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

Blog archives (January 2023)

San Diego Local Post announces two new stamp issues

San Diego Local Post began operating only on November 22, 2022, but already the outfit is making its mark on the local post scene.

Following the release of a 60¢ provisional stamp used late last year, SDLP on January 1, 2023, issued a 60¢ stamp picturing a hot air balloon, rising sun, fireworks, and fish. According to a bulletin, all four items are related to traditional beliefs associated with the New Year.

60¢ San Diego Local Post stamp picturing hot air balloon, rising sun, fireworks, and fish
60¢ San Diego Local Post stamp picturing hot air balloon, rising sun, fireworks, and fish

San Diego Local Post also announced plans to celebrate World Local Post Day on January 30 by issuing a non-denominated stamp commemorating Philippine revolutionary leader Andres Bonifacio (1863–1897). Known as “The Father of the Philippine Revolution,” Bonifacio was one of the founders of the Katipunan, a secret society dedicated to seeking independence from Spain. He was executed on charges of treason against Emilio Aguinaldo’s government.

Nondenominated San Diego Local Post stamp picturing Andres Bonifacio
Nondenominated San Diego Local Post stamp picturing Andres Bonifacio

Both stamps were designed by Philippine Stamp Collectors’ Society member Jamos Ever Co.

Happy Holidays cancellation results in humorous visual

Last week, I received an envelope in the mail with several older commemorative stamps on it. Of itself, this is not that unusual; a lot of collectors use surplus mint stamps from decades ago on their outbound mail. I’m working through using up a stash of such material myself. I get it.

What was kind of unusual was the placement of the “Happy Holidays” cancellation on the 1952 stamp honoring the 4-H Clubs. It looks like the elf in the cancellation just pegged the boy on the stamp in the face with a snowball!

3¢ United States stamp honoring The 4-H Clubs with “Happy Holidays” cancellation
Snowball fight on a 3¢ 4-H Clubs stamp

The kid doesn’t seem too upset about getting clobbered, so maybe a snowball fight is about to begin. Either way, this struck me as pretty humorous.

Purgatory Post issues Artemis 1 local post stamps

Purgatory Post on January 4, 2023, kicked off the calendar year by issuing a pair of 1-sola stamps commemorating Artemis 1. The mission that ran from November 16–December 11, 2022, saw an uncrewed spacecraft launched, placed into orbit around the Moon, and successfully returned to Earth.

Pair of 1-sola Purgatory Post stamps picturing Artemis 1 spacecraft, Moon and Earth, and Artemis 1 mission patch
Purgatory Post 1-sola Artemis 1 stamps

One of the New Hampshire-based local post’s stamps features a view of part of the spacecraft looking back toward Earth as well as its launch from Kennedy Space Center, while the other has a view of the Moon’s surface with Earth in the distance plus the Artemis 1 mission patch.

The goal of the Artemis program is to eventually return humans to the Moon’s surface. As of this writing, the first crewed Artemis mission is scheduled for next year with a lunar landing to take place in 2025.

Feeding America sends first decorative BRE of 2023

The first decorative business reply envelope of the year to arrive in my mailbox was from Feeding America, an organization that supports food banks and other food assistance programs throughout the United States. The envelope is not Feeding America’s first BRE with a preprinted stamp-sized design, but it’s the smallest envelope I’ve seen from the nonprofit to this point.

Feeding America business reply envelope bearing stamp-sized design picturing fruit
Feeding America business reply envelope bearing stamp-sized design picturing fruit

At first, I thought the artwork used for the faux “stamp” was a repeat from an envelope I received from Feeding America in April 2022, but no, it’s not. While the designs are similar—two pieces of fruit with a stem and leaves—they are most certainly different.

I haven’t received a huge number of nonprofit mailings since the start of the year, but that is not all that unusual; it typically takes a couple of weeks for the inbound flow to reach normal levels following the holiday season. No doubt we’ll see more of this sort of thing as the year progresses.

American Indian rides solo on Cheyenne Agency cover

The latest addition to my collection of 14¢ American Indian stamps on cover is just as philatelic as they come, but it’s still a pretty nifty piece.

The cover postmarked at Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota, on October 1, 1934, bears a cachet commemorating the 130th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s arrival in that area in 1804.

Front of cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp and Lewis & Clark Expedition/Cheyenne River cachet
14¢ American Indian cover with Lewis & Clark Expedition/Cheyenne River cachet

The highlight for me is the solo usage of the American Indian stamp. It’s totally philatelic—even with the “Via Air Mail” notation on the front of the cover, the amount of postage owed was only 6¢, meaning the stamp represents an 8¢ overpayment—but there is something of a connection between the subject of the stamp, Hollow Horn Bear, and Cheyenne Agency.

Cheyenne Agency was set apart in the 19th century as land for the Lakota nation. As a Brule Sioux, Hollow Horn Bear was a Lakota, and although he lived at South Dakota’s Rosebud Agency, he no doubt would have had at least distant relatives at Cheyenne Agency during his lifetime. Pretty cool stuff!

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