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saleem
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03 Dec 2012
09:33:02am
Recieved last week this cover I won at auction elsewhere - bid on it out of curiosity but turn out to be an excellent aquisition. Take a look at the image below. Any comments are welcome.

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03 Dec 2012
01:08:55pm
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

Saleem:

Yes, I agree with you, it is an excellent acquisition. Certified, special delivery airmail, originating from an US APO, is not run-of-the-mill stamp-collecting material. Permit me to be envious.

John Derry

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Terry
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03 Dec 2012
04:58:39pm
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

If my memory still serves me... I believe that APO 742 was in Berlin, Germany.

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04 Dec 2012
08:48:06pm
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

Yes. APO 472 was (is?) located in Berlin. I am collecting the Universal Model "K" hand-operated machine cancels and can share my two specimens with the US ARMY / POSTAL SERVICE dial (April 4, 1952), which also was used on Saleem's cover, and the later US ARMY AIR FORCE / POSTAL SERVICE (Jan 25, 1963).

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The APO was redesignated APO 09742 when Zip codes were introduced January 1, 1965, and I assume an updated dial must exist then. It remains to be discovered in a dollar box. Here are the fronts:

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05 Dec 2012
08:37:26am
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

i am pretty sure that ZIP was introduced some time in 1963, and July comes to mind, but I am less sure about the month than the year.

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05 Dec 2012
08:38:42am
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

yep, ZIP debuts 7.1.63: https://www.stanford.edu/group/ic/cgi-bin/drupal2/node/1377

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05 Dec 2012
12:01:38pm
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

David,

I was referring to the date when the system of APO numbers was abolished and zip-like codes were also introduced for military installations. I am fairly certain that date was Jauanary 1, 1965, i.e., a little later than the introduction of ZIP codes for domestic mail addresses.

Arno

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05 Dec 2012
01:59:05pm
re: Airmail - Special Delivery - Certified Mail from APO!!

ah, never thought of that, Arno. thanks for the clarification, and even better information for understanding APOs. Glad I tried to correct you or I probably would never know this. I love this place.

David

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