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Posted Jun 21, 21 22:49 by Mark Banchik (mbanchik)

San Diego Stamp Show

San Diego Stamp Show We're back! October 8-10, 2021 La Jolla Marriott A WSP show; 125 Exhibit Frames + Dealers Web site in progress Contact: Mark Banchik [email protected] [email protected]

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Posted Jun 20, 21 18:29 by Leonard Piszkiewicz (lenp99)

1893 Guatemala cover

John,

One minor point -- the New Orleans and New York backstamps are two days apart -- must have gone by train. After railroads were built, no mail went by "coastal steamer" anymore.

Posted Jun 20, 21 17:33 by John Valenti (spunk49)

1893 Guatemala Cover, Mysteries Partially Solved

Thank you to Michael, Leonard and Ray for your input regarding this cover. I believe that the routing of the cover is now fairly clear: Originating in El Porvenir, on to San Marcos, than to Guatemala City and from there to Livingston, from which it departed via Royal Mail Line "Stillwater" to New Orleans and finally (via coastal steamer?) New York.

I, too, was confused by the "U.S. CHARGE TO COLLECT .20 CTS" since I had not seen this style of marking before and did note that it might have been applied on arrival in New Orleans. This still leaves the question, why 20 cents?

Ray, on the matter of the "gum" smudge at the left, I do not believe from close examination that a missing/removed stamp is the source of the staining. Nor do I believe that there is a partial oval postmark there, only an offset from another cover. Note that this staining appears also under and just to the left of the postage due stamp. I believe its source is from contact with another cover, such as one sees from wax seals.

I think that the suggestion that the 25 centavo stamp on reverse was applied late, after the cover being marked with the T due marking, perhaps by an "agent" in Livingston related to the sender, has some legs. It is an odd value stamp, perhaps conveniently available. I think that the stamp might either have been ignored or not noted (in N.O.?) and thus a double weight deficiency recorded. However, when the cover reached N.Y. the stamp was noted and maybe they decided to "split the baby" not being sure how to treat the original deficiency designation. I again note that there is no evidence of this cover being overstuffed, so a quadruple rate cover, three rates short, is unlikely.

A fun cover that came up on eBay (as Ray and Leonard noted) that I could not resist. Thanks again, all.

Posted Jun 20, 21 12:41 by Leonard Piszkiewicz (lenp99)

1893 Guatemala cover

Ray,

I'd be surprised -- no, shocked -- if the 20c due marking is NOT a New Orleans marking. In your posting, the right and left covers with COLLECT POSTAGE are New York markings and the center is from San Francisco -- that cover was bagged for the San Francisco exchange office, which is why the marking was applied by S.F.

The 1893 PL&R, Sec. 576, states "6. To rate up the unpaid and short-paid articles, stamp thereon "POSTAGE DUE --- CENTS,'' or "u. s ... POSTAGE CHARGE TO COLLECT --- CENTS,'' and forward to destination with as little delay as possible." Other exchange offices used the "charge to collect" phrase (Tacoma comes to mind), but New York used "collect postage."

Posted Jun 20, 21 12:13 by Ray Porter (rporter314)

1893 Guatemala cover

Len

I apologize. A little sloppy looking at the handstamp. Yes I do not know where this particular handstamp was used, and I do not have such a handstamp in my collection. I do not believe I have a "Charge to Collect" handstamp from New York. They used a "Collect Postage" handstamp.
see below examples for some differences between New York and San Franscisco handstamps
The style of the handstamp on the Guatamal cover lends itself to your suggestion, it may be a New Orleans handstamp.

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Posted Jun 20, 21 11:15 by Leonard Piszkiewicz (lenp99)

1893 Guatemala cover

Ray,

The New York "Charge to Collect" markings that I have seen appear to be from some sort of mechanical device that allowed the clerk to dial in the amount due before stamping a cover. The marking on this cover looks like a single denomination handstamp. As far as I know, New York didn't have any like this -- but you would know better than I.

Posted Jun 20, 21 10:00 by Ray Porter (rporter314)

1893 Guatemala cover

John

I think Michael describes the routing possibilities. The 1893 Postal Guide lists a variety of routing for Guatamalan mail. One possibility is direct to New Orleans every Thursday and thence 4 times a month direct to New York.

The Postal Guide lists the rates as 10 centavos (50 centimes) to the US, regardless of route. The large magenta T in circle is no doubt Guatamalan, as the T (taxe) was used for outgoing mail.

