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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : U.S. postal stationery cut outs/cut square

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bhannam
02 Apr 2017
07:56:35pm
Hey guys,

I need recommendations for a good resource for U.S. postal stationery cut outs/cut squares. The Scott catalog is okay I guess, but I'd love to hear about a resource that is a little more robust.

I'm looking at a Scott U436 now and the photos and descriptions of which die I'm looking at seem vague at best. If you've got any tricks up your sleeve I sure would appreciate your input.

Thanks in advance,

Ben
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keesindy
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02 Apr 2017
09:00:00pm
re: U.S. postal stationery cut outs/cut square

Although I've got thousands of mostly 1890s US cut squares and have been researching and writing about them, I'm neither a collector nor an expert on postal stationery. However, I've found that the Scott Specialized Catalogue of US Stamps and Covers contains much more detail than the standard catalog.

For even more detail, the US Postal Stationery Society produces a very nice detailed catalog for 19th century stationery that I've used (two different editions) for several years. They also produce a separate catalog for 20th century stationery. However, their focus is solely on the "entires" rather than cut squares. See their publications list here.

http://www.upss.org/code/publications.php

The 19th century UPSS catalog I work with is very detailed and very nice. It's been invaluable in my research.

Tom

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03 Apr 2017
10:46:42am
re: U.S. postal stationery cut outs/cut square

The April 10, 2017, issue of Linn's has a review of the new 4th edition of the US Postal Stationery Society stamped envelope catalog. They say it is improved with many new features.

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10 Apr 2017
07:59:44pm
re: U.S. postal stationery cut outs/cut square

I second the motions relating to the UPSS's catalogs. Even if you only have cut squares, the descriptions of the different dies still make them worth it.

Hey, and feel free to hit us with a scan or two.

Thomas

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12 Apr 2017
12:59:51pm
re: U.S. postal stationery cut outs/cut square

A clarification of Michael's comment:

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"The April 10, 2017, issue of Linn's has a review of the new 4th edition of the US Postal Stationery Society stamped envelope catalog. They say it is improved with many new features."



That review is for the new 20th/21st centuries catalog. The 19th century catalog is a separate publication. The current edition is from 2012 and that's the one I have. I've never had a need for the 20th/21st centuries catalog, but can't imagine it's not as useful as the 19th century catalog has been for me.
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