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


UNITED STATES
SPECIALIZED
ENVELOPES BY UPSS#
PART 2: U401-419

     PRICELIST & ORDER BLANK  THIS LIST is both a pricelist of my stock and an order blank.  Scott #ís are taken from the most recent Scott U.S. Specialized Catalog.  UPSS Numbers (when used) are taken from the most recent UPSS 19th & 20th Century Envelope Catalogs.  Where necessary, I invent my own numbers.

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.
     SELLOUTS AND REFUNDS  This list is backed by a pretty hefty inventory, and most of the items on it are well-stocked.  However, a few difficult items are "1-of-a-kind", AND I have over 5,000 items of Postal Stationery in stock.  Keeping my lists current is a chore-and-a-half; occasionally I won't remove a sold out item quickly enough.  It doesn't happen often, but it will happen, and I apologize in advance for the inconvenience.


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

     INFORMATION ABOUT ENVELOPES BY UPSS#:  AT the end of this list is some information about Specialized Envelopes by UPSS# which you'll find useful.  I have a few words to say on the subjects of SPECIALIZED ENVELOPE collecting, and that most important matter, the overall quality of what I sell.  CLICK HERE

    HOW TO USE THIS LIST:
     This list is a SPECIALIZED ENVELOPE list, intended for the advanced collector.  It's LONG on numbers, SHORT on descriptions.  BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATE collectors will be more comfortable using my EARLY ENVELOPES and MODERN ENVELOPES list which provide better descriptions of the items.

     There are 8 columns in this list...as follows:

     1.  SCOTT # refers to the number in the Scott Specialized Catalog of United States Stamps & Covers.  Where necessary, I improvise a bit.
     2.  UPSS # refers to the number in the Catalog(s) of the 19th/20th Century Stamped Envelopes and Wrappers of the United States published by the United Postal Stationery Society.
     3.  RA  If "RA" appears in the 3rd column, then the envelope has a RETURN ADDRESS, or what the old timers used to call a "Corner Card".
     4.  UPSS SZ is the UPSS Size of the envelope.  These sizes are listed below.
     5.  WIND ?  If W appears in the 5th column, then this is a WINDOW ENVELOPE.
     6.  KN  This is the UPSS "Knife".  It refers to the way the envelopes are die-cut before the flaps are folded and gummed.
     7.  WMK  This is the Watermark on the envelope.
     8.  PRICE  There are 2 kinds of envelopes.  COMMON VARIETIES, where the price is based on Scott, and PREMIUM VARIETIES, where the price is based on the UPSS Catalog.  Scott Catalogs are issued yearly and are usually on the mark with pricing.  UPSS Catalogs are fairly accurate WHEN ISSUED; the 19th Century was last issued in 2012 and the 20th century was last issued in 2011.  In a few years, they're behind the curve, especially on the early material.  BOTH catalogs are necessary to understand the price structure.

   
A GUIDE TO ENVELOPE SIZES:  Created for a variety of reasons, Early envelopes exist in a wide range of sizes.  Here they are:

UPSS SIZE   1: 118 x 65 mm          UPSS SIZE 10: 160 x 89 mm            UPSS SIZE 19: 191 x 99 mm
UPSS SIZE   2: 120 x 73 mm          UPSS SIZE 11: 160 x 95 mm            UPSS SIZE 20: 219 x 92 mm
UPSS SIZE   3: 134 x 73 mm          UPSS SIZE 12: 165 x 92 mm            UPSS SIZE 21: 225 x 98 mm
  UPSS SIZE   4: 130 x 80 mm          UPSS SIZE 13: 171 x 94 mm            UPSS SIZE 22: 241 X 100 mm
  UPSS SIZE   5: 137 x 77 mm          UPSS SIZE 14: 119 x 92 mm            UPSS SIZE 23: 241 x 105 mm
  UPSS SIZE   6: 140 x 78 mm          UPSS SIZE 15: 130 x 105 mm          UPSS SIZE 24: 249 x 104 mm
  UPSS SIZE   7: 139 x 82 mm          UPSS SIZE 16: 134 x 108 mm          UPSS SIZE 25: 258 x 111 mm
  UPSS SIZE   8: 149 x 85 mm          UPSS SIZE 17: 140 x 108 mm          UPSS SIZE 26: 271 x 118 mm
UPSS SIZE   9: 149 x 92 mm          UPSS SIZE 18: 143 x 111 mm                                                            

Recently, some new sizes have been used:
    
UPSS SIZE 22A: 190 x 127 mm  Used on Scott #U613.
    