I think there are 2 possibilities for rating both based on the 25 centavo stamp. First, if the stamp over paid a triple rate, this would not be a short paid letter. Second, the stamp I don't think was posted at the same time as the stationary (unless it was precancelled stationary and I don't know if that is meaningful). If it was a short paid quadruple rate letter, then the shortage would be 5 centavos or 25 centimes. The UPU penalty would make it short paid by 50 centimes or 10 cents.

So we are faced with either some rating, unknown to me, or a clerical error on the rating, which was corrected at time of application of postage due stamp. Most of the time the rating errors are corrected, but I think I have an example of one which was not. In regard to the first possibility, notice the "gum" smudge to left of the T. There is what appears to be a weak double oval cancel partially missing, where a stamp (postage due?) could have been.

Len - yes New York used these straight line style due handstamps, but I do not know the context. I will now have to check all my covers to see if there is some meaning to the differences. Thanks for that in a good way.

On the other hand Len does make an interesting point. I also do not have a short paid inbound cover to New Orleans, so do not know if they used smilar handstamps. Suppose that to be valid. The clerk in error used a 20 cents due handstamp and the New York clerk corrected the error with the scenario of only a 5 centavo shortage. Like I said previously, New York was good about correcting their rating errors.

My ambivalence on the cover forced me to bid low. I have too many covers sitting in the boat of loaded possibilities. Postage dues .... they are nice when they make sense, and they are nasty when they don't.

Posted Jun 20, 21 8:34 by Rob Faux (robfaux)

Postal History Sunday

For those who have interest, Postal History Sunday is live.  This week, I respond to the question regarding favorite items in my collection.

Have a good day everyone!  Finally getting a little rain at the  farm!

Rob

Posted Jun 20, 21 1:02 by Leonard Piszkiewicz (lenp99)

1893 Guatemala cover

This cover was carried from Livingston to New Orleans on the Royal Mail Line (New Orleans-Belize Royal Mail and Central American Steamship Company) "Stillwater" --- It made a regular circuit around Central America touching "Puerto Cortez Oct. 11 via Livingston and Belize" -- see notice from the October 18, 1893 "The Daily Picayune-New Orleans."

I remember this cover from ebay a month or so ago. It looked goofy to me then and still does. I don't understand the 20 cents due marking. I wonder if that's a later addition. It's not a New York marking, but I haven't seen due markings from New Orleans to be able to judge if it's from there, which it should be if genuine, since that was the port of arrival.

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Posted Jun 19, 21 19:48 by Michael Schreiber (michaelschreiber)

1893 Guatemala cover

El Porvenir (near Guatemala City) is the origin postmark.

The "Recibida en Guatemala" is the Guatemala City postmark.

From Guatemala City, the cover might have gone to San Marcos and likely to the west coast, then by ship to Panama, by train across the Isthmus, then to New Orleans. But it might have gone to San Marcos before it went to Guatemala City, and Guatemala City might have sent it via Livingston to New Orleans.

The cover did not go via Puerto Barrios on the east coast because that United Fruit port was not built.

The cover is marked to go Via Livingston - New York. Livingston was a port just north of Puerto Barrios.

The New York City postmark has to be Oct 19, not Oct 9. New Orleans is Oct 17.

Posted Jun 19, 21 17:05 by John Valenti (spunk49)

Confusing Postage Due Cover from Guatemala

Who doesn't love a mystery? So, here's one with several to solve. The pictured cover was mailed from Guatemala to New York City in 1893. It is a Guatemala 10 centavo UPU posthorn issue entire designed to pay a single UPU rate to participating postal authorities, canceled by a black circle of wedges killer.

On front the cover bears: - Red circled T, assumedly applied in Guatemala, indicating postage due. - A 2-line "U.S. CHARGE TO / COLLECT 20 cts" exchange office (presumedly NYC) DUE postmark. - A U.S. Scott J19 10¢ postage due stamp canceled by a NEW YORK PO barred double oval killer. - Postmark in purple ink reading CORREOS DE "EL PORVENIR" [future mail] SET 28 1893. - Routing directive "Livingston - N. York". (This appears to be struck in the same purple ink as the SEP 28 postmark. Livingston was Guatemala's main port on the Caribbean Sea before the construction of nearby Puerto Barrios.) - Penciled "1260".

