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DouglasGPerry
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21 Jul 2014
03:05:45pm
Friends, I am a novice in air mail postal history. I just bought this cover in an auction:
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My question is, why does the cover have a "postage due" declaration? Was the air mail rate 8 cents in 1932? As you can see from the above images, there is no indication that this postage due was ever paid. Your expert help would be appreciated. Happy

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tomiseksj
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21 Jul 2014
05:45:00pm
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

The 8c rate for the 1st ounce, all routes was in effect between July 6, 1932 and June 30, 1934. During that period, each additional ounce or fraction thereof was 13c.

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DouglasGPerry
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21 Jul 2014
06:27:33pm
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

Thanks, Steve. That explains the postage due. I wonder why it was not collected (as far as I can tell). It certainly was delivered, as indicated by the receiving CDS on the back cover. I haven't found many examples of mail that was delivered short-paid. (Actually, I suppose that all I can say is that the letter reached Springfield; it may not have been delivered to the addressee.)

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DavidG
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21 Jul 2014
08:41:16pm
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

Doug:

As a collector of Air Postal History of Texas, all I can say about your cover is.... Wow!

David Giles
Ottawa, Canada

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DouglasGPerry
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22 Jul 2014
12:02:19am
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

Thank you, David. It's nice to hear that from a specialist!

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22 Jul 2014
08:06:55am
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

I echo David's admiration. Nice to see both label and rubber stamp cachet PLUS the fair label on the reverse.

Not all dues show payment made; most were collected from the receiver, unless you see later postmark from originating PO.

This cover has lots going for it. Nice job Doug

David

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22 Jul 2014
08:08:37am
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

Doug, you'll find a number of air mail specialists here: Michael, Steven K and Steven D, Saleem. Each is more knowledgeable than the last.

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philauthor
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22 Jul 2014
09:49:43pm
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

Doug.

I also have in my air mail collection an October 10-15, 1932 Beaumont, Texas Municipal Airport Dedication cover with a Postage Due 3 cents marking.

The difference with my cover is that a 3-cent postage due stamp was affixed and cancelled, apparently confirming the due payment by the recipient.

Like yours, the reverse of the cover has the South Texas State Fair label. A really nice piece of Texas postal history.

steve

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22 Jul 2014
11:13:48pm
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

slightly different border, stars instead of lozenges, plus the due, and different addressees differently applied, but still very close. Both are grand

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DouglasGPerry
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23 Jul 2014
12:35:05am
re: Postage Due on Air Mail Event Cover

How interesting! I find it curious that two covers, so closely similar, are both incorrectly franked with the same stamp. It's as if someone prepared a batch of air mail event covers and didn't know how much air mail actually cost at the time. Thinking

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