STEVE LEVINE

Postal Stationery
and Stamps

UX1 Postal Card

Steve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station

Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788

 email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com

 

DECEMBER, 2014

HOW TO ORDER:
1.  DINOSAUR STYLE 
If ordering Dinosaur Style (thru the mail), you can print out this sheet, then circle the price of what you want and mail it in with your payment.  PLEASE circle with a fine colored marker; any color will do.
2.  ONLINE  Sorry, this is not a full-function interactive website with a shopping cart and card processing ability.  It's Dinosaur-style; it only has listings.  Still, we can improvise!
    
You can
send me an e-mail and type out what you want and the price.
     OR, you can cut & paste the item with its description and price.
IF the item exists in several conditions or forms (such as f-vf or vf for stamps, or as Cut Squares or Full Corners) please indicate which you want.
     OR you can cut & paste large portions of the list and
HIGHLIGHT whatever you want.  Green (the 00-80-00 shade for the techs out there) works well, as does Red (the FF-00-00 shade).
     I accept VISA, Master Card, and American Express.  I also accept PAY PAL,
at my e-mail address of "slwarking@erols.com".
3.  PHONE  IF your order is relatively simple or if you have a few questions, you can phone me at 718-939-5788.  For me, "business hours" are flexible.  I'm usually in, and if I'm not, you get the answering machine.  Leave your #; I'll get back to you.


TERMS OF PURCHASE:  Items from this list may be combined with items from my other lists for a MINIMUM ORDER of $15.  ALL ORDERS will be shipped via Insured or Registered mail, for your protection.  Please add $2 for postage and insurance to all orders.  Smaller orders will carry private insurance and will have NO USPS markings.    There's no "handling" fee; just actual postage expenses.  This is for U.S. orders only.  Overseas shipments, please e-mail me in advance for shipping information.
     New York State Residents, please add the appropriate Sales tax.  VISA, Master Card and American Express are accepted: please include all information which appears in raised print,
PLUS the 3 digit security code which appears on the back.  PayPal accepted.
          
       
SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ON ALL ORDERS


Dear Friends & Collectors,

     Back in August I was feeling a bit frustrated when I shared my agita with you about the problems I was having with my website...that is, my THIRD attempt to build a modern 21st Century
website...to supplement and eventually replace this 20th Century, mainly-text-only website we're on now.
     My 1st attempt looked pretty good, but one day, it just slowed down to a crawl and my host was unable to restore it.
     I switched to an Ebay "Prostore" which worked well, but earlier this year, the folks at Ebay decided to pull the plug on the Prostore Program.
     This forced me into building my 3rd "New" website...which I'm happy to say is now ready.  I feel a lot better now...
     The new site is: www.stevelevinestamps-plus.com ....with the PLUS being for the various things I sell besides "stamps".  It has plenty of bells & whistles, but mostly, it has a good "navigation structure", so you can easily find what you're looking for.... AND it has a "search" feature.... AND it has loads & loads of pictures.
     Of course, there's a lot more work to be done...
       
     Give it a look...tell me what you think.  Most of the "standard" items I sell on this website will move to the new one...but the MONTHLY MAILINGS will remain on this website, along with the Specialized UPSS Envelope listings.

     Speaking of the SPECIALIZED ENVELOPES BY UPSS # LISTINGS... Lists #1 thru #8 were updated and repriced over the Summer.  #9 will follow soon.  And, the MINT POSTAL CARDS list has been reworked as of November 24th.  There's still a lot of work to go on THIS website, but now that I have the new website up & working, it won't take me long to finish the job.

      And now, let's get down to business... I have a number of interesting things to offer you at this time.  This is going to be a long offering.


V-MAIL

     V-Mail might well be the "final frontier" of U.S. Postal Stationery.  That's because it's been terribly neglected, especially by the "powers that be" who list items in the catalogs.  It's really an immense field for study, and the prices are reasonable.  Due to its non-listing in the catalogs much of it is in the hands of people who haven't got a clue.  It's an ideal situation for a collector who's looking to try something new.

