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Posted 07/02/2019   11:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Mjack to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Was it common for post offices to accept torn stamps?

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Posted 07/02/2019   11:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
With the middle stamp not tied at the right end, it may be impossible to prove a chronology of when the tear occurred. Before, during or after being in the USPOD's hands.

A registered letter would be presented at a PO counter for mailing. It is quite possible the clerk accidentally tore the stamp, knew it was valid and continued onward - note the 3 cent is upright and the other 2 stamps are sideways perhaps indicating two different affixers.

Or alternatively, the stamp was poorly affixed at one end and was torn off somehow afterwards - note the open space in that area - but again, the lack of a partial tied cancel in that area makes it impossible to prove much.

Is the letter from Asa Gray enclosed?
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Posted 07/03/2019   12:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mjack to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you John Becker. I just assumed it was was accepted at the post office because it didn't look like there would be enough room for the rest of the stamp to fit. Sadly, the letter is not with the envelope.
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Posted 07/03/2019   08:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Morning Mjack and all,

It is not unusual to find less than 90+ grade stamps on covers. Sadly, many covers with pristine stamps have been soaked. I agree with John that we cannot tell today at what point in time the stamp was damaged. Thankfully this item still exists.

This is an example of the eight cent registration fee period January 1, 1874 to June 30, 1875.

Russ

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Posted 07/03/2019   12:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mjack to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It would be an 11 cent fee. Correct?
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Posted 07/03/2019   2:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mjack,

Your torn stamp is a six cent stamp. The total franking is eleven cents three of which is for first class postage. Registration fee eight cents.

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Posted 07/03/2019   4:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Mjack to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Clearly I still have a lot to learn! Thank you hoosierboy for your help!
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