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Posted 02/21/2018   6:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add bobone to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Need advice on this UX1 Looks like 1872 to me, Can it be earliest use?

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Posted 02/21/2018   7:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No. The contract for printing this card was not awarded until late Feb 1873.
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Posted 02/21/2018   7:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So what's up with the date?
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Posted 02/21/2018   8:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The date is clearly in error.
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Posted 02/22/2018   08:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks John, So much for Wishful thinking.
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Posted 02/22/2018   10:37 am  Show Profile Check jobi01's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jobi01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Possible 1879. Postal card rate was still 1-cent; there was that 1-cent Liberty issue, both watermarked and unwatermarked in 1875. That would make this a late use.

Earliest reported use is May 12, 1873.
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Posted 02/22/2018   11:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wkusau to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Since we have a 2 and 9 in Dec 29, I would say that the last number in 187"2" looks more similar to 2 than the 9. I think it is just a mistaken date.
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Posted 02/23/2018   4:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add txstamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A large majority of year-date mistakes tend to happen on or around January 1st. Usually it happens in January, when people are getting adjusted to a new year. They use year N-1. Here, its a bit different, as its in December, and its still year N-1. Interesting.
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Posted 02/23/2018   8:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add aug-stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The writing on the front to me looks to be slightly different than the writing on the back of the card.
For example, the letters 'ss' in 'Miss' seem different than all the 's' on the back. Same for 't'.
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Posted 02/24/2018   08:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes but the M in Mary on the front and the M on My on the back are exact.
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Posted 02/24/2018   1:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looking at the tops of the two numbers 29, they are written differently. The last number of the year looks like it was written the same as the 9 and finished as a 2.


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Posted 04/16/2018   7:58 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Same card?
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Posted 04/16/2018   8:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bobone to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ooooops disregard
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Posted 04/16/2018   8:34 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thread now broken and makes little sense since poster deleted his post.
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