UPSS SIZE 18A: 201 x 91 mm  Used on Official envelopes which were used for mailing Savings Bonds.
    
UPSS SIZE 22B: 226 x 112 mm  Used on Official envelopes which were
use for mailing Passports.

ALL ENVELOPES ARE MINT, WITH NO PRINTING, UNLESS YOU SEE "RA" IN FRONT OF THE PRICE.


MERCANTILE ISSUES: U401-U419

SCOTT    UPSS    RA    UPSS  WIND     KN    WMK    PRICE
  #        #      ?     SZ     ?                        

LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915

U400    1473     RA      7            34    15      1.20
U400    1473             7            34    18       .65
U400    1474             8            41    15       .65
U400    1476a           10            54u   15       .80
U400    1477            10            55u   15A     2.75
U400    1478            10            57    14      5.00
U400    1478            10            57    15       .65
U400    1478     RA     10            57    15A     5.25
U400    1478a           10            57o   15      5.25
 This envelope was formerly #1478b in the 2004 Catalog.
U400    1478b    RA     10            57u   15      1.20
 This envelope was formerly #1478c in the 2004 Catalog.
U400    1480            13            78    15       .80
U400    1480a           13            78o   15      4.00

U400    1482            16            88    15      1.20
U400    1483            17            89    18      1.20
U400    1484b    RA     23           106u   15       .80
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U400    1490            10            59    20      1.20
U400    1493            17            89    20      1.60
U400    1494a    RA     23           106u   20      2.75
 Minor Dents & dings.                                  
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U400a   1496     RA      8            41    17      2.50
  Priced low because it hs a BIG address on the front. 
U400a   1497            10            57    15      1.15
U400a   1497            10            57    15A     1.40
U400a   1497            10            57    16      2.00
U400a   1499a           23           106u   15      2.00
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916  
U400a   1502     RA     13            78    19      2.00
U400a   1502     RA     13            78    20      5.25

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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1912-1915
U400c   1516            10            58    17      1.25
U400c   1516     RA     10            58    18      2.75
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U400c   1518            10            58    19      1.25
U400c   1521            19     W      79w   19      8.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1908-1915
U401    1523             8            41    15      2.50
U401    1525     RA     10            57    15      2.50
U401    1525     RA     10            57    17      2.50
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U401    1533a    RA     13            80u   19     32.00

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WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U401a   1540     RA     13            78    19      4.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915

