to go by the end of a given calendar year.

This approach does make it necessary to reprint some pages, which not everyone wants to do, so a couple of years ago, I began preparing an annual supplement for those who want to print just once a year. My complete set of free pages for 2018 is now available at the very bottom of my list of individual stamp album pages.

Please note that you do not need to download this update if you keep up with my quarterly updates; this update only applies for you if you previously switched to the annual update track.

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