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Cover Type: USA outbound with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 23, 21
Edited on:May 23, 21
Postmark: Aug 23, 1901
Origin: Indianapolis, Indiana, UNITED STATES
Destination: Arnstadt, Thuringia, GERMANY

Private Mailing Card. 1901 2c carmine & black Pan-American (295) tied by Indianapolis, Ind. Aug. 23, 1901 machine cancel to Arnstadt, Thuringia, Germany.  Arnstadt 4.9.01 arrival marking. Picture side shows East Market of Indianapolis.

Private mailing cards such as this could be sent through the mail for only one cent domestically, or two cents to foreign countries, regardless of whether they contained a message or not, effective July 1, 1898, but with many restrictions. The Post Office ended its monopoly on the printing of postal cards, but the words Private Mailing Card - Authorized by Act of Congress on May 19th, 1898 were required to be printed on the address side of all cards not issued by the government. Regulations also required that cards be slightly smaller in size at 3-1/4" x 5-1/2" and be printed in light colors of buff, cream or gray, in comparison to the earlier exposition and souvenir cards, called pioneer cards.

Many publishers could not afford to redesign their cards to meet the new regulations and went out of business. But the lower price coupled with economic recovery from five years of depression after the Panic of 1893 brought an increasing demand for cards, which in turn brought a flurry of new publishers into the market. Note the inscription "Tom Jones, Publisher, Cin'ti. O" at lower left corner of this card.

Some publishers were waiting for the new regulations to take effect and had cards available that July. Larger images were introduced on the picture side of ther card, although many cards retained the format of the pioneers with a small illustration and a large blank area for writing, such as on this example.

While the many new postal restrictions prevented publishers from creating cards in the older pioneer styles, there were many such cards out among the public when the Act took effect and these cards continued to be mailed. Since there were no penalties attached to the Act, pioneer cards were either delivered or sent to the Dead Letter Office at the discretion of the mail handler.  Source: by Alan Petrullis.

Owner's ID: 2458
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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[SNS 116] SNS# 116 [1901 2¢ Empire State Express - USA Stamps 1901 Pan-American Issue]