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Posted 07/22/2009   11:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stamperdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Of course, I have picked up an interest in HPO covers. This cover would work in my Abraham Lincoln or Route 66 topical collections and is from my place of birth.






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Posted 07/24/2009   7:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ellasguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What do you mean by highway post office ?
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Posted 07/24/2009   9:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
they are mobile or travelling postoffices..they looked something like buses..in Guatemala they are called ambulantes !!
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Posted 07/24/2009   9:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Darn it dude..i have one or two somewhere now I am going to have to dig them out and show them !!
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Posted 07/24/2009   10:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ok, after going through 8 or 9 hundred covers I found this one !

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Posted 07/25/2009   12:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ellasguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK thanks. Great postmark.
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Posted 07/25/2009   03:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nuggethill to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
G'Day all this is my only Mobil post office envelope/cover and like you Phil I had to look through all the covers to find it .





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Posted 07/25/2009   10:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Phil & Harry thank you for sharing. I was beginning to wonder if anyone had any covers to show.

ellasguy,
HPO's were meant to take the place of Railroad Post Offices, in fact the interior of the buses looked almost identical to the RPO setup at that time in the mid 1950's. Ironically, RPO service lasted 3 years longer than HPO service. The first HPO bus is on display at the National Postal Musuem in Washington D.C. There is some good info on their website regarding this short lived method of mail service.
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Posted 07/25/2009   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When we went to Washington 2006..the buzz was not to miss the postal museum...we just could not make it..we had like 3 days and nights in D.C. and with attending the show every day..the free show on the Capital lawn etc: etc: the time just flew..i took my wife on a trolley ride to see some of the main sites..but being Memorial Day weekend much was roped off for the parade....
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Posted 08/21/2009   3:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Phil,
We missed the show at The National Mall & Capital Lawn. We did see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington. It was very impressive watching the changing of the guard.

Does anyone have any other HPO's to show?
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Posted 12/30/2009   5:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I was just given a stack of old "Covers" magazine from the early 1950's at my last club meeting. The first one I picked and flipped through had a multi page article about Highway Post Offices. There was even a listing of all the routes and offer to purchase a complete set of covers for each TRIP. I will attempt to scan it to share, once I've read the whole article.
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Posted 03/27/2010   3:01 pm  Show Profile Check Battlestamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Battlestamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply






Here's a few I've come across recently. Will
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Posted 03/27/2010   3:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Londonbus1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great covers everyone.
This is all new to me and I am learning.
Great topic and subject.

In this something specifically American or are we talking about Post Buses/Vans the world over ??
Can someone post some pics of the type/s of Vehicles used ??

Thanks.

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Posted 03/28/2010   06:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow those are great

Great thread stamperdude and thanks for sharing everyone.

Dianne
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Posted 03/28/2010   12:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
battlestamps,
I really like the cachets on your HPO's.

Londonbus1,
I started this thread with USA covers. But you are more than welcome to add any WW covers. You can see one of the buses on the National Postal Mueum's website. The interiors looked a lot like the RPO cars.
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Posted 06/22/2011   3:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamperdude to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I just won 2 lots of HPO Missouri & Oklahoma covers on eBay. I'll try to make time to scan them and share. If I get a some I don't need I hope to sell them here. I picked them up for my Route 66 collection.
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