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Posted Jun 21, 18 14:38 by Gordon Eubanks (gordon)

Interesting article.

Great to expose those interested in history to philately and collecting.

Posted Jun 21, 18 14:33 by Russ Ryle (hoosierboy)

re: "Universal Service and the Postal Monopoly: A Brief History"

Farley and Ken,

Thanks for the education and pdf file. Boy, the information and statistics in this document is a fascinating summary of USPS operations.

Can anyone else share info on other similar covers, etc. ?


Posted Jun 21, 18 11:31 by David D'Alessandris (davidd)

RIP Quill v. North Dakota

The Supreme Court today overturned its 1992 holding in Quill that states cannot collect sales tax from a retailer without a physical presence in the state.  Look for sales tax to be collected on your upcoming auction invoices. 

Posted Jun 21, 18 10:50 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Bridging the Continents in Wartime

I posted the information yesterday. Ken Sanford reprinted the book. Buy it from him at Aerophil. Here again is the link.

Posted Jun 21, 18 10:41 by Farley Katz (navalon)

Bankers Dispatch Corp. and the Postal Monopoly

"Universal Service and the Postal Monopoly: A Brief History" is on line here . On page 15, it provides further info about the rulings that Ken referred to and states that "letters" were determined not to include " 'commercial papers' (for example, legal documents, contracts, mortgages, blueprints, maps, and stock certificates)".

Posted Jun 21, 18 10:37 by David Shawah (stampboran)

1939 Airmail Bangkok to Sweden with Palestine Censor

Dear Steven

thanks for the help

please see pic of the back side there are additional 45 Satang in stamps...nice block

do you know where i can find the book Bridging the Continents in Wartime by Hans E. Aitink and Egbert Hovenkamp....i have been searching internet with no luck....

any help and info is greatly appreciated



Posted Jun 21, 18 10:26 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Banker's Dispatch

No postage was required unless the envelope contained a letter. For purpose of the Private Express Statutes, the definition of a letter was different from the definition of first class mail sealed against inspection. The POD Solicitor was frequently called upon to rule on whether particular contents were subject to those statutes, which were published serially and then occasionally codified in a booklet titled (surprise!) The Private Express Statutes. Briefly, contents are considered letters if they include information upon which the recipient can be expected to take action or to refrain from taking action. If that envelope contained, say, only canceled checks, it probably wasn't a letter.

Posted Jun 21, 18 10:17 by Paul Dessau ([email protected])

cover question

Here is another cover with a "ticket dater" which helps date the NYC combination cancel. The 5 and 10 cent stamps may not belong.


Posted Jun 21, 18 10:01 by John Barwis (jbarwis)

Basrah to Anvers

The sender of this letter could have been anywhere in the Arabian Gulf on a business trip and simply used his company stationery.

I doubt the letter went to Europe by sea. The distance from Basrah to Suez is 6,622 km, a 15-day sail at 10 kts. Add another day for canal transit. But Basrah to Haifa is only 1,510 km, the first third of which would have been by rail to Baghdad. Say one week total to Haifa.

Posted Jun 21, 18 9:56 by Mike Ellingson (mikeellingson)

Cover Question

John Flannery,

The marking on your Blackjack cover is not a postal marking, but rather a 'return address' type marking from a business, produced by (likely) a device made by Chamberlain, which used a ink ribbon.   They are sometimes called 'ticket-dater' markings, since they were commonly used by railroad agents in that time period.

I actually have one of the devices around here, and could post a picture later if needed.  One of Chamberlain's patent can be found here which should show what the device looked like.

Posted Jun 21, 18 8:00 by Russ Ryle (hoosierboy)

re: Banker's Dispatch Corp.

Morning Farley and all,

Not sure about the shape or numbers. The numbers must have had some function but not sure what. Posted the item in hopes someone could at least tell me how the use of this service with its own postage stamps did not violate postal laws.


Posted Jun 21, 18 6:36 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

Paquebot Cover from Dubai by Overland Mail


yes, thats another theory.

A shame that the cover doesnt have Baghdad transit at least.

Posted Jun 21, 18 6:24 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Maybe the letter went by ship from Basra to Europe despite the endorsement.

Posted Jun 21, 18 3:39 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

Paquebot Covers, how where they handled by Postal Administrations

A friend of mine showed me a Paquebot cover send in 1928 apparently from Dubai (as per the senders Address on the envelope) via Paquebot to Belgium. As per the Transit Markings of Basrah/Iraq it entered the Iraqi Postal System on 22 July 1928 and then eventually carried to Baghdad for onward carriage by the Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa thru the Syro-Iraqi desert and then to Belgium. The rate of 3 Annas however does not relate to the Overland Mail rate of 3 Annas postage plus an additional 1 ½ Annas Overland Mail surcharge that has been in place at the time the letter was sent.

Hence my question, did the Postal administration usually accepted short paid letters and sent it the requested faster and more expensive way even the rate was not paid for????


