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Posted 02/04/2021   01:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I haven't checked this thread for some time, but the posts in the last month are outstanding. Stan, I particularly like the Oregon Territory covers from Port Orford. We used to live in Coos Bay, about 50 miles north. But in the 1850s, Port Orford was probably the biggest timber port on the Oregon coast. Great stuff!

Incidentally, the cover sent to Dayton, OT (between Salem and Portland) was addressed to Joel Palmer, one of the town's founders. His house still exists and is local a historical site. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton,_Oregon
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Posted 03/02/2021   06:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BobbyT to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looking at these covers, I wish I had been collecting similar items but with the feeling that these items must be fairly rare and expensive.

I love history, and covers tell it as well as any artifact could, especially when tied, as some of these are, to historical figures.

Any suggestion how a person can get started collecting historical covers such as these without breaking the bank? I suppose they are mostly available at stamp shows, etc.

Bobby T
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Posted 03/11/2021   10:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes it is from a Territory, it doesn't involve parcel post and yes it holds its own with all the other covers in this thread, even if less old. However, for this, it is in fact the perfect amount of old. It is one of those items where all the ducks lined up.


[See, I am not limited to just parcel post collecting. But for a parcel post territorial usage see my thread here: http://goscf.com/t/76523 you will need to scroll down a number of posts to see the pretty side.]
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Posted 05/08/2021   3:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stephen J Bukowy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BobbyT,
Plenty of territorials are available on eBay. Some are $1-$5. Looks like most are going to be the more recent states; Hi, AK, AZ, NM, and OK. Others are going to cost more. Dealers boxes will also have some if shows go back live. Happy Hunting.
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Posted 06/11/2021   12:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add patg23 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As Stephen said. I found these in a small antique shop. Paid $20 for these and a group of a few others. (when I went back for more, the shop was gone)

Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912.

Douglas, Ariz.
Canceled before statehood, Nov. 30, 1911. And after, Sep. 22, 1912.

Wonder what these guys, part of the he Mexican Revolution (19101920, thought about it at the time.



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Posted 08/31/2021   03:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are a couple picture postcards from territories we haven't touched yet -- Puerto Rico and the Canal Zone.








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Posted 08/31/2021   5:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And one more Canal Zone cover from 1928.



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Posted 09/01/2021   6:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One more postcard from the Canal Zone. The shot of the Culebra Cut is terrific, if only someone hadn't peeled off the stamp on the other side.



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Posted 09/24/2021   02:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a territory that doesn't get much love -- the U.S. Virgin Islands. Can anyone offer some insight on the Fleet Marine Force cancel?





Edit: Ooops, just noticed ppg posted a Charlotte Amalie postmark a while back.
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Posted 09/24/2021   05:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GregAlex, it's for the US Marines detachment stationed there.

The US Virgin Islands were purchased in 1917 for military purposes/to prevent a German invasion, so the Marines were probably there since then. Plus the islands were under US military and Interior Dept. control until 1936.
https://www.vinow.com/general_usvi/history/

Related cancels:
https://www.navalcovermuseum.org/wi...rgin_Islands
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Edited by hy-brasil - 09/24/2021 05:41 am
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Posted 09/24/2021   12:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Two of the same illustrated covers from San Juan, Puerto Rico, the first pre-WW II, the second after the U.S. entered the war, from a serviceman at Borinquen Air Field.

The second is curious in that it is marked Air Mail in two places, but has only 3 cents postage. I wonder if it went out by air? Since it was marked Air Mail, seems that it should have gone by air and and marked 3 cents postage due.

DonSellos

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