|Some things I find interesting.|
|Hope you also do....|
|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 and all the Circus Wagon stamps are gravure printed.
These five examples are from what could be called the middle period of the 32¢ rate usage. All are franked with four Circus Wagon stamps and continue the envelope markings from previous 32¢ examples.
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 example uses the same franking as the previous
(above) cover but has a red diamond border rather than the usual blue.
Perhaps this is a test mailing by DAV, but more likely it is a donor acquisition
mailing rather than a mailing to a previous donor.
|Cover three has four similar Circus Wagon stamps
but uses four Conestoga Wagons (Krause-Minkus 883zx, Scott 2252a)
|The fourth cover also has four Conestoga Wagons
on the more recent whiter paper. The four Circus Wagon stamps were
printed by Stamp Venturers (Scott 2452D, Krause-Minkus 1077). These
Stamp Venturers' stamps have a cent sign following the denomination and
the year 1995 printed in the lower left corner.
|The final cover, from a Commanders Club mailing,
is again franked with Avery Circus Wagon stamps (Scott 2452B, Krause-Minkus
1007) and the four Conestoga Wagons are printed on the more recent whiter
paper. (Krause-Minkus 883zx)
|It is interesting to see each of these covers
have sender applied bar codes but still do not have 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.