Philately 2

Civil War astronomy envelope

Civil War “Adversity Cover”: As the war dragged on, the South, which was largely agricultural, ran out of manufactured products such as paper, steel, foodstuffs, and citizens, out of necessity, turned to using alternate products to conduct their ordinary business. Postally, old maps, accounting ledgers, navigational charts, bills of lading, and wallpaper were used to produce envelopes. Thus, “adversity” covers. Here is an example of a homemade envelope improvised from a black astronomical chart by Pvt. J.A. Wilson, 35th Mississippi volunteers, handcarried, possibly smuggled out from Vicksburg during the siege when there was no postal system operating. Highly unusual. [quoted from adjacent text]


None of these are worth their own post, I don’t think, but there were plenty of cool stamp-related things at the Westfield Stamp Show I mentioned yesterday, especially behind glass display cases (I finally got to use my new circular polarizer!).


Leather postcards

Raw Hide Philately (leather post cards): Leather Post Cards were a novelty in the early 20th Century period of Philately (1900-1920). …The U.S. Postal Regul[a]tions stated that Post Cards had to be made of Cardboard and the mailing rate was set at one cent. The Leather Post Card was considered Printed Matter and the mailing rate was set at two cents. Whenever the Post Office caught a non-cardboard Post Card mailed at the one cent Post Card rate, they applied a Postage Due fee of one cent to make up the two cent rate. [quoted from accompanying text]


Vassar postcard!

Leather postcard: Alma mater represent, w00t.



Letter from Puerto Rico to France, 1905

Registered letter posted October 16, 1905 to Areoibo, Puerto Rico to Paris, France. 5¢ UPU rate postage plus 8¢ registry fee paid using non-overprinted stamps.


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