Philosateleian Post sets new record, introduces new marking
Philosateleian Post set an all-time high for the number of outbound mail pieces carried last year. By the end of 2019, my little family dispatched 485 envelopes, postcards, and packages, which represented an increase of nearly 30% from 2018 and topped the old record of 417 pieces of mail set the year before that.
I attribute a large part of the increase in mail volume to me sending a number of acknowledgment cards in response to individuals who mailed sympathy notes following my mom’s death last spring. In any case, though, it was a very, very busy year for mail!
In other news, Philosateleian Post yesterday, January 6, began using a new handstamp reading “First-Class Mail International” on outgoing mail bound for destinations outside the United States.
Prior to yesterday, I was using a handstamp reading “Via Air Mail / Par Avion,” but since there is not actually a specific airmail rate from the United States, the change in wording seemed appropriate.
2019 annual supplement available for The Philosateleian
Most users of The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album use the recommended quarterly update track, which requires printing updated album pages four times per year. This ensures that you have spaces for newly issued stamps within no more than three months of their date of issue.
For those who prefer to print once and be done with it, however, The Philosateleian does offer an annual update track, and I’m pleased to announce that The Philosateleian’s complete set of pages for 2019 is available as of this morning. The file is listed as the bottom of the individual stamp album pages webpage.
Once again, this is intended for those who print updated pages only once a year. If you print the quarterly supplements for The Philosateleian, you already have spaces for all of these stamps in your album, and you can ignore this update.
Boys Town uses bird cinderellas for third time in month
Boys Town managed to squeeze in one more fundraising mailing to finish up 2019. The thick envelope stuffed with a calendar, return address labels, and other “gifts” was waiting in my post office box today, but the most interesting part to me from a philatelic perspective was of course the business reply envelope that was included.
The cinderella stamp on the envelope includes four different roughly stamp-sized designs picturing a bluejay, a cardinal, a thrush, and a bluebird. The designs are separated by vertical lines, but are all printed on the same label.
If the designs look familiar, there’s a reason. The business reply envelopes in two separate Boys Town mailings that I received earlier this month bore individual labels featuring the same cardinal, bluebird, and thrush artwork by Washington state artist Jane Shasky, though the designs were cropped slightly differently for those labels than for the combined strip that I received today.
Neither of the earlier mailings that I received featured the bluejay design. I’m not sure if that means the bluejay was not included among the individual labels that were printed, or if I just didn’t happen to receive one.
Boys Town turns Christmas scenes into cinderella stamps
When I pulled the business reply envelope out of the most recent mailing that I received from Boys Town yesterday, I thought something seemed a bit familiar, and I was right! The envelope bears three stamp-sized Christmas-themed stickers with the words “Hope,” “Love,” and “Faith.” All three designs were previously preprinted on a pair of BREs distributed in September and October of this year.
The designs on these three seals appear a bit brighter than their preprinted predecessors, probably because of the glossy stock on which they are printed.
A fourth design captioned “Believe” also appeared on one of the earlier envelopes. I have not seen a copy of that design reproduced as a stamp-sized label, but I can’t rule out the possibility that it might be out there somewhere, or that some other combination or arrangement of this set of labels may exist on other BREs distributed this month.