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#1 Cover W/ Carter's Despatch Cancellation Affixed

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Posted 05/25/2019   9:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Reedededge to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Is this cover legit, and if so, could somebody please explain the role of "Carter's Despatch" and their relationship to the postal service? Did they play a similar role to "Blood's" and other Philly city carriers of that era??
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Posted 05/25/2019   10:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chipg to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Carter would have picked up the letter and handed it off to the post office. Fee was 2c.
This cover is not listed in the USPCS 1847 cover census, although 3 other Philly covers with Carters adhesives and/or handstamps are listed.
Please see this page and think about submitting an image for the census (and you might want to have it sent to the PF for a certificate, as it's probably worth a few bucks if genuine. Also, the PF should be able to tell you if a Carters stamp was removed, though there does not appear to be any sign of one having been on the envelope from the scan.
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Posted 05/26/2019   09:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SForgCa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Cannot define from image but there seems to be some discrepancies compared to the actual Carter's letters. It was actually just a "cover mark" since they were not used for cancellation purposes
Here is a genuine copy

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