Details For Cover ID# 26880

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: johnbecker
Added on:Jan 27, 18
Edited on:Jan 27, 18
Postmark: Jan 1937
Origin: Lawrenceburg, Indiana, UNITED STATES
Destination: New York, New York, UNITED STATES

“Flood Mail Collect” emergency provisional use of an Addressograph machine to cancel mail during the 1937 Ohio River flood. No due stamp attached, but it may have been a middle-of-the-stack" piece since it is addressed to Stanley Gibbons NY office. The flooding along the Ohio River in late January and February 1937 caused problems for many post offices. The levee at Lawrenceburg, Indiana broke in January 1937, inundating the downtown area including the new PO building. The PO set up shop at the Old Quaker Company. The postmaster processed both paid and unpaid mail by making two different plates for an Addressograph machine – note the printed semi-circles from the tabs holding the plate in the carrier frame. The postmaster’s letter written more than one year later makes allusion to the “flood mail collect” marking as well as the rubber stamp. See entry 26881 for a paid example and illustration of the flooded PO.

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For Sale? No
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