Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Blog archives (December 2022)

Animals adorn American Parkinson Disease Foundation envelope

Now that we’re in the last couple of weeks of 2022, the flow of incoming mail has slowed significantly as it normally does at this time of year. A mailing I received just last week from the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, however, did include something worth mentioning: another business reply envelope with preprinted faux “stamps.”

This BRE has three images featuring animals in winter scenes: a squirrel, a pair of penguins, and a songbird sitting on a snow-covered branch.

American Parkinson Disease Association business reply envelope with three preprinted stamp-sized images picturing animals
American Parkinson Diseases Association business reply envelope with animal images

Although the designs are printed directly on the envelope rather than being independent labels, the simulated printed perforations do give them a stamp-like appearance. Interestingly, the orientation of the images on this envelope is identical to those on BREs I received from the same nonprofit in September and October, though the images themselves are different.

Purgatory Post commemorates Apollo 17 mission

New Hampshire-based Purgatory Post earlier this month issued the last in its series of local post stamps commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo space program flights. Two 17-sola stamps picturing the crew of Apollo 17 and their spacecraft were released on December 7.

Purgatory Post 17-sola stamps picturing Apollo 17 astronauts, spacecraft, and mission emblem
Purgatory Post Apollo 17 stamps

The first stamp pictures astronauts Harrison Schmitt, Ronald Evans, and Gene Cernan along with Apollo 17’s launch on December 7, 1973, while the second stamp features a photo of Cernan on the Moon’s surface plus the official mission emblem.

Although this month’s stamps are the last for the Apollo program, Purgatory Post operator Scott A. tells me he plans to release stamps next year to mark the 50th anniversaries of the Skylab missions of 1973.

Philosateleian Post introduces First-Class, Nonmachinable labels

On December 5, Philosateleian Post introduced a blue First-Class Mail International label for use on mail bound for destinations outside the United States. On December 12, two additional labels were placed into use: a red label for domestic first-class mail, and a purple one for nonmachinable items.

Philosateleian Post First-Class Mail and Nonmachinable labels
Philosateleian Post First-Class Mail & Nonmachinable labels

The First-Class Mail label is intended for use on small parcels or other items where I might feel a need to indicate the specific rate that applies, while the Nonmachinable label is for standard envelopes that have odd dimensions or are too rigid for regular mail processing.

I don’t anticipate using either of these a great deal, but they’re nice to have handy when the need arises.

If you would like mint copies of Philosateleian Post’s new First-Class Mail and Nonmachinable labels, send either $2 or a self-addressed stamped envelope and your request to:

Kevin Blackston
Philosateleian Post
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

Flying saucer adorns Tui-Tui postal card

As I continue working my way through the items in my mail tray, today I can share a scan of a Tui-Tui postal card I recently received from Dogfish, a mail artist in Washington state.

46p Tui-Tui stamp on 15-nupee Tui-Tui postal card
Tui-Tui postal card

In addition to the postal card’s 15-nupee design picturing a woman and a flying saucer, it also has a 46p Tui-Tui stamp with a 1997 date along with a United States brain coral postcard stamp issued in 2019.

Although artistamps and local post stamps are not necessarily exactly the same thing, they’re certainly both part of the overall family of cinderella stamps, and it’s always interesting to see what other creators are producing!

Envelope from Chicago charity features preprinted flower designs

When I got back from a business trip last week, my post office box was full of mail. I spent some time Friday doing the initial sort-and-shred, then a while Sunday dealing with most of what was left. One of the items still remaining in my mail tray is yet another business reply envelope, this one from Chicago’s Mercy Home for Boys and Girls.

Mercy Home for Boys and Girls business reply envelope bearing two preprinted stamp-sized designs picturing flowers
Mercy Home for Boys and Girls business reply envelope

This BRE has two preprinted stamp-sized images picturing flowers. Both are dated 2019 despite the envelope being distributed in a mailing this month; my guess is the charity must have had a large lot of envelopes produced several years ago and is still working through old stock.

The print quality on the stamp-sized images is not fantastic, but the envelope we’re discussing here isn’t exactly made of photo paper. For what it is, it is no doubt adequate.

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