Kevin Blackston
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Floresville TX 78114-0217
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Blog archives (April 2015)

Purgatory Post turns to pounce wheel

New Hampshire’s Purgatory Post recently issued the latest in its series of stamps picturing covered bridges in the Granite State. The new 25¢ stamp pictures the Carleton bridge, which is located in Swanzey, New Hampshire. Scott A., who operates Purgatory Post, was kind enough to send some samples of his new stamp to me.

Purgatory Post Carleton cover
Purgatory Post Carleton cover
Purgatory Post Carleton stamp
Purgatory Post Carleton stamp

The stamp is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. First, it's the 160th issue produced by Purgatory Post. Congratulations, Scott! Second, this is the first stamp that Scott has perforated with a pounce wheel or tracing wheel. The tool, which is more commonly used in sewing, produces a neat row of tiny holes; the results are most obvious along the left edge of the stamp pictured above.

Scott's solution looks to be on par with paper cutters that have so-called “perforating wheels” that produce a roulette-like separation. The results may not be perfect, but they are still attractive and quite sufficient.

Stamp album page for Vintage Circus Posters souvenir sheet

If you got hold of one of the United States’ vintage circus poster souvenir sheets, and didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it, consider yourself lucky. The die cut versions of the controversial product were made available only in the U.S. Postal Service’s 2014 yearbook, while the variety without die cutting was available only in press sheet form, and sold out before the product was ever officially announced through USA Philatelic.

Due to the highly unusual nature of the souvenir sheet—one version available only in the yearbook, and the other available only as part of a press sheet—it’s not something that really fits into my collection, and I’ve chosen not to include a space for it in The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album. When David W. wrote to ask about it, however, I thought, why not offer a standalone page for those who do choose to collect it? So that’s what I’ve done.

You can download the special page from The Philosateleian’s extras section. It’s not something that will be included with the main album download, but it’s there if you need it for the circus poster souvenir sheet.

Free books!

In the course of doing some spring cleaning this year, I ran across a couple of stamp collecting books that, although helpful to me when I was younger, I haven’t referenced in quite some time. I no longer have a use for them, so I’m giving them away!

The books are Stamp Collecting: The Complete, Easy Guide to the World’s Most Popular Hobby by Charles Adams and H.E. Harris & Company’s How to Collect Stamps. As the titles may suggest, these volumes are geared toward the beginning collector, giving suggestions on how to build a collection and defining plenty of terms that are specific to philately.

Two stamp collecting books on desk
Stamp collecting books

If you’ve just finished putting together a specialized exhibit on Peruvian airmail stamps, these probably are not the books for you, but if you’re still finding your philatelic footing, you might find them useful. If you’re interested, leave a comment below to identify which book you want, then contact me via email so I have your mailing address.

Update: both books have been claimed, and I’ll be preparing them for shipment to the recipients. Thank you for your interest!

First Coast Spring Stamp Show scheduled for April 18

I received a flyer in the mail this week announcing that the annual First Coast Spring Stamp Show in Jacksonville, Florida, is scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 18. The show is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northeast Florida Safety Council Building at 1725 Art Museum Drive.

If you plan to attend the show, the Jacksonville Stamp Collectors Club has a Facebook page set up for the event.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend because I have church commitments on Saturday. I’ve written to the club a couple of times in the past suggesting a Sunday show because I would love to go, but my inquiries have gone unanswered. Maybe Saturdays work better for dealers and a lot of other collectors in the area; for now, I’ll keep holding out hope that one day it will work out for me to attend.