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

 

MAY, 2019

HOW TO PLACE AN 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 (a check or money order).  This is NOT recommended; website orders are placed immediately, while mail orders can take several days to arrive and sellouts do occur. 
2.  ONLINE  This page contains a link to a page on my website, stevelevinestamps-plus.com.  That page contains brief descriptions of these items, and is connected to my SHOPPING CART which can accept online payments by PAY PAL or CREDIT CARD (VISA, MASTER CARD. or AMERICAN EXPRESS).
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 Phone#; I'll get back to you.  I NO LONGER ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS OVER THE PHONE, but I can set up a special "lot" for you on my website and you can enter your CC Information on my shopping cart.


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.


       
SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ON ALL ORDERS

Dear Friends & Collectors,

     Over a year ago I went on a rant about the USPS raising their rates, and now, I find myself back at the same subject, only with more agita than before.

     Previously, a large envelope - which now is called a "package" - weighing under 13 oz. could be sent anywhere in the U.S. for a single price.  Now, they're being priced by postal zone.  The increase in price is minimal, but we all know that once the USPS gets its hooks into you for a small amount, it will sooner-or-later turn into a large amount.  It would not be unfair to compare it to drug addiction, or to compare the USPS to your basic drug pusher.
    
     I've been more than busy buying & selling Postal Stationery, and so I hadn't been paying much attention to the postage situation.  But it's getting to the point at which my old, flat-rate "$2-per-order" policy is starting to cost me just a little bit of that precious sleep which we old-timers need so badly (I'll be hitting the 71-year-old mark in June).

     Over a year ago I wrote:

    " THE QUESTION, NOW, IS "WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS?".  And by "WE" I mean ME, as the shipper, and YOU as the shippee.  I've always been very conservative in my shipping charges, and I plan on keeping them as low as possible, but given the recent USPS changes, I'll have to come up with something almost miraculous to avoid raising them.
     By this I mean, I'll have to do some research and come up with a scheme... and by that I mean a LEGAL scheme, because I'm too old to start anything ILLegal...like shipping merchandise Internationally without Customs Forms.  That's off the table."

     I'm still working on a solution, but I see myself having to charge a bit more for certain types of shipments.  I'll hold off on this as long as possible.

     OK...Rant Over.  Time to move on to other matters. 

   Here's the schedule for the near future.

     1.  After this mailing, an Ebay Auction.  This will be a big one.  I picked up a nice dealer stock of Postal Stationery (I believe it was part of the inventory of DALE, i.e. Dale Hendricks, a fellow dealer and a friend of mine since the 1970s).  Envelopes, Cards, mint, used, ads, postal history, and some old Thorp-listed, but UPSS de-listed varieties which were really not "varieties" at all, but just worn plates, under-inking, etc.. 
     2.  Then, a re-working, with many additions, of the UPSS lists for earlier material to be listed on the new website.
     3.  Then, probably a new UPSS section for Air Letter Sheets.
     4.  As I think about it, that pile of Stationery I bought has yielded quite a bit of auctionable material.  This will take several auctions.

     After...who knows?  I have seveal shelves full of Worldwide Stamps and Cinderella items to be listed.

     And now, let's get down to business.

FRENCH SOUTHERN & ANTRARTIC TERRITORIES
     There has been a significant upgrade to my stock of the French Southern & Antarctic Teritories.  Many new sets & singles have been added, and I plan on adding much more.
     I often wonder what it is that accounts for the popularity of this area.  Maybe it's those cute little Penguins & Seals, frolicking around without those nasty Polar Bears to chew them up!  Cartoons & movies notwithstanding, Penguins & Polar bears never meet, except in zoos.  The bears only live at the NORTH Pole; the Penguins at the SOUTH.  FSAT is somewhat north of Antarctica, and not actually ON the Antarctic Continent.

(CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.)


