Kevin Blackston
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Floresville TX 78114-0217
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Blog archives (August 2022)

Purgatory Post commemorates extra long wooden covered bridge

Purgatory Post earlier this month released its latest stamp in a series commemorating the covered bridges of New Hampshire. The 20-sola stamp depicting the Cornish-Windsor Bridge was issued August 10.

Purgatory Post 20-sola stamp picturing Cornish-Windsor Bridge
Purgatory Post 20-sola Cornish-Windsor Bridge stamp

The stamp’s vignette is black while the frame is to my eyes a shade of teal or aquamarine.

At just a few inches under 450 feet long, the Cornish-Windsor Bridge was for many years the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States. It spans the Connecticut River between New Hampshire and Vermont.1

The Cornish-Windsor Bridge was built in 1866 for $9,000. Various maintenance and renovation projects culminated with a $4.45 million reconstruction of the bridge in 1989.


  1. Marshall, Richard. Cornish-Windsor Bridge. Accessed 24 Aug. 2022.

New local post stamp from Como Park Post is a hoot

Minnesota’s Como Park Post recently issued a new 3¢ local post stamp picturing an owl. Although I’m not certain of the first day of issue, I received a copy in an envelope with a Como Park Post cancellation dated August 6.

Como Park Post 3¢ owl stamp
Como Park Post 3¢ Owl stamp

While no details were included with the stamp, we can observe that the vignette appears to be printed on a layer of paper that has been affixed to the plain white backing paper. The frame was then printed on top of both layers as is evidenced by the portions of the denomination and local post name that overlap the vignette.

As I mentioned regarding another recent bird issue from a different local post, I’m no ornithologist, but the extremely long tufts on the depicted owl’s head make me wonder if it might be a great horned owl, or perhaps a long-eared owl. It’s also possible, however, that the illustration is merely intended to depict an owl without identifying a particular species.

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!