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General Philatelic/Identify This? : Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

 

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01 Nov 2015
04:11:23pm
I got this cover from one of our SOR members at the Minnesota Postal History meeting this week. It is going from Pine Bend MN to Redwood Falls MN. There is a receiving cancel on the back of the cover that I could really use some help in identifying the post office. I originally thought that it looked like Hastings MN, but that just doesn't seem to make sense geographically, unless postal routes in 1888 were very different.

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Any help/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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01 Nov 2015
07:44:53pm
re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Both look like Sept 18 cancels...is this correct? Wondering how it would go over 240 miles in one day in 1888 - that's a long way by horse. Excellent images, by the way. I don't have any ideas, just questions, sorry

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01 Nov 2015
08:53:56pm
re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Which way did the railroads run ?
There may not have been a north/south rail route, so it may have made sense to send it east to hasting and then north west to Pine Bend.
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01 Nov 2015
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If the first 3 letters on the receiving mark are "HAS", and I think they are, the only two other post offices open in Minnesota in 1888 were Hassan and Hasty - both down towards Minneapolis. My guess would be the letter was dropped at one of these stations. Routing would make sense in 1888 if Minnesota was similar to New England towns.

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01 Nov 2015
09:28:49pm
re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Hi Tim,

According to Wikipedia Hastings, Minn. was named the county seat in 1857.

The cancel looks to me like HAS**NG, with a cancel date of 1888 it seems entirely possible the cover was routed through Hastings.

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01 Nov 2015
09:34:10pm
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I think Charlie has it dead-on.

Here is a Minnesota Railway map of 1881 (excerpt):

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The full map is available here:

http://www.loc.gov/item/98688652/

Looks like the route is southeast to Hastings, then west to Redwood Falls. That's how it can be done in one day.

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01 Nov 2015
10:32:00pm
re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Thank everyone, that is very helpful. Thanks for the map Roy.

Regards ... Tim.

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09 Nov 2015
01:34:42pm
re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Hi Tim;

Here is something odd. The cancel on the upper part of the flap is reading backwards.
Does that mean it was transfered from another piece of mail? I don't think it would be
possible to buy metal type that reads backwards tho.

Just thinkin' too much....
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Tim
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01 Nov 2015
04:11:23pm

I got this cover from one of our SOR members at the Minnesota Postal History meeting this week. It is going from Pine Bend MN to Redwood Falls MN. There is a receiving cancel on the back of the cover that I could really use some help in identifying the post office. I originally thought that it looked like Hastings MN, but that just doesn't seem to make sense geographically, unless postal routes in 1888 were very different.

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And here is the back of the cover:

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Any help/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Regards ... Tim.

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01 Nov 2015
07:44:53pm

re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Both look like Sept 18 cancels...is this correct? Wondering how it would go over 240 miles in one day in 1888 - that's a long way by horse. Excellent images, by the way. I don't have any ideas, just questions, sorry

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re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Which way did the railroads run ?
There may not have been a north/south rail route, so it may have made sense to send it east to hasting and then north west to Pine Bend.
Charlie

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01 Nov 2015
09:13:18pm

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re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

If the first 3 letters on the receiving mark are "HAS", and I think they are, the only two other post offices open in Minnesota in 1888 were Hassan and Hasty - both down towards Minneapolis. My guess would be the letter was dropped at one of these stations. Routing would make sense in 1888 if Minnesota was similar to New England towns.

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01 Nov 2015
09:28:49pm

re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Hi Tim,

According to Wikipedia Hastings, Minn. was named the county seat in 1857.

The cancel looks to me like HAS**NG, with a cancel date of 1888 it seems entirely possible the cover was routed through Hastings.

Tom


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01 Nov 2015
09:34:10pm

re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

I think Charlie has it dead-on.

Here is a Minnesota Railway map of 1881 (excerpt):

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The full map is available here:

http://www.loc.gov/item/98688652/

Looks like the route is southeast to Hastings, then west to Redwood Falls. That's how it can be done in one day.

Roy

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Tim
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01 Nov 2015
10:32:00pm

re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Thank everyone, that is very helpful. Thanks for the map Roy.

Regards ... Tim.

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09 Nov 2015
01:34:42pm

re: Need some help from anyone interested in Minnesota Postal History

Hi Tim;

Here is something odd. The cancel on the upper part of the flap is reading backwards.
Does that mean it was transfered from another piece of mail? I don't think it would be
possible to buy metal type that reads backwards tho.

Just thinkin' too much....
TuskenRaider

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