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lisagrant87
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23 Feb 2013
05:53:08pm
I found this cover and would like to know more about it. First, a basic question, why does the USPS make airmail stamps if they aren't needed to send something via airmail?

Second, and much more importantly, what is a military training camp for civilians? What was the name of the one in Portland, Oregon in 1929 and does anyone know anything about it?

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24 Feb 2013
07:08:57am
re: US Airmail/Military Cover - More info?

Lisa,

the Citizen's Military Training Camps were a federal program to train officers outside the military chain, augmenting the National Guard (state) and Reserves (federal). They were created to help correct America's perpetual unpreparedness for war (no longer true, but it was until the last quarter century) by training officers who would be eligible (but not required) to serve. By most measures, it was a failure. For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens'_Military_Training_Camp.

To get some sense of it, during the Civil War, McClellan, who headed the Army of the Potomac, and Grant, who would become commanding general of all armies, were both retired captains; in the second world war, the supreme commander in the west was a colonel at the war's opening while the commander in the Pacific was an officer who had been called back from retirement. The latter would "lead" woefully unprepared troops in Korea five years later.

So CMTCs were an effort, in that purely American approach that sorta always touches on the Second Amendment, to have folks ready for the next war. We were the least prepared major belligerent in that war, even with a three-year head start.

The cancel is fairly common; i'm sure I have scores of them. And this links, again, the multiple definitions of postal history, by showcasing the movement of the mails with the events of the day, like an open book for all to read.

on the issue of air mail stamps, there have been times when the USPS and USPOD required the proper use of proper stamps to pay specific services. But, for the most part, the PO, to its credit, has allowed about any postage to pay for a service if the fee adds up. There may have been a time when air mail stamps were required (anyone know?????) but, if so, it was abandoned as a requirement fairly early. I have an equal number, approximately, of regular and airmail issues franking air mail and AMSD covers; ditto registry covers, PMs, even express mail.

Technically air mail no longer exists as a requested option on any mail classification in the US. You automatically get the most expeditious service available. International Surface rates were recently eliminated. And it's $1.10 to Canada whether it's merely crossing the Falls or going from Key West to Nanuvet.

Nice cover, incidentally.

David

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lisagrant87
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24 Feb 2013
10:24:58am
re: US Airmail/Military Cover - More info?

Thank you, David. I had done a quick web search but my favorite thing about posting stamps and covers on SOR is hearing the stories and human side relating to that topic and it's history. I will likely always post things that I find interesting just to hear what members like you have to say about them!

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