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1 Perfin = 5 Railroads

 
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Posted 02/05/2012   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add PoStat4evR to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here are a few covers from my RR perfin collection.

The perfin in particular is W155, Western Pacific Railroad.








This railroad had smaller named railroads that operated around California. Here are covers of each, with perfin W155 affixed..














So, there you have it. One perfin (WP - W155) was used on 5 railroads: Western Pacific Ry (the parent company), Alameda Belt Line, California Central Traction Ry., Sacramento Northern Ry. and Tidewater Southern Ry.

Many other Class one railroads practiced this usage of perfins as well.

Anyone have any to show?

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Posted 02/05/2012   12:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great stuff. I like the Ferry Annex cancel on the CCTC cover.
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Posted 02/05/2012   1:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bujutsu to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting PoStat

This is something I was not aware of.

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Posted 02/05/2012   8:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Bujutsu .. it is a fun pastime trying to link all the little railroads to the parent railroads perfin usage. The SP (Southern Pacific) has a few as well. I know that a few bigger eastern RR's do as well. Glad you found it interesting.
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Posted 02/07/2012   11:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great stuff. I am on the lookout for RR's that paralled route 66 ie. Illinois Central, Gulf Mobile & Ohio, Santa Fe, Frisco to name a few.
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Posted 11/02/2012   08:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampfan9 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great looking covers. I only have the stamps with perfins for one railroad and that is Scott 922.with the SP perfin..
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Posted 11/29/2012   8:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jobi01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Your covers marked with RRB and with RYB were probably carried outside of the US mails which was perfectly legal as long as proper US postage was paid.
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Posted 07/10/2013   12:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
jobi01: Most RR's had one envelope printed for all of their usages. The envelopes that just show R.R.B. or equivilant (no stamp attached) were legally carried on trains between stations or other RR locations (within the same RR). If the envelope was addressed to anyone outside of the particular RR it required first class postage to be affixed. I have found a few RR business mailings, but if a perfin is to be found it will be on the "other" commercial postal system usage mailed envelopes.

Additional correction: When I posted this it was incorrectly stated that all the stamps had a W155 perfin. Actually the perfin is a variety of W154 perfin patterns, with one W155 perfin pattern. W154 had 3 varieties. A full punch and two other partial punches. This originally was listed with W154A, W154B and W154C designations. They were lumped into a W154 designation and value reduced to the next lowest value "C" in the catlog. However the only pattern that can actually get a full "C" value is the complete pattern. If anyone really cares I can post the three patterns. Those with a Perfins of the United States Catalog can go look them up.
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Posted 07/10/2013   12:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PoStat4evR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Follow up: There is another line that used this pattern. Oakland Terminal Rwy, so title can be changed to 6 railroads - one perfin
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Posted 07/19/2013   11:10 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I keep an eye out for Hudson Erie & NYC RR lines covers and perfins and such but I believe that they may predate the perfin although I am unsure? This is a real neat thing to see. Thank you.
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