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Posted 08/17/2020   10:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add chasa to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have never seen this before, any comments on what it is?
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Posted 08/17/2020   1:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
chasa,

Is this a label to be affixed to an item or what? Might be used to collect incoming custom duty on an item from overseas? Do you just have this itm or is it on a piece of mail?
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Posted 08/17/2020   4:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
it appears to be a label to be affixed, my copy is not a cover

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Posted 08/17/2020   4:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have a similar one from Seattle with the word "International", an important clue.



Your label has a printing date of 1923 on it, so off to the July 1923 U.S. Official Postal Guide to find it is a delivery fee for for parcels of international origin:



The end wording references the 1913 Postal Laws and Regulations volume which is here:



I have what initially appears to be a similar example on a parcel wrapper from Australia with a printing date of 1944 at the lower right of the pink customs declaration form:



And these two soaked examples:



Turns out they are little bit different - a combination of fees: customs clearance and delivery. In The 1949 US Postal Guide, Part II on the International Postal Service:





Clearly, the wrapper from Australia should have had postage due stamps on it, but perhaps they were recorded in-bulk on another accounting form.

That's my edited stab at an answer.


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Posted 08/17/2020   5:03 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chasa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
impressive answer, cool stamps, maybe the guys at Frajolas have even more.
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Posted 08/17/2020   5:28 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks.

I try not to guess too much and just let the philatelic material and original postal references tell the story.

Of course the Australian wrapper is only partial. Perhaps the US dues disappeared along with the Australian stamps during a clipping and soaking operation by a previous collector.
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Posted 08/18/2020   12:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That Australian Parcel , hopefully, would have had 3 x 1 Kangaroos.
Spectacular. (Contents Asst Opals)

Opals from N (Norman) H Seward, Melbourne
Advert Popular Mechanics 1936
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Edited by rod222 - 08/18/2020 12:30 am
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Posted 08/18/2020   09:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Rod, here is a close-up of the Austailian customs label:

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Posted 08/18/2020   4:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you John,
I'd like to save that image, if I may.
Nice example of PP8 indicia, and a serial /print info at lower.

My gaffe of the week "Value of contents" not postage as I had suggested

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Posted 08/18/2020   4:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Please feel free to save it and use it as you desire to advance the hobby.
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Posted 03/08/2021   01:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The UPU authorized the delivery fees charged on international parcel post to be collected in the country of delivery to be kept by the postal service of the country of delivery. The fee could not be prepaid by the sender.

In the United States the fee started with the first international Parcels Post Convention with Mexico signed April 4, 1887. However carriage of parcels post matter did not begin until July 1, 1888. That was the first day the 5 cent package delivery fee could be assessed. The package delivery fee remained a maximum of five cents through May 14, 1957. Beginning May 15, 1957 the Package delivery fee of five cents was combined with the separate ten cent customs clearance fee for a now indivisible total of a 15 cent fee. Prior to that date the labels shown with 15 cents were only used when both the package delivery and customs clearance fees were both due; both were not always required on an incoming piece of parcel post matter.

[Note: See 'The Seeds of Parcels Post' in the October 2020 The United States Specialist, journal of the United States Stamp Society (USSS) for more details and my source citations.]

The delivery fee was to be collected and five cents in postage due stamps "affixed" in the manner other postage due was collected. For the period 1-1-1913 through 6-30-1913 only Parcel Post Postage Due stamps could be used.

Prior to the introduction of the five cent label type shown, notification of the need to collect the fee was usually done with a handstamp. I have attached an image of such handstamp applied in San Francisco on the income foreign parcel post matter tag from the foreign country known as the Republic of Hawai'i.

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Posted 03/08/2021   02:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I always find it fascinating, to read the depth of knowledge, of those whom specialise in certain disciplines.
First one in Parcel Post, I have read.

I note the tag is by Dennisons...The Hinge maker?
I somehow recall the did make sundry paper articles.


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Yes, it's the hinge maker. Many variety store chains and stationery stores carried quite a line of their paper goods like gummed labels and envelopes of all types, so gummed hinges fell into their wheelhouse. Since Dennison products were ubiquitous, I'm sure that's why the hinges were so commonly used back in the day (in the US, at least) .
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Posted 03/08/2021   12:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Again, thanks HB
Nice yo have it confirmed.
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Posted 03/08/2021   8:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What a lovely tag.
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