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Author:  asmodeus [ Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Postal rate! I need help!


I need professionell advice! Who can explain me the postal rate for this item? It is a sample- and 10 Shilling is a high postage.

Author:  jimusedcontrols [ Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 918

try again!
Hi Denis, airmail rate at the time from 1939 was 5/- for the first ounce, then 2/6d and 1/3d so 4 ounces or 100g. Sample post was only cheaper if sent surface mail which would have taken longer than 2 weeks

Author:  mozzerb [ Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 919

Not sure about this one, but quoting from Johnson and Peet's rates book:

Letter rate airmail to Argentina from 7th August 1940 to September 1945 was 3s 6d per ½oz by air all the way, or 2s 3d per ½oz by sea to New York and from there by air. Neither of these would give a multiple of 10s. (The 5s rate was the previous rate via France, which was no longer possible after the fall of France.)

However, J and P do also mention airmail leaflets of 1938/9 that say second class airmail (printed papers, samples, small packets etc) was at letter rates except for certain countries, and Argentina was one of them. The rate there was 1s per ½oz. It's implied that these rates lasted until 1947 when destinations were categorised in zones. So your cover could well be a tenfold 5oz rate.

It's an interesting late use of GV stamps on a wartime cover, btw. Generally you'd expect to see GVI high values by this time, so very scarce, especially on sample post!

Author:  frenchcongo [ Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 920

The GBPO Airmail leaflet 7 August 1940 shows no entry for the reduced sample rate of 1s 3d 1/2 oz shown in the GBPO Airmail leaflet 18 October 1939.The wording on the leaflet implies a change on the 7th August 1940 but I will check this.
My view is that the reduced rate was not available at the time this item was posted.
Has the sender overpaid the item probably because he has used the 1939 leafet?

This is difficult to answer as the item got to Argentina and was not surcharged but 10s 0d is eight 1s 3d rates and 9s 0d is four 2s 3d rates and 3 3s6d rates would have made 10s 6d.

I can't see the sender risking eight rates in a four rate envelope.

Perhaps the PO just let it through if it did have eight rates in it or perhaps it was just overfranked for the 4 times rate using up old stamps.

Robert Johnson

Author:  asmodeus [ Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Transfer from previous board: original post 921

Thank you very much for the professional help!


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