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smauggie
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12 Jul 2015
10:26:08am
There are a few reasons this cover caught my eye.

First is the Time-Cummings machine cancel from Minneapolis. I don't have any hard data but I am convinced that this particular machine cancel was used for a rather short duration in Minneapolis.

Then there is the "Name Duplicated in Directory" auxiliary marking.

The most striking aspect, though is the pointing hand with what I am calling fingernail polish. Another interesting thing about the pointing hand is that the where it would say "Returned to Sender" the words "returned" and "sender" are filled in. I am not sure why that is.

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12 Jul 2015
08:25:59pm
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

And then there is the addressee, who could be the grandfather of someone I work with. The spelling of the name is the same, from the same area. I find that 100+ years ago, with so many fewer people, it is much easier to track down people.

Tim.

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13 Jul 2015
12:10:15am
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

Isn't the pointing finger and wording just over inked?

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smauggie
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13 Jul 2015
07:23:48am
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

I considered that but then the word "to" should also be unreadable, no?

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thebiggnome
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13 Jul 2015
08:17:50am
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

I don't recall ever seeing "ReturnED to Sender" before, just "Return to Sender" (though a quick google revealed many of both).

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As for the overinking question, I would suspect it has something to do with the handstamping technique. With larger stampers, people tend to touch one end to the paper and "roll" it across, which tends to make smudges on both ends. Notice on the same cover that "Name" and "directory" both have a similarly overinked look while "duplicated in" appears more normal.

Chris

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amsd
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13 Jul 2015
08:34:41am
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

nail polish? who can argue with the stylish Minnesotans?

however, I am fairly certain, it being delivered in early June and so not yet out of winter in the hinterlands, that you're looking at frost bite, with the carrier likely to lose a finger and a thumb but not to miss his appointed rounds

Don't need a weatherman to know.....

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13 Jul 2015
09:27:44am
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

New theory: The words RETURNED and SENDER aren't there anymore. Either they were never present and the ink splotches represent shading, or the postmaster or user carved at the words to obliterate them, leaving just TO. This would conceivably permit use of the finger for more than just "Return to Sender" designations. (Whatever those might be)

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smauggie
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13 Jul 2015
02:58:28pm
re: Minnesota Postal History - Pointing hand with fingernail polish?

Well . . . if they were cut out then nothing would show there at all.

My guess is that they filled the words with lead or solder.

Good point Chris, it probably said "return".

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