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Posted 03/27/2020   11:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add wyostamp to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A question that I can't seem to find answered in the Wawrukiewicz book: If the parcel post zonal rates (back in the 1930s) for multiples of weight totaled up to include a fraction, e.g. 8c + 1.1c + 1.1c = 10.2c, was the result invariably rounded up, or did the rounding follow the ordinary rules of arithmetic?

Thanks folks --

Stan
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Posted 03/27/2020   11:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have the revised 2nd edition ... Table 30-1, 4th class, rate period 9, beginning Oct 1, 1932 has a footnote 9 reading in part "Round off decimal cents to next higher cent (for example, 1.1c = 2c)."

I know of not example where the PO ever rounded down, but would be happy to have one pointed out!
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I can't imagine that ever happening, rounding down. Revenue rates were the same way, it was always stated as per dollar or fraction so it went up to the next level.
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Posted 03/28/2020   12:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wyostamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The reason for my OP is that this tag, a Zone 2 usage, would pay (8c + 1.1c = 9.1c ~ 10c) for 2 lbs. if rounded up, but (8c + 1.1c + 1.1c = 10.2c ~ 10c) for 3 lbs. if rounded down ... and I was wondering if perchance the "40" on the stamp side means 40 oz. (= 2.5 lbs.), which would correspond to the latter scenario. Slim evidence, I know ...




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BTW Thanks, John, for pointing out the B-W source. I had stared right at that page without seeing ...
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Posted 03/28/2020   1:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What is the origin town name?
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Looks to me like Camino, Calif. -- about 130 miles by road from Oakland.
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Posted 03/08/2021   03:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Two pounds? No.

@wyostamp -- If Camino, Camino, Ca to Oakland, Ca is Zone 2 with the crow-fly miles 108. Parcel zones were determined by crow-fly distance, not road distances by the way.

@John Becker -- Footnote 9 was give short shrift.

Now what is this? It is a more than four up to five pound parcel (8 + 1.1 + 1.1 +1.1 + 1.1) totaling 12.4, rounded to 13 cents. Less the 3 cent mailed on rural route discount for matter destined for zones 1-8 (See Footnote 9, again) makes 10 cents exactly.

Now if agricultural Camino wasn't rural routes, then yes it would have been a two pound item. Even today about the only way to notice Camino is the sign, otherwise it remains mostly working farms and ranches which include orchards of 5 acres or more. The big deal in Camino is the fall, September-November Apple Hill Festival put on by the Apple Hill Growers Association in the area from Placerville (old Hang Town) up the road a piece to Camino.
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