Stamps (Philately)/1 &1/4 cent U.S. domestic postage rate
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!
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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