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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Envelopes and Wrappers

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mbo1142
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I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.
28 Jun 2013
02:08:16pm

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Can anyone tell me how to tell if a cut square comes from a wrapper or an envelope? Example: Scott #U315 and #W316. Thanks for any information.

Mel
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khj
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28 Jun 2013
04:45:00pm
re: Envelopes and Wrappers

You can make some generalized rules, but there will be exceptions based on the issue/era.

For your particular example, the envelope #U315 will be on diagonal laid paper, while the wrapper #W316 will be on horizontal (or vertical?) laid paper.

As a general rule (beware of exceptions), envelopes/wrappers PRODUCED before July 1, 1915 will be diagonal laid paper for envelopes and horizontal/vertical laid paper for wrappers. Remember that is a production date; after that wove paper was used. Which means some issues will exist on both laid paper and wove paper.

I don't actively collect postal stationery, so I am subject to correction.

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mbo1142
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28 Jun 2013
11:24:53pm

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re: Envelopes and Wrappers

khj,

Thanks for the response. I don't actively collect cut squares either, but I have quite a few and the Scott pages to go with them. Thought I would give it a try, but the paper colors are driving me crazy. I have been able to research the colors and have come up with a fairly good chart, but still have problems. Will keep working on them.

Again thanks for the help.

Mel

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