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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

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JohnnyRockets
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04 Nov 2018
07:30:03pm
Hi all,

Today's Transportation FDC of the day is:

Transportation Series 11 cents coil - 1933 Stutz Bearcat


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Interesting:
- Until the series was released, coil stamps were always just the same design as the definitive stamps that were being used at the time.

- Over the 15 years of the transporation series, there were 51 stamps issued with different (cool) modes of transporation

- Most stamps were line engraved intaglio printed

- Some of the stamps even had tiny little plate numbers printed on the bottom of them depending on where they were in the Plate Number Coil intervals.


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Fun Facts about the 1933 Stutz Bearcat:
- The 1933 Stutz Bearcat had 60 HP. My Ford Cruze has 137 HP

- The 1933 Stutz Bearcat finished 11th in the 1911 Indianapolis 500 (my favorite sporting event). My Ford Cruze has not and could not win any races

- The 1933 Stutz Bearcat was a status symbol and cost 4 times what the Model T cost

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I've seen these great cars in museums and they are such an elegant car!


Sidenote: The postmark is the day that I graduated High School! LOL! Happy


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ikeyPikey
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04 Nov 2018
09:07:47pm
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

Quote:

"... The postmark is the day that I graduated High School! ..."



A far more important 11/June event was my big sister being born on D+5 Party

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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JohnnyRockets
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05 Nov 2018
07:00:23am
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

Agreed!

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philb
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05 Nov 2018
08:24:02am

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Johnny i remember when i was a teenager and walking past a gas station/garage and seeing a Cord sitting there...it was like seeing a dragon...what the heck is that ?Happy

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JohnnyRockets
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05 Nov 2018
09:40:36am
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

Hi Phil,

I know! I have never seen one actually driving (except in movies), but I have seen them extensively in museums and I'm struck with how physically massive they are! Even there wheels are bigger. They remind you of a cross between a really cool looking car and a small powerful tractor, with all the metal on them!


Thanks for your reply! Big Grin



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JohnnyRockets
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05 Nov 2018
01:47:00pm
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

Hi all,

Today's Transportation Series addition is the "Buckboard" wagon!

The pickup truck of the late 1800's!



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Interesting facts:
- Buckboard wagon's get their name from the board that the rider puts his feet on. The board is meant to protect the driver when and if a house was to "buck" or kick backwards and maybe hit the driver.

- The buckboard wagon was invented by Reverand Cyrus Comstock (wiki) to travel amongst his congregation.

- The term "buckboard" was also used to describe some early cars where the rear body was removed and replaced with a load carrying bed (pickup truck). It make we wonder of there was the equivalent of a Monster Truck in those days? MonsterBoard? Buckster?

- The stamp was actually drawn from a model that the artist made first. The drawing was made from scratchboard in which the artist scratches through the the white to create black lines.


Personal Opinion:
This FDC could have used some color. Just a little would have really made it snazzy.

The buckboard wagon must have been a grueling ride! I'm trying to think what would be the modern day equivalent? Riding a Llama? Sledding down a dirt road?


Question to the group:
- My understanding is that, an FDC is fitted with enough postage to cover 1st class postage rates of that error and that the postage amount can be over, but not under the 1st class postage rate. Correct? According to my analysis, the 1st class postage rate in 1985 was 22 cents, thus the five 4.9 cent stamps would have been more than enough money to cover the postal rate. Also true?



Thank you,



JR

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05 Nov 2018
01:59:46pm
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

Johnny,

correct on both counts: amount affixed must equal first class for the type of mailing; and, yes, 22c was first class rate in 1985.

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JohnnyRockets
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05 Nov 2018
02:00:57pm
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

@Amsd,

No ramification if the postage is (way) over the first class rate, correct?


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05 Nov 2018
09:15:34pm
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....correct again!


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06 Nov 2018
07:34:56am
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Thanks Musicman!


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JohnnyRockets
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06 Nov 2018
03:02:08pm
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

Hi all,

Here is today's installment of an exciting FDC series.

The Transporation Series!!!

Today we have the simple Tractor.


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Some points:

- GREAT artwork here on this Fleetwood FDC, just a fantastic ink rendering - would LOVE to be able to draw like that!

- The tractor revolutionized farming, that is obvious - but one thing I found during my research was that what took farming to a whole new level was the introduction of the PTO (Power Take Off) unit. With this a farmer could now really power a wide range of diverse equipment. Rubber tires also were revolutionary as well. Better grip I suppose.

A very nice addition to the series in my opinion. Very eye catching. The one in this picture "might" be a 1930 John Deere Model D.


Question: Does anyone know who the artist was on this one? Or maybe Fleetwood covers are all from a handful of artists?



John

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Tom in Exton, PA
09 Nov 2018
05:23:17pm
re: Today's "Transportation FDC of the Day" - 11/06/2018

John, that certainly is a cool series of stamps. I wasn't collecting during the era when they were issued so I never purchased these new. I decided I wanted the series, went looking and there was one lot, all of them mint singles at once! I decided that was too easy! So I passed on the lot!

I started pulling the ones I have into one pile so I can start an album for those two series. I'm trying to find them on cover, commercial usage for the rate they were intended. This may be an adventure!



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