Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

Philosateleian Blog

A pair of pairs on cover

Thanks to the support and encouragement of my loving wife, I’ve been able to make quite a bit of headway on the 14 Cents: the American Indian Stamp exhibit. I have two more covers to share with you from that collection.

First is a cover flown on FAM 9’s first flight from the Canal Zone to Peru in 1929. The cover technically flew from Miami to the Canal Zone before being carried on to Peru.

Second is a cover flown on the Hindenburg in 1936, less than a year before the Hindenburg’s spectacular destruction in a fire in New Jersey. It was mailed from Virginia to Sweden in 1936.

One interesting thing is that each of these covers bear two American Indian stamps. The FAM 9 cover has a vertical pair, while the Hindenburg cover has two singles. In my experience, finding multiples of the 14¢ on cover is not common.

I still have to write up one more example of the flat plate printed American Indian stamp, and then I’ll be moving on to the rotary press printing. Any suggestions on how I can make the exhibit better? Leave me a note.

Paulovian postage

If you collect modern local post stamps—or if you’re just looking for something a little outside the mainstream—you might find it worthwhile to visit the Paulovia Philatelic Bureau. Paulovia is a so-called micronation, and its philatelic bureau sells “stamps” its creator has prepared.

Paulovia’s first stamp was apparently issued in 2006, and if the bureau’s website is complete, the entity appears to have a reasonably conservative stamp issuing policy at least to this point.

It’s always fun for me to see what other local posters have done. Don’t forget that Philosateleian Post recently announced its 2011 stamp program; you can add those new issues to your own collection.

Have you produced any local post stamps?

American Indian stamp on cover flown by Charles Lindbergh

Philosateleia’s special exhibit, 14 Cents: the American Indian Stamp, is continuing to grow. New this weekend is a FAM 5 first flight cover flown by Charles Lindbergh.

The historical interest of this piece is unquestionable, but it’s not worth as much as you might think. Lindbergh, who was by then a celebrity, carried thousands of covers on the Miami–Canal Zone leg of FAM 5’s first flight. On the return flight, demand was so great that the airline actually put a second plane and pilot into service to help carry the mail.

Do you have any Lindbergh flight covers? Let us know in the comments if you do—we would love to see them!

Philosateleian Post Horn newsletter announced

For quite some time now, I’ve been e-mailing interested collectors to let them know when new pages are ready for The Philosateleian. Now there’s an upgrade to this service: the Philosateleian Post Horn newsletter!

Each month I’ll send this succinct newsletter with updates about Philosateleia, tips and reviews, and even the occasional chance to win free stamps from me—along with alerts when The Philosateleian is updated, of course. The newsletter’s first issue should be out next week, so sign up now. It’s free!

Philosateleian Post announces 2011 stamp program

Philosateleian Post is pleased to announce its 2011 stamp program. Three new designs are planned for the coming year.

Airmail Centennial

For the first time, Philosateleian Post will participate in World Local Post Day, which takes place each year on the last Monday of January. A stamp honoring the 100th anniversary of airmail will be issued on January 31.

Airmail Centennial local post stamp
Airmail Centennial

Featuring a red, white, and blue background reminiscent of the airmail labels of yore, the stamp depicts a biplane built of LEGO bricks. Philosateleian Post’s proprietor and his wife designed and built the model.

Guadalupe River

As part of its ongoing commitment to commemorating scenic landscapes around the world, Philosateleian Post will on June 1 issue a stamp picturing sunset over the Guadalupe River in Texas.

Guadalupe River local post stamp
Guadalupe River

The river, which runs some 230 miles from its source in Kerr County to the Gulf of Mexico, is popular for fishing, tubing, and canoeing.

Sarah & Kevin’s Wedding

Philosateleian Post’s final stamp of 2011 will be issued to commemorate the first anniversary of the proprietor and his wife. The stamp will be issued on September 19.

Sarah & Kevin's Wedding local post stamp
Sarah & Kevin’s Wedding

This stamp will be Philosateleian Post’s first to picture an identifiable person.

Philatelic Services

Collectors who wish to obtain first day cover service for any of Philosateleian Post’s 2011 stamps should mail their request and a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard to the proprietor before the requested stamp’s date of issue. Individuals may also request mint singles for their collections.

There is no charge for service on up to three first day covers per issue or for a single mint copy of any new issue. Individuals requiring multiples or larger quantities of first day covers or singles should contact Philosateleian Post for details.

First day cover service and mint single requests may be mailed to:

Kevin Blackston
Philosateleian Post
PO Box 57622
Jacksonville FL 32241-7622
United States of America

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