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I've been a 37-year member of the APS and "thought" I was a fairly experienced long-time(sixty years) collector/dealer.  I'm now trying to decide about bidding on a Washington-Franklin bisect cover with a "Mar. 11/ 1929/ DETROIT,MICH. 3" cds on a local usage. the bisected stamps (a common 2c Washington Red & a 1/2C Nathan Hale), are both firmly tied by a boldly struck boxed slogan machine cancel. There are no auxillary or ms markings on the cover.The cover has no signs of being a fake or a cute philatelic usage. Despite having a very large philatelic library and research collection, I'm unable to ever confirm or explain how there could have ever been a 1&1/4c US domestic mail rate at any time. If so, then why did the USPS issue the 1 &1/4 cent embossed Liberty Bell PSE or
Scott #1279, the 1/4c Gallatin stamp? Thank you for any answers that you can provide!I've concluded that this cover was swimply cancelled and improperly passed into the mails thanks to a very bored or careless postal clerk!

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Steve,

The 1.25 cent stamps were used for bulk mailings by not-for-profit organizations.  I cannot imagine a scenario where a bulk mailer would take the time to bisect two stamps, even if they thought it was a valid usage.  So without seeing the cover, its reads like a contrivance.  You may want to run it by the APS' Quick ID service (http://stamps.org/Stamp-Identification) and see what they come up with.

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I am a collector of United States postage stamps, and also a stamp dealer. I`m a member of the American Philatelic Society (APS). My principle area of interest and expertise is in United States Stamps.

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I've been selling stamps on the internet since early 1996. I maintain a stamp web page that concentrates on mint US stamps issued generally between 1890 and 2009. I'm an active seller on ebay.com since 1996, under the user id "mleon". You can find my web page at http://www.forwardedge.com/usmints.html

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