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US To Switzerland Air Mail, Feb 24, 1956

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Posted 10/18/2020   5:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Chevelle to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Need help. Air mail to Europe was 15 per half ounce. Can't explain what looks to be a 5 over payment. Maybe someone just ran the math wrong? Doesn't look like a convenience over payment.

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Edited by Chevelle - 10/18/2020 5:24 pm

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Posted 10/19/2020   06:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add AnimatedFDCs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You are correct about the rate being 15c/half ounce. Additionally that rate was effective 10/1/46 to 7/1/61 so this letter wasn't mailed right at the beginning or end of a rate. I have seen letters posted beginning or ending of rate where the postal clerk apparently forgot to take the change into account. That doesn't appear to be the case here. I think more likely is that with all those stamps the clerk simply calculated the postage on the letter incorrectly. When all else fails the simplest answer is typically the correct answer.
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