...BUT IS IT POSTAL STATIONERY?V-Mail Letter Sheet

     Currently, V-Mail haunts the realm of POSTAL HISTORY, and there's not much argument about that.  But does it qualify as POSTAL STATIONERY?  I strongly believe it does.

     The UPSS currently defines postal Stationery as follows.  From their website,
"To most people, Postal Stationery means stamped envelopes and postal cards.  However postal stationery includes all paper items that have a printed or implied monetary value when sold and retain their value until canceled when used or otherwise demonetized by the issuing authority."

     The focus would seem to be on the embossed/printed area at the upper right of the Envelope, Postal Card, or Air Letter Sheet.  V-Mail has no such printing.  However, if you read more carefully, you'll note the word
"
implied".  The fact is, that even though it was not necessary to attach postage, V-MAIL WAS NOT FREEActually, it was fairly expensive.  $1 expensive, to be exact... which in 1940s money was about 16 times the going Airmail Rate!

     Here's a link to a website run by the U.S. Army Signal Corps,
http://www.armysignalocs.com/jokes/v_mail.htm
which had the responsibility for handling the V-Mail program.  It explains the nuts & bolts of V-Mail.
 
CONNECTIONS, COMPLEXITY!

     Until about a year ago I knew as much about V-Mail as the rest of you.  Then, I bought a group of UC16d Air Letter Sheets which contained a variety I had never seen, a "missing propellor" variety.  (See my "January 2014" monthly for more details.)  One of my more advanced customers advised me that I might find information on this item in a set of Catalogs issued in 1961, "Kessler's Catalog of Aerogrammes".  I located a set.  To my surprise, I not only found what I wanted, but I also found a very small section on V-Mails.

     THE SCAN above and to the right shows the OUTSIDE of a V-Mail Letter Sheet.  (Dimensions are 9 1/4" x 5 1/2".)  Actually, I should say it's a scan of ONE TYPE of V-Mail Sheet.  There are many types, and thanks to the lack of catalog listings, most of us... including myself until recently... are unaware of this.

     V-Mails are not simple.  According to Volume 3 of the Kessler Catalog of Aerogrammes (issued sometime in the 1960s) the Government Printing Office churned out 11 different types, each of which is marked with the appropriate number...and PRIVATE printers produced, under contract, at least 46 different types...having Permit numbers, of course.  Often, the differences from one type to another were extremely minor.... somewhat like collecting plateblocks by number & posiiton.  The only difference is the plate number.  SOMETIMES, though, there were illustrated V-Mails... forms of various sorts... Christmas V-Mails, New Years, Valentine's Day, Savings Bonds, etc..

    
 I can offer you 3 different types:
1.  GPO form 16-28143-3
2.  POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT PERMIT NO. 1
3.  POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT PERMIT NO. 2
          PRICE IS $5.00 EACH, OR $13.50 FOR ALL 3.


THE NEXT STEP

     After the V-Mail was written on, it was microfilmed, reduced, sent by plane to the U.S., then enlarged.  This process saved weight and space on a plane; otherwise, the volume of mail sent by our troops to the U.S. would have required more planes than we could spare.  The enlargement, done in the U.S., was then inserted into a Window Envelope and mailed to the addressee.
     These are collected by Military History buffs, and often, the content of the letters takes a back seat to the A.P.O. address.  
     The scan at the left is one such enlargement.  The blown-up V-Mail is roughly 4 1/4" by 5 1/4".
     Small detail...these V-Mails were, for the most part, "written".  That's because, in wartime conditions, most enlisted men didn't have access to a typewriter.  Officers, however, frequently did.
     I recently acquired a fair-sized lot of these blow-ups, mostly the correspondence of one Lt. Col. A.P. Rowlette, MC (MC stands for Medical Corpsman), all of them typed.  Being an MC, he got around quite a bit, and the correspondence I have (mostly to his wife in St. Louis) originates from 5 different APOs.
 

     I can offer you the following:
1.  Correspendence from APO #68. (England)
2.  Correspondence from APO #368. (Corsica)
3.  Correspondence from APO #600. (North Africa)
4.  Correspondence from APO #657. (France)
5.  Correspondence from APO #700. (North Africa)
     PRICE IS $4.00 EACH, OR $17.50 FOR ALL 5.


