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Regulations stymie postmark hand-back service, postcard takes 16,000-mile trip: Week's Most Read

Apr 29, 2021, 7 AM
The cause of an argument with a postal clerk, and the inspiration for this week's top story on, this wedding-commemoration postcard was presented for a hand-back cancellation. It was initially refused, based on United States Postal Service rules cited in our U.S. Stamp Notes column, but was eventually given after the creator explained that there was no misrepresentation involved.

By Joe O'Donnell

It’s time to catch up on the week that was in stamp-collecting insights and news.

Linn's Stamp News is looking back at its five most-read stories of the week.

Click the links to read the stories. Here they are, in reverse order:

5. Uniform penny post of 1840 brought more than adhesive stamps in its wake: As stamp collectors, we naturally tend to focus on the immediate tangible results of Hill’s uniform penny postal system: the world’s first adhesive stamp, the 1-penny stamp depicting Queen Victoria, known as the Penny Black.

4. Two stamps from Monaco honor Princess Charlene: Designed by Stefanie Van Zyl and engraved by Elsa Catelin, the €1.60 stamp will show a portrait of the princess with a bouquet of proteas, the national flower of South Africa in the background.

3. Imperforate 1919 2¢ George Washington undervalued in Scott: The value for a mint never-hinged stamp is about right, but the stamp is undervalued in both unused hinged condition and used condition.

2. Postcard odyssey: four 1¢ stamps buy a 16,000-mile journey: The postcard started out with just the 1¢ Benjamin Franklin stamp at right. Another unused stamp was added at each stop to pay the onward charge.

1. Confusing regulations stymie postmark hand-back service for wedding postcard: Have you ever gone into a post office and asked to have a mailpiece or cover canceled and returned to you? Many collectors can and do tell stories about how they were treated.

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