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Canada/Covers & Postmarks : Is anyone a member of the Mobile Post Office Society?

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auldstampguy
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Just one more small cover .....
11 Jul 2017
09:11:27pm
Hi Everyone,
I've been getting quite interested in RPO's of late. Just wondering if any of our members are also a member of the Mobile Post Office Society? They have a number of publications and I'm wondering if you have purchased any of them and if you found them of value. I'm looking for a publication that gives me the RPO name, the date range in which it was functioning, and if possible an idea of its rarity.

I have enhanced my MNCANCELS.ORG website, which I mainly use for documenting Minnesota Cancels (I guess you would have worked that out), so that I can now add in my RPO covers as well. I'd like to be able to get the above mentioned information about US Railway Post Offices so that I can add it to my website.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Regards ... Tim.
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mncancels.org
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11 Jul 2017
11:48:33pm
re: Is anyone a member of the Mobile Post Office Society?

Tim,

I am not a member, but have borrowed their publications from philatelic libraries. They are comprehensive, although the layout and typography is minimalist - of course, they are not trying to tell a story, they just present data. A typical publication might show reproductions of examples of all known RPO cancels of a particular route plus exactly the data you ask about here.

You're an APS member and the APRL in Bellefonte has almost all MPOS pubs. Check the Philatelic Union Catalog. If APRL has what you want, it may be less costly to request copies of the pages you need.

Chris

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khj
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12 Jul 2017
12:51:52am
re: Is anyone a member of the Mobile Post Office Society?

Tim, I acquired the early catalogs when they came out in serialized form as part of a lot I purchased.

I don't have the catalogs with me right now, but I don't recall it assigning rarity factors. However, I haven't really gone through the pages in detail as I only recently acquired it.

In case you don't get additional answers to your catalog questions from another member...

You can email me a couple of postmarks scans, and then I can email you back scans of sample pages for those postmarks, and then you can decided if the catalog might fit your needs.

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