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).”
The last Monday in January is marked as World Local Post Day, originally established in 1989 as National Local Post Day. The Local Post Collectors Society decides on a theme for local posts to design stamps around each year. The theme for 2014 is the centennial of the start of World War One.
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln’s famous two-minute speech given at the dedication of the National Cemetery at the famous Pennsylvania battlefield. Muang Phuket Local Post (MPLP) will join in this commemoration by issuing a single 25-satang artistamp, imperforate and ungummed, in sheets of fifteen (three rows of five).