[Alyson Kuhn] We recently featured on Felt & Wire the freshly printed-and-accordionated Alphabetilately brochure. It’s actually a cascade of eight postcards, steel-rule perforated for posting on the fridge or in the mailstream. I mailed Bill Senkus — owner of the Alphabetilately trademark — the cover panel on Dec. 31, the last mailing day of the decade. I’m pleased to report his card arrived in excellent kuhndition.
Because the card measures 4.75 x 6.75 in., it’s too large for the postcard rate (max. size 4.25 x 6 in.). The theme postage I selected totals 45¢. And yes, there is a technical term for using more postage than required — the word is overfranking. Think I’m digressing? Wonder if I’m wandering into ze alphabetical deep end? When Bill originally developed the 26 philatelic alphabet topics for this project back in 1997, O in fact stood for overfrank. Subsequently, when we realized that the project might have a rather exalted future, we changed O to overprint, an aspect of philately of greater import than overfranking. (Hope you aren’t feeling O-verinformed.)
Shown at left is the verso of the cover panel, listing all 26 topics in Alphabetilately and the designers who brought them to life.
Alyson Kuhn reminds you that Alphabetilately is pronounced in much the same way as Supercalifragilistic … Oh, Aly is precocious.