Posted Jun 20, 18 23:09 by John Flannery (jbfiii)

Cover Question

Does anyone have information on the date stamp and stamp cancel on this Black Jack cover?


Posted Jun 20, 18 22:23 by CJ White (cjwhite)

Bankers Dispatch Corp.

Farley -

1. Is the irregular yellow background shape supposed to represent anything?
As far as I can tell it just looks like a blob of color?  I'm not sure if I know of anything in particular it could represent.

2. What does 1411-1740 mean?
My first assumption was that it might be a control number.  When I was researching LA local expresses, most of them included printed control numbers (see photo attached).  However, on second thought that doesn't seem right in this case.  The numbers are the same on both labels.  Even if this was supposed to represent the number of stamps included in a single booklet, that would mean the labels were printed in booklets of 329, which sounds like a strange number of labels per booklet.

So all of that is to say... I don't really know.  I'd be interested to hear other theories.


Posted Jun 20, 18 17:49 by Barry Jablon (friday)

Volney Belknap

Volney B was Postmaster of North East, PA from Feb. 1869 through Feb. 1879, per the Official Register (Thanks to our host for making it accessible here!) I've become fond of his Masonic "seeing eye," and wonder if any of you have others of his cancels?


Posted Jun 20, 18 16:14 by Farley Katz (navalon)

Bankers Dispatch Corp.

Two questions-

1. Is the irregular yellow background shape supposed to represent anything?

2. What does 1411-1740 mean?


Posted Jun 20, 18 15:07 by CJ White (cjwhite)

re: more modern private mails - Bankers Dispatch Corp.

Those Bankers Dispatch Corp stamps are very interesting, Russ! 

I always enjoy seeing new private posts - so it sparked my curiosity.  From what I've found, this company operated primarily in the midwest (founded by Jerry Stergios out of Chicago.)  It started by delivering cancelled checks and other material between banks.  In one news article I found, it mentioned that a branch of the company (BDC Couriers) didn't even drive their own cars for the service - some used taxis to travel between banks.

Apparently by the 1970s the company also made small deliveries for stores, hospitals and factories.


Posted Jun 19, 18 14:15 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Thailand WW2 postal history

Dick Keiser has this cover for sale, a truly scarce example of a letter to an American POW member of the Lost Battalion, one of the prisoners listed in Tett's book.


Posted Jun 19, 18 6:57 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Bridging the Continents in Wartime

The Aitink-Hovenkamp book was out of print, but Ken Sanford obtained permission to reprint it. His Aerophil website is here. Every collector of World War II air mail and postal history should buy a copy before it goes out of print again. Tell him I referred you.

Posted Jun 19, 18 4:01 by steven frumkin (sfrumkin)

Thailand Cover


20 satangs is probably the right postage for Registered-Surface mail, but probably far from enough for 'through' airmail service to Sweden.

Are there stamps on the reverse? If so, please post an image.

Posted Jun 18, 18 23:29 by David Shawah (stampboran)

1939 Bangkok to Sweden

Dear Ken

thank you so much for quick reply

i am scouring the internet and amazon trying to find a copy of the book to buy "Bridging the Continents in Wartime" any ideas where to purchase???

i was able to find the Book by David Tett...looks great

thanks so much for the help

Posted Jun 18, 18 21:54 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Thailand in World War II

Volume 3 of A postal history of the prisoners of war and civilian internees in East Asia during the Second World War by David Tett includes Burma, Thailand, and Indochina 1942-1946, including mail of slave laborers on the Death Railway.

Posted Jun 18, 18 21:45 by Richard Frajola (frajola)

1939 Siam Cover

David - Welcome!

I spoke with David on the phone today and suggested he post on the board regarding this cover he recently purchased.

I think it is a nice early addition to a new collection of mail to and from Thailand in the period 1939 to 1946. I am sure he would welcome whatever basic information and sources might be helpful to him.

Posted Jun 18, 18 21:14 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

1939 Bangkok to Sweden

David S,

The book you need is Bridging the Continents in Wartime by Hans E. Aitink and Egbert Hovenkamp. Chapter one is "The KLM service Amsterdam-Bandung, September 1939 and the KLM service Naples-Bandung, 1939/1940." Lydda was the stop in Palestine.

Added: You must make allowances for the authors' maps, which include countries that did not exist at the time.

I think your cover transferred at Cairo to Imperial Airways.

The Civil Censorship Study Group has published a library on World War II censor locations, tapes, forms, and markings.


Posted Jun 18, 18 21:01 by David Shawah (stampboran)

1939 Airmail Bangkok to Sweden with Palestine Censor


i am trying to learn as much as possible about this cover especially the fact Censored in Palestine

i am new to covers so and dont mind reading so if can point me to where i can learn about Airmail Routings OUT of Thailand during this period and about Censorship that would be great - (was Palestine typical routing from Bangkok?? etc)

thanks so much


Posted Jun 18, 18 19:54 by Russ Ryle (hoosierboy)

re: more modern private mails - Bankers Dispatch Corp. 2 of 2

Three cent stamps.


