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J88 Cover With Legitimate Usage Found

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Posted 10/09/2022   1:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add postagedueguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I find it interesting that there is still not a single usage of J88 out there on cover that does have not *SOME* philatelic connection or origin. FDCs, this cover, the example I have, all are at least somewhat philatelic in origin as opposed to truly commercial usages.

One would think that they must exist (or why would the stamp have been printed to begin with?), but this isn't the first stamp where the used catalogue value is nominal but finding actual intact usages is virtually impossible (see Scott # RD1 and RD42).


Postage due clerks usually dealt with multiple covers and it would have to come out on a odd number. The stamps would be placed on the top cover in the bundle or on a separate postage due bill. Since these were delivered to organizations using the fractional rate they most likely were thrown away after the contents were removed.

That fractional rate the half cent postage due was used for was discontinued at some point in the mid 60s. I guessing it was late 1964 or early1965 since I seen no half cent postage dues used after that. Of course back in the day the post office was thrifty and used the postage dues until they were used up (see the J79s in my post above).
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Posted 10/09/2022   5:07 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revenuermd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I cannot tell you how many letters I sent to my girlfriend in the 1962-64 period that were underpaid by a half cent in the hopes of obtaining the half cent postage due stamp on cover. Alas, every one of those letters went through underpaid and were never assessed the half cent postage due. Those covers reside in my household, because that girlfriend is now my wife!
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Posted 10/09/2022   6:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add postagedueguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I cannot tell you how many letters I sent to my girlfriend in the 1962-64 period that were underpaid by a half cent in the hopes of obtaining the half cent postage due stamp on cover. Alas, every one of those letters went through underpaid and were never assessed the half cent postage due. Those covers reside in my household, because that girlfriend is now my wife!


Sometimes diligence pays off and other times you just get lucky. So how my times did you have explain to her why your letters were always have a cent short?
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Posted 10/09/2022   7:03 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Postage due clerks usually dealt with multiple covers and it would have to come out on a odd number. The stamps would be placed on the top cover in the bundle or on a separate postage due bill. Since these were delivered to organizations using the fractional rate they most likely were thrown away after the contents were removed."

Sorry, don't understand how this makes covers with a 1/2c due more prone to being throw away than full cent due covers.
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Posted 10/12/2022   11:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add postagedueguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Sorry, don't understand how this makes covers with a 1/2c due more prone to being throw away than full cent due covers.


Several things led to the J88 not being found on covers.

1) The fractional postal rates were being fazed out in the early and mid 1960s. Most likely in late 1964 or early 1965.

2) The postage due clerks had to use up the old stocks of 1/2 cent postage dues (J79) first before being issued the new one (J88).

3) The fractional postal rate were used by organizations who had large mailings and were given the rate discount.

4) When 1/2 cent stamps were used they were used to pay postage due on large numbers of letters where the return
postage was paid by the addressee. Most of the postage dues stamps were then placed on a postage due bill and
not on each individual envelope. Of course the half cent postage due was only used when the number of letters came
out to be an odd number.

5) The 1/2 cent postage due would be most likely used on individual envelopes if they were only a few where it was easier to do
that then filling out a postage due bill.

6) These organizations would simply pay the postage due bill, keep it for their records for a time, and then dispose of it.
The ones on the letters would be disposed of after contents were removed unless they were rescued by an enterprising
stamp collector working in the organization's mail room.

7) After the fractional rates were done way with the postage due clerks still had the 1/2 cent postage due stamps in their stocks and
didn't just thrown them away. They used them in pairs until they were gone. This of course would be where most covers bearing J88
would be created and saved since they would get into the hands of ordinary people and not to an organization using the fractional rate.
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Edited by postagedueguy - 10/12/2022 12:54 pm
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Posted 10/12/2022   2:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Postagedueguy, I know the J88s were issued 11 months too late, but do you (or any reader) have any 1/2 cent dues used during the July 1958 'plus a nickel' period?

Edit: to correct misspelling.
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Edited by Parcelpostguy - 10/12/2022 3:05 pm
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Posted 10/12/2022   6:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jogil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Will this newly discovered cover be written about and shown in Linn's Stamp News, The United States Specialist, etc?
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Edited by jogil - 10/12/2022 6:39 pm
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Posted 10/12/2022   7:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add postagedueguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Postagedueguy, I know the J88s were issued 11 months too late, but do you (or any reader) have any 1/2 cent dues used during the July 1958 'plus a nickel' period?


Actually I don't. My postage due covers and bills are from the early to mid 1960s, looking for J88 on cover.
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Edited by postagedueguy - 10/12/2022 7:36 pm
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Posted 10/12/2022   7:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add postagedueguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Will this newly discovered cover be written about and shown in Linn's Stamp News, The United States Specialist, etc?


Thanks!!! An excellent idea. I get to work on that tomorrow!!!
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Posted 11/04/2022   7:33 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I realize this one is a different earlier issue that possibly is not hard to find on cover, but I thought people might enjoy seeing it (it is not mine)


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Posted 11/04/2022   7:42 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice. IMO all of the half-cent dues (J68, J69, J79, J88) are moderately tough to find on cover paying fractional-cent rates and especially as solo uses, although the first 3 are nowhere near as tough as J88.

Pretty much any half-cent due cover that isn't an even-numbered multiple is at least a $20+ item. Solo J68 covers can easily reach $50 and well north depending on the usage and markings.
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Posted 11/04/2022   9:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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well north depending


How far north? $72.87 plus $1.99 shipping (and sales tax if you are not lucky) is how far north this cute little cover went back in late October 2022. Sadly it does not live with me.



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Posted 11/05/2022   08:59 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yep. I was an underbidder on that one; it went for considerably more than I was expecting. I think my snipe was around $25. Other than the size of the cover itself, there's nothing particularly unusual about it IMO.
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Posted 11/27/2022   5:16 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's been a while since I published Tony's exhibit "The Ways U.S. Postage Due Stamps Were Used, 1879 -1986" but I think it included 1-2 1/2 cents usages.
https://stampsmarter.org/learning/a..._TonyPD.html
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Posted 11/27/2022   5:40 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great exhibit. There are several half-cent dues on cover in that exhibit, although no J88, as expected.

I'm pretty sure that every fractional-cent due commercial cover or card with half-cent dues (J68, J69, J79, J88) that I've seen has been a domestically mailed and addressed item. I can't recall any items with international aspects, beyond the J88 cover I have to Canada, which is considered a philatelic usage.
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