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Posted 10/22/2019   4:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ikeyPikey to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


LAST DAY OF SALE

I was sure that this was a conniving collector/dealer/publisher gimmick item.

I got the "gimmick" part right, just not the culprit.

Quote:

Postal Operations Manual, Issue 9, July 2002

231.4 Hand-Back and Mail-Back Service

a. Hand-Back Service

(4) The Last Day of Sale cancellation will be applied to customers' covers or other items with one or more of the stamps being removed from sale affixed on a hand-back basis only.

b. Mail-Back Service.

Mail-back service refers to service for stamp dealers and cover servicers that is authorized by the PFSC and that permits envelopes, cards, or other items submitted for cancellation to be returned in bulk through the mail. Conditions of service are further described in 242. This form of mail-back service must be approved in writing and in advance by the PFSC. Mail-back service is not to be provided for special die hub or regular machine cancellations. Last Day of Sale covers submitted for servicing and return through the mailstream will not be entered into the mails until the date appearing on the cancellation.

232.4 Last Day of Sale Cancellation

This type of cancellation is provided by the Post Office when stamps are identified to go off sale and is dated to show the date of the last day of sale. Last day of sale cancellations will be available only at events authorized by Stamp Services. These events will be held in conjunction with nationally recognized stamp shows, which are held at least four times a year. Field offices may conduct events associated with the removal of stamps from sale; however, they may not use the words "Last Day of Sale" in postmarks or other material relating to their event. Last day cancellations may be either metal die or rubber composition. The words "Last Day of Sale" appear in the cancellation design. Requests for last day cancellations must be postmarked no later than the date specified in the Postal Bulletin to qualify for service. Bull's-eye cancellations are used when the conventional last day of sale postmark cannot cancel all the unused stamps on an item presented for postmarking. The "Last Day of Sale" cancellation may be applied at the show from the start of the show until the actual date the stamps are removed from sale. "Last Day of Sale" cancellations may only be applied to items bearing at least one of the stamps being removed from sale.


Here, BTW, is an object lesson in why we should carefully caption every image, kids:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gary_...r/4347924206 ... the first use of the LAST DAY OF SALE slogan cancel

Q/ Anybody go out of their way to collect these? Got a complete set?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who will pass this item along, gratis, to anyone who reports by PM that they want it and has posted about slogan cancels)
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Posted 10/22/2019   5:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add alub to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's a new collection, First day of issue, last day of issue, and then try to find it used on cover for every day in between.

For the real "completest".
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You've got the ghost of the Postal Commemorative Society spinning in his grave: "Why didn't *I* think of that?"

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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An Aside.
South Africa...Last Day of Issue
(Not my image)


(Not my Image)
Maybe of interest to Don..(Pointing Hand)
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Edited by rod222 - 10/22/2019 6:10 pm
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In addition to the Antique Autos (3023a) you posted, I also have a Last Day of Sale cover for the Marilyn Monroe (2967), United Nations (2974) and Comic Strip Classics (2000), the latter on a pane of 20. All are from around 1997. To make things even crazier, USPS also issued these with a first day of issue / last day of sale dual cancellation. I have those, too, except for the Comic Strip Classics. Guess they had some unsold FDC's lying around.


The USPS initiated these, I remember buying them thru the Philatelic Sales catalog. They didn't go over well, apparently, and the idea was discontinued.
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... buying them thru the Philatelic Sales catalog. They didn't go over well, apparently ...


A really good example of really insular thinking.

The LAST DAY OF SALE "event" only "happened" back at the philatelic sales office / fulfillment center (or whatever it was called twenty years ago).

Out in the field, while some postmasters would have dutifully shipped back sealed unsold stock, there is no way that every postmaster went thru every window clerk's stock and pulled partial sheets (for example); therefor, the stamps would have continued to be "on sale" at post offices all over the country after the "last day of sale".

And, since the stamps were not demonetized - and were still good for postage - the "last day of sale" was not something actually important like, say, a "last day of (lawful) use" ... you find a stamp of the Shah of Iran GPU (Genuinely Postally Used) in Iran after he was deposed and, yeah, you've got something.

This kind of insular thinking is a plague on humankind; Vietnam was a while ago, but some of you younguns might remember Netflix deciding to dump their so-last-year DVDs-by-mail business into a separate any-name-but-ours brand ... or, then, maybe, you don't.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who would love to re-read & re-savor Barabra Tuchman's The March of Folly)
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Here is my Monroe first day / last day combo. It's only just now that I realized the Last Day location was New York.
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Here's the U.N. last day cover.
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