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Posted 01/11/2019   1:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Linus to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I found this interesting cover at the local flea market. It was mailed from Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA to London, England, UK, but was sent to Iceland in search of the recipient. The USA stamp fell off somewhere in its journey. This cover is in my WWII topical collection.

Linus





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Posted 01/11/2019   2:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Freibergs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow! Cool cover. Wonder if, after all that, it ever reached him? Or did it make the lonely trip back to where it started out?
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Posted 01/11/2019   2:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rick2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah.....that is awesome.....I'm always looking for stuff like that.....
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Posted 01/11/2019   2:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

These are oft referred to, as a "busy" cover.
Just love that ARMY SIGNALS Postmark, glorious!

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Posted 01/11/2019   2:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The cover does have "unidentified return to sender" scribbled across the front, so I would assume it was sent back to Iowa. I paid a dollar for it from a book seller set up at the Des Moines, Iowa flea market at the Iowa State fairgrounds. If this cover was bought from a stamp dealer at a stamp show, it would have cost more, for sure.

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Posted 01/11/2019   5:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add codehappy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great cover, very nifty. I always check when people have stamps or covers at their table at the local flea market. Most often they want high prices for common material, but every once in a while if you keep trawling you'll find something fantastic for a fair (or better than fair) price there.
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Posted 01/12/2019   07:23 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joy Daschaudhuri to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


Though my area is Br. FPOs functioning in India during WW2, but I can quote that Br. FPO 304 was located in Akureyrarkaupsta­ur, ═sland from May 21,1940 to Ausgust 22,1942 and the FPO 304 datestamp used during this period is quite scarce.

So, $1 is a great bargain thanks to the uninformed seller.
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Posted 01/12/2019   12:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Joy -

Thank you for the FPO 304 information! This means the base was on the remote northern area of Iceland and not the more common base at Reykjavik. I will try to research more on this base.

The book seller I bought this cover from thought it was of minimal value because the postage stamp was missing. I thought it was a great cover myself, with all of the markings and history it contains.

Thanks everyone for the kind words,
Linus
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Posted 01/25/2019   2:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rick2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is the "busy" cover from my collection......1943, and who knows if he ever got this either.



Wish it had letter enclosed .....
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Posted 01/25/2019   6:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Linus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rick,

Nice cover. I am sure you could start a whole collection of these kind of covers from WWII.

Linus
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Posted 01/25/2019   7:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rick2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, as often as they moved......troop movements, sunken ships, APO moves, anything could delay and re-route mail. I keep looking in bargain boxes and stores......
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Posted 01/25/2019   7:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ciffic2112 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
German wwII era I have some with letters I think the 2 on the right maybe pre WWII let me know please



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Posted 01/25/2019   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rick2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those are nice !! I cant click on them to zoom in, but they look nice with those markings!
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Posted 02/04/2019   1:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rick2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Look at the date stamped on them for pre or post ww11 timeframes, I tried to enlarge the pics but all clarity was lost in enlargement.
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Posted 02/04/2019   1:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rick2 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
When I find older covers with letters, I carefully open the letters inside to verify the date, especially on covers with heavy cancels that hide date/time stamps......checking catalog for stamp issue date may help also...
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Posted 02/04/2019   2:03 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps you could scan them to make them clearer. The right-hand cover at the top is post-WWII from the French zone (Baden).
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