Kevin Blackston
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San Antonio TX 78217-0544
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Blog archives (January 2022)

Purgatory Post commemorates LPCS 50th anniversary

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Local Post Collectors Society this year is celebrating its golden jubilee. New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post on January 4 issued a pair of stamps celebrating that 50th anniversary.

Pair of 5-sola Purgatory Post stamps commemorating Local Post Collectors Society’s 50th Anniversary
Purgatory Post Local Post Collectors Society 50th Anniversary stamps

If the right-hand stamp looks familiar, its because it uses the same design as the Philosateleian Post stamp I plan to begin using on January 24, but at a smaller size.

Purgatory Post has been issuing stamps since 2001, making it one of the longest-running extant private local posts that I’m aware of in the United States. I’m looking forward to seeing other local posts’ stamps issued to commemorate the LPCS anniversary.

Boys Town puts cardinals to work on new envelope

The first fundraising mailing of 2022 from Boys Town contained another item of note if you’re interested in business reply envelopes bearing faux postage.

A light blue envelope in the packet that I received in the mail late last week bears four instances of a stamp-sized design picturing a cardinal.

Boys Town business reply envelope with four instances of a stamp-sized design picturing a cardinal
Boys Town cardinal business reply envelope

Near the left edge of the envelope is an inscription reading, “Postage has been paid for you!” This vaguely implies but does not explicitly state that the cardinal designs are that postage even though they obviously are not.

From a philatelic perspective, actual cinderella labels such as the ones first seen on the business reply envelope included in a 2019 Boys Town mailing are of far greater interest than preprinted designs like the one used on the new BRE, but this latest item is still attractive and might serve to boost donations, which is of course the sender’s hope.

New private local post in Italy releases first stamp

It’s not often that I get to mention a stamp from a brand new local post, but we’re getting 2022 off to a good start with this new issue from Ankon Local Post. The private local post operating in Castelfidardo, Italy, on November 4, 2021, released a commemorative stamp commemorating the 700th anniversary of the death of the poet Dante Alighieri.

1.40 Ankon Local Post Dante Alighieri stamp
Ankon Local Post Dante Alighieri stamp

The stamp has a face value of 1.40, though I have to admit the currency indicator is not one that’s familiar to me.

I’m quite pleased to welcome Ankon Local Post operator Rosalba P. to the local posting community, and look forward to seeing additional creations from her as we move forward.

Philosateleian Post smashes single-year mail volume record

Taking one final look back at 2021, Philosateleian Post last year set a new record for mail volume, processing 524 pieces of outgoing mail and surpassing the previous record of 485 set in 2019. 13 pieces of mail carried by Philosateleian Post last year received local service only, while the remainder were transferred to the United States Postal Service for dispatch to their final destinations.

As in years past, non-letter business mail (bills, stamps and covers, etc.) comprised the majority of my household’s outgoing mail with more than 320 pieces sent, smashing that category’s previous record of 281 set in 2019. 30 postcards were processed, which was a new record for that category as well.

Also of note is that Philosateleian Post transported 15 packages last year, which is the highest number of parcels carried in a single calendar year since 2015.

Finally, the domestic letter category, which includes both personal cards and letters and those that I sent on behalf of the Local Post Collectors Society, added nearly 120 more pieces to the total. That was almost exactly the same total as in 2020, but fell short of 2019’s all-time high for the category.

And yes, I realize that tracking how many pieces of mail my family and I send is a little weird, but it’s kind of fun in a way, too!

2021 annual supplement available for The Philosateleian

If you’re one of the users of The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album who has previously switched to the annual update track, good news: my 2021 annual supplement is now available and ready for you to download from the Annual section of The Philosateleian’s list of individual stamp album pages.

As you’re probably aware, I’ve been issuing quarterly supplements for The Philosateleian since I launched my project in 2006, and if you regularly download and print those, you don’t need the annual supplements; this update is only for those users who have chosen to update their albums only once per year. The first quarterly update for 2022 should be available in early March.

Thank you as always for your support and for your interest in The Philosateleian.

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