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Posted 07/22/2018   12:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Deltilogical to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Recently I've been looking at postcards from a postal history point of view as my knowledge increases - its a never ending field! I found this card recently and consider it a quadfecta - a lot of fun for less than 50 cents

* handcoloured picture postcard
* RPO postmark (partial)
* cork cancel
* bottom plate block number



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Posted 07/22/2018   12:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Deltilogical to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cork cancels are very intriguing. I was surprised to find them still being used into the 20th century on the postcards!

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Posted 07/22/2018   1:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Delti, just as a bit of basic - the top stamp is a plate number single, not a plate block!

Peter
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Posted 07/22/2018   1:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Neat card. Interesting note on it also.
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Posted 07/22/2018   10:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Deltilogical to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"plate number single, not a plate block"

thanks! I'm dangerous with a little knowledge.
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Posted 08/19/2018   12:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Deltilogical to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm finding so many great postcards, and little time to process them!

Here's another cork cancel from the 20th century. The readdressed and forwarded card was also missent, I see why postal history buffs like puzzling these out.

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Posted 08/19/2018   2:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't generally collect post cards, though a number of them have found their way in. But when I see post card dealers at stamp or old paper shows, I always turn the box of cards around and search via the back. I do get a few looks.
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Posted 08/19/2018   5:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I always turn the box of cards around and search via the back. I do get a few looks


Yes, this has happened to me too

If I had a dollar for every online request I've made to see the back of a postcard I'd have enough bus money for months!
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Posted 08/19/2018   6:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The "front" of an envelope typically contains the address and postage; the back side has the sealing flaps
Thus logically, the "front" of the postcard contains the address, postage and often a message with the picture on the back side. BUT try to tell that to a postcard dealer!
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Posted 08/20/2018   07:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Deltilogical to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm told back in the day, certain postcard dealers would order you to leave their table if you were "caught" trying to buy by the backs! Apparently those days are past.

I like to see the back of the card for several reasons, most importantly to identify issues that can not be seen through the image. if I can't see the back, I figure some defect is being hid.
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