On back we have: - A 25 centavo Quetzal issue stamp, canceled in purple ink common for this period, sealing the back flap. - The stamp is tied by a P.O.N.Y MAIL DETENTION, 10-?9-93 postmark. - A partial NEW ORLEANS OCT 17 9AM 93 RECD postmark. - A blue green RECIBIDA en Guatemala [RECEIVED in Guatemala], OCT 4 1893 6 P.M. postmark. - A light blue green CORREOS SAN MARCOS OCT postmark. (The rest of the date is illegible. San Marcos is in far western Guatemala.) - Penciled "20 C [?]".

Questions: 1) What is the import of the "future mail" postmark and where was this applied? 2) Why is the cover postmarked "RECEIVED in Guatemala". Did it originate outside of Guatamala? 3) Why did the NYC exchange office mark the cover 20¢ due, indicating a 20 centavo deficiency with a penalty doubling of the deficiency, but only charged 10¢, a single deficiency doubled? 4) Moreover, why was this cover charge any postage due? The 25 centavo stamp on reverse should cover postage up to a triple weight, covering a potential deficiency. (Note that I detect no evidence that this normal size cover was overstuffed.)

Your thoughts and analysis are much appreciated.

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Posted Jun 17, 21 9:43 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Julius Loeb (1895-1978)

Obituaries do not mention his philatelic interests. I think he probably sold his Pony Express collection earlier to one of the Western Express specialists. If anyone can trace any covers to him, please notify me.

Posted Jun 17, 21 7:08 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

October 1929 auction

This is the report in the Oroville paper about William R. Parker's purchase of the two Virginia City Pony Express covers. Still no clue to the auction sale.

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Posted Jun 16, 21 21:10 by scott prior (sprior13)

Here is the front of the cover mentioned in my previous posting.

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Posted Jun 16, 21 21:09 by scott prior (sprior13)

Wm R. Paker's pony covers

In reference to Ken Lawrence's June 13 posting, here is a Willam R. Parker cover touting the fact that he owned  what he claimed to be the most expensive pony express covers.  They were acutally Viginia City Pony covers and were eventually part of the Edwards collection.  I too have been serching for the Los Angeles auction house that sold these covers to Parker, but I have not yet met with success

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Posted Jun 16, 21 18:04 by Russell Crow (cornwall2)

ET Prov Marshall cover

Now the back

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Posted Jun 16, 21 18:04 by Russell Crow (cornwall2)

ET Prov Marshall

2nd try

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Posted Jun 16, 21 18:00 by Russell Crow (cornwall2)

East Tenn Provost Marshall cover

Attached are scans of what I beleive to be a previously unreported East Tennessee Provost Marshall embossed usage. The current Siegel catalog reports fewer than 5 are known or reported. This cover was purchased 25+ years ago with some other East Tennessee items which also included two stpl FL's signed by Felix Zollicoffer.

Posted Jun 16, 21 15:19 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

More than expresses

Here is another nice clip I found among the Parker papers at APRL.

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Posted Jun 16, 21 13:47 by Richard Frajola (frajola)

USPS

I think we can agree not use USPS - Now, can we move back in time where we are more comfortable .... to the days of the pony express and upcoming auctions of old letters and exhibits of same.

Thanks

Posted Jun 16, 21 13:18 by Russell Crow (cornwall2)

Rural versus urban postal service

Shortly after moving back to Richmond VA late last year I took a package to a local post office for mailing. It was going First Class Package and I left plenty of room on the front of the package for the clerk to affix the tracking label. Stamps had been neatly placed on the front and the cost more than covered. The clerk starting to throw a tantrum about the stamps and the young female clerk lectured me about why I shouldn't use stamps. She took the item in question to her mgr to make sure it was okay to process. She came back and said they would take the package as is but I should let them apply a postage label for any future similar mailings. I was simply astonished and bewildered. I realized how much I missed my old post office in semi-rural/suburban New Market Maryland where they welcomed you with a smile and didn't complain about the use of stamps.

Posted Jun 16, 21 8:16 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Re: execrable postal service

here

Posted Jun 16, 21 8:08 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

W.R. "Bill" Parker Pony Express collection

At Ken Stach's recommendation I asked Jim Blaine, who informed me that Marc Haas purchased Parker's Pony Express collection intact. With the help of board members I'm better able to understand why I haven't seen Parker's name mentioned in the provenance of these important covers.

Posted Jun 16, 21 7:33 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

E-177

Thank you, Charles.

Posted Jun 16, 21 5:06 by Charles Epting (charlesepting)

E-177

Currently resides in the Erivan collection

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Posted Jun 15, 21 21:43 by John Becker (johnbecker)

New Hampton, Iowa machine cancel

Terence, Your New Hampton, Iowa is an International machine, note the small internal slugs and close lines in the killer. Here are two more covers: one with the Zip code dial they got c1965 and a second one with a different spacing between the city and the state. Send me a private message if you want to have them and make a set.

