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Posted 11/14/2020   03:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add hac5x3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all. Could use some info on this cover from Fremont Ohio, September 7, 1940, which is the first day Scott #898 was issued. However, I have been unable to find any first day covers for this stamp that do not originate from Albuquerque New Mexico. Wondering why? Also the time is rather odd - 4am. My questions:

When they issued first day covers for this stamp, were they limited to Albuquerque New Mexico? If anyone knows.

What is the best resource (book, etc.) to find out information on how stamps were rolled out?

Is 4am the most likely earliest use of this stamp?

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Posted 11/14/2020   06:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Often, "first day cover" refers to an officially serviced cover with a special handstamp for the day on which the stamp is issued; i.e. a philatelic cover. If stamps can only be cancelled on the day of issue at the facility from which the first day covers originates, you could argue they are not really first day covers.

If the stamp is released throughout the country, people can use them on "normal" mail and the post office cancels the stamp with an "ordinary" cancel. In a way, such covers with a stamp that was cancelled on the day of issue is a much more genuine first day cover. Often it is referred to as "first day of use" or "first day of issue" cover.
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Posted 11/14/2020   1:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jarnick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Specifically to your cover, hac5x3. The stamp was to be sold only at Albuquerque on September 7th. However, distribution had been made to post offices across the United States with instructions not to sell them before September 8th (or possibly the 9th, since he 7th was a Saturday). Since it would be impossible for someone to obtain the stamp in Albuquerque on September 7th and transport it to Fremont, Ohio in time for a 4 AM postmark, I think it is safe to assume that some postmaster failed to head the do no sell before warning and sold them prematurely.
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Edited by jarnick - 11/14/2020 1:26 pm
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