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...AND SOME VERY INTERESTING INFORMATION!!
There was a time, when Air Letter Sheets were relatively new, in which they were
collected somewhat more fanatically than they are today. There were
specialized catalogs which listed varieties - particularly on the UC16 Air
Letter Sheets - which are all but forgotten today. I came to learn this
thru a long odyssey...
I had noticed many years ago that some of the UC16c ALS were around with both a CLEAR GUM and a BROWN GUM on the back. This prompted me to...do absolutely nothing. It just didn't seem that interesting.
I noticed, years ago, that some of the overlays were easier to read than others. I quickly chalked that off to worn plates and forgot about it.
I noticed, some years later, that the OVERLAYS on most of these issues were HORIZONTAL on the front, and VERTICAL on the back...but every once in a blue moon I'd see one the other way. I asked around, and was told that these were scarce, but nobody could tell me HOW scarce.
Finally, I bought a lot of UC16ds last year...and some of them were marked as having a MISSING PROPELLER on the right engine. Again, there was no information for me...except that there was an airmail catalog called KESSLER'S CATALOG OF AEROGRAMS, a 2-volume catalog published in 1961.
This finally got me moving....and after a few months, I was able to buy a set of catalogs. There were only 7 pages of interest to me -- the UC16 issues -- but what was on those pages was a bombshell to me.
To those UPSS members who are involved with the UPSS Envelope Catalog reading this now: I think it's time that you made some mention of these varieties. I'd be happy to photostat the appropriate pages from Kessler and forward them to you.
OF COURSE, the PRICES in Kessler are 53 years old, but the INFORMATION hasn't changed...and frankly, the prices DO show some relative degree of scarcity...even if the UC16c ($45.00 Scott) is listed at only 40¢! In this instance, the catalog mentions a variety - a printing flaw - with a large DOT between the "U" and "S" of "U.S. POSTAGE", and it's listed at $5.00. It is not unreasonable to assume that this variety, today, is worth well over the basic $45 Scott price.
BUT WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT IS TO KNOW THAT THIS VARIETY EVEN EXISTS!! It'll give you something to do, searching your collection and duplicates. It's about time these varieties were revealed.
3. UC16d had a SECOND
UC16d was issued in 1955. In 1957, UC16d was reprinted, with a change
in the overlay! The new,
"Size 2" overlay looks pretty much like the overlay pictured above, but if
you measure the length "star-to-star", you get 29 mm, and the lines are
8-to-the-inch, as before. In addition, a 3rd new overlay size was made
for the back only!! Star-to-star measurement is 34mm, and there are
only 7 lines to the inch. The letters are a shade taller, as well, 2˝mm
vs. 2mm before. NOW I know why I found it easier to read. It was
There are 4 listed configurations:
1. Front Size 2 down, back size 3 horizontal.
2. Front Size 2 up, back size 3 horiz upside-down.
3. Front size 3 horizontal, back size 2 reading down.
4. Front size 3 horizontal upside-down, back size 2 reading up.
Now, 1 and 2 are common. 3 and 4 are errors and scarce. Kessler prices 1, 2, AND 3 at 35¢ and I believe this pricing of 3 is a mistake. #4 is not priced.
And of course, configurations 1 and 2 exist with the NO PROPELLER variety.
4. ONE more bit of
the GPO started using BROWN GUM.
According to Kessler,
ALL varieties of the UC16d reprint exist
with Brown Gum, as well as the Clear Gum. There is no indication of
We are now ALMOST at the end of the line....
5. There's still one
more item to discuss....the overlay breaks on UC16d listed in UPSS as ALS4c...the
FO FOREIGN & ST STATES overlay errors.
The scan at the left speaks for itself. In addition to the FO FOREIGN and ST STATES configs which are listed in the UPSS Envelope Catalog there are also AI AIR and M MAIL breaks.
It wouldn't surprise me if some of you have one of these in your collection, but are unaware of it. Here's the problem:
The SEPARATION between letters (FO FOREIGN and ST STATES) IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME on every ALS with that break. Sometimes it's a bit wider, sometimes a bit narrower. If you're looing for the GAP, IT MIGHT NOT BE THERE. And when it's narrow, the eyes play a little trick on you -- a nasty little optical illusion -- and you don't notice the doubling of the letters, thus missing the error entirely!
Plus, most of you don't know to also look for the AI AIR or the M MAIL clusters. There are some lines on these overlays which DO NOT HAVE the FO FOREIGN or ST STATES groups, and a casual run across the sheet might mislead you. However, they DO have the AI AIR or M MAIL groups. You really have to go across the line slowly and be on the lookout for ALL 4 CLUSTERS.
By the way....sometimes the AI AIR is so close that it reads A AIR. The I is missing.
THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING. THERE'S MORE!
I've been a dealer in postal Stationery for 33 years, during which I've found my share of these varieties. And ALWAYS, they were on the BACK SIDE of the Air Letter Sheet. Never on the front. It took me 33 years to learn why!
You see, these overlay breaks ONLY happen on the SIZE 3 overlay, which is the back side of the 1957 SECOND PRINTING. They DO NOT OCCUR on the SIZE 1 overlay, which was used for the FIRST printing, and they DO NOT OCCUR on the SIZE 2 overlay, which is on the front of the 2nd printing. They're only on the back side, SIZE 3.
NOW, LET'S TALK ABOUT CONFIGURATIONS.
If you go back to section 3.... UC16d exists in 4 configurations. I have both #1 and #2 in my inventory as Overlay Break Varieties. If #3 or #4 exist as such, they are rare.
THEN, THERE'S THE GUM.
The overlay breaks, in both configs #1 and #2, exist with both CLEAR GUM and BROWN GUM...
FINALLY, THE PROPELLER?
All I can tell you at this point is that a search of my inventory has not revealed any of the overlay break ALS with the MISSING PROPELLER. However, there is no reason to suppose that they do or do not exist.
SUMMARYThe UC16 Air Letter Sheets offer an interesting run of varieties, with UC16d being
NOW, LET'S DO SOME BUSINESS!
I wish I could offer you all the items I discussed above, but if I could, then I'd have a LOT more of these than I do have. Here's the best I can do...while they last. All Aerogrammes are UNFOLDED, and in excellent condition...keeping in mind that they're not Postal cards; they're a lot flimsier, and do pick up some minor dents & dings.
SCOTT UPSS OVERLAY OVERLAY GUM CHARACTERISTICS UNFOLDED
# # SIZE CONFIGURATION PRICE
UC16d ALS4 1 F=UP, B=INVERTED 12.50
UC16d ALS4 2-3 F=DOWN, B=REGULAR Clear Missing Propeller 25.00
UC16d ALS4 2-3 F=DOWN, B=REGULAR Brown 8.50
UC16d ALS4 2-3 F=UP, B=INVERTED Brown 8.50
UC16d ALS4c 2-3 F=DOWN, B=REGULAR Clear FO-FOREIGN, etc... 85.00
UC16d ALS4c 2-3 F=UP, B=INVERTED Clear FO-FOREIGN, etc... 85.00
UC16d ALS4c 2-3 F=DOWN, B=REGULAR Brown FO-FOREIGN, etc... 50.00
UC16d ALS4c 2-3 F=UP, B=INVERTED Brown FO-FOREIGN, etc... 50.00
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