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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
11 Nov 2016
04:11:49pm

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I came across this lot of three on the 'bay a week or so ago. I saw them finishing up for less than $5 for the trio and thought they'd add interest to my still to be created Prexie album.

Note that each image is both sides of each tag...

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These are pretty cool and I guess they are "covers" since they saw postal use and are both stamped and postmarked. They are from small town banks to the Federal Reserve Bank. I especially like the one with the $1 block of 4. I can imagine that they were attached to bags of securities, either cash or maybe the remittance of checks?

Anyone familiar with these? I'd love to know more about them.

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HungaryForStamps
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14 Nov 2016
02:47:32pm
re: Package Tags

Bank used registered parcels to send securities, bonds etc. between banks. The tags you have are each mailed from a bank to a federal reserve bank. Possibly the banks were returning old currency to be destroyed (registry was free for that service).

But these tags weren't only used for inter-bank mailing. You can find tags for other parcels, such as sacks of grain etc. I have a few (I think).

I like the block of four $1.

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musicman
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14 Nov 2016
08:53:22pm
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Here's one from the Western Land Roller Company in Hastings, Nebraska.

I have no idea what year it's from, or what the total of 29 cents paid to deliver.

I DID do a bit of research on the company a while back....it was interesting.

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vinman
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14 Nov 2016
10:35:00pm
re: Package Tags

Randy,
I'll take a shot at figuring out what fee your tag paid. I assume the tag is for Parcel post/fourth class mail.
The three cent stamp is Scott 787 issued 2/18/37 so I put the tag in the range of 1932-1944 rates.
Distance between Hastings,NE and Shellsburg,IA is 405 miles so this tag falls into zone 4, 300-600 mile radius.
10 cents for the first pound and 3.5 cents each additional pound, six pounds x 3.5=21 cents, an over payment of 2 cents.
This information is from "U.S. domestic Postal Rates, 1872-2011", Beecher and Wawrukiewicz.

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vinman
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15 Nov 2016
08:44:49am
re: Package Tags

Tom,
I will try to figure out your tags but I need to brush up on registry fees. They are a bit more complicated for me.
Vince

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BenFranklin1902
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Tom in Exton, PA
15 Nov 2016
11:24:24am

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re: Package Tags

No worries Vince, I just grabbed them because they were interesting and going cheap!

I will bring them tonight, see you later!

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15 Nov 2016
08:18:25pm
re: Package Tags

vinman, I think your math is a bit off:

1st lb = 10c
5 lbs @ 3.5c/lb = 17.5c

Total = 6 lbs @ 27.5c postage, so overpaid by 1.5c

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vinman
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15 Nov 2016
09:42:55pm
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Lars,
You are correct. I still had the paper I did my math on and see where I I made my mistake. Now I am going to try and tackle the registered tags.

Vince

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