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Posted 05/12/2021   3:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stampnewbie21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello, I just inherited a stamp collection and came across an interesting envelope from 1903. Can anyone provide any information on this envelope and stamp? I believe its an embossed stamp. I am totally new so any and all inforamtion is appreciated.
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Posted 05/12/2021   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Not really a stamp but a stamped envelope. This was a US envelope, overprinted with "Philippines" between 1900 and 1903


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Posted 05/12/2021   9:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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overprinted with "Philippines" between 1900 and 1903

This was for use in the Philippines where the USA supplied the stamps.

You would find those items in the back of a Specialized US catalog; not normally as part of a catalog of independent Philippines.

Read about the Spanish-American War of 1898.

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Posted 05/12/2021   10:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Having little experience with US/Philippines postal history I have a question about this cover. So it was to be used for mail from the Philippines to the United States. Since it is cancelled with New York, N.Y., I take it that it was not used for its intended purpose between the two countries? And is it considered a misuse/improper use of Postal stationary?

Edit: stampnewbie21 is there any cancels on the backside? If so please show them. Thanks

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Edited by No1philatelist - 05/12/2021 10:05 pm
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Posted 05/13/2021   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampnewbie21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello Everyone,

Thank you for the information. Do envelopes like this have any value? I am only beginning to go through the collection and am trying to get a sense of exactly what is valuable and should be kept in a more secure location and what is not as valuable. I will definitely be posting more pics and questions!!!

I do not see a cancellation on the envelope. Here is a picture of the back.
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Posted 05/13/2021   10:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PMStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm not sure why you say you cannot see a cancellation on the envelope. Your first photo shows it very clearly as New York, N.Y. Mar. 4, 1903 5:30PM
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Posted 05/13/2021   10:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampnewbie21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am very new to stamp collecting and did not realize that was considered a cancellation. Thank you for the informtaion!
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Posted 05/13/2021   11:38 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Classic Coins to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The postmark running across the stamp "cancels" the stamp's validity for future use.
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Posted 05/13/2021   2:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add classic_paper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I am very new to stamp collecting and did not realize that was considered a cancellation.

I say this without malice (hard to believe maybe), but you don't need to know anything about stamp collecting or philately to know that's a cancellation; you only need to know how to mail a letter.

Also, more generally, words like "valuable" are so relative that they don't really mean anything without context. There are collectors that may spend $50,000 for a single stamp or cover and not think twice, while others can't afford to spend more than $5. If you were close to the original collector and have a sentimental streak (Lord knows I do), that alone makes the collection valuable.
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Posted 05/13/2021   3:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stampnewbie21 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I appreciate the your view. Thank you for commenting.
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