Philosateleia is a combination of two Greek words, “philos” (loving) and “ateleia” (exemption from tax). The term philately, which refers to the collection and study of postage stamps, is derived from those two words.

Kevin Blackston of San Antonio, Texas, operates the Philosatelian Post.  This is a private local post that “releases” several issues each year.  Blackston is currently the treasurer of the Local Post Collectors Society and publishes a free U.S. stamp album, updating pages four times per year.

Philosateleian Post: World Local Post Day – End of World War II 75th Anniversary, 27 January 2020. Images from Philosateleian Post, copyright 2019 by Kevin Blackston.

Technical Specifications
Format: sheets of 36 (6×6).
Design size: 36×28 mm.
Separation method: perforated 12.
Adhesive: water-activated dry gum.
Printing method: inkjet.

From a blog post, published on 12 December 2019:

Philosateleian Post to mark anniversary of end of World War II

“Next year is the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Historians estimate that as many as 85 million people died during that conflict due to warfare, or to disease or famine directly related to the war. To commemorate the end of the deadliest conflict in human history, Philosateleian Post will issue a special stamp on World Local Post Day, January 27, 2020.

The design of this 1-stamp stamp is based on an original photo that I took titled From the Ashes, Peace. The single yellow flower standing out against a background of brown flowers is symbolic of the blossoming of peace, however fragile, in the aftermath of World War II. The stamp also bears the text “World Local Post Day 2020” and “remembering the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.”

Members of the Local Post Collectors Society earlier this fall voted to select the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II as the official topic for World Local Post Day 2020. Philosateleian Post is participating in that annual event with the release of this stamp.

Philatelic Services
To receive a mint single of Philosateleian Post’s End of World War II 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 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America”

Copyright 2019-2020 by Kevin Blackston and Philosatelia.


3 thoughts on “New Issues 2020: Philosateleia (World Local Post Day)

  1. Will OSullivan says:

    I have a question about the perforations, specifically the perforated used. I don’t know if this is appropriate to just ask here or? So I will just leave my name and email & hope you can find time to respond. Thanks!

    • Mark Joseph Jochim says:

      I did not produce this particular issue, it is created by a hobbyist in Texas. You may direct inquiries to the Philosateleia website and I know earlier blog articles there detailed his perforating process.

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