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Posted 05/04/2021   12:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add centerstage98 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just a couple from Central NY ... roots of my newspaper and willow baskets, a major industry in the area created mostly to haul the salt extracted from Onondaga Lake, a natural salt lake that supplied much of the nation's salt in the 19th century.

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Posted 05/24/2021   3:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I purchased this for the bananas:



This in hope of keeping covers wandering to the wrong box:

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Posted 05/25/2021   11:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
And I picked up another fencing company ad today:





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Posted 06/11/2021   10:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Revenue N Covers to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not the most ornate cover but just one of my favorites-
Cyclops Ironworks is about the best company name ever. I'd like to make T shirts of the logo...




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Posted 06/19/2021   2:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Does this count? It is also the reason I later picked up fence ad covers shown above.

The sender is advertising their steel fencing product in full natural colors:




This is an over two but not exceeding three ounce parcel post item sent at one cent per ounce regardless of distance likely from 1-1-1913 through 5-1-1913 when the three cent parcel post stamp was commonly available (Q-3 EKU in in mid April 1913).
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Posted 06/19/2021   5:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
PARCELPOSTGUY -- That is really neat! A great example of what can not be sent unboxed in the mail!
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Posted 06/19/2021   5:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Which reminds me to show this example of a Cedar Shake Shingle mailing made by the "United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America" to the House of Representatives in the early 1950s; the cedar shake shingles are longer than my scanner bed. This is the shortest at a mere 16"L x 3.5"W.



Of course, they could have mailed bricks -- which was common before the Post Office banned the practice. The Carriers complained about the weight. (I wonder why?!? )
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Posted 06/19/2021   6:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are few Baby Bank Note Ad covers...







Enjoy~!
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Posted 06/19/2021   7:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Of course, they could have mailed bricks -- which was common before the Post Office banned the practice.


You have always, within the package mailing weight limits of the time, and continue to be able to mail bricks; they are not banned. Even these bricks were mailed, beginning in 1916, but these bricks were the main reason a mailing weight limit was placed on how much one mailer could mail to one addressee within certain specified time periods, such as per day:






In 1916, a 50 pound package of bricks cost 54 cents to mail 125 crow-fly miles which happened to be the distance from Salt Lake City to Vernal. By express company, the same shipment was over 1.5 cents per pound or more than 75 cents each package for that trip. The post office at the time contracted with local express companies to carry mail and that contract price was 1.5 cents per pound for that trip. Those 125 crow-fly miles took 400 road miles to cover the distance.

During 1916, before a 200 pound per day limit of mail from one sender to one addressee was implemented approximately 11-24-1916, 37.5 tons of bricks were mailed to Vernal with each of the 15,000 bricks individually wrapped in paper with 10 brick per crate to meet the 50lb maximum package weight.

Bricks to Vernal were not the only large shipment. 9720 cans of tomatoes were packed in cases and mailed, the twelve tons of cases arrive in one train car load in September 1916.

Here is the Post Office's side of the story:

https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/p...f-vernal.pdf

Not covered in the pdf was another change which circumstances such as the Salt Lake City to Vernal created. Parcel Post Zone distances were set up on the basis of crow-fly or straight line distance. Zone one was to 50 miles average and zone 2 from 50 to 150 miles average. However the new rule stated that if the actual mail route distance exceeded 150 mile then zone 3 (over 150-300 miles average) rates were to be charged. Thus the fifty pound zone one or two package would not be 54 cents, it would be rated at $1.14.
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Posted 06/19/2021   7:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
A great example of what can not be sent unboxed in the mail!


Boxes were not required. Hand tools, tires, parts could all be mailed with just a mailing tag tied on.
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Posted 06/24/2021   01:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good couple of days for me and ad covers. The first one is so beautiful that it allows for special dispensation for the next two.

This is one of the most beautiful Parcel Post stamped ad covers one will see.



This is from a US Company, Tide Oil Company, to the USA advertising their lubricants, used and sent on LZ-129, the Hindenburg-




Tide Water also owned the Veedol brand and advertised such on the Graf Zepplin LZ-127, this unflown-

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Posted 06/24/2021   10:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Parcelpostguy:

That Haintz cover from KC is,indeed,a prize! Beautiful cover.

DonSellos
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Posted 06/24/2021   5:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jmeverden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Patriotic advertising cover



Stamp protectors for large revenue stamps on beer barrels



Jim
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Posted 06/25/2021   10:05 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Jim:

Both very nice covers! I wonder what the ingredients of the headache wafers were?

Don
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Posted 07/12/2021   5:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jmeverden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Don, Thanks. I have never been able to find out, but I did find evidence of several lawsuits filed against Gessler.

Jim
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