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Kevin Blackston
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Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Blog archives (August 2022)

Christmas in August with Principality of Ankon postcard

I can’t say it’s Christmas in July, but Christmas in August? That appears to be the case for this Principality of Ankon postcard that arrived in my post office box over the weekend.

Principality of Ankon postcard
Principality of Ankon postcard

The postcard has an Ancona machine cancellation dated December 22, 2021. Yes, that means it took nearly eight months to get from Italy to Texas, and I’m not sure why. Was the delay in Italy, or in the United States, or in the transatlantic journey itself? We’ll probably never know, but the postcard did finally reach me.

Although this postcard has no local post stamps attached, it was sent by the originator of Ankon Local Post, which issued its first stamp last November.

Pete Seeger FDC is surprise in post office box

Every once in a while I find a completely unexpected surprise in my post office box, and such was the case when I checked last Friday. It’s a Pete Seeger first day cover from a regular reader in Pennsylvania.

Front of first day cover bearing Pete Seeger Forever stamp
Pete Seeger FDC

Seeger (1919–2014) was an American folk singer and activist. The July 21 first day cancellation from Newport, Rhode Island, features the silhouette of his trademark banjo.

Thank you to the reader who was kind enough to think of sending the cover my way!