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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Has this cut square been repaired? If so, why?

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keesindy
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19 Feb 2019
12:34:25am
I'm baffled. When I scanned this a couple of years ago, I wasn't paying close attention and thought the right edge was simply where the paper had been folded. At the time, I assumed it was a wrapper. Today I was reading about these again and realized this copy has faint diagonal lines (without the heavier perpendicular wide-spaced lines) in the paper. So I am now thinking this must be from an envelope. This made sense since, at first glance, the top and right edge appear to be envelope edges.

As I was taking a closer look, I realized the right edge is not a paper fold at all, but a separate piece of manila paper that is adhered to the cut square. The overlap of the two pieces is very apparent when I hold the cut square up to a bright light. That overlap line is very thin, just like every reasonably well done stamp repair I've seen. However, this added piece of paper has what appears to be cancellation ink on the front side. Aside from the obvious ink, the overlap line is visible. The added strip of paper is 1.5mm wide at the bottom with 1.0mm showing at the bottom.

This came from the Union City, Indiana, hoard I've referenced several times in other posts. These cut squares were bound with string and thread in packets of one hundred each. None had ever been in a collection, and I didn't think they had even reached a dealer or other individual who might have experimented with repairs. Although this looks like a repair to me, I am finding it difficult to believe that's what I am seeing.

Is there some obvious aspect of either manila envelopes or wrappers I'm overlooking? Something that would account for what appears to be an unnecessary and poorly conceived repair? What am I missing?

Tom

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vinman
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19 Feb 2019
01:49:12am
re: Has this cut square been repaired? If so, why?

Hi Tom,
I don't think it is a repaired corner. I see what you mean about the right edge and cancellation ink. I believe what you see on the right side is the back of the envelope folded open. If you fold it back you can see that it probably picked up ink when it was placed on top of another cover that was just cancelled and the ink was still wet.
I hope this help explains it for you.
I don't think it is a wrapper but a cut square from postal stationary.

Vince

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keesindy
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19 Feb 2019
08:30:44am
re: Has this cut square been repaired? If so, why?

Thanks, Vince. It's difficult to see what this is from my scan and yours is the logical explanation.

When I realized this was probably from an envelope rather than a wrapper, I also thought this was the just the crease at the edge of the envelope. What led me to think otherwise was looking at it through a loupe and seeing the dark line that appears when I hold this up to a bright light to look for the evidence of laid vs. wove paper.

Just now, I found a full corner 1c blue manila that I could unfold. Unfolded, the crease along the right edge is very sharp. When I unfold it and hold it up to the bright light, guess what. That crease appears as a dark line in the paper. Those characteristics match my cut square that apparently can be mistaken by some of us (well, me at least) for the overlap associated with a repair when viewed out of context. Winking

Thankfully, the illogical "repair" seems to be, as you say, just the envelope's paper crease and the edge of the back which had some ink on it.

Thanks, Vince, for taking the time to bring me back from the "edge!" It seems Occam's razor is alive and well.

Tom

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