Commercial Covers

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  1. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    BF Ö 92.jpg 1992 postal strike in Ireland.The (Austrian) cancel reads: "No carriage
    possible at present".
     
  2. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    Image (89).jpg A registered envelope from France which I recently received.Three of the stamps are taken from Tresors de la Philatelie sheets.They are reprints of earlier designs,issued in euro denominations.The sheets are printed in limited numbers and are sold at a premium,so it is unusual to find postally used stamps .I don,t imagine many people buy these sheets to use the stamps for normal postage .
     
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  3. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf SF 91.18.6.jpg
    1991 letter with an early stamp (issued Jan.19th,1990) with a hologram.
    Interesting is the red Stockholm cancellation.
     
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  4. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    Looks like the letter was incorrectly routed through Sweden...hence the Swedish cancellation.
     
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  5. anglobob

    anglobob Moderator Moderator

    Image (91).jpg A few weeks ago,I received a letter from France with a 5 Euro stamp from a 2017 souvenir sheet.I mentioned it was quite unusual to find a postally used copy.Lo and behold,yesterday I received another letter with the other 5 Euro stamp from the same sheet,plus the two lower value stamps....which unfortunately are not franked.
     
  6. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Your luck is on the upswing. Must be living right!:) Maybe it's time to buy a lottery ticket.

    Don
     
  7. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf USA 92.26.5.jpg
    Another letter of the 1992 postal strike in Ireland.

    Bf USA R.jpg
    back of the letter
     
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  8. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf Irland.jpg
    A letter to my best liked stamp dealer,sent Oct.16th,1990.
    The stamps,se-tenant from the 150th Stamp Anniversary prestige booklet,
    issued May 3rd,1990,are not often found on letters.They are perforated 13,
    while "common" definitives are perforated 14 x 15 or 15 x 14.
     
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  9. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    [QUOTEThe stamps,se-tenant from the 150th Stamp Anniversary prestige booklet,
    issued May 3rd,1990,are not often found on letters][/QUOTE]

    Yes, an unusual item. Well worth adding to your cover collection. Is it the correct postal rate for a letter or is it overpaid?

    Don
     
  10. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    At the time (1990) the letter rate within the EU was 30 P.
    1986-1989 it was 28 P.,1991-2001 it was 32 P.
     
  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf Österreich.jpg
    Sent June 3rd,1970 this letter is franked correctly with 3.50 Schilling.
     
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  12. DonSellos

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    Sometimes acquiring a little background information is necessary before buying a cover. The one illustrated below is an example. The Gold Strike Stamp Company cover is one of my recent acquisitions. I thought I was buying a stamp dealer's cover that was unusual as it is a number 10 envelope. Most #10s don't get saved because collectors prefer the smaller #6 covers. Also, I don't have a stamp dealer's cover from Utah so I snapped this one up. Turns out, however, that I still don't have a dealer's cover from Utah because the Gold Strike Stamp Company isn't philatelic, it was a trading stamp company. Gold Strike was based in Utah, but it sold out to Gold Bond Stamps in 1970. This cover posted in 1961 was apparently from its corporate offices. So, instead of placing the cover in my Stamp Dealers cover collection, it will have to go in Commercial Covers.

    I had not heard of Gold Strike trading stamps before, but have learned since acquiring this cover that there were multiple regional trading stamps and, like most everything, there is a secondary market for them, see this link:

    https://bwdavisus.ipage.com/usa-trading-stamps.html

    Don

    The cover franked with two pairs of Sc 1054:
    aaa.jpg


    An example of a Gold Strike trading stamp
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    It took my a while to understand what a trading stamp is.
    In German we used the word "Rabattmarken",literally translating
    into rebate stamps.
     
  14. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Where I grew up in Iowa S&H Green Stamps and Gold Bond Stamps were the ones merchants gave to customers. Trading stamps are a thing of the past, however. I don't know of any stores that still give them. My mother always saved them and redeemed them for something. I remember she used several books to get a power drill and circular saw for me from the Gold Bond redemption center in Omaha, Nebraska. I still have them in the garage
     
  15. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf Hamburg.jpg

    A dealers postcard send to a fellow dealer on Jan.11th,1965.
    On the back there is an order for the "Railway of Ceylon Centenary" commemorative se-tenant pair,issued Dec.21st,1964.

    Bf Hamburg B.jpg

    Bartels ordered 150 sets + 50 FDC.
     
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  16. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf Vietnam.jpg Registered letter,sent Feb.16th,1981 (front)

    Bf Vietnam B.jpg
    (back)
     
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  17. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    BF.BRD.jpg
    Looks like a FDC,but is just a letter from a collector.
    The stamps are from from booklet-sheets (Marken-heftchen-bogen).
    In Germany till 1973 booklets were made from booklet-sheets,usually
    containing 10 booklet-panes (Marken-heftchen-blätter),with 10 stamps each.Sometimes the panes were printed tete-beche.Full booklet-sheets
    were available through the Philatelic Services.From these tete-beche pairs
    or like the above 10 Pfg.-pair with a tab in between could be produced.
    The booklet-sheets of the pairs on this letter were issued in 1972,the
    letter was sent on Jan.6th,1986.The rate of an basic letter then was 80 Pfg.
     
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  18. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf.DR.jpg
    A truly philatelic letter sent by a grand-uncle of mine to my grandfather.
    My grandfather did not collect,but my father was the real recipient.
    The stamps are from the booklet of the 1927 welfare series,celebrating the
    80th birth-anniversary of president Paul von Hindenburg.The booklet contained 4 stamps of 8 (+7) and three of 15 (+15) Pfg.,printed in three pairs and one
    8 Pfg.-stamp in pair with an St.Andrew´s cross.
    Half-a-million booklets were made,but only 190 218 could be sold.The
    balance was destroyed.
    By the way Empel near the lower Rhine (Kreis Rees),next to the dutch border
    is the birthplace of my grandmother.
     
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  19. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    Bf DDR24.7.65.jpg
    For a while the government of East-Germany (GDR) tried to introduce
    foreign mail postal tariffs for mail to West-Germany (GFR).But they soonly
    gave up,because people did not follow that attempt,but affixed inland postage,
    as before.This letter,sent by the embassy of Albania on July 24th,1965,is franked for foreign destinations.
    The cancel from Berlin-Karlshorst reads: "visist the trotting-race-course".
     
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  20. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    After the war foreign forces were stationed in Germany.First as occupying
    troops,later as friendly forces under the construct of NATO in the West and
    Warsaw Pact in the East.After reunification the Russians left soonly,the
    western allies more slowly.The British will have left near completely
    by next year.
    The British Rhine Army was up to 60.000 strong during the cold war,what
    was a considerable part of the total British Military Forces.
    I did not know before that british soldiers had postage privileges within
    Germany.Until I received this letter:
    BF BFP29.3.76.jpg
    The second line of the stamp reads: Reduced Fee
    At the time the inland letter fees were 50 Pfennig.,so the 1 1/2 P. equivalent
    to less than 10 Pfg. were nice discount.
     
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