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Posted Jun 15, 21 19:37 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Western Expresses

I spent this morning at APRL browsing the archived W.R. Parker "Western Express notes and clippings" files. These consist of 18 rotting ring binders (all the binder covers have become separated) filled with crumbing pages, and extensive notes and unpublished hand-written articles by Parker.

Larry Lyons donated these files to APRL about five years ago. He had owned them for about 20 years, but has no record of their ownership between Parker's death in 1970 and his acquisition.

Parker is said to have owned the largest and most expensive collection of Pony Express covers during his lifetime. He won the gold and grand award at the 1929 Oakland philatelic exhibition I mentioned in an earlier post. I have been unable to learn what became of his collection, so I suspect it was bought intact by someone like Edgar Jessup.

[Corrected later; Marc Haas bought Parker's collection.]

Most of these files are alphabetically arranged compilations of every private express for which he had gathered any information, as well as records of every California newspaper. They also include photostatic copies of the original POD Pony Express contracts that are transcribed in the Frajola-Kramer-Walske appendix.

This is Parker's note about his cover that is E177 in the census. I liked it because he related the first sale of the new envelope design to its early use. Can someone tell me its current home, and/or who has owned it besides Parker?

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Posted Jun 15, 21 18:57 by Ken Stach (kenstach)

Priority Mail with the USPS

Bottom line - the USPS is now worthless. Someone might as well shoot them and put them out of their misery.

I bought an item a couple months ago, the seller being in Memphis, TN. It was sent to me "Priority Mail", which used to mean something (2-3 day delivery). It took over three WEEKS just to get out of Memphis! The wonderful USPS Priority Mail Tracking system kept showing that it had left Memphis and was on the way to the next destination...then a couple days later, it would again show that it was still at the Memphis sorting station. Anyway, after three weeks it finally really did leave Memphis, arrived into Sioux Falls, SD (where it resided for a mere four HOURS), then on to the regional sorting facility in Huron, SD (it arrived the same day as at SF), where it was held for a whole three HOURS, finally arriving at my post office box some 40 miles from Huron the same day. Maybe I am cynical and biased, but it seems the USPS in South Dakota had no issue promptly processing the item. Is Memphis, TN the epicenter of USPS idiots?

Posted Jun 15, 21 17:39 by Lawrence Gregg (ecovers)

End of the story

Priority mail for $38 bucks took a month and a half!? This deserves a phone call to the USPS and go up the command chain as high as possible and ask the postmaster general if he thinks that is good service! Outrageous. (Also, DHL is a good choice for overseas shipping.)

Posted Jun 15, 21 14:33 by Farley Katz (navalon)

The End of the Story

My envelope mailed to Germany on May 1 finally arrived at its destination on June 15, after travelling from the US to Germany, then to Mexico, then back to Germany. Safe and sound. It contained a late 16th century manuscript, not of great commercial value, but unique and irreplaceable, and belonging to the archives which it now has reached.

I still plan to use FedEx from now on.

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Posted Jun 14, 21 18:47 by Mark Butterline (mbutterli)

Philatelic Show 2021 exhibition now filled

The Philatelic Show 2021 exhibition is now filled. A real exhibition with real exhibits in real frames. And this happened two months before the published deadline for application submissions. Many thanks to Exhibits Chair Larry Fillion and Tony Dewey.

Mark Butterline

Show Co-Chairman

Posted Jun 14, 21 8:00 by Russ Ryle (hoosierboy)

re: PIPEX and the shows and exhibits of the future

Wonderful material presented to an audiance without geographic boundries. Personally, this exhibit format of combining in person and digital displaying of material gives our hobby a new dimenson and broader horizions.

Posted Jun 13, 21 23:01 by steven frumkin (sfrumkin)

Pipex

Thanks, Roger,

That explains why my local dealer colleagues and I hadn't heard anything. Since we didn't exhibit, we didn't receive George Struble's email.

Boarders including representatives from Linns and APS, please note Roger's statement that this year's Pipex could have had 20 more exhibits. Also, you may recall that Pipex had a list of its exhibits and soon after, the exhibits themselves, up on the Pipex website long before Pipex weekend.

