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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Illegal Mail

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pigdoc
15 Jan 2019
10:11:17am
Vinman started with this cover:

Cut Squares: Illegal Postage

Here's another illegal mail cover:
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Reverse has a SAVONBURG, KANS. REC'D. CDS dated September 28, 1904.

Nice straight-line Bagley, Iowa R.F.D. cancellation! The part to the right of the stamp was folded in. I wonder if the envelope was repurposed in that way. Private use of public property?

Anyway, a nice example of an illegal use of a Documentary stamp for regular postage.

Ms. Williams seems to have been quite the deviant...
(It's fun to make up stories about covers!)

Who's next?
-Paul

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pigdoc
08 Feb 2019
09:04:41pm
re: Illegal Mail

Here's another one I just received today:
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It's fan mail.

Norma Talmadge was a silent film star, who died a couple of months after I was born, in 1957. The most popular film of her career was Smilin' Through (1922). She was one of the most highly paid actresses of the 1920s. Her first husband was Joseph Schenck, who directed some of her films.

From Wikipedia:

Quote:

"In 1923, a poll of picture exhibitors named Norma Talmadge the number-one box office star. She was earning $10,000 a week, and receiving as many as 3,000 letters weekly from her fans. "



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Enjoy!
-Paul

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08 Feb 2019
11:04:41pm
re: Illegal Mail

This one is illegal, but got found out. Postage of 7c is correct (1971), but five 1c Nauru stamps were used, which have never been valid in Australia. Taxed double the shortage, 10c

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09 Feb 2019
02:06:05pm
re: Illegal Mail

fabulous cover and great context, Dave; thanks

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lemaven
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10 Feb 2019
12:59:58pm
re: Illegal Mail

Dave:

Your cover is especially interesting since this was addressed to the "District Postal Manager".

Was this perhaps the recipient's cheeky attempt at testing his/her own system? Or to create a unique cover for a profitable sale later? Have you ever attempted to track down this person?

Enquiring minds want to know!

(The Other) Dave (lemaven)

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10 Feb 2019
07:18:43pm
re: Illegal Mail

Dave, the cover is full of questions! I've always assumed that this was a "tester" but Tamworth is an inland New South Wales city, 300kms from Tenambit, which is on the coast. I can't imagine that he sent it to himself over that distance.

I hadn't considered looking for Mr Frost, but I'm working on it now!


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londonbus1
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11 Feb 2019
02:13:25am
re: Illegal Mail

Great Britain.

One clever Philatelist sent me this cover with his catalogue enclosed. To make up the weight step of £1.08p he used Post Office Training School stamps which should not even be on the marketplace !!

They were obviously asleep in Romford, Essex !!!Don't Tell Anyone


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11 Feb 2019
03:35:48pm
re: Illegal Mail

A letter my parents got a few years ago, franked with a metallic Easter seal.
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londonbus1
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20 Feb 2019
04:47:35am
re: Illegal Mail

The sender here, probably a tourist, sent this delightful card thinking.. a). the labels were postage stamps or b). forgot to put a stamp on or c). tried to pull a sneaky one !! In any event, Postage was due as can be seen by the dreaded 'T' !!


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Linus
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20 Feb 2019
10:24:21am
re: Illegal Mail

Here is one of many illegal covers from my postal history collection. A 10 cent trading stamp used for postage, and it went through the USPS with no postage due in 1999 from Houston, Texas, USA to Des Moines, Iowa, USA.

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Linus
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20 Feb 2019
10:31:08am
re: Illegal Mail

The sender taped a penny to this cover when postage rates went up, from Huntsville, Alabama, USA to Des Moines, Iowa, USA. (from my collection)

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Linus
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20 Feb 2019
10:51:22am
re: Illegal Mail

Again from my collection, a Popular Science magazine label, normally used to sign up for a magazine subscription, illegally used as postage on a postcard from Lansing, Michigan, USA to Des Moines, Iowa, USA in 1997 with no postage due markings.

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21 Feb 2019
11:18:44pm
re: Illegal Mail

In 1994 a stamp was planned to memorialise
the use of the Atomic Bomb's horrendous power
to end WW II, and save probably a million US
serviceman's lives, specifically four of my uncles.
Public outrage at the massive killing and maiming
of probably an equal million or so theoretically
civilians caused the design to be withdrawn and
a photo of then President Truman announcing Japan's
surrender was substituted in its place.
Someone printed small sheetlets with the replaced
stamp as a label, and one of my sons looking for
a stamp to mail a letter took a label from my desk.
It got returned to him and I had to explain the
politics of the day to him.

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ikeyPikey
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23 Feb 2019
12:28:51am
re: Illegal Mail

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Incorporating by reference:

The American Philatelist, January 2019, p40-41:

Ducks(*) Carry Priority Mail Across Connecticut

(*) Migratory Bird Hunting Stamps are not valid for postage, but these did the job.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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Linus
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11 Mar 2019
10:16:04pm
re: Illegal Mail

Here is another cover from my collection, saved from the trash can, with illegal postage.

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Linus
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11 Mar 2019
10:28:22pm
re: Illegal Mail

Here is another one from my postal history collection with a 26p Great Britain machin illegally used as USA postage in combination, from Stockton, California, USA to Des Moines, Iowa, USA in 1993.

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