January was yet another philatelic-filled month and I added quite a few stamps to my various collections. Most were obtained online and I made two trips to the Phuket Philatelic Museum to buy new Thai stamps. I received a flurry of postcards at the start of the month but, alas, no further Christmas cards. I only received one this past holiday despite mailing almost forty which is more than a little discouraging! Perhaps the biggest event of the entire month was (finally) finding a stamp inventory program that I like and it’s caused me to make some real changes.
Today is World Local Post Day, held annually during the last week of January since 1989. A local post is defined by Wikipedia as “ a mail service that operates only within a limited geographical area, typically a city or a single transportation route. Historically, some local posts have been operated by governments, while others, known as private local posts, have been for-profit companies.”
I’ve operated the Muang Phuket Local Post since October 2013 which falls into the “hobbyist” category, issuing “a variety of commemorative ‘stamps’ covering a wide range of events or personal interests, of subjects that are not normally issued by their own countries’ postal services….This sort of local post is effectively a ‘home-brewed’ postal system, and the typical hobbyist carries little, if any, mail (though some do carry mail over a short distance for themselves or a few people).”
This past month has (probably) been my most philatelic of the past decade, possibly the past two decades. The reason for my uncertainty is that any records of my pre-Thailand life are long gone and my memory isn’t that keen either. While living in New Mexico, I did attend a few first day of issue ceremonies held within the state – the most memorable of which was a journey to Chama in the northern mountains when the ceremony for a set of train stamps was held aboard a narrow-gauge steam train!