Wade Saadi was our presenter on December 13, on the topic “Postal History, Parcel Post Postage Due Stamps.” As Wade brought in a large number of covers illustrating this unusual but fascinating area, we only had enough time to view Part I of this presentation.
Wade explained how these postage due stamps (five values, ranging from 1 cent to 25 cents) were first used only with parcel post packages in early 1913. But beginning July 1, 1913, these stamps could be used to show postage due on ordinary mail.
Some of the highlights included: 2 five cent stamps used on airmail cover with many Beacon stamps; 10 five cent stamps plus 2 ten cent stamps on a large piece; 20 one cent stamps (including plate block of 10) on 1913 cover; several examples of one cent stamps used on postcards; bisected two cent stamp (not accepted); postcard from Japan with ten cent stamp; and several examples of one cent and five cent stamps accepted as postage.
Aside from the general scarcity of this material, we were very impressed that a large percentage of these covers had stamps tied by their postmarks, which is unusual for these postage due stamps. Wade will be back early next year with Part II of his talk. You don’t want to miss it!