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Over Franked Cover From 1888 With Contents - Mystery?

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Posted 09/07/2012   7:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

OK, I'm getting frustrated trying to figure this cover out!
*Why the exorbitant postage? Special handling fee or weird rate?

*What was the receipt for?

These two towns are located in Ohio and they were/are very rural communities. They are North Bristol and Niles.

I was trying to figure out what it was for I *(and a few others) thought maybe for the purchase of nails or screws? Bullets? Lumber? Business cards? a Lawyers fee perhaps? Hard to say I suppose? I can't find anything on these people.

Any thoughts or help on this would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you.




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Posted 09/07/2012   8:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
$23 in 1886 was quite a bit of money. The rate in 1886 was 2 for the first ounce and 2 per additional ounce.
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Posted 09/07/2012   8:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add smauggie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Registered mail - and overweight because of the cash included.
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Posted 09/07/2012   8:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Could this be him? He would have been about 22 in 1888.

http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census...Rider_1445wf
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Posted 09/07/2012   8:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Although registered mail dates back to 1855, what year did the price actually increase to register mail ?
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Posted 09/07/2012   8:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps
Registry .10
Return receipt .02
Dbl Wt postage .04
Total .16
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Posted 09/07/2012   9:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Russ, domestic registry fees were pretty scarce in those days. When did the fee increase from 8 to 10 ?
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stallzer, registry was increased from 8 to 10 cents on July 1, 1875 and remained at that rate until Jan 1, 1893 when it was reduced back to 8 cents.

Unless there is something on the back of the cover (or the torn off portion) I don't see any indicator of registry but a 8 oz rate don't make sense.
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Posted 09/07/2012   9:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add new12collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
In less they sent the $23 in pennies...
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Posted 09/07/2012   9:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tomiseksj to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Unless there is something on the back of the cover (or the torn off portion) I don't see any indicator of registry

I believe that 62/62 is the registration number.




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Posted 09/07/2012   10:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Steve
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Registered covers from this time period are not particularly scarce. Eight and ten cent bank notes, and later Columbians and Trans-Miss were used all the time to pay the fee.
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Posted 09/07/2012   11:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


The old "I would have paid it sooner, but...." person.

Stamp dealer:
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Posted 09/08/2012   05:49 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Also there is nothing on the back of cover.
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