As we start the week, Philosateleian Post now has a revamped website! It’s my hope that this will make it easier for local post stamp collectors to learn about the “stamps” I’ve produced and the philatelic services Philosateleian Post offers to the public.
A full press release reviewing the changes to the site is available. I plan to keep working on the site as time permits so that it stays up to date.
2010 is almost over now, and winter temperatures are definitely sinking in in many places. If you’re hunkered down indoors, you’re probably working with your stamps—and now you can update your stamp album.
In over 15 years of collecting stamps, I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of official mail stamps I’ve seen used on commercial mail. This example was delivered to my place of employment earlier this week.
The USPS sells official mail stamps directly to collectors, so they’re easy to come by in mint condition. On cover, however, they are far from common. I doubt most that are used ever reach the philatelic market.
As shown in the scan, this pair of stamps was canceled with a marker instead of a postmark, which would have made the piece far more desirable. Nevertheless, I strongly suspect this would qualify as an improper use of official mail stamps, as one would be hard pressed to argue the contents of the envelope involved government business.
Do you collect official mail stamps? If so, how do you acquire them?
Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, and soon those of us here in the U.S. will be enjoying turkey and all the fixin’s—and, of course, giving thanks to God for the wonderful blessings He provides us.