This cover, a Scott# U2 entire mailed on November of 1856 from Chapel Hill, NC to Cambridge, MA. The addressee had apparently moved on to New York and the cover was forwarded to him in New York. Back in 1856, forwarding service was not free, and the recipient would have to pay 3 additional cents for the forwarding service.
Correct address is not in Salem, Mass., latest city directory.
Here is one for you Mick. A local city directory marking. I think they did find her, after they realized that her name as M. C. Brooks, not M. A. Brooks. Looks like they had to crack open the letter to figure out who the addressee really was.
Mail coming in for overseas from Atlantic ports often went through New York. At the New York post office they were evaluated to ensure that sufficient postage was placed on the envelope at the foreign destination. It is a bit ironic that this cover, underpaid by one Australian pence, has a slogan machine cancel stating the correct rate of 3 pence for mail sent to the United States. The Australian post office, recognizing it was underpaid added the "T 16 2/3 Cts" marking. The reason why the denomination of the postage due marking from Australia is not in pence is because they are using the UPU currency of gold francs (or in this case centimes). Because the postage due amount was twice the amount that was lacking, I am assuming that the conversion rate was one Australian pence to 8 and 1/3 centimes. Which then translated to 4 US cents.
The marking from New York aside from just being a postage due marking is often referred to as a "spyglass" marking because they look like the ends of a spyglass or binoculars.
A postal card from Colombia mailed from Panama (then a constituent province of Colombia).
Here is an earlier version of a New York spyglass marking noting that the mail item had been properly paid. Notice that at this time the spyglass circles are closer together, are dated, and indicate a station identification (the letter A). Of course as this mail item has the required postage printed on to it, it could not possibly be underpaid.
Sent from Wells, Maine to Salem, Connecticut and was missent to Salem, Massachussetts in the first half of the 1870's.
It is a small "ladies" size cover addressed to a student at the Music Vale Seminary, a normal school in Salem, CT. The school burned down in 1876. The Missent & Forwarded marking in balloon was added in Salem, Mass. I have never seen both terms used in the same marking before (usually only one is used).
DELAYED MAIL Found in supposedly empty equipment San Jose, CA 95125
Here is another addition to my "found in supposedly empty equipment" cover which I started this thread with. This one is more specific including the location of the PO involved. It seems the addressee was lucky that the issue was discovered the same day it was mailed! No late water bill payment for this patron.
Mailed from Cincinnati, OH on December 12, 1859 with a lovely green cancel (+$150 Scott value). I am glad nobody else noticed the green cancel or I would not have been able to afford this one. Mailed to Saint Paul, MN arriving on December 27, 1859 and then forwarded to Minneapolis, MN likely the next day where the addressee would have to pay three cents forwarding fee to collect the letter. Minnesota was only two years old at this point.
Nothing but a stained torn cover front, but a small piece of history too. This is a communication in 1936 between Joaquin Elizalde a member of the Council of State of the Philippines to the High Commissioner of the Philippines, Frank Murphy who was visiting his home state of Michigan at the time (where he would later become governor). I am assuming Elizalde was on a trip in Japan when he sent the letter.
Also a nice example of a Duty Free customs auxiliary marking.
Post by Beryllium Guy on Aug 20, 2017 18:17:19 GMT
Registered Return Receipt Requested Returned to Writer with Reason Checked
OK, smauggie, in honor of winning your fine Portugal giveaway, I have decided to take the plunge and attempt to contribute to this thread. I will make the disclaimer that I know very little about U.S. Auxiliary Markings--essentially what I have learned on this thread, most of which has come from you.
Anyway, I was recently in Ohio on family business, and I had the chance to go through some old files of my father's, and I found the item below there. This envelope was sent out by my Dad, but eventually returned to him, as the addressee was no longer at the specified address. The back of the envelope has hand cancellations from a few different dates in December 1956.
APS Life Member #195356
"It is our choices .... that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
-Albus Dumbledore from "Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets" by J.K. Rowling
Great cover! Looks like the postal worker wrote in that they moved away two years ago. Very nice! Also what is attractive about the cover is that the definitive stamps are paying a specific and unusual postal rate.
Sporting a Doremus machine cancel from the small town of Menomenie, Wisconsin (about 1.5 hours from the Wisconsin/Minnesota border), the destination city was misspelled and I think that is what caused it to be missent. The destination town is actually Minneota. At some point around the turn of the century larger cities and even small towns made up missent handstamps with the town name in them. These are harder to find in my experience though that may be because I am mostly looking for them from only one state, Minnesota.
Registered Receipt Requested Showing Address Where Delivered Notified Aug 22 1940 Return to Writer (x3) Return to Writer (Pointing hand) - For better address
I bet the tax collector got quite a few returned covers such as this. Mailed from South Effingham, NH. It is also a scarce prexie rate cover paying the rate for registration and the "Receipt Showing Address Where Delivered". It was held at Boston from August 21 through September 6. On the back is a received cancel at Center Ossipee on September 7, 1940.
I had initially stated that the Auxiliary Markings Club did not recognize air mail markings as auxiliary markings. It turns out I was wrong. I still think it would be difficult to determine which Air Mail markings were applied by the post office, I think a good argument can be made for this one. As a side note I collect Minnesota postal history, including airport opening covers.
Returned for 2 postage. When mailing remove label affix postage and remail.
The first class rate had changed from 39¢ to 41¢ on May 14, 2006. USPS offered the service of returning the envelope to the sender so that they could add the additional postage and remail the item. It seems the sender did not bother adding postage and remailing the same envelope.
Return to Sender Authorized time for Forwarding has Expired
Blame it on Elvis. I do. When he first sang his song, "Return to Sender" all pointing hands around the country all said "Return to Writer". Somewhere along the way the Post Office changed the pointing hand script to match the lyrics of the song. This is an unusual pointing hand as it has it's own script incorporated into the same hand-stamp. I suppose square dancing is considered a fine way to encounter a marriage.
Return to Writer Unclaimed A Directory Searched No. 29
The large letter A in the pointing hand is a service mark, not often seen on pointing hands. There were so many returned mail items that there were postal clerks who were assigned a specific service mark, in this case the letter A. There is also a stamp indicating that postal inspector No. 29 did a directory search to see if the addressee could be found.
Here is a pointing hand that states where the item is being returned from. You don't see very many of these. In fact this is the only one I have that includes the name of the town returning the mail item. Of course the Tampa post office still had to add a cancel to the cover to return it so it seems a bit redundant to put the name in the pointing hand. I wasn't able to find any information regarding the cachet.
This marking is on a 1940's piece from a magazine or journal wrapper. Since forwarding had been free for at least two decades I am not sure that saying that postage was paid was really needed, but it certainly doesn't hurt any.