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earwaves
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23 Sep 2020
10:29:50pm
To get a first day cover now, you have to send your own stamped envelope -- often stuck with buying sheets of 10 or 20 -- to USPS in St. Louis.

In the olden 1960s, we sent a self-addressed UNstamped envelope to the city of issue ahead of time and waited until a few days after the first day. We didn't often see what the stamp would look like until we got our FDC.

But how did we pay for them. Stamps? Coins? I can't imagine asking my mom to write a check for 5 or 8 cents!

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24 Sep 2020
02:43:38pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

That's a great question. I will wait with you to see if someone knows the answer.

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24 Sep 2020
03:48:07pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

Probably a money/postal order.

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24 Sep 2020
03:50:24pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

Sending coins through the US mail has been against the USPOD rules since the 1880s (when the first Postal Notes were issued).
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24 Sep 2020
06:09:46pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

Don, I presume the regulations have been changed at sometime to allow the "collectible" covers that have a coin on the front of the envelope.
Or do they come to the purchaser in a plain brown wrapper. Probably get lost in the post otherwise.

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24 Sep 2020
10:53:26pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

As a kid, I would send coins thru the mail - usually for a "special offer" on a cereal box or magazine/comic book page.....

...seemed to always get through as I recall....


Sorry - a bit off topic.

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25 Sep 2020
07:58:47am
re: Memory Lapse Question

USPOD must not have enforced that 1880s rule because, like Musicman, I sent coins (plus Ovaltine labels?) to pay for a Captain Midnight Decoder and other juvenile temptations. X-Ray Spex always seemed to good to be true.

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25 Sep 2020
08:44:52am

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and I have a banker's box full of marketing mailers with dimes from the March of Dimes and nickles from feed the hungry and three pennies, which will feed....


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30 Sep 2020
02:42:11pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

I sent coins plus a #6 addressed envelope (or 2) for my FDCs. I remember sending coins taped to a filler card plus some #6s to the Canal Zone to obtain FDCs for the missing bridge error that the USPOD was supposed to reprint, but was stopped by a court decision brought by the HE Harris company if my memory serves me right. It was all returned to me, coins and all.

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30 Sep 2020
09:29:21pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

The one cover I ever sent off to get a first day cancel was for the Mississippi statehood stamp. I enclosed a regular size self-addressed envelope in a business envelope with an index card with a coin taped to it. I still have the cancelled first day cover that was returned to me.

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01 Oct 2020
12:40:59pm
re: Memory Lapse Question

Thanks to recent posters copy and jb.

The coin/tape technique sounds familiar. I can see why USPS prefers its mostly automated process. But it does take away the suspense of not seeing the design until it arrives with the First Day cancellation.

I remember my disappointment, though, at first seeing the drab JFK stamp on my home-made FDC.

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