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Blog archives (April 2023)

Adanaland issues semipostal stamp to raise Turkey relief funds

I recently received a note from Alan B. of Adanaland fame, and he included a copy of his newest cinderella stamp. The 6d + 2d stamp is printed in green, gray, and red, and it depicts an ambulance.

6d+2d Adanaland Post stamp picturing ambulance
6d+2d Adanaland Post Ambulance stamp

According to Alan, this is Adanaland’s first semipostal stamp. It was issued as part of an effort to raise relief funds for areas of Turkey affected by the February 2023 earthquake that caused nearly 60,000 deaths in Turkey and Syria.

All Adanaland stamps are printed on a letterpress, and the result is very striking indeed!

Angeles City Local Post issues Community Pantries stamp

On April 14, 2023, Angeles City Local Post issued a new stamp celebrating the second anniversary of the establishment of community pantries in the Philippines. The 15-peso design features a lilac border and an illustration of a cart loaded full of groceries.

15-peso Angeles City Local Post stamp commemorating second anniversary of community pantries in the Philippines
Angeles City Local Post Community Pantries stamp

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local citizens in the Philippines created the community pantries or food banks to help neighbors in need. According to Wikipedia, some organizers were questioned by the government under suspicion of sympathizing with communist insurgents, but the community pantries were ultimately permitted to continue.

I’ve mentioned Angeles City Local Post a couple of times previously as being affiliated with the Philippine Stamp Collectors’s Society. It is delightful to see new emissions from an international local post, and I look forward to seeing future stamps from Angeles City Local Post’s operator, James C.

Como Park Post issues Vincent van Gogh stamp

Minnesota-based Como Park Post on March 30 issued a local post stamp commemorating the 170th anniversary of the birth of the famous painter Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). The 3¢ local post stamp features an imitation of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, which he completed in 1889 only about a year before his death.

Como Park Post 3¢ Vincent van Gogh stamp
Como Park Post 3¢ Vincent Van Gogh stamp

What’s really impressive about this is that Como Park Post operator Tom B. carves by hand the blocks he uses for printing his stamps!

Tom also shared a copy of an official seal printed on the backing liner for the self-adhesive stock on which it was printed instead of on the paper portion of that stock.

Como Park Post official seal printed on wrong side
Como Park Post official seal (error)

This is without question an error, but I have no idea how common it is compared to the “normal” version of the seal. It does seem extremely unlikely to be found in used condition since a separate adhesive would have to be used to make it adhere to any surface.

Angeles City, Manila Local Posts issue new stamps

Back in February, I shared news of San Diego Local Post’s Medinilla magnifica stamp. SDLP operator Renato L. recently shared blocks of nearly identical stamps from two other PSCS-affilitated local posts: Angeles City Local post and Manila Local Post.

Blocks of four P15 PSCS Manila Local Post and PSCS Angeles Local Post stamps picturing Medinilla magnifica stamps
PSCS Angeles City Local Post & PSCS Manila Local Post Medinilla magnifica stamps

Both stamps bear 15 peso denominations.

Angeles Local Post has also issued 1-peso stamps picturing a bus. The stamps come with pink, green, yellow, or blue backgrounds.

Block of four P1 Angeles City Local Post stamps picturing a bus
Angeles City Local Post bus stamps

No other details about these stamps are immediately available.