UC22 FIRST DAY COVERS

     UC22 is one of the scarcest of the modern Airmail Postal Stationery First Day Covers.  It's $35.00 UPSS, $30.00 Brookman and $25.00 Scott.  It's also an item which provides the answers to a few questions I've had for a long time.

     For the UC21 and UC22, the Pitney-Bowes Co. experimented with "Hard Rubber" re-valuing dies, instead of using the traditional Steel dies.  The experiment was a flop.  AS explained on Page 248 of the UPSS 20th/21st Century Envelope Catalog (2011), the Hard Rubber dies had short lives; they wore out quicky, producing blotchy impressions, and had to be replaced by Steel Dies.

    Now, for over 30 years I've been selling UC2l RUBBER DIES... and what I've been supplying has been an envelope with a surcharge like the bottom scan at the left.  This is a RUBBER DIE surcharge, without question.  And what you see in the TOP scan at the left is a STEEL DIE surcharge.  Note the clarity in the lettering.

    
This brings us to the MIDDLE scan at the left.  it lacks the blotchiness of the bottom scan, but it also lacks the clarity (in the letters) of the upper scan.  So what is it?

     Well, what it is... is a Rubber Die, early impression, made when the Rubber Die was still fresh and had not yet begun to wear out.  And how do I know this?  Because it's on a First Day Cover!

     You see, the envelopes were surcharged AND the FDCs were made on the same day.  When the envelopes were First Day Canclled, the steel dies did not yet exist.  You can learn something from a First Day Cover! 

     Before we get down to business... I've never read HOW MANY Tickometer machines were used to surcharge these envelopes, but I have a gutfeel that there was more than one... How do I know... well...

     ....the scan at the beginning of this section shows an FDC Cancelled at 10 AM on August 29. The envelope has red splotches of ink in various places.  I have several like this.

     The top of the 2 scans at the right also shows a 10 AM time, but the envelope is clean.  Conclusion; ONE Tickometer was overinked and was splattering all over the place, but the other one was properly inked and produced clear impressions.

     AS to the First Day Cancellations....I have 3 different available... and there was also an 8:30 made, but I only have one and it's damaged.  There may -- or may not -- have been others.

     I can offer you the following:
1.  UC22 FDC. 10 AM Cxl, long lines, red ink spots.  $22.50
2.  UC22 FDC.  10 AM Cxl, short lines, clean.  $17.50
          NOTE: aLL THE 10AM FDCs have stuck flaps
3.  UC22 DSC,  8 PM Cxl, long ines, clean.  $15.00
     PACKAGE DEAL, $45.00 FOR ALL 3.


V.E. DAY COVER

     When Germany surrendered to end World War 2, cachet makers went into overdrive, creating dozens of cacheted Patriotics. 
     Most of them are well-known -- like Minkus and Teixiera.  Some are not.
     B. ZABBAN (290 Riverside Drive, New York 25, N.Y.) falls into the "not" category.  A Google Map search of the address turns up a reidential building; a net search turns up pretty much nothing.
     SO, WHO he was will remain a mystery, but what he created... will also remain a bit of a mystery.
     Did he create a SET of 13 Covers, using Plate Blocks of 6 of Sc. #909-21, the Overrun Nations...or did he create just one cover, using the Luxembourg issue?  I bought a lot.  It contained 9 of these, all Lux.  A net search turns up nothing.  Perhaps one of you has some information?
     At any rate...for a cacheted V.E. Day Patriotic, Scott is $35, Brookman is $45.  Which begs the question; is this cacheted?  Does the text line at the top constitute a cachet?  Does the Plate Block constitute a cachet?  Does the B. Zabban return address on the reverse side constitute a cachet?
     PRICE FOR THIS COVER IS $17.50; call it whatever you want!


 FLYSPECKS

      Nothing really "new" here; just your typical flyspeck... some bit of matter which worked its way into the printing plate.  Pretty much like many I've offered over the past 33 years.
     I have 2 varieties, about a half dozen of each.  So what I have to do is flip a coin.  You place an order, you get one or the other.
     I know that some of you would like both, but I just don't have enough to go around.  Besides, as you can see from the scans, they are very much alike.

