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Fancy Missent Highland W-Va, Real?

 
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Posted 03/31/2021   1:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Dutch US Stamp Collector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
hi community, have this cover send form Middlebourne w va to Stebron w-va that was missent to Highland and returned.

my question is is the "fancy missent" real and does anyone have more info?

did notice the Doane type cancel on back

cant find it on the stamps-smarter fancy cancel tool, e bay, hipstamp etc...





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Posted 03/31/2021   4:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wkusau to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think the actual location name is Hebron W Va.
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Posted 03/31/2021   4:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dutch US Stamp Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
wkusau, I think you are right. I was so focused on the missent pictorial that I didn't concentrate.

thank you for correcting
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Posted 03/31/2021   4:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The pictorial missent mark was not supplied by the USPOD.

I will propose a "normal" handling of this missent piece, with an assumption:
(And I would be curious for other explanations of the path/timing.)

Mar 24, mailed at Middlebourne.

Mar 24, received at Highland a few hours later by mistake, postmaster applied pictorial missent and backstamped it with the doane device. Sent it on to Hebron (not Stebron).

Mar 25 (or so), received at Hebron, where it very likely got backstamped on the portion of the back flap now absent**. There is a bit of extra black ink in that area.

Apr 3 (or so), unclaimed after more than a week at Hebron which applied the pointing hand and at went back to the sender at Middlebourne. Hebron should have stamped it again for its return journey.

Apr 4, received back at Middlebourne.

**Yes, the assumption is that it reached Hebron, despite no direct evidence on this cover. It builds on the concept that backstamping was still a regulation at that time. Regardless, I find it hard to believe the postmaster at Highland would apply two contradictory auxiliary markings the "misspent" which implies the need to send it forward to the correct destination and the pointing hand which directs it to go backwards. The logical conclusion is that the 2 auxiliary marks were applied at two different times (and places), and that the Hebron marks are absent due to flap damage. And that a letter addressed to Hebron would have naturally gotten there as part of its journey.

Other possibilities?
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Posted 04/04/2021   4:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kimo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Perhaps it is just my computer monitor, but I see the colors of the inks used in the RETURN TO SENDER and MISSENT as being different. To my thinking they would have been applied at different times by different people. This raises a question in my mind as to whether the fancy MISSENT is what it is trying to be.
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