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United States/Covers & Postmarks : New England Stamp Club Banguet 1936

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Stampme
18 Dec 2015
12:03:56pm
This unaddressed cover was found among a large box of stamps, covers and Cinderella material I bought at a North Amherst auction house when I was a student at UMASS in Amherst circa 1973.

The box came from the estate of a gentleman, an owner of an electrical shop in Shelburne Falls Massachusetts. He dabbled in stamps, among other hobbies.

Has anyone else seen an overprint relating to stamp collectors placed upon a US postage stamp? It reads: Northampton Stamp Club Banquet April 17 1936. The cover, being unaddressed, was likely favor canceled on the day of the banquet, possibly by a fellow stamp collector who worked at the city's post office.

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For me, it's just an odd keepsake but the overprint seems an unlikely permitted act.

Thoughts?

Bruce

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michael78651
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18 Dec 2015
08:34:12pm
re: New England Stamp Club Banguet 1936

The overprint should have invalidated the stamp for use for postage. However, many clubs back then did just that. Looks as perhaps use of the stamps was tolerated, or else the postal clerk didn't know.

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Stampme
18 Dec 2015
09:49:22pm
re: New England Stamp Club Banguet 1936

Judging from the time of the Northampton postmark, 6 pm, I thought it possible that the postal clerk favor canceled a batch of these to be handed out at the banquet to fellow members of the club.
Bruce

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michael78651
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19 Dec 2015
08:30:03pm
re: New England Stamp Club Banguet 1936

Well, yours is probably a better presumption than mine was. I didn't even notice that there wasn't an address on the envelope you show.

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