Some of us are old enough to remember when there would be two important California shows on consecutive weekends. This was great for everyone, especially foreigners, regardless of whether or not they were exhibiting or had a table at either show. The Pipex committee is attempting to break from its longstanding 'tradition' of holding the show on Mothers' Day weekend. At present, Pipex 2022 is scheduled for April 29th to May 1st. In other words, one week after Westpex.

If having more virtual exhibits and fewer on-site exhibits freed up enough floor space so Pipex could have more dealers than the usual 35 (which is the same number as Sescal 2019), Pipex could become the important show it should be. FYI: No sales tax in Oregon, our airport is easily manageable, and we're only 320 miles from Canada. To borrow the line from the classic song "Up On the Housetop": Hohoho, who wouldn't go?

Posted Jun 13, 21 21:09 by Roger Heath (decoppet)

Re: Pipex Exhibits and Palmares

Steve - Pipex exhibitors received this message from George Struble who was the exhibits chair.

" All our exhibits are mounted and are looking good. We have our allowed 50 competitive exhibits. We could have had maybe 20 more, but needed to stop at 50 so the virtual judging would not be impossibly unwieldy. The judges are at work. http://www.pipexstampshow.org/palmares.html

"Among our exhibits are a dozen from outside the US -- from Canada, Mexico, Panama, Norway, Ireland, France, Singapore, and Bangladesh! A virtual show is a great opportunity for international exhibits, with no customs worries, no transportation risk etc." http://www.pipexstampshow.org/exhibits.html

He has asked the American Helvetia Philatelic Society whether it would like to have a hybrid show when meeting at Pipex in 2023. One of the proposals is -

"(2) all exhibits virtual, but some of them also on the floor. Judging would be done virtually; the judges would have their feedback session by Zoom or something similar, with a large screen and some kind of camera in the meeting room at the show. There should be some computers in an area on the floor so attendees can view the exhibits that are not on the floor. Strongly encourage exhibitors who come to the show to mount their exhibits on the floor as well as virtually. The big advantage of this flavor is that exhibitors unable to come to the show, including foreign exhibitors, can easily enter."

Something to think about for the future of exhibiting. Giving judges more time to view and look at exhibits, also, attract exhibits from more distant locations, rather than limit exhibitions pretty much to those who attend in person - see below concerns about shipping exhibits!

Posted Jun 13, 21 19:44 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Another Pony Express question

The 26 October 1929 (week of the stock market collapse) San Francisco Chronicle reported on the second annual stamp exhibition of the Oakland Philatelic Society:

"W.R. Parker of Los Angeles has a valuable collection of Pony Express frames in the exhibition. He purchased them last Monday at an auction sale in Los Angeles and paid more than $5000 for the small lot. One envelope alone cost Parker $1300. "Another collection of Pony Express envelopes and franks is entered in the exhibit by Julius Loeb, treasurer of the local Philatelic Society. Loeb has written a history of the Pony Express."

Does a board member know the name of the Los Angeles auction firm that sold those covers?

Added: Parker was actually a resident of Oroville, so other parts of the report might be inaccurate.

Posted Jun 13, 21 18:34 by steven frumkin (sfrumkin)

Hybrid Seapex

If they can pull this off and both the bourse and exhibiting succeed, I salute them. Could be the way of the future [there's that phrase again].

It's now five weeks since Virtual Pipex, and have heard absolutely nothing about the show. They were very generous in listing dealers. I've since spoken with three of the area's four most highly visible ones; none received any 'run-off' business from the show.

All Pipex exhibits can still be viewed on the website, which I think is rather marvelous.

Minneapolis WSP is less than five weeks away, but nothing has changed on the show website for the past three months. Overall, though, things aren't so bad. For example, as I'm sure everyone's noticed, the 'buzz' regarding Westpex and Chicago keeps getting louder.

Posted Jun 13, 21 17:42 by Dickson Preston (dicksonp)

Virtual SEAPEX September 24-26, 2021

SEAPEX is hosting an online stamp exhibition this year in conjunction with our annual in-person SEAPEX WSP show. Exhibitors may show their collections virtually by sending scans to the Exhibits Committee for uploading onto the SEAPEX website for display. The virtual exhibition will take place two weeks after the regular SEAPEX show.

The Prospectus and Entry Form are available on the SEAPEX website http://www.seapexshow.org/exhibitors.html or by email from Dickson Preston at [email protected]

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Posted Jun 13, 21 12:32 by John Barwis (jbarwis)

USPS insurance on items sent internationally

For a summary of what USPS does and does not provide with regard to insurance, see page xvi in this document:

https://pe.usps.com/cpim/ftp/manuals/Imm/ImmTOC.pdf

Posted Jun 13, 21 10:58 by Leonard Hartmann (hartmann)

Lost Mail

Tim, i have never had such a loss but as i read the regulations 1st class letter package international are not covered by insurance. However when there is post office insurance the sender must file the claim and not the recipient.

