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

Philosateleian Blog

Purgatory Post honors Apollo 8

New Hampshire’s Purgatory Post earlier this month continued its series of stamps noting the anniversaries of historic spaceflight events by issuing a pair of stamps commemorating the Apollo 8 mission. Apollo 8 launched exactly 50 years ago today, and its crew became the first to orbit the Moon.

The first of Purgatory Post’s stamps pictures the crew (Frank Borman, Bill Anders, and Jim Lovell) and their launch, while the other features the mission patch and the famous Earthrise photo, which was also used on the United States Apollo 8 stamp issued in 1969.

Pair of Purgatory Post stamps picturing Apollo 8 crew, mission patch, and mission photos
Purgatory Post Apollo 8 stamps

Both of these local post stamps are denominated 8-sola, which is Purgatory Post’s currency of choice.

Thank you for your support

I finally seem to be about over a nasty bout with seasonal allergies, and as I try to catch up on a few things I realize I’ve been extremely tardy in recognizing one of Philosateleia’s longtime supporters for a recent gift. Vivian B. late last month made a generous cash donation that will help cover some of my expenses for operating this website over the next few months.

I’ve always felt like offering free stamp album pages is a small way in which I can “give back” to a hobby from which I’ve derived a great deal of enjoyment, and I don’t feel like I’m owed anything for that, but I do appreciate the financial support that Vivian and other supporters have provided over the years. I hope I’m able to keep doing this for a long time to come!

Philosateleian Post commemorating first moon landing

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two men to set foot on the moon. In 2019, Philosateleian Post will celebrate the 50th anniversary of that historic event by issuing a commemorative local post stamp.

The new stamp from my San Antonio-based private local post reproduces a portion of Aldrin’s photograph of his bootprint, and is scheduled to be issued on January 28, 2019.

Philosateleian Post First Moon Landing stamp
50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

It may seem like I’m jumping the gun just a bit by issuing this stamp in January, but members of the Local Post Collectors Society of which I’m a part voted earlier this year to select the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing as the subject for World Local Post Day 2019, and World Local Post Day is always held in January, so there you have it.

Technical Specifications

Format: sheets of 48 (6×8). Design size: 28×28 mm. Separation method: perforated 12. Adhesive: water-activated dry gum. Printing method: inkjet.

Philatelic Services

To receive a mint single of Philosateleian Post’s First Moon Landing stamp, or for first day cover service, send either $2 or a self-addressed stamped envelope and your request to:

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

Winter 2018 update for The Philosateleian

We’re now in the final month of 2018, and it’s time to make sure our stamp albums are up to date before we head into the new calendar year. The Winter 2018 Supplement (66 KB, 1 file, 5 pages) for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album, which includes spaces for the final United States postage stamps announced for this year, will help you do that, and it’s available for you to download and print today.

Please note that if you previously switched to The Philosateleian’s alternate annual update track, I hope to have the full set of 2018 pages ready for you early next month.

Thank you as always for your support and for using The Philosateleian!

Site offers free album pages for British stamps

It has been quite a long time since I ran across a new website offering free stamp album pages, but a poster on the Stamp Bears forum today mentioned one I had never seen before: GB Stamp Albums. The site, which is operated by Gerard McGouran, offers free downloadable pages for Great Britian including regional issues for Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and so forth.

I don’t really collect British stamps except for those that fit into my landscapes collection, but at least at first glance, these appear to be complete through 2017. I’m pleased to see another collector offering free stamp album pages just like I do with the The Philosateleian, and if you collect British stamps and are looking for a source for free album pages, you may want to give GB Stamp Albums a look. Hopefully Gerard will continue preparing album pages for 2018 and beyond!

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