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Alex10/02/2013 12:34:27
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No, the stamp was intended for Express Mail Next Day service, though it could be used for other services, such as packages.

Vera10/02/2013 12:40:56
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Posted by Alex on 10/02/2013 11:15:27:


Registered philatelic Swiss cover to West Germany. Nice blocks of Woodpecker, Blue tits, Glebes and Hoopoe, youth issues of 1971.


Many stamps have been used for a relatively short journey....Do you know the postal rates of the time, and were stamps used to pay the reg fee?

and..who determined the postal fee for a letter to the moon and back..$9.35...that one wasn't  even registered surprise



Edited By Vera on 10/02/2013 12:44:13

Vera10/02/2013 12:47:35
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Posted by Alex on 10/02/2013 12:34:27:

No, the stamp was intended for Express Mail Next Day service, though it could be used for other services, such as packages

..mmm, then it's a mis-use on the special cover..took more than next day to reach Edwads AFB face 1

Alex10/02/2013 13:09:32
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The Swiss cover is purely philatelic and overpaid. The postage for that period, as far as I can make out, was 120 c (70 c for registration and 50 c for international postage up to 20 gram). Interestingly, the back of the cover has a customs label stating  that the stamps were for philatelic purposes.

Edited By Alex on 10/02/2013 13:13:24

Vera10/02/2013 13:53:14
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Talking about philatelic covers, my friend in India creates his own elaborate covers to match the cache to the stamps. Extra stamps were added on the back to pay the correct registered postage. Fairly stiff card is used to for the cover so this protects any enclosures but would add considerably to the weight , in this case it came to 55gms.

The birds stamps are a Bugun Lioccichla and a Nicobar Megapode.

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Edited By Vera on 10/02/2013 13:53:54

Alex13/02/2013 13:33:28
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Here is an eagle in flight, on a US Air Mail 5 cent stationery card.

Air Mail

Adrian01/03/2013 14:31:00
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Just in: United States Postal Service Press release:

Nature lovers will be aflutter now that the U.S. Postal Service is releasing the Bank Swallow Forever Stamped Envelope today.


The highly realistic stamp art is the work of illustrator Matthew Frey of Annapolis, MD, under the direction of Bill Gicker of Washington, DC. Frey’s work is based on photographs which show a large illustration of the swallow perching and a smaller illustration of the bird in flight.

An accomplished illustrator and a graphic designer, Frey’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum. A licensed Master Falconer, Frey is an officer of the Potomac Falconers Association, the oldest falconry organization in the United States, and is a founding officer of the West Virginia Falconry Club.

Seen on Six of Seven Continents

The bank swallow (Riparia riparia) is the smallest swallow in North America and can be found on every continent except Antarctica. About five inches long, the slender bird digs nesting burrows in riverbanks, gravel pits and even highway cuts. Both males and females help dig the tunnel, first pecking out a shallow hole with their beaks, then using their feet to kick out the dirt.

Like all swallows, bank swallows are agile songbirds that specialize in catching insects in midair. A typical bank swallow colony can have anywhere from ten to nearly 2,000 nests. A sandbank riddled with holes, especially one near a river or lake, is likely to be the home of a colony of bank swallows.

Julia Lee01/03/2013 14:46:34
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So both an African swallow AND a European swallow.

Edited By Julia Lee on 01/03/2013 14:48:57

Adrian04/03/2013 09:33:12
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Dominica, 1969-72 definitives.


This Sisserou is also known as the Imperial Amazon Parrot, or Amazona imperialis. It is Dominica's national bird, it is endangered and there are only between 100 and 200 birds left in the wild.

som ghatak04/03/2013 11:07:22
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Latest in my colelction Facsimile of famous potato stamp signed by the Designer

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