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Posted 08/13/2019   07:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A smaller checkerboard pattern, half blue and half red.
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Posted 08/14/2019   07:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This checkerboard with small staggered or scattered red and blue squares is a variation of the A.C. Roesseler design posted above by John Becker. The design continues on the reverse and has a copyright notice by A.C. Roesseler.

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Posted 08/15/2019   07:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Another variation on the checkerboard borders. Unfortunately, there is a silver foil label on this cover that does not scan well.
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Edited by DonSellos - 08/15/2019 07:08 am
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Posted 08/16/2019   07:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Moving from the "checkerboards" to what I call the "crossroads" or "intersections" category. These emulate the international designation for registered mail. The variations generally occur in the width of the lines and placement of the intersection on the cover.
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Posted 08/18/2019   06:55 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A thinner line crossroads variety.
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Posted 08/19/2019   06:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Crossroads with double thin lines.
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Posted 08/20/2019   06:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A partial crossroads designed, perhaps, to allow more space for cachets or return addresses.
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Posted 08/20/2019   3:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add zepman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Another two to add to the theme


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Posted 08/21/2019   07:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A 'dead end" crossroads freeing up more space on the left side for cachet or return address.
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Posted 08/22/2019   07:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A dead end crossroads formed with small red and blue squares.
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Posted 08/23/2019   07:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The last of my crossroads,this one multiple crossroads.
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Posted 08/24/2019   2:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This cover can be categorized as flags or stars. I put it in flags and it is my only flags border that is of U.S. origin.
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Posted 08/24/2019   7:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
DonSellos, that is a fantastic cover (771). So many auxiliary markings on it. Love it!
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Posted 08/25/2019   5:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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DonSellos, that is a fantastic cover (771). So many auxiliary markings on it.

Thanks, Stampman. One other thing I like about that cover is the bullseye slogan cancel on the stamp.

Don

Moving on to my next category, Lines and Bars, I will post only a selected few. Many in this category have already been shown by others and I don't wish to duplicate what others have posted. The below NAMW cover from Qunicy, MA, I am certain, is new to this category because on close examination when mounting the cover I discovered the airmail border and "via air mail" box above the address are hand drawn. I measured the distances from the enlarged portions of the lines in the center of the border to the corners of the smaller lines and they are exactly the same for all four positions. Surely whoever drew this border was a skilled draftsman or calligrapher. Unfortunately, someone at sometime inked out the name of the addressee.
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Posted 08/26/2019   12:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DonSellos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A couple more examples of Lines and Bars varieties. Both the horizontal red & blue bars and the diagonal red & blue bars are common designs seen from the 1920s forward. The two designs together crossing one another is seen less frequently. The cachet on the Century of Progress cover is copyrighted by Lytle Adams, a dentist who successfully developed and sold the concept of inflight pick-up and dispatch of airmail.

The second cover with red & blue bars being pulled across the bottom of the envelope by an airplane is a common design the variations of which include the width of the bars, the type of airplane, and the direction its flying. This type is frequently seen on covers from Latin America.


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