U402    1553            13            78    15     11.50
U402    1553a           13            78o   15     10.00
      Minor creases....cut square area is perfect.       
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U403    1562     RA     13            78    15     14.00
U403    1562a           13            78o   15     14.00
U403    1563            13            80    17     12.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U404    1570a           10            54u   15      5.00
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U404    1573a           10            54u   21      5.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U406    1582             3             8    15      2.25
U406    1584             8            41    15      2.25
U406    1586     RA     10            57    15      2.25
U406    1586     RA     10            57    15A     2.25
U406    1589            14            84    15      2.25
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U406a   1594     RA     10            57    15     85.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U406b   1596     RA     10            57    15A     2.25
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U407    1599             7            34    15      8.25
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U407b   1609            10            57    15      7.00
U407bL  1609L    RA     10            57    15     15.00
           Thorp 2118 "Large Head"                      
U407b   1610     RA     13            78    15      7.00
U407b   1611     RA     23           106    15     12.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U408    1612             7            34    15     11.00
U408    1614     RA     10            57    15     11.00
U408    1615     RA     11            64    15     16.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U408b   1619            10            57    15     10.50
U408b   1620            13            78    15     10.50
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U409    1621             7            34    15      7.50
U409    1623     RA     10            57    15      7.50
U409    1624            11            64    15      5.50
           Creases...but cut square area is perfect.   
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U409b   1628     RA     10            57    15      7.50
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U411    1631             3             8    15      1.15
U411    1631             3             8    16      1.20
U411    1631             3             8    18      1.20
U411    1633             7            34    15      1.15
U411    1633             7            34    16      1.20
U411    1633             7            34    18      1.15
U411    1634             8            41    15      1.15
U411    1634             8            41    17      1.15
U411    1636     RA      9            45    14      1.20
U411    1637     RA     10            57    15      1.15
U411    1637     RA     10            57    16      1.15
U411    1638     RA     10            59    16      1.15
U411    1638     RA     10            59    17      1.15
U411    1638     RA     10            59    18      1.15
U411    1639     RA     11            64    15      1.20
U411    1640     RA     13            78    14      2.00
U411    1642     RA     13            80    17      1.60
U411    1643            14            84    15      1.15
U411    1643-i          14            84    15      7.00
           "I" in UNITED has a dot at the top.         
           Formerly Thorp-listed, 2171b                
U411    1646            21           100    14      2.00
U411    1646     RA     21           100    15      4.75
U411    1646            21           100    18      1.15
U411    1649            25           124    15      1.20
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U411    1656     RA     10            59    20      1.15
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U411a   1667             3             8    15      2.50
U411a   1668             7            34    15      2.50
U411a   1671     RA      9            45    15      2.50
U411a   1672     RA     10            57    15      2.50
U411a   1673     RA     10            59    16      2.00
U411a   1673     RA     10            59    18      6.50
U411a   1674     RA     11            64    15      2.50
U411a   1674     RA     11            64    17      5.25
U411a   1675     RA     13            78    16      4.50
U411a   1677            14            84    15      3.25
U411a   1678            16            88    15      4.00
U411a   1680            23           106    15      6.00
U411a   1687     RA     23           112    20      6.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U411b   1690             8            41    18      4.00
U411b   1693            10            57    15      6.50
U411b   1694     RA     10            59    18      1.35
U411b   1696     RA     13            80    17      2.75
U411b   1696     RA     13            80    18      2.75
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U411c   1708             8            41    15      1.15
U411c   1709            10            57    15      1.15
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U411d   1725             7            34    15      2.75
U411d   1727     RA      8            42    18      2.50
U411d   1729a    RA     10            57    15      1.60
U411d   1729b           10            57    15      2.75
U411d   1729c    RA     10            57    15      2.00
U411d   1729d    RA     10            57    15      2.75
U411d   1729e    RA     10            57    15      1.60
U411d   1730     RA     10            59    18      6.00
U411d   1730a    RA     10            59    18      1.60
U411d   1730b    RA     10            59    17      2.50
U411d   1730b    RA     10            59    18      1.60
U411d   1730d    RA     10            59    18      1.60
U411d   1730e    RA     10            59    18      6.00
U411d   1730f    RA     10            59    18     16.00
U411d   1730g    RA     10            59    17      5.00
U411d   1730g    RA     10            59    18      2.00
U411d   1730h    RA     10            59    18      2.75
U411d   1730i    RA     10            59    18      2.50
U411d   1732     RA     13            78    15      2.00
U411d   1732a    RA     13            78    15      3.25
U411d   1732b           13            78    15      4.00
U411d   1733     RA     13            80    17      6.50
U411d   1734            16            88    15      3.75
U411d   1736     RA     21           100    17      1.60
U411d   1736     RA     21           100    18      2.00
U411d   1736a    RA     21           100    15      2.75
U411d   1737     RA     23           106    18      3.25
U411d   1737a    RA     23           106    18      6.00
U411d   1738     RA     25           124    18      2.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1912-1915
U411e   1743     RA     10            58    17      1.35
U411e   1744            13            79    17      1.35
U411e   1745            23           110    17      1.35
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U411e   1747     RA     10            58    19      1.35
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U412    1763             7            34    17      4.00
U412    1764             8            41    15      1.00
U412    1766             9            45    15      8.00
U412    1767     RA     10            57    15      1.00
U412    1767     RA     10            57    17      1.20
U412    1768     RA     10            59    17      3.75
U412    1769     RA     11            64    15      4.00
U412    1769     RA     11            64    16      1.00
U412    1770     RA     13            78    15      1.00
U412    1770     RA     13            78    17      1.20
U412    1772     RA     13            80    17      1.20
U412    1772     RA     13            80    18      2.00
U412    1773     RA     21           100    15      2.00
U412    1774     RA     23           106    15      2.75
U412    1775     RA     25           124    15      2.75

WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916

U412    1781     RA     13            80    19      1.20
U412    1784     RA     23           112    20      2.75
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915

U412a   1788     RA      9            45    15     35.00
U412a   1789     RA     10            57    15      4.50
U412a   1800     RA     23           112    20     12.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U412b   1807     RA     23           106    17      6.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U412c   1812     RA      8            41    15      1.20
U412c   1813     RA     10            57    15      1.20
U412c   1815     RA     13            78    15      3.25
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U412c   1823            23           106    20      4.00
     Unusually dark red for this issue!
                                 
