Preprinted BRE designs feature simulated stamp die cuts
It was only earlier this month that I wrote about a business reply envelope from Navigators with a cinderella label affixed to it. Today I received another noteworthy BRE from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, this one with preprinted designs featuring a variety of Jewish symbols and simulated preprinted die cuts.
While business reply envelopes with preprinted designs are far from uncommon these days—they still don’t show up in the majority of nonprofit mailings I receive, but there are certainly examples to be found—most of those designs are stamp-sized without attempting to look like actual stamps. The designs on this example are exceptions.
On each referral card, there’s space to write in my name and APS member number. I got to thinking, though: wouldn’t it be neat to be able to do something with a little more pizzazz?
With that idea in mind, I’ve created a perforated label to use on the referral cards I distribute.
Measuring approximately 1.75″×1″, this label is the perfect size to fit the empty space on the back of the referral card. My design is simple, perhaps even utilitarian, but I’m pleased with the finished product.
If you could use some of these with your own name and APS member number on them, head over to my Etsy store. And if you’re not a member of the American Philatelic Society but would like to learn more, let me know and I’ll be happy to send a referral card your way!
Prison Fellowship business reply envelope features artwork
This will be a quick post, but the most recent business reply envelope to show up in my family’s mailbox is this example included in a mailing from Prison Fellowship Ministries out of Virginia. The envelope features three preprinted stamp-sized designs featuring artwork; I presume those may have been created by inmates somewhere, but I don’t know that for certain.
There’s not much more to say about this envelope except that it is a somewhat smaller size than the BREs often enclosed in nonprofit mailings. That could make it a bit easier to properly display in a collection.
While I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate two decades of involvement in local posting, the official topic for World Local Post Day this year was dragons, and the other two covers I have to share with you both bear stamps sticking with that theme.
One of the covers is from New Hampshire’s Purgatory Post. The 24-sola stamp on it depicts a leftward-facing dragon along with the caption “Year of the Dragon.”
The final cover originated with Beverly Hills-based Bat’s Private Post. There are two stamps on the cover, one with a value of 78¢ and the other with a value of $1.65, both picturing dragons. The stamps are identical except for the face values and other wording.
And that wraps up the World Local Post Day covers I’ve received up to this point. If any further examples show up, I’ll be sure to share them here.
It’s neither a regular postage stamp nor a local post stamp, but the cinderella on the front of this cover I received last week might interest you. It’s one of the special labels produced to promote the upcoming Boston 2026 World Expo, a massive philatelic exhibition being held in Massachusetts a little over two years from now.
The label, which pictures Benjamin Franklin, the first United States flag, and other colonial-era imagery, was designed by Chris Calle.
It’s hard to imagine any way I could end up at Boston 2026—there’s always work and other commitments here in South Texas—but never say never, right? It should be an exciting time for any collectors who do get to attend.