Four new covers for my 14¢ American Indian collection
If you’ve been following my blog for any time at all, you know I’ve been pursuing on-cover solo examples of the 14¢ American Indian stamp for several years now. It’s nearly impossible to find commercial solo usages of the stamp, and even philatelic solo usages are tough to track down.
As you can see, three of these covers (along with the prior two I mentioned) are part of a run all addressed to one Sedley Bartlett of Meredith, New Hampshire. The final cover is something of an oddball; a previous owner physically removed the section of the cover that would have carried the mailing address, so it’s impossible to say who the intended recipient was.
It’s very unusual for me to get to add so much material to my collection in such a short period of time, but I’m happy to have had the opportunity to do so. This is fun stuff!
Mick’s Local Post issues its first local post stamp
There’s a new local post operating on the West Coast of the United States! Mick’s Local Post out of Portland, Oregon, recently released its very first stamp, a non-denominated issue captioned “Kirsten in KwaZulu-Natal, 2009.”
The proprietor, Mick T., writes that the stamp pictures his late wife, Kirsten. I think this is a lovely tribute, and a very appropriate subject for his first local post stamp.
Mike plans to issue more stamps in the future, and I’ll be looking forward to getting to share them here. Welcome to the local posting community, Mick!
American Heart Association envelope features floral hearts
I wrote only last month of the latest business reply envelope I’d received in an American Heart Association mailing, but there’s already a new variety to report from that organization. The front of the latest, which showed up in my mailbox last week, bears three preprinted copies of a heart-shaped floral arrangement.
Each of the designs is surrounded by a printed simulated die cutting. The printing is a light gray that does not show up well in the image presented here.
It’s interesting to see a new BRE design from a charitable organization so soon after receiving a different design. Some other nonprofits appear to be reusing designs across multiple mailings.
This month, I’m excited to share another cover commemorating the 130th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This envelope was postmarked in Omaha, Nebraska, in August 1934.
Like the cover I posted previously, this one is addressed to a collector in Meredith, New Hampshire. I don’t know if he commissioned the cachets himself or if he was merely a subscriber, but for the sake of my 14¢ American Indian collection, I’m glad he preserved these philatelic solo uses of the stamp for our enjoyment.
The first couple of months of 2023 are now in the rearview mirror, and there are new United States stamps that our albums need to accommodate as they begin showing up on incoming mail. With that in mind, I’m pleased to announce the release of the Spring 2023 Supplement (263 KB, 4 files, 8 pages) for The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album. This update includes spaces for all new United States stamps issued through the beginning of March, and it is ready for you to download and print at your convenience.
I hope you’ll let me me know if you have any comments or questions. Thank you for using The Philosateleian!