1992 REPRINTS OF THE COLUMBIAN EXPO UX10 GOLDSMITH CARDS (SET OF 12)

     In 1992 the USPS reprinted the Columbian Exposition stamps (Scott #230-45), which would be the first of many future reprinted issues.  At the same time, American Bank Note Commemoratives/Brookman reprinted the Goldsmith Cards which had been sold at the original Columbian Expo.  This set of 12 was a "combo" of a few of the original sets of 10, and proved to be popular.  6000 sets were sold out at the show. 
     I was able to secure (and quickly sell out!) a small supply of 30 sets at the time, and it looks like I have a new batch of 20 more sets...courtesy of DALE, whose estate contained these...along with a lot more material which you'll be seeing shortly.  Also included is a wrapper.

PRICE FOR THE SET OF 12 & WRAPPER IS $13.00 (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS LISTING ON MY WEBSITE.)


     SIEMENS TEST MAILPIECE

     A.G. Siemens is a global leader in mail & package sorting systems, operating in over 50 countries... including the U.S..
     The card at the left (which is the exact size of a UPSS #23 envelope) was created (I can't tell you when) to test their sorting machinery.  It was never intended to be mailed.  The Zip Code is bogus, as "003" Zip Codes are not used...anywhere.
     In all probability, this card was intended to be destroyed after the test, but as we've all seen over the years, these things have a way of slipping out of the system.  It's not really "Postal Stationery" as it was never intended to be mailed, but it IS definitely "Postal History".     

PRICE FOR THIS VERY UNUSUAL ITEM IS $12.50 (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS LISTING ON MY WEBSITE.)


NEW ADVERTISING POSTAL CARDS

     47 new Advertising Postal Cards, mostly illustrated, some at the "lower end", some better.

      Some done on a mimeogaph, some done in high-quality multi-colored printing styles.  A wide range of subjects.

(CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.)


ONE VERY RARE SOUVENIR CARD - THAT ISN'T EXACTLY A SOUVENIR CARD

      Well, it's certainly an "Engraved product of the American Bank Note Company" and as such, it deserves to be listed in Brookman as SO5, with the "SO" standing for "Semi-Official"... with the term "Official" pretty much reserved for products of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
     But it's not a card; it's actually a Banquet Menu, printed on a paper of decent thickness, but not true Souvenir Card stock.
     It's a 4-page folder, and you're looking at the front and back, with 2 pages in the middle devoted to both the program and the food.
     Only 1200 of these were printed, and nobody knows how many were distributed, saved, or destroyed.  SOME are available only because there were dealers at the banquet, and... well, we dealers try to save ANYTHING that could someday have value..as well as a lot of things that never do.  My office attests to that! 
     With a Brookman value of $250.00, it's scarce.  I only have 3 of them because I got lucky at an auction.  They're in very nice condition, but I can't say they're perfect.  They each have 1 or 2 VERY SMALL dents & dings, and though I have no proof, I'd guess that most of them out there on the market are in similar condition.

PRICE FOR THIS SCARCE "CARD" IS $135.00 (CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS LISTING ON MY WEBSITE.) 


SOME NEW UPSS LISTINGS

     There are several boxes of envelopes sitting on what used to be open floor space in my office.  It's definitely on my agenda to get them all organized & listed, just as soon as I finish with my next eBay auction.  Time frame for that auction is about 2 weeks. 
     Meanwhile, here's a taste of what's in store for you when this finally does happen, which should be a month or so down the road.  I've grabbed a few items from the boxes, mostly older, which aren't lsited anywhere on my website.  Looks like about 23 items.
     The monster above is the best of them.  It's the UPSS Size 25, and it's not easy to find these in perfect or near-perfect condition.
     I won't be listing them here, as I'm a a bit short on time, but they ARE listed on my website, and you can place your order there.  They're mixed in, alphabetically, with the other items.

(CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THESE LISTINGS ON MY WEBSITE.)


     That's it for now.  I hope you like the new, larger & bolder type size.  We all need it.  The next 2 lines are from a previous list; I'm keeping them just the way they were for comparison. 

     It won't be dull over the next few months.

               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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