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Posted 12/01/2021   12:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Harper1249 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This letter caught my eye because it didn't have the "normal" city and state cds. I was wondering what the "IR. CLK." is referring to? The back has similar cancellations for both Hartford and Dobbs Ferry.



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TR CLK = Transfer Clerk, also seen as "TRANS CLK" and other abbreviated variants. It is the Railway Mail Service postal clerk at the railroad station.

I believe the Hartford cancel on the back has "TRANSIT" at the bottom.

The Dobbs Ferry postmark had "RECD" at the bottom.
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Ok, that makes sense. Thanks for the information. So am I right in saying that the letter was likely mailed/dropped at the train station, then cancelled by the transfer clerk at the station, stamped again by someone else while in transit, then stamped recv'd by the Dobbs Ferry Post Office?
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Yeah. It is nice to see a cover with the true triple origin-"transit"-received combination.
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