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Posted 04/08/2018   11:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Fredc to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
OK… I'm new to this site, and I'm glad to be able to seek expert advice …

I'm thinking of breaking a golden rule but perhaps for good reason. I have an old album with covers mounted, but the collector cut the bottom half of the covers off. This particular cover I believe is some kind of soldiers mail from World War I. I have not yet identified which Washington/Franklin this is , but I believe the left stamp is a "jumbo"...... should I soak it? Isn't the cover pretty much worthless because the bottom half is removed ?

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Posted 04/08/2018   12:24 pm  Show Profile Check Petert4522's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Fredc, why destroy the cover? The stamps look like booklet stamps - worth next to nothing if that is important to you. But the cover has something to tell, even is it not complete any longer.

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Posted 04/08/2018   12:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sdtom to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Keep the cover
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Posted 04/08/2018   12:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No good reason to destroy the cover.
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Posted 04/08/2018   12:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The cover has censor marking and signature, and it also has a complete military cancellation. If you soak the stamps off, what have you got?

Answer: Two practically valueless stamps that tell you nothing.
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Posted 04/08/2018   1:47 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Fredc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Understood. Cover stays. Thanks- I appreciate the feedback
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Posted 04/15/2018   11:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add steevh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
By cutting off the 'bottom half' of the cover do you mean that they are what are called 'fronts' in philatelic parlance?
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Posted 04/16/2018   08:35 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
By cutting off the 'bottom half' of the cover do you mean that they are what are called 'fronts' in philatelic parlance?


As far as I know, a front is the entire front half of the cover, the upper half would be two stamps on piece.
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Posted 04/29/2018   03:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kimo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This appears to be what is called a "front". You should leave it as it is, though its commercial value is greatly reduced from an "entire" which for this example would be fairly minimal, at least it would be slightly more than just the stamps soaked off.
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