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United States/Covers & Postmarks : From Tasmania to New York, to Chicago to Minneapolis

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auldstampguy
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17 Mar 2014
09:23:38pm
Here is a recent acquisition that fits into a number of my collecting areas. This was originally shipped from Tasmania on October 27th, 1913. The person that I purchased this from thought that it was shipped from "Launceston Tasmania PPC" in 1927, but it was definitely shipped in 1913. What does the PPC mean? It arrived in New York on December 10th 1913. It then passed through Chicago on December 12th 1913 and on to Minneapolis where it was stamped on December 13 1913. Is the stamp on the front a receiving cancel? It looks more like a shipping cancel to me. I don't know why it would have been stamped on both sides in Minneapolis. Any suggestions? Also, does anyone have any suggestions on the Tasmanian shipping PO? I'm sure it isn't Launceston.

Regards ... Tim

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17 Mar 2014
11:15:35pm
re: From Tasmania to New York, to Chicago to Minneapolis

Nice! You got yourself a 'Roo on cover.

Here is a link to a 1920 map of Tazmania which may or may not be helpful.
http://etc.usf.edu/maps/pages/6000/6069/6069.htm

With a little help from our friends at retroreveal.org (a link I may need to add if someone else hasn't already) I think I can just make out Georgetown.

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18 Mar 2014
08:18:53am
re: From Tasmania to New York, to Chicago to Minneapolis

Thanks for your help Antonio. I also put a posting on the discussion board run by the Tasmanian Philatelic Society tps.org.au. A helpful guy called Jeff suggested that it is probably stamped by Launceston. He pointed out that back in 1913 only the larger post offices had the center date stamp.

Regards ... Tim

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18 Mar 2014
09:48:00am
re: From Tasmania to New York, to Chicago to Minneapolis

That's true, and Launceston would have been my first guess. I believe Georgetown was a larger town at that time too and predates Launceston by two years. I would be very interested in what they have to say.

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18 Mar 2014
10:54:07am

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re: From Tasmania to New York, to Chicago to Minneapolis

Tim, can you read the date on the machine cancel on the pix side?

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18 Mar 2014
06:19:06pm
re: From Tasmania to New York, to Chicago to Minneapolis

Yeap. Looks forwarded three times to me. First from NY to Chicago, then from Chicago to Minneapolis, and finally from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.

As for the postmark, Longford, Tasmania, might be another option based on the view pictured on the front of the card.

Arno

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