Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Blog archives (March 2013)

Philosateleian Post issuing American Indian local post stamp

On May 1, 1923, the 14¢ American Indian stamp went on sale in Washington, D.C., and Muskogee, Oklahoma. On May 1, 2013, Philosateleian Post will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the American Indian stamp’s issue with an American Indian stamp of its own.

Philosateleian Post's American Indian stamp
American Indian stamp

Collectors are invited to request a free copy of the Philosateleian stamp; see the Philosateleian Post’s press release for details.

U.S. album pages with se tenants always together

Although The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album generally meets the needs of collectors of used stamps, I occasionally receive an e-mail asking if I have pages available where se tenant stamps are always grouped together. I’ve typically designed pages with an individual space for each stamp unless that stamp’s design is part of a larger picture that covers two or more stamps, such as the cherry blossom stamps issued last year.

This approach works well for singles, but leaves the folks who collect blocks or even panes out of luck. Unfortunately, I simply don’t have the time to maintain multiple iterations of The Philosateleian.

A solution for se tenants

Fortunately, however, a new project from the owner of may give collectors of U.S. se tenants another option. The Community 21st Century U.S. Stamp Album keeps se tenant stamps grouped together. That’s not a big deal for me personally, but some people do prefer that sort of arrangement.

Beyond the arrangement of se tenants, the Stamp Hacks pages have these attractive features:

  1. Black and white illustrations of each stamp
  2. Brief descriptions of each stamp

The pages really remind me of my old H.E. Harris Liberty album. It was my first “real” stamp album (one that could be expanded) which I graduated from a number of years ago. It is nice to have those descriptions, and they no doubt take a lot of time to write.

Keep in mind that the new Stamp Hacks pages are available for only a single year (2001) at this point, but the creator plans to add pages for subsequent years. It definitely seems like a project that’s worth keeping an eye on.

What does this mean for The Philosateleian?

Nothing. I realize not everyone collects exactly the same way I do, and not everyone wants their album pages laid out exactly the way The Philosateleian’s are. I plan to continue maintaining and adding to The Philosateleian. But I’m also happy to see another option out there for those who need it.

Spring 2013 update for The Philosateleian

I’m happy to announce on this brisk March morning that the Spring 2013 Supplement (246 KB, 4 files, 9 pages) for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album is ready for you to download! This supplement adds spaces for stamps issued so far this year.

These pages are free, just as The Philosateleian has been free since its inception in 2006. If you like them, please consider making a donation. Most of all, enjoy, and happy collecting!