By Charles Snee
The September 12 issue of Linn Stamp News just landed on the presses and is mailing to subscribers on Monday, August 29. And if you subscribe to by Linn digital edition, you’re ahead of the game with early access on Saturday, August 27. While you wait for your issue to arrive in your mailbox, enjoy these three quick previews of exclusive content available only to subscribers.
A visit to Grand Turk Post Office for locals
Chris Lazaroff continues his philatelic explorations with a cruise stopover in Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. During his brief stay, he managed to find (through a taxi ride) the post office that the locals use. One of the two friendly service employees let Lazaroff peruse a stock book of commemorative issues. “To my surprise, the front page contained Princess Diana’s memorial sheets,” Lazaroff writes. “I thought these stamps were only printed for collectors and had never seen the light of day in a post office in the Turks and Caicos Islands. However, here they were ready to be purchased and used as postage. one of the other numbers he found commemorates the 50th anniversary of a certain spaceflight. Read the rest of Lazaroff’s entertaining story for the details.
A mysterious Garibaldi stamp ghost
Wayne L. Youngblood, in this week’s The Odd Lot, unravels the rather murky story behind two different printings of an alleged essay for a stamp featuring Italian war hero Guiseppe Garibaldi. At first, the so-called essays were thought to have been produced in 1848. However, Youngblood illustrates a photo of Garibaldi taken in 1860 which is the likely source of Garibaldi’s ghost essay. Either way, this is a rare number (as is its look-alike), but there are many questions that may never be answered regarding its origins and why there were two prints. apparent,” says Youngblood. He goes on to summarize the differences between the two prints. Garibaldi’s portraits, in particular, are noticeably different from each other. There’s more to learn, so dig into the whole column.
Unusual and rare dead letter return envelopes
“Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to acquire special return envelopes, including special Dead Letter Division envelopes, which are quite unusual and rare,” Tony Wawrukiewicz begins in Modern US Mail. He then provides a brief overview of the transition from the Office of Dead Letters to the Division of Dead Letters before explaining the significance of the establishment of three Offices of Dead Letters in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Manila, Philippines; and Honolulu, Hawaii. “The formation of these three dead-letter offices likely took place so that dead letters at such a distance from the continental United States could be dealt with quickly,” says Wawrukiewicz. “The desire for such rapid processing explains why the numerous dead-letter branches were finally introduced from 1917.” Surviving postal history of dead-letter offices is particularly rare – Wawrukiewicz illustrates the only office return envelope he could find. He was posted in 1931 from Honolulu to San Francisco.
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