Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-02

A fairly active week for me in my hobby of philately capped off by purchasing the year’s second Thailand stamp issue and some successful bids on eBay (where I’ve been looking at some classic U.S. stamps trying to fill gaps in my 1893 Columbians and 1869 pictorials sets as well as much more recent first…

Weekly Phila-Bytes #2019-01

Back in August and September 2016, I wrote three articles under the heading “Phila-Bytes” in an effort to post on Philatelic Pursuits more often. It didn’t work. I’d set out to do a bi-weekly series and perhaps there was too much going on during those two weeks to keep track of. At any rate, the…

Stamps for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea

Once again, the Olympics are upon us. I don’t watch many sports but I have tuned-in to watch the Olympics ever since I can remember. In fact, I can recall viewing bits of the 1976 summer games held in Montréal and being disappointed when the United States boycotted the Moscow-hosted edition in 1980. While I…

New Stamp Issues (Jan 2018): Thailand & the U.S.A.

It’s been nearly four months since I’ve last posted anything to Philatelic Pursuits; most of my free-time energies have been dedicated to putting together material for A Stamp A Day. That being said, I do have a few items in the works for this blog so please stay tuned. The first is a periodic overview of…

Postmark Calendar: September

Philatelic Pursuits Postmark Calendar: September September 1 September 2 September 3 September 4 September 13 September 14 September 16 September 18 September 19 September 22 September 27 September 28 September 29

Today’s Mail – 11th June 2015

I’m becoming increasingly convinced that either my local postman or somebody at the main post office is withholding my mail from delivery until they decide that I have “enough” to make it worth their while.  Last Wednesday, I received some 14 pieces of mail after quite a long period of nothingness and today there were…

Today’s Mail – 3rd June 2015

I’d started to worry as I hadn’t received much in the way of mail for the past two weeks or so.  I’d been waiting on numerous stamps won in eBay auctions, several for longer than the average three weeks.  I felt that I’d receive something on the day following Monday’s Vesak Buja holiday but there…

Introducing My Philatelic Pursuits

Welcome to my “Philatelic Pursuits.”  Allow me to introduce myself and this blog. My name is Mark Jochim and I was born in Texas.  For the first 40 years of my life, I lived in the United States where I collected stamps off and on from the age of ten. A decade ago, I made…