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

Philosateleian Post Issuing Special Local Post Stamp to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Yosemite Grant

—During the middle of the Civil War, Congress approved the Yosemite Grant Act. The legislation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed into law in 1864, set aside Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, home of many of California’s famous sequoia trees, as protected land. Those two pieces of land later became part of what is today Yosemite National Park.

On June 2, Philosateleian Post, a private local post based in Jacksonville, Fla., will issue a special commemorative stamp celebrating the Yosemite Grant’s sesquicentennial. The design of the stamp, which is being printed in forest green and black, is based on a photograph of Yosemite Valley that Philosateleian Post’s proprietor, Kevin Blackston, took from Tunnel View in September 2013.

Yosemite Grant Sesquicentennial stamp
Yosemite Grant Sesquicentennial

“Yosemite National Park is without question one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen,” says Blackston. “From the scenery to the animals there, everything about the area seems bigger than life. Visiting Yosemite was a truly memorable experience—one which I’ll never forget, and which I hope to someday repeat.”

While Yosemite Valley is arguably the most iconic area, it comprises only a small fraction of the nearly 1,200 square miles encompassed by Yosemite National Park’s boundaries. Giant sequoias, numerous lakes, rivers and streams, and a dazzling variety of plant and animal life are among the park’s highlights.

Technical Specifications

Format: sheets of 30 (6×5). Design size: 36×29.5 mm. Separation method: roulette 5½ (approx.). Adhesive: none; applied at time of use. Printing method: inkjet.

Philatelic Services

To receive a mint single of Philosateleian Post’s Yosemite Grant Sesquicentennial stamp, or for first day cover service, send either $2 or a self-addressed stamped envelope and your request to:

Kevin Blackston
Philosateleian Post
PO Box 57622
Jacksonville FL 32241-7622
United States of America

About Philosateleian Post

Founded in 2004, Philosateleian Post transports mail only from the Philosateleian Embassy to the nearest mail receptacle or post office. This private local post exists solely for the enjoyment of its proprietor and does not compete with any official mail service. For more information, please visit

Published 2018-06-17