Posted Jun 13, 21 8:48 by Tim Henninger (pälzer)

Lost mail

@Leonard: As I wrote the mail was trackable without any problems till FFM airport in germany, then it is lost. The sender ensured it fortunately on top with ship-saver, which immediately settled the case. But the main question for me is: Is a USPS First Class Mail International / First Class Package International Service a mail-service, which includes compensation in the case of loss, what the german post denies.

Posted Jun 13, 21 8:35 by Leonard Hartmann (hartmann)

Lost Mail

Tim, if you have the tracking number you can track through the USPO and also the German PO, also it would be good to get a copy of the customs declaration from the sender to see how it was declared

I do not know how long the PO's oor foreign keeps this data

I frequently track from the sending country site and also from the US site

The Australian PO required that i open an account, no cost and as i recall only my name, address, e-mail, however it gives me another pass-word, to add to my three page list, hate pass-words.

Posted Jun 13, 21 7:24 by Rob Faux (robfaux)

PHS

This week's Postal History Sunday is a brief look at Germany's hyperinflation.  If you have interest, feel free to stop by.  Whether you do or don't, I hope your day goes well.

Best,
Rob

Posted Jun 13, 21 6:27 by Tim O'Connor (drtimo)

palmares

Rick Kunz...how else would you keep the laundry safe ? Tim

Posted Jun 13, 21 3:34 by Tim Henninger (pälzer)

Lost mail

In may 2020 I bought a very interesting postal-history item in Maryand / USA via ebay. It was dispatched with USPS First Class Mail International / First Class Package International Service. As I understand it, it is a form of mail that A) is trackable and B) can have a value up to $ 400. The item was lost and the "party" began. The sender in Maryland wrote me, that the item could be tracked right to my door. But inspite the mail actually could be problem-free tracked around the globe till Frankfurt a.M. / airport the german post wanted me to believe it was an "ordinary" one which could not be tracked in germay and therefore it would also not be possible to claim a compensation. Even my lawyer couldn`t do anything...all hard to understand.

Regards
Tim

Posted Jun 12, 21 20:33 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Pony Express query

If anyone knows the current home of this telegram (number W47 in the census), please enlighten me.

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Posted Jun 12, 21 18:55 by Dave Savadge (nomad55)

Lost Mail

The discussions below just re-inforces my opinion that I will never ever mail (and have never mailed) an exhibit. I will pack it in carry-on luggage, and have done so to Florida, Texas, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. Minimizes aggravation and worry.

Although this did lead to a somewhat humorous situation. Couple years ago (maybe ten, twelve?) after I dismounted the exhibit and went to check out of the show, the organizers gave me the usual envelope with palmares, ribbon, certificates, etc, and an unexpected large bowl for winning a special prize. I took one look and said "that" (meaning the bowl), has to fit in "here" (meaning my already stuffed carry-on. So right there I opened the up carry-on, stuffed the bowl full of laundry, and repacked everything.

Posted Jun 12, 21 16:27 by Rick Kunz (segesvar)

Registered Mail from Foreign Countries

I learned the hard way that registered mail incoming from foreign countries is *not* handled as registered mail within the USPS. Their "ass"umption is that since it is never touched by human hands, supposedly, there is no danger of tampering or loss. Hah.

Even domestic registered mail is now handled with neither celerity nor surety.

Posted Jun 12, 21 9:37 by Ray Porter (rporter314)

Lost package

"Yes, it was insured, but all the time and effort to assemble the exhibit as well as the material could never be fully compensated by the insurance money."

Yes Gregory .... that is the point!

Posted Jun 11, 21 22:14 by Gregory Shoults (coilcollector)

Lost Package

From what I have learned FedEx is the most reliable form of delivery service. The USPS has by far the most claims and complaints about missing or lost packages. The worst experience I have had was an exhibit being returned was sent express mail that was lost going from the post office in Solon, Ohio to Cleveland. It was never recovered and the exhibitor had to file an insurance claim for $30,000. Yes, it was insured, but all the time and effort to assemble the exhibit as well as the material could never be fully compensated by the insurance money.

Posted Jun 11, 21 20:16 by Russ Ryle (hoosierboy)

re: Miscent domestic - rare modern pandemic mail

Reverse side of this item.

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