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U412d   1827b    RA     10            57    15      2.75
U412d   1827d    RA     10            57    15      4.00
U412d   1828e    RA     10            59    17      3.25
U412d   1828f    RA     10            59    17     25.00
    Damaged! Return address partially erased & thinned.
       Otherwise, the envelope is in good condition.   
U412d   1828g    RA     10            59    17     40.00
U412d   1830     RA     13            78    15     10.00
U412d   1830c    RA     13            78    15      6.50
U412d   1831     RA     13            80    17      6.00
U412d   1832     RA     21           100    17      5.00
U412d   1833     RA     23           106    17      2.50
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1912-1915
U412e   1835            10            58    17      1.20
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915

U413    1848     RA      7            34    17      4.00
U413    1849             8            41    17       .80
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U413    1851     RA     10            57    15      1.20
U413    1851            10            57    17      3.75
U413    1852     RA     10            59    17      1.20
U413    1853     RA     11            64    15       .80
U413    1857            21           100    15       .80
U413    1857     RA     21           100    17      1.20
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U413    1862     RA     21           100    20      2.75
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U413a   1864     RA     10            57    15      4.50
U413a   1867     RA     13            78    15      8.00
U413a   1867     RA     13            78    17      4.50
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U413c   1875             8            41    15      1.15
U413c   1876            10            57    15      1.15
U413c   1877            13            78    15      2.75
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U413d   1882a    RA     10            57    15     14.00
U413d   1882b    RA     10            57    15     12.00
U413d   1883a    RA     10            59    17     22.00
U413d   1883b           10            59    17     16.00
U413d   1885c    RA     13            78    15     20.00
U413d   1887     RA     21           100    17     12.00
U413d   1887a    RA     21           100    15      3.25
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U414    1896             7            34    15      1.25
U414    1896     RA      7            34    17      2.50
U414    1897             8            41    15     16.00
U414    1897     RA      8            41    17      2.00
U414    1899     RA     10            57    15      7.00
U414    1900     RA     10            59    17      1.25
U414    1901            11            64    15      1.25
U414    1905     RA     21           100    17      1.25
WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U414    1906             8            41    19     40.00
U414    1907     RA      8            42    20      5.25
U414    1909     RA     13            80    19      2.75
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U414a   1916     RA     13            78    17     40.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U414c   1927             8            41    15      1.20
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WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U414c   1933A    RA     10            60    10      1.20
  Scott unlisted Die, Smithe Press, formerly listed as
UPSS #1931.                                            
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U414d   1938c    RA     13            78    15      6.50
U414d   1939     RA     13            80    17      8.00
U414d   1940     RA     21           100    17      4.00
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U414e   1942     RA     10            58    17      1.00
U414e   1943     RA     13            78    17      1.20
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WOVE PAPER ISSUES: 1915-1916
U416    1970     RA     25           124    20     33.50
 Minor corner crease.                                  
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U418a   1983            10            57    15     12.50
U418a   1984            10            59    18     12.50
U418a   1984-W          10            59    18     20.00
           Darker, thicker "war paper".                
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U418    1985     RA      8            41    15     12.50
U418    1986     RA     10            57    15     12.50
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LAID PAPER ISSUES: 1907-1915
U419    1998            10            57    15     22.50
 

 

END OF SPECIALIZED ENVELOPES BY UPSS # LIST, PART 2
 

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             SPECIALIZED ENVELOPE INFORMATION

 

     BEFORE I say a few words about Specialized Envelopes, I'd like you to read the information sections in my EARLY ENVELOPES and MODERN ENVELOPES lists.  These sections should give you a general background, especially in terms of the quality to expect.

