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U432 With Uspod Official Mail Overprint

 
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Bedrock Of The Community
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Posted 03/27/2015   10:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wt1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I happened to come across this when searching eBay listings:



http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-U432-Ent...em25a0ced83e

As I don't recall ever seeing an example like this before, I wonder if someone can shed some light on whether it was a legitimate usage.
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Posted 03/28/2015   12:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dopie13 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wt1, As I understand it, the post office overprinted old stock for official use.
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Posted 03/28/2015   07:29 am  Show Profile Check paperhistory's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paperhistory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The POD imprinted a variety of obsolete or otherwise unsellable stamped envelopes for use on official mail. They are generally common but there are scarcer varieties for specialists. The postal savings stamped envelopes from 1911-1913 can be found with different penalty imprints, and so can the Washington bicentennial envelopes, some of the circular die envelopes, etc.
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Posted 03/28/2015   09:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks. It was just a variety I don't recall seeing before, but your explanation helps.
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Posted 03/28/2015   7:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ThomasGalloway to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That is a Type XIa penalty overprint on that U432.
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Posted 04/02/2015   2:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jobi01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
At times the USPOD has been penny conscious. Surplus stock of unused envelopes was frequently overprinted when that style was or denomination was no longer useful. At the end of the circular die period, 1915-1950, the paper value alone of the surplus envelopes was in the millions and millions of dollars. The penalty overprint both demonetized the envelope and converted the envelope for official use. The face value of the stamp has no bearing on the use of the penalty overprinted envelope. The penalty overprint was not used to demonetize envelopes that had been returned to the post office like those bearing CANCELLED markings of various kinds.
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Bill Lehr
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