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Posted 02/12/2023   5:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stallzer to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Never paid much attention to this cover. Finally got around to looking at it closely today.

The year really does appear to be 1918 but the back stamp makes it confusing. I always just assumed it was an E11.

I measured the perfs today and they gauge at 10. So is it a E9 or E10?











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Posted 02/12/2023   7:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
E9, p10
E11, p11

E10, p10 no watermark which really cannot be determined without lifting the stamp. EXCEPT when the cancellation is before 10-19-916 which makes it only E9. 10-19-1916 to 10-31-1916 is not known with a used E10, EKU/EDU is 11-1-1916.

You have a E9 cover.
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Edited by Parcelpostguy - 02/12/2023 7:26 pm
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Posted 02/12/2023   7:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If the 1916 date is correct it would have to be E9 (perf 10). E10 has an EDU of 4 November 1916. If the 1918 date is correct it could be either one.
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Posted 02/12/2023   7:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Parcelpostguy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
E10 has an EDU of 4 November 1916


Per the 2022 Scott US Specialized, the EDU is 11-1-1916.
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Posted 02/12/2023   7:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Must have found another one. What's 3 days amongst friends.
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Posted 02/12/2023   7:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I guess the other issue would be the Washington stamp. It appears to be a Type I, perf 11 (need to confirm). IF it is NOT a 461 it is a 499 with an EDU of 3/23/17 which would have to make the real cover date 1918.
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Posted 02/12/2023   9:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The 2 cent stamp is perf 10.
There is really no doubt about the 1916 on the receiving postmark. (Also, the Chicago Main P.O. would never be lacking for correct year-date slugs.)
And the clear gap on the lighter strike of the handstamp on the front:



A heavily-struck, smudged, or overinked 6 can look like an 8.
I believe this is a 1916 use, thus E9.
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Edited by John Becker - 02/12/2023 9:52 pm
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Thanks. The Duplex on the front really does look 1918 to me. Agree with Mr. Becker and run with the better struck year.

*Edit* John is correct, the 2 is also Perf 10.

E9 it is.
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Edited by stallzer - 02/13/2023 08:59 am
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Posted 02/13/2023   12:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There was a boat named for Beach some years later; I wonder if it was for the same man.

https://search.library.wisc.edu/dig...5GVZH5ZRSS9C
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Must have found another one. What's 3 days amongst friends.


Sadly, as well you know, it means a lot for the person holding the 11-4-1916.
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Posted 02/13/2023   2:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wait until the October one pops up.
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