 

     There are only 2 minor differences between Specialized (UPSS#) Envelope collecting and General Envelope collecting:

     1.  There tends to be more "information" penciled on the back of specialized envelopes.  NOT ALL, of course, but many Envelope varieties have various notations including Scott#, UPSS#, Size, Knife, Watermark, and on occasion, the dealer from whom the envelope was purchased...even the price paid. 
     If the collector was a "name" collector, there might be a small rubber stamp with some sort of message "From the Collection of .........."  For many issues, such markings not only don't hurt the value of the envelope, they actually enhance it.  In the case of some items which may be difficult to identify, a good "provenance" (history of previous ownership) is a Godsend.  Frankly, many of the early collectors were as knowledgeable -- if not more so -- than the dealers who hand out the "certificates" today.  Their I.D. on an envelope is practically a guarantee.

 

     The hobby of Envelope Collecting has gone through several "time periods"; each of these time periods was dominated by a dealer or group.  Each of these groups issued their own Envelope catalog.  There was the time of Bartels, the time of Thorp, and the time of the UPSS. Some envelopes which have changed hands across several of these eras have had their "information" updated.  The backs of these envelopes tell an interesting story, albeit one which has used up a lot of pencil lead.

 

     2.  Many envelopes exist ONLY with Return Addresses.  If you're a General Envelope collector, you can ignore these if RAs annoy you.  If you're a Specialized Envelope collector, they're a little harder to ignore.

 

     What I'm saying here: The Specialized collecting of Envelopes is a serious study.  It isn't a beauty contest.  If you're an advanced collector, you already know this...

 

     There's also one MAJOR difference; the universe in which we work (or play, if you prefer) is a lot larger.  Even though there are "only" a shade over 800 BASIC Scott #s (Regular Envelopes, Airmails, Officials), when you consider the different sizes, knives and watermarks, the universe expands to...well, you know, I never figured it out, but I'd guess it's well over 25,000 envelopes.  Think of it as 50 boxes of 500...or, in sleeves/glassine envelopes, 100 boxes of 250 (takes up TWICE as much room if the envelopes are sleeved/in glassines)!  OR, think of it as 250 FDC-type albums of 100.  Any way you think about it, your collection will require a lot of space and time.

 

     IF you're up to the challenge, I can help you a bit; I think I have a pretty fair slice of the pie, though of course, it's only just a slice.  Envelope scarcity is often unrelated to price; it's often a question of being lucky enough to find the inventory.  It's usually a random event.  I'm out there...I'm looking...on occasion, I find and offer it to you.

 

     ENVELOPE QUALITY: THE BUCK STOPS HERE  I'm just repeating here some of the comments which appear on my EARLY ENVELOPES LIST.  You should expect top quality while recognizing that Envelopes are not "stamps".  Envelopes are a commercial product, and have only recently been printed with the needs of collectors in mind.  I buy carefully and weed out any obvious problems I see.  Thankfully, envelopes are spared the trauma of being packed & shrink-wrapped like some Postal Cards.  Still, they are cut, folded, and boxed mechanically, which can create "defects of manufacture".  As always, I try my best to weed these out.

 

     There's one problem with envelopes which you don't find with Postal Cards or Cut Squares, and there's nothing I can do about it: GUM BLEED.  Envelopes are gummed at the seams, AND Window Envelopes are also gummed where the glassine or plastic meets the paper.  IN TIME, the gum will discolor the paper...usually just a trifle, and not on every envelope.  This is usually not a problem; I just want to make you aware that every now and then you'll see an envelope which will be 90% up to snuff, not 100%.  I'm sorry; I didn't manufacture the envelopes.  If I did, I would have used a better gum....

 

     While MANY of the EARLY Envelopes I sell will look as if they came out of the Post Office yesterday -- clean, fresh, and with sharp strong corners -- SOME of them will show some signs of age and storage, as well as characteristics of the era in which they were collected.  Like Postal Cards, Envelopes were sometimes I.D.'d....LIGHTLY, in pencil, on the back.  Such I.D. marks include envelope size, watermark, and a catalog number...sometimes the old, THORP Catalog, or the newer, UPSS Catalog.  Anything beyond that, I weed out.

 

     SPECIALIZED INFORMATION  I'm going to be brief.  If you're using this list, then you already know everything you need to know...and if you don't, then I can't possibly tell you.  I defer to the experts.  You need to own 2 books; they are the UPSS 19th and UPSS 20th Century Envelope Catalogs.  They each contain a wealth of information  ...

 

     ...and of course, if you have a question, please feel free to e-mail or just pick up the phone & give me a call.  I'm always here to help.


           Steve Levine                                           Phone:  718-939-5788
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