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United States/Covers & Postmarks : NYC Pneumatic Mail

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21 Jan 2015
10:52:48pm
I ran across some articles recently describing a pneumatic mail delivery service between PO's in Manhattan and Brooklyn from the 1900's. I was wondering if anyone knows if the PO affixed any type of special cancel to stamps when they were cancelled and were transferred between PO's using this method. I did not find any mention of any being used when I read thru these articles and others that I found on web. The US did not issue any special pneumatic mail stamps that I am aware of. I believe there were no special cancels or markings used as the practice seems from the articles to be the normal way of getting mail around the city prior to the use of trucks later on.

Would appreciate any additional info that someone may be aware of.

http://untappedcities.com/2013/03/15/nycs-pneumatic-tube-mail-network/


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pneumatic_tube_mail_in_New_York_City


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21 Jan 2015
11:36:44pm
re: NYC Pneumatic Mail

Mike,

At the risk of going slightly off topic, the answer is yes for Chicago, and apparently no for New York. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum collection includes a 1910 cover from Baton Rouge LA to Charlotte, NC that was processed in Chicago and received a transit stamp when it entered the Chicago pneumatic system. The Arago image database of the Smithsonian Postal is a great place to look for this kind of thing. The item ID for the 1910 cover is 0.270213.2, and the search query I used was this:

http://arago.si.edu/flash/?s1=5|sq=pneumatic|sf=0

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Chris

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22 Jan 2015
05:13:23pm
re: NYC Pneumatic Mail

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your post and link. I do not think it was off-topic as it concerns how differnet PO areas marked their pneumatic mail. I have yet to see any with markings from NYC so I believe that they did not use any but as your post shows, the Chicago area did. I quess the absence of markings would make collecting NYC covers difficult if not impossible as you will never be able to positively determine if it weny thru the pneumatic mail system. You could assume that special delivery covers during the time period did, but that would only be a guess without the markings.


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25 Jan 2015
08:03:09pm
re: NYC Pneumatic Mail

Here is an image of the Chicago cover on display at the Smithsonian. I happened to visit there on January 22.

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The following 2011 thread also discussed this subject.
http://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=5230#30113



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