Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
1. The Service Public label
A postal historian can never be too curious. Thanks to Google and Bing, I now know that classic typewriters are just as collectable as classic stamps.
The Postal was an appealing portable typewriter that used an interchangeable hard-rubber typewheel and a three-bank keyboard with double shift. The Postal was invented by William P. Quentell and Franklin Judge. It was introduced in 1902 by the Postal Typewriter Company, based first in New York and then (1904) in Norwalk, Connecticut. It was made until 1908 or shortly thereafter.
The Postal originally sold for $25 ($27.50 with a veneered oak case) -- a nice price compared to the "standard" machines, which cost $100. The company boasted that theirs was "the only low-priced Typewriter combining Universal Keyboard, Powerful Manifolding and Mimeograph Stencil Cutting." With features such as these, the Postal enjoyed some popularity; the company employed 2,000 salesmen in the U.S., and the typewriter was exported to Great Britain, Germany, Austria, France, and even Russia.
In the early 1900s, when the phone was not ubiquitous and telegraphs were inconveniently located outside the home, the mail, or the post, was convenient because messages were delivered three times a day. . . . With a Postal Typewriter, people could write a quick letter -- a post card -- and have it delivered by the day's end. . . .
Monday, September 20, 2010
Here is the lovely embossed slate blue seal of C. Pasquali, Luxembourg, personalizing an unusual herring-bone-design envelope.
Elegant ephemera such as this is scarce but often little appreciated and seldom collected. Yet the unmistakable beauty of this eminently collectible seal deserves to be preserved in a postal history collection for others to enjoy. Imagine the thoughtfulness that went into its design.
C. Pasquali's envelope exudes its own grace, nicely postmarked Luxembourg-Gare, 4 Jan 1923, with 20c and 30c G.D. Charlotte I definitives paying the 50-centime 20g UPU letter rate to Firenze, Italy. It's definitely a keeper!
Thursday, September 09, 2010
First Day of Issue!
- 24 Oct 1947 - General Patton set (4)
- 5 Aug 1948 - Tourist views (4)
- 6 Oct 1949 - UPU 75th Anniversary (4)
- 25 Oct 1951 - Europa precursors (6)
- 20 Aug 1952 - Olympic sports (6)
- 1 Apr 1953 - Royal Marriage (6)
4 F - UPU 20 g letter
4 F - UPU registry fee
24F - Airmail supplement (8 F/5 g = 24 F)
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Grenville Clark (1882-1967) was a distinguished American corporate lawyer remembered for his efforts to promote world peace through world law. In 1985, the 39c denomination of the Great American series was issued in his honor [Scott #1867 seen above].
The interesting cover below was sent to Clark in Dublin, New Hampshire, where he resided, by Grand Duchess Charlotte's staff, but was initially directed to Dublin, Ireland, as no destination country was indicated in the typed address. Dublin, Ireland is much better known than its namesake in the United States state of New Hampshire.
The postal clerk's pencil notation reads:
Insufficient address - not known Dublin Eire /s/
And the clerk added "USA" to the address, along with blue crayon X's, redirecting the cover to Dublin, New Hampshire, USA.
This cover initially appealed to me as an unusual example of redirected official mail, having been missent to Ireland. But it is interesting from several additional perspectives as well. Apart from having been sent to a famous person, it's a nice sole use of the 4 F Royal Marriage issue, with the attractive blue commemorative paying the 20 g UPU surface letter rate that was in effect from 1 Jan 1949 to 15 Jul 1958. Likewise, the machine slogan cancel dated 9 Jan 1954, urging use of the annual charities semipostals, is certainly collectible. More significantly however, this is mail from the Royal household, as shown by the corner card reading Département du Grand Maréchal de la Cour and the purple straight-line auxiliary mark indicating SERVICE DE LA GRANDE-DUCHESSE.
Yes, this engaging postal history cover shows minor damage, but the sale price on eBay was only $2.58. Y0u never know when another bargain like this might up on the world's biggest flea market!
We could use a few more Grenville Clarks these days, as philately ebbs and the world becomes increasingly chaotic. I could say more, but this is a philatelic blog.