PRICE, FOR WHICHEVER ONE I DECIDE TO SEND YOU, IS $7.50.


ELVIS BALLOTS 

      Before the USPS issued the Elvis Presley stamp (January 8, 1993) they ran a special promno in which the public could choose between 2 designs; the OLD Elvis, as he was when he died, and the YOUNG Elvis, as many of us remember him from the 1950s.
     Ballots were distributed to Post Offices, and over a million were sent in, with 75% of them choosing the YOUNG Elvis.
     But with the USPS, it's never that simple!  There were at least 2 different printings of the ballots.  The ballot at the left is darker, and has NO LINES around the words "OFFICIAL BALLOT".  The ballot at the right is lighter, and has lines above and below the words "OFFICIAL BALLOT".
     PRICE, FOR BOTH BALLOTS, IS $5.00.

     I have more of the RIGHT BALLOT than the left, so if you already have the left ballot, I can sell you the right one so you'll have both.
     PRICE, FOR THE RIGHT BALLOT, IS $2.50.

UC38 AIR LETTER
SHEET, DIE CUT REVERSED

     One of the scarcer modern ALS with DCR (Scott $40.00, UPSS $50.00), these haven't been in my stock since the early 1990s!
     My motto has always been: "When I get lucky, YOU get lucky."... and I just got lucky, picking up a bunch of these at a good price.
     And so, without further ado:
PRICE, FOR THE UC38 WITH DIE CUTTING REVERSED, IS ONLY $25.00.


ERIE, PA 1930s POSTER STAMPS

     It's time to take a break from all that Postal Stationery and look at some classic Poster Stamps.
     These Poster Stamps were printed at some point in the 1930s by the Halcyon Press in Erie, PA.  Information about this sheet is not forthcoming on the internet. 
     I've seen 2 smaller sheets of 10, one with green borders and one with bright red borders.  The interior (black) designs are the same, but the borders don't match.
     I've also seen some individual stamps for a "Winding Trails Booster Fund" using the black designs with borders SIMILAR to these, but not the same.  Thus, I will take a shot in the dark, price-wise, and offer these at what I feel will be on the low side. 
     Of course, they are never hinged, rouletted, and in terrific condition, having been well-kept, in the possession of Elmer Long, legendary dealer in Cinderella material.

PRICE, FOR THE SHEET OF 25 ERIE, PA POSTER STAMPS, IS ONLY $15.00.

 

UX39 

SURCHARGE VARIETIES

     In 1952 the Post Card rate was raised from 1c to 2c.  UX27s were revalued and in addition to the expected result, quite a few "varieties" were made.  Some of them have received "approval" from the people who edit the catalogs; some have not, as they are considered "favor" items and not genuine errors or varieties.
     For the last lot of this month's POSTING, I have 2 varieties which are not currently on my MINT POSTAL CARD pricelist.  Both mint, and in sxcellent condition.
     1.  Scott UX39d ($12.00) - UPSS S56-1f ($12.50); Inverted Surcharge at the lower left.  However, the variety I'm offering here has the additional kicker of one or more ALBINO impressions at the top.  Unfortunately, these albino impressions don't show up in the (left) scan.  This variety will probably never be listed in any catalog, which is why it only commands a slight premium.

     Price for this variety is only $11.00.
     2.  Scott UX39c ($20.00) - UPSS S56-1g ($17.50); Normal Surcharge plus one inverted at the lower left.  That's a recognized variety; in fact, it's one I've never had in stock.
     
Price for this variety is only $15.00.


     Well, I don't exactly get these "monthly" mailings out as often as I promise... but I'd like to think that I make up for it when I do.

     The next time that most of you will be hearing from me will be to announce another Ebay auction, and I mean SOON.  I've accumulated quite a bit of material; all I need is a 30 hour day.

     On the off-chance that I don't succeed, let me take the opportunity at this time to wish you and yours the best for the upcoming Holidays and a Healthy & Happy New Year.

         Best Regards,

                         

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Dinosaur on the NetSteve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788
email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com
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