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United States/BOB & Other : how come I never run into envelope stamps

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Harvey
04 Jun 2019
05:04:08pm
I've been collecting US for a long time and my BOB is coming along nicely, except for envelope stamps. Is there very little interest in this area because they never seem to be part of lots of BOB that I pick up occasionally? Any comment?
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04 Jun 2019
10:53:40pm
re: how come I never run into envelope stamps

most of us don't treat PSEs or cut squares as stamps, so don't include them in mixtures.

I have tons, especially postal cards, and late 20 century envelopes. PM me if interested.

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Harvey
05 Jun 2019
12:15:49pm
re: how come I never run into envelope stamps

Thanks for the response. The only reason I am interested is because they are in my Harris US album and I have a few. If you have a bunch you want to get rid of let me know. I know some have value and some are listed on line for big prices - all I want to do is fill the spots! I've been concentrating lately on special deliveries ( now complete! ), postage due ( missing a few ), offices in China, officials, parcel post and special handling ( complete ), revenue and documentary ( about half ), "duck stamps" ( about half ) and protectorates ( getting there! ). I also collect Confederate stamps and have a few. Right in the middle of all of that is an almost empty area of envelope stamps that I probably would remove from the album unless I can find a bunch somewhere. By the way, I cut my US collection after 1976 - things started to go nuts then. I know this comment will get this transferred to another topic area but I would like to get a bunch of envelope stamps if anyone can help out!!!

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05 Jun 2019
08:18:20pm
re: how come I never run into envelope stamps

Your next step looks to be US revenues, which is a fascinating area in itself.

Regarding stamped envelopes (and cut squares), I always liked the Columbian Exhibition issue, and the George Washington Bicentennial issue.

If you decide to collect postal cards, remember that they are collected as entires. Cut squares (cut-outs) are not well-liked, and thus have little value in the US.

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Harvey
06 Jun 2019
07:58:18pm
re: how come I never run into envelope stamps

I have a fairly large selection of revenue stamps, R code or R with another letter. I really like the written cancellations rather than the ones that seem to be done with a hole punch. The Harris album I use just shows one example rather than a space for each of perforated, partially perfed and imperforate. I think I prefer the one space and I use a spare page or so for varieties. I really like the colours of the revenue stamps, especially the blues and oranges that were used, the colours seem more intense. I only collect what's in the album, but don't turn down the more unusual stamps and just put them on a spare page. I recently ran into a couple playing card stamps and a few narcotics stamps - also some officially sealed stamps. I have a US specialized catalog so at least I can look them up. It's a very interesting area and I plan to build on it as much as I can! GREAT STUFF!!!!

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