|Some things I find interesting.|
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|Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Following are examples of DAV covers franked with thirty-two cents postage. The 32¢ rate period began on January 1, 1995 and ended January 9, 1999.
All stamps on these examples are untagged.
These first examples are all early usages of the 32¢ rate. Two covers are franked with 29¢ postage to which an additional 3¢ has been added. These covers are unusual in that they have three face different stamps. Most recent DAV covers have two different types of stamps. All three covers are believed to be from January 1995.
Precisely dating these covers is difficult as the covers are "mint" examples and do not have any cancellations. Some covers do have the date received noted by the recipient. From the information available and the markings and return labels, I believe these covers are presented chronologically. I would very much appreciate any information/insights which could help more accurately date these covers.
|This cover is franked with a single Steam Carriage
(Scott 2451b, Krause-Minkus 943zx), plus five intaglio Circus Wagon stamps
(Krause-Minkus 931z, Scott 2452a) and a single Conestoga Wagon (Scott 2252a,
|This example uses a pair of Locomotives (Scott
2226a, Krause-Minkus 873) and five gravure Circus Wagons (Krause-Minkus
1007, Scott 2452B). Below these stamps is a strip of three untagged
one cent Omnibus (Scott 2225a, Krause-Minkus 867zx).
|Cover three has four gravure Circus Wagon stamps
(Scott 2452B, Krause-Minkus 1007) and three Steam Carriages (Krause-Minkus
943zx, Scott 2451b)
|It is interesting to see each of these covers
has a sender applied bar code yet none has the Facing Identification Marks
(FIMs) usually associated with mailer applied bar codes.
None of these covers has a stamp which is tagged and therefore cannot activate the USPS facer/canceling machines.