Purgatory Post celebrates space missions, Smithsonian leader
As I continue to try to catch up on blog posts, perhaps nothing proves just how far behind I’d gotten as the fact that I have three months’ worth of new issues from New Hampshire’s Purgatory Post to share with you!
The first pair of 16-sola stamps, which were issued on April 6, 2022, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 16 mission between April 16 and April 27, 1972. One of the stamps depicts astronauts John Young, Ken Mattingly, and Charles Duke and the launch of their spacecraft, while the other has a reproduction of the mission patch and a photo of Young standing next to the Apollo Lunar Module.
Next up is a pair of stamps celebrating the successful launch of SpaceX Crew-4 on April 27 of this year. Astronauts Robert Hines, Samantha Cristoforetti, Jessica Watkins, and Kjell Lindgren are pictured along with their spacecraft’s launch on one of the stamps, while the Crew Dragon and mission patch are shown on the second stamp. The 4-sola stamps were issued on May 4.
Finally, Purgatory Post on June 8 issued a single stamp in miniature sheets of four that has a personal connection to its designer. Dr. Charles Greeley Abbot (1872–1973) was an astrophysicist who served as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1928 until 1944. According to Purgatory Post’s operator, Scott A., his great-great-uncle maintained an office at the Smithsonian and continued working there until shortly before his death at the age of 101! He held more than a dozen patents related to solar energy, and also helped negotiate the return of the Wright Brothers’ flyer from England to the United States.
The 17-sola Charles Greeley Abbot stamp commemorates the 150th anniversary of Abbot’s birth.
And with that, I think we’re caught up on Purgatory Post stamps. My hope is to do a better job of letting you know about new issues moving forward!
Como Park Post issues two stamps including Ukraine semipostal
It has been a few months since I mentioned any new stamps from Minnesota’s Como Park Post, but there are a couple of relatively recent issues that I’ve received or at least heard about.
The first of the stamps is a red 1¢ design that was enclosed in a cover postmarked March 29, 2022. There appear to be some black overprints, though I’m uncertain of the significance of those.
The second new issue is a 3¢ + $1 semipostal stamp, with proceeds from the surcharge being earmarked to support various Ukrainian relief organizations working in the country during the ongoing Russian invasion. According to Como Park Post operator Tom Betz, the stamps are being printed and perforated by Purgatory Post, another private local post whose stamps I’ve featured here in the past.
Semipostal local post stamps are not unheard of—I previously wrote about a Bat’s Private Post stamp issued in 2020 to raise funds for the Lebanese Red Cross—but they’re certainly not common.
If you’re interested in either of these stamps, you can write to:
1337 Avon St N
Saint Paul MN 55117-4005
For the Ukraine stamp, Tom does request a minimum donation of $1 per stamp (i.e., the amount of the surcharge).
Within 24 hours of when I uploaded this update, eagle-eyed user Steve R. contacted me to let me know that I'd omitted spaces for the coil varieties of the Mountain Flora stamps. In the words of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, “Oops.” I’ve rearranged a few things to fit those in, and the updated updated pages in question are also available as of today.
If you spot any other errors or omissions, please let me know. In the meantime, enjoy!
This spring, I received a mailing from Miro J. of New South Wales, Australia. Miro has created a new private local post, Bermagui Local Post, which he launched with the release of a pair of new stamps.
The 20¢ stamp pictures the Torres Strait Islander Flag, while the 40¢ stamp pictures the Australian Aboriginal Flag. Both stamps were issued on March 1.
In addition to the irregularly perforated examples pictured here, Bermagui Local Post also issued perf. 12 examples of both designs.
I’ve been slow to publicly welcome Miro to the local post community, but I’m happy to share these creations and look forward to seeing more of his stamps in the future!