Posted Jun 18, 18 19:52 by Russ Ryle (hoosierboy)

re: more modern private mails - Bankers Dispatch Corp. 1 of 2

December 17, 1956 described received in the "mail department"?


Posted Jun 18, 18 13:59 by Richard Drews (bear427)


Denise L. Stotts, of Houston, Texas, is the recipient of the Luff Award for Exceptional Contributions to Philately. Stotts has been an active and tireless philatelic leader and volunteer at the national, state and local level for more than 25 years. 

A lifelong philatelist, she served as director-at-large for the American Philatelic Society from 2007 to 2011. She has also served on the APS Chapter Activities, Ethics and Election Review committees, the Young Philatelic Leaders Fellowship Advisory Board and as local committee chair for APS AmeriStamp Expo 1998.

Stotts has been on the Garfield Perry March Party show committee since 1988 and served as show chair for the Greater Houston Expo from 1994 through 2016. She is a founding member of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors and Women Exhibitors and has been a director for the Texas Philatelic Association and Houston Philatelic Society. She has served as awards director for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, the United States Stamp Society and Women Exhibitors. She also was the assistant director of volunteers for the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition and helped managed the bin room for World Stamp Show-New York 2016.

Stotts also is a gold medal award-winning philatelic exhibitor. She has staffed booths for the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, United States Stamp Society, Women Exhibitors and other organizations at numerous shows. She has even served organizations such as the Ohio Postal History Society, for which she was not even a member. Philately has benefitted tremendously from Denise’s leadership, guidance and service.

Posted Jun 18, 18 13:54 by Richard Drews (bear427)


Wayne L. Youngblood of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, is the recipient of the Luff Award for Outstanding Service to the APS. Youngblood is a lifelong stamp collector who began at age 8 and never stopped.

Youngblood has served three terms on the APS board as director-at-large and two terms as secretary. He has served as an expert for the American Philatelic Expertizing Service since 1990, providing opinions on about 2,500 items. He has been a columnist for The American Philatelist since October 2004. He has served as an APS Summer Seminar instructor all but one year since 1990.

Youngblood is current editor of Topical Time and Duck Tracks and past editor of Posthorn and Across the Fence Post, 2005-2012. In addition to The American Philatelist he also is a columnist for Linn’s Stamp News and Philatelic Exporter. He has served as president of the Errors Freaks and Oddities Collectors Club and the Los Alamos Stamp Collectors Association, and served on the boards of the American First Day Cover Society and Arizona Philatelic Rangers. He has been a member of the St. Louis Stamp Expo Show Committee and is a Boy Scouts Stamp Collecting Merit Badge counselor.

Wayne began his professional involvement with the hobby as an editor at Linn’s Stamp News, became editor of Scott Stamp Monthly then as editor-publisher of Stamp Collector newspaper and, more recently, as vice president at Regency-Superior Auctions. Wayne currently divides his time between his family and freelance writing, editing, dealing and exhibit work. He is author of 10 books (including Stamps that Glow and All About Stamps) and has written thousands of columns and features over the years. He speaks extensively on the hobby to both philatelic and non-philatelic groups.

Posted Jun 18, 18 13:53 by Richard Drews (bear427)


John H. Barwis, of Holland, Michigan, is the 2018 Luff Award recipient for Distinguished Philatelic Research. Barwis co-founded and serves as president of the Institute of Analytical Philately. The organization offers research grants and holds symposia. The conferences have been held in conjunction with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, Chicagopex and the Royal Philatelic Society of London.

Barwis has studied and researched 19th-century stamps and postal history of Victoria’s first postage stamps. He plated Victoria’s first issue 1-penny stamp of 1850, which had never been done in the 160 years since the stamp’s first printing. Using scientific equipment, his cutting-edge examination of the shades, papers and inks of the U.S. banknotes was landmark.

Regarding Philadelphia postal history, Barwis wrote and maintains a database of date ranges for postmarks used on Philadelphia foreign mails. He has compiled sailing tables for the monthly packets between Philadelphia and Liverpool from 1822 to 1875 by using newspaper archives in the United States and Great Britain.

Barwis has been a stamp collector for 59 years. His exhibits have won national and international gold medals, as well as grand awards in the United States and Great Britain. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and past president of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. He won the 2011 Champion of Champions competition.

Barwis retired in 2003 after 25 years with the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. His career comprised a range of technical and leadership positions, including stints as a chief geologist, exploration manager and manager of geological research, as well as technical director and member of the board of Shell U.K. While serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he conducted research in sedimentology and hydrodynamics at the Hydraulics Laboratory of the U.S. Waterways Experiment Station. Prior to military service he managed an Arctic drifting station owned by the Office of Naval Research, spending more than 15 months on the North Polar ice pack. He has contributed more than 50 articles and government publications to the geological literature in coastal geomorphology and hydrodynamics, sedimentology, stratigraphy, as well as petroleum exploration and production. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in geology.

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