By Peter Martin and Richard S. Hemmings

#277 - First Quarter 2019

A 1966 11-cent Aerogramme
to Jerusalem, Jordan

The illustrated 11-cent John F. Kennedy aerogramme (Scott UC38) is a fantastic item from both a postal history and an historical standpoint. The aerogramme was sent from 2167 12th Avenue in San Francisco to: “Miss M. Levy/American Colony Hotel/Jerusalem/ Jordan.”

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By Ralph H. Nafziger

#276 - Fourth Quarter 2018

William S. Linto:
A Prolific Cachetmaker

In 1934, Linto began producing cacheted covers at home in his den, which occupied most of his spare time thereafter. His first cachets either were for covers with ship cancels or commemorated holidays. The cachets were handdrawn and handcolored. Often there were variations in lettering and colors.

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By D. DeBlois and R.D. Harris

#275 - Third Quarter 2018

Newspapers and the Mail
in Missouri 1832-1855

Many post offices are presently located in old buildings. However, the post office that has operated for the longest period of time in the same building is in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Hinsdale, in the very southwest corner of the state, used a pictorial cancellation in 2016, celebrating its 200th anniversary in the same building. It has operated in that building longer than any other post office in the country.

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By Kelvin Kindahl

#274 - Second Quarter 2018

The Oldest Operating
United States Post Office

Many post offices are presently located in old buildings. However, the post office that has operated for the longest period of time in the same building is in Hinsdale, New Hampshire. Hinsdale, in the very southwest corner of the state, used a pictorial cancellation in 2016, celebrating its 200th anniversary in the same building. It has operated in that building longer than any other post office in the country.

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By Stephen Kochersperger

#273 - First Quarter 2018

32 Days
Hath October

Kwajalein is in the Pacific Ocean, about 2,100 miles southwest of Hawaii. The “M.I.” stood for Marshall Islands, not Michigan. One the world’s largest coral atolls, it consists of 90 or so islets. Kwajalein Island, the largest of these, is just 2.5 miles long and 800 yards wide.

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By Jesse I. Spector, M.D

#271 - Third Quarter 2017

The Sidney Ducks
and Vigilante Justice

On June 21, 1851, in San Francisco, California, 35-year-old John Jenkins, an Australian ex-convict who was convicted of burglary after being caught carrying out a safe from an office, was lynched in Portsmouth Square under the approving gaze of thousands of locals.

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By Peter Martin

#275 - Third Quarter 2018

Earle Eckel and His 1938 National
Air Mail Week Autogiro Mail Flight

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the May 15-21, 1938, National Air Mail Week. The brainchild of then-Postmaster General James A. Farley, the event was intended as a nationwide public relations campaign to celebrate 20 years of airmail service in the United States with a slogan of: “Receive To-morrows mail Today!”

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By Scott D. Tiffney

#275 - Third Quarter 2018

The Daniel Hines Air Mail Archive

In our modern world where transcontinental flight is commonplace and the allure of mail delivered by plane across the country may seem trite, there’s a certain historical romance to those early pioneers of airmail flight.

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By Patricia A. Kaufmann

#272 - Fourth Quarter 2017

Aaron Huggins—A Galvanized Yankee

The eye-catching prisoner of war cover shown at left is franked with a U.S. Scott 65, three-cent rose, tied by a Rock Island, Illinois, duplex cancel dated February 10, 1864. It is addressed to Sallie Huggins, New Middleton, Illinois, from Aaron Huggins.

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By Patricia A. Kaufmann

#269 - First Quarter 2017

‘It has to be true. I saw it on the Internet.’
The Warwick & Barksdale Mill ‘Confederate Prison’

One of the TV ads that has most delighted my friends and family is the State Farm commercial in which the ditzy blond proclaims, “They can’t put anything on the Internet that isn’t true.” “Really?” her friend exclaims in disbelief, “Where did you hear that?” “The Internet,” she replies. Then her “French model” Neanderthal-like boyfriend appears. She found him on the Internet too. And we roll with laughter at the absurdity of it all.

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By Patricia A. Kaufmann

#271 - Third Quarter 2017

A ‘Wanna-Be’ Confederate Cover
to Postmaster John Glymph

The cover shown at left appears to be postmarked by a May 26, 1863, Charleston, South Carolina, circular date stamp with a straightline “FREE” handstamp at left. It is addressed to “Mr. John Glymph, P.M., Glymphville, S.C.” Or is it? Upon close examination, the “3” of “1863” appears to have been altered from a weakly struck “0” to a “3” in slightly darker and shinier black ink, especially evident on the middle bar of the alleged “3” (Figure 2). It is rather difficult to discern except with personal examination. An absolute test would be nondestructive forensic testing such as is available free of charge at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

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By Patricia A. Kaufmann

#270 - Second Quarter 2017

Breaking the Rules: A Civilian Flag of Truce Cover

The civilian flag of truce cover shown at left broke several rules, although there were not infrequent exceptions. Per Newberry District, South Carolina, student Giana Wayman, this is the only flag of truce cover recorded from the Newberry District. The small blue commercially-made cover addressed to Rev. N.M. Gordon in Keene, Kentucky, bears a Newberry C.H., S.C., November 14, 1864, double-circle date stamp with a PAID handstamp from Newberry showing that the Confederate postage was paid. A manuscript directive “By Flag of Truce” is at lower left.

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By John M. Hotchner

#270 - Second Quarter 2017

Customs Duty Markings on Incoming Covers
Part One

In this column, we will look at a category of markings on incoming foreign mail that we have not yet addressed in this continuing series about auxiliary markings on international mail. This is a series that has grown well beyond what was originally planned. I would posit that this is proof that the more we look, the more we find!

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By John M. Hotchner

#271 - Third Quarter 2017

Customs Duty Markings on Incoming Covers
Part Two: The 1940s

We continue in this article with Customs duty markings on covers coming into the United States. In the last La Posta we took these from the late 1800s into the 1940s. In this installment, we will look at additional 1940s Customs-related covers. The key date for understanding this era is August 18, 1924, when a Universal Postal Union convention provision was signed that, in the words of Tony Wawrukiewicz, was the first to make provisions for the transmission of dutiable articles in the letter mails to those countries (which included the United States) that agreed to accept such shipments.

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By John M. Hotchner

#272 - Fourth Quarter 2017

Post Office Handling of Coin Covers Could Result
in Postage Due Markings, But Mostly Don’t!

At the suggestion of our editor, this column will take a break from our continuing series about auxiliary markings on international mail. The reason is that I want to follow up on the article in the second quarter 2017 La Posta, titled “A Rare Collection of Envelopes That Used Coins to Help Pay the Postage” (pages 51- 52), by the late Rob Haeseler, a long time friend and, for several years, my editor at Linn’s Stamp News.

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By John M. Hotchner

#269 - First Quarter 2017

Unusual Markings on, and Odd Handling of,
Incoming Covers from Abroad

For the last four years, we have been looking in this column at auxiliary markings on mail going into and out of the United States. While some of the markings are unique to such mail, others can also be found on domestic mail. Here, we will view a group of incoming covers that have some of the most unusual messages or handling that I have seen. As always, readers are invited to report additional covers in this category for future columns.

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