A thousand thankyous!

1923 Germany 1000 mark Punk Philatelist special

1923 Germany 1000 mark Punk Philatelist specialMy website gained its 1000th follower this week! How fabulous! I know, at least half of you are spammers, but it’s still a nice round number to attain.

I’d just like to thank my actual human people readers for your support. This site has already gone larger and more global than I could have hoped in such a short time, and your appreciation and comments inspire me to carry on (even if the output isn’t quite as frequent as I’d like sometimes).

Also, thanks to the Weimar Republic of Germany for issuing a stamp back in 1923 to celebrate my blog reaching the 1000 mark. What amazing foresight.

As you were.

Punk x

FIGHT THE BORING!

Australia 2015 Cats strip

This is a call to arms. To everyone, especially people selling things on sites like eBay or Etsy, or people who like sending presents through the mail. Listen up, and get ready to hit Share. Because we’ve got to get the word out, or we’re doomed. (Are you an Internet news site editor looking for content? Go nuts.)

So, you sold something on eBay? Or you’re posting a present? Bloody good on you.

You’ll take your thing to a post office, where a bored employee will weigh it, hit a button, print out a dreary docket, stick it on your thing, and off it goes. Efficient, effective, and YOU’RE THE REASON THE BAD GUYS ARE WINNING! Doubly so if you’re printing out your docket straight from eBay and not even entering a post office.

Who is winning? The forces of BORING! Continue reading

USA portraits – and the best stamp they never released

Punk Philatelist Johnny Cash Flips The Bird stamp

Credit where it’s due. How well does the United States Postal Service do portrait stamps?

It’s got a head start, being in America and all. With its entrepreneurial spirit, vibrant cultural scene, and comprehensive disenfranchisement of minorities, the USA is never short of an innovator, an envelope-pusher or a trailblazer to honour on a stamp.

USA 2015 Maya Angelou stampTake the Maya Angelou stamp thatโ€™s out on April 7. No frills, just elegance and eloquence. A dignified tribute. I was gobsmacked to read that the image is that of a painting (!) โ€“ an oil-on-canvas number by Ross Rossin that resides in the National Portrait Gallery. Look at that face, and imagine the stories it could tell. Continue reading

Hello, #InCoWriMo!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s been liking and following this blog. It’s nice to know this barely disguised nerdiness is finding an audience in some surprising corners of the world.

I do try to return the favour, and it was while checking out Skiye Mail’s blog that I stumbled across the concept of InCoWriMo. How have I never heard of this? It’s totally what I’m all about!

Inaugurated by a fountain pen enthusiast called Eric Schneider and unashamedly tipping its hat to NaNoWriMo, InCoWriMo is short for International Correspondence Writing Month. Participants pledge to spend the month of February handwriting one letter a day to recipients of their choice. This came a year after a similar challenge, A Month of Letters, was launched by author Mary Robinette Kowal when she took herself offline for a month. Continue reading