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Flowers adorn American Parkinson Disease Foundation envelope

I was all but certain that I blogged about this business reply envelope last month, but after receiving another copy of it in the mail this week, I can’t find a previous post about it, so

This is an envelope distributed by the American Parkinson Disease Association in September and October 2022 fundraising mailings. The envelope features three stamp-sized images with simulated perforations, all of which depict flowers.

American Parkinson Disease Association business reply envelope with three preprinted stamp-sized images picturing flowers
American Parkinson Diseases Association business reply envelope with flower images

As I’ve mentioned before, this sort of BRE pales in comparison to the envelopes with actual labels attached to them that Boys Town distributed a while back, but it’s still colorful and worth a mention.

Purgatory Post honors Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is the subject of the newest stamps from New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post. The longest-serving monarch in the history of the United Kingdom died earlier this year, and on October 12, Purgatory Post issued its memorial issue in her honor.

One of the stamps based on a portrait by Pietro Annigoni pictures a “young” queen, while the other uses an official photograph of Queen Elizabeth II taken during the later years of her life. Between the two stamps is a label picturing a rainbow that appeared over Windsor Castle shortly after the Queen’s death on September 8.

Pair of Purgatory Post 2-sola stamps picturing Queen Elizabeth II separated by label depicting rainbow over Windsor Castle
Purgatory Post 2-sola Queen Elizabeth II stamps and label

The new stamps comprise Purgatory Post’s 250th issue, a remarkable run for a modern private local post. Both stamps and the label feature black frames, traditionally used to indicate mourning.

Interestingly, Purgatory Post is not the first United States private local post to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II. Bat’s Private Post in Beverly Hills, California, issued a stamp picturing the late Queen on the same day she died.

Navigators business reply envelope goes patriotic with flags

I wrote in September about a business reply envelope from Navigators that had three preprinted stamp-sized images picturing a basket of apples. This month, the nonprofit distributed another envelope with three preprinted United States flags on it.

Navigators business reply envelope with three preprinted stamp-sized images picturing a United States flag
Navigators business reply envelope with US flag images

This is a very small BRE; if you were to write a check to send a donation to Navigators, you would have to fold the check in half to fit it into the envelope! It’s true that I’ve seen the occasional BRE that’s that short, but it’s still somewhat unusual, and particularly so with faux stamps.

Stamp album update adds pages for eight revenue categories

If you’ve been following along over the last couple of years as I’ve released pages for various United States revenue stamps in an effort to expand The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album, you may be interested in my latest update package: Special 2022 supplement #2.

This update adds pages for the following fiscal stamp categories:

  • Cigarette tubes
  • Potato tax
  • Tobacco sale tax
  • Boating
  • Trailer permit
  • Firearms transfer tax
  • Distilled spirits excise tax
  • Rectification tax

You can download and print the pages at your convenience.

One significant category that is still absent from The Philosateleian is beer stamps. I don’t know a good source of information about the sizes of each design in that category, and the stamps are pricey enough that tracking them all down personally isn’t an option. Do you know of a reference that provides this information?

In addition to the various fiscal stamps, this update contains pages for the Philosateleian Post stamps I’ve issued since 2004. If you happen to collect my local post stamps, you now have “official” pages on which to mount them.

Como Park Post issues 3¢, 5¢, 7¢ local post stamps

Como Park Post in Saint Paul, Minnesota, this month has released several new local post stamps.

A first day cover mailed on September 17 bears two stamps: a 3¢ red oval on yellow paper, and a 5¢ green oval on green paper.

Como Park Post first day cover bearing 3¢ and 5¢ stamps
Como Park Post 3¢ & 5¢ stamps on first day cover

Como Park Post operator Tom B. also included a pair of 7¢ local delivery stamps, indicating that there were two separate printings. The top stamp shown below is from the original printing, while the bottom stamp from a recut die comes from a subsequent printing. The most obvious area of recutting is evident in the third line of text, where a diagonal line has been eliminated from each side of the word “LOCAL.”

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

Between Como Park Post, Purgatory Post, and Bat’s Private Post, it seems like there has been a lot of local post activity over the past month or two! I guess I need to start thinking about what will be the next stamp issue for Philosateleian Post

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