Back in June, I received a random postcard from my friend Marguerite. It was just your run-of-the-mill postcard, albeit vintage, but it had a curious extra stamp and postmark on the front. The stamp claimed to be from Philosateleia. "What can this be?," I wondered, and went of to the web to investigate.
Turns out that Philosateleia is a treasure trove of stamp collecting fun for (mostly) free! There are customizable, printable stamp collection pages, exhibits on stamps and the Philosateleian Post, a local post with its own stamps. This wonderment is the work of one Mr. Kevin Blackston, a philatelist in Florida. He offers a variety of different stamps and services. There is a Standard Service on Monday-Friday which carries letters to USPS collection points, but he also has a Bicycle Service which runs on Sundays. Of course, what I'm really interested in are his stamps.
From the website: Since its inception in 2004, Philosateleian Post has maintained a commemorative stamp program, issuing one to three new stamps each year. These stamps are made available to the public, and new issues are announced in advance so that collectors may obtain first day cover service.
For a complimentary mint single of the current issue, or to receive first day cover service for an upcoming issue or other standard mail or bicycle mail service, send a S.A.S.E. and your request to:
P.O. Box 57622
Jacksonville F.L. 32241-7622
United States of America
I've sent Mr. Blackston an honorary membership. Please, if you do engage his services, let him know you are a member and always say thank you! I have, thus far, received nothing but glowing reports of L.W.A. member conduct and do not want to marr our immaculate record.
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