Postal ephemera is loosely defined as anything postal-related that most collectors don’t bother to keep. This includes a lot of things, such as postal etiquettes, business reply envelopes, stamp advertising, dealer catalogs, custom printed glassines, postal bulletins, perforation chads, selvage… Some people have a much stricter definition, but I like to keep the basic definition broad. I can’t stand it when someone insists on a strict definition of stamp collecting, and ends up insisting theirs is the only true way to collect stamps -- only ends up getting a lot of stamp collectors mad.
The great majority of postal ephemera gets tossed in the trash. I confess I’m guilty of throwing away hundreds of pounds of this over the years.
This particular thread will be dedicated to ephemera from the post office. We can start separate threads for ephemera from businesses, stamp dealers, individuals…
I’ll start off by showing some postal packaging ephemera.
While many have seen the glassine envelopes from various postal services, some collectors don’t realize that some stamp panes and S/S’s came in special packaging and even might have contained informative inserts. I showed the US AMERIPEX 86 S/S’s in the thread Souvenir Sheets are SPECTACULAR!. These are shown together below.
Scott US #2216-2219(22May1986), AMERIPEX 86. 2013 Scott catalog mint = $30
Below is the envelope for the four AMERIPEX 86 S/S’s. The S/S’s were sandwiched by 2 pieces of light-weight pink cardstock as stiffeners. I didn’t bother scanning the stiffeners as there was no printing on them.
There`s something I don`t quite get here - don`t those American Presidents rank as "stamps"? They have denomi- nations, & I think they appear in Scott USA. This reminds me of a time recently when a health-oriented friend said she was making a flourless pizza - with lettuce leaves on the bottom and veggies on top. I told her that wasn`t a pizza, that was a SALAD!
Collecting Australia, New Zealand, Channel Islands, Canada, U.S., St-Pierre et Miquelon, Faroe Islands Topical - Seahorses, Paleophilately, Machins (limited), kingfishers, trees, horoscope & zodiac, O`Higgins (Chile), Lake Baikal.
Yes, the S/S's are actual stamps. The ephemera is the packaging (i.e., souvenir envelopes that served as the packaging). The great majority, along with the inserts, get thrown away. Most stamp collectors only keep the stamps. I showed the S/S's first to make the connection to the subsequent ephemera pics.
Thanks, Bear! I'll put some more up later this week. I'm way behind in my posting on the S/S thread. I wanted to get 50 pages in the S/S thread before the start of summer, but not all the other bears are cooperating! 574603201
Not sure if I'll have time to scan 600+ S/S's within 3 weeks.
Actually, some of the common stamps also came in limited quantities with special packaging. They weren't available at all the post offices, and sometimes the station manager would simply toss the folders/inserts/envelopes away! Special folders/envelopes/holders (free) were available for stamps such as the Elvis Presley issue, WWII S/S, birds/flowers pane... Not sure if I still have those or not. When I run out of stamp space, the ephemera box is often the first to get tossed.
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