US Stamps

With covers, sometimes it’s what’s inside that counts

Dec 4, 2019, 1 PM

U.S. Stamp Notes by John M. Hotchner

Figure 1 shows a ratty cover franked with a common 2¢ George Washington stamp, canceled Dec. 22, 1930, in New Haven, Conn., with a Christmas seal on the backflap. The reverse also shows the price: $3. My first thought was “Not on a bet!”

But it is often worth the effort to look inside of even the most unprepossessing envelopes that have been through the mail. In this case, the contents made $3 an attractive price.

Enclosed in the envelope was a card shaped like a house, and picturing one as well. Written in the snow on the roof is “From My House To Your House.”

The inside of the card is a pocket that reads, “Come right in! We’re all right here to shout in your ear.” Cutout figures of four people, each carrying a message of “Merry Christmas,” were inside the pocket.

Figure 2 shows the cards and the four cutouts.

A die-cut card and the tiny figures would undoubtedly have cost a bundle to produce. I don’t even want to think about what it might cost today. No wonder this is such an unusual card.

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