Philosateleia
Kevin Blackston
PO Box 17544
San Antonio TX 78217-0544
United States of America

Goldwasser Cover

Next in this exhibit is a rather unusual envelope mailed by one Z. Goldwasser of Bronx, New York. The registered cover addressed to M. Perlman of Brooklyn, New York, was stamped “Moved, Left no address” and “Returned to Sender” before being sent back to its place of origin.

Front of registered cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp and returned to sender markings
14¢ American Indian registered cover mailed from New York, New York
Reverse of registered cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp and returned to sender markings
14¢ American Indian registered cover mailed from New York, New York (reverse)

As was standard practice, the 14¢ American Indian stamp and the 1¢ Benjamin Franklin and 2¢ George Washington stamps on the front of this cover were cancelled with a mute cancel, dated postmarks being applied only to the reverse. In addition to one from New York City on December 5, there is a December 6 postmark from Brooklyn; a partial strike of an oval postmark in black was applied at some point after that, as was the December 16 New York city postmark that serves as a record of the cover’s return to the post office from which it was originally mailed.

The combined 21¢ in postage paid 3¢ first-class postage, the 15¢ registration fee in effect at the time, and 3¢ for a return receipt, with the last turning out to be a waste of money since the cover was never delivered to the addressee.1

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References

  1. Beecher, Henry W., and Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz. U.S. Domestic Postal Rates, 1872–2011. 3rd ed. Bellefonte, Pennsylvania: American Philatelic Society, 2011.

Published 2020-07-23