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1950s Postcard From London To New York Why So Expensive ?

 
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Posted 11/29/2011   8:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add philb to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
i am trying to figure if theres any logic for the huge amount of postage on this card in a time when a letter went for 2 1/2 p ??

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Posted 11/29/2011   8:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lithograving to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Probably the sender an American thought the 1S/3p stamps were only
one third of a penny stamps and the total she applied was 2p.
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Posted 11/29/2011   8:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bingo! From the written dialog I have to assume that the writer is about as sharp as a marble. She's delighted to discover that they speak English in England............
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Posted 11/29/2011   9:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I know they speak English in London...was there last September..makes life easier !!
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Posted 11/30/2011   04:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add AnthonyUK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A relation Philb?
English in London, the capital of England
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Posted 11/30/2011   05:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rohumpy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well she did draw a smiley face after the everyone speaking English sentence. Perhaps we should give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she was speaking tongue in cheek, so to speak.
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Posted 11/30/2011   09:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, this thread somehow got kidnapped but its an interesting piece !!
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Posted 11/30/2011   10:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add scotzm to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps the sender was trying to send a postcard with some nice stamps on it. Having said that they might have placed them better Just maybe it was their first visit and their first sight of UK stamps with the Queen's head. Postmark is London.
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Posted 11/30/2011   10:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That's a great card, philb. The sender's interpretation of the denomination as one-third pence has to be the answer.

Imagine the great travel stories she could regale her friends with upon her return..."well, yes, they sort of speak English, but do you know that a third-of-a-penny stamp costs fifteen cents there?"

Except for the buying-the-stamps part (where you just shelled out better than a third of a pound for enough stamps to mail a postcard), it is a perfectly understandable mistake for someone accustomed to a dollars-and-cents world.
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Posted 11/30/2011   10:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
CJD I guess we all think differently..as a universal stamp collector I just would have asked the clerk for the correct stamp !
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Posted 11/30/2011   10:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampgal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe she did ask the clerk - who spotted a gullible tourist and pocketed the difference?...
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Posted 11/30/2011   1:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
She would have to have been very unlucky...evidently she did not care !!
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Posted 11/30/2011   2:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ldhaber to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Phil,

I think I have the answer. The rate for a letter to the US weighing less than Żoz sent via air was 1s3d for most of the 1950s. That's what those stamps were for, airmail to Zone B.

The tourist was not clear in the post office that she are talking about a postcard nor about air or surface and didn't mark the card as going by air, so it looks like it needed just the surface rate of 2d.

So, the tourist had a handful of stamps for airmail letters to the US and just slapped a few on and thats what you have.

Larry
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Posted 11/30/2011   4:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Most probably the answer. After looking at it a bit further, if she did make the mistake of thinking that the Stamps were 1/3 instead of 1-/3d that would have only brought the rate to 2d, when it should have been 2 1/2d for the letter rate.
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