For those who do not already know, a local post is a mail service that typically operates
only within a limited geographic area or a single, specific transportation route.
Such as within the boundaries of a large city, similar to a specialized courier service,
handling intra-city deliveries of mail or delivering mail to a national postal authority
for entry into the normal mail stream.
Historically, some local posts throughout the
world have been operated by government entities, while others known as private
local posts have been operated by for-profit companies or organizations.
Today, many stamp collectors operate what is known as hobbyist's local posts,
issuing their own local post "stamps" (or labels) for fun and the amusement of
friends and other collectors but rarely to carry any mail.
One of the most famous private local posts operated transcontinentally, was the Pony
Express. Since many local posts throughout history existed or operated for short periods
of time, little may be known about them and their operations and in some cases, the stamps
are very rare and valuable. Philatelically, local posts can be a great challenge for the
Technically, the International Local Post should be considered to fall into the
hobbyist category. Although it is structured just like a modern, sophisticated postal
authority that might be found anywhere in the world. With special atten- tion given to our
local post stamps. Both in the images used on stamp, and their design and manufacture.
Giving them a quality that users and collectors worldwide demand and appreciate. Plus, in
most cases, local post users can purchase and use our International Local Post stamps to
adorn their own mailings.
From a more personal standpoint, the International Local Post stamps also allow us to
let our hair down a bit, with the art and images used on our stamps. We've memorialized
some of our own artworks throughout the years, including watercolor paintings and drawings
that we've created. Along with the art and photographic works of other artist
friends. Most of whom are much more talented!
We welcome all inquiries about the International Local Post.
Call or write!
International Scope . . .
Background Info . . .
The International Local Post
was founded in 2008.
The first International Local
Post stamp issued was on
May 8, 2008.
Currently, there have been
47 stamps issued by the ILP
(as of Sept. 2016).