The Samovar

Soviet International Registered Airmail Express

jlechtanski - 9/9/2007 at 18:16

Attached are two covers from Lvov, Ukrainian SSR to Cleveland, Ohio, USA franked at the 46k rate for International Registered Airmail Express.

In another post kiompe lists an item from 12 Mar 1965.

This first cover is dated 12 Aug 1968 and shows evidence of being handled as "Special Delivery" by the Cleveland receiving postmark "SPEC. DEL. SEC. RECD. 2

The second cover is dated 13 Feb 1971 but doesn't show any evidence of being handled "Special Delivery."

Express 1968.jpg - 116kB

Cover from 1971

jlechtanski - 9/9/2007 at 18:17

Express 1971.jpg - 124kB

Andriano - 9/10/2007 at 04:35

Originally posted by jlechtanski
... shows evidence of being handled as "Special Delivery" by the Cleveland receiving postmark "SPEC. DEL. SEC. RECD. 2

Where this postmark in scan?

jlechtanski - 9/10/2007 at 16:33

It is on the back of the cover along with the registry receiving postmark.

Express 1968 Back.jpg - 62kB

Andriano - 9/11/2007 at 01:46

May be any reforms was in USPS in this time? Now don't put incoming postmarks at all. What is spoil face view...

jlechtanski - 9/12/2007 at 08:34

Special Delivery ended in 1997 and was replaced by Domestic Express Mail. Their main purposes were delivery every day of the year and faster service. I have never seen an express mail receiving postmark.

MKS - 9/15/2007 at 23:19

Actually, I have never seen a receiving postmark from USPS on any kind of modern mail. Even registered mail doesn't get it. What a pity...

Arrival marks

Fergana - 9/25/2007 at 03:59

I think the role of the USPS letter sorting machine has been overlooked. Although not in the usual format of machine cancellations, the MLOCR machine tag-code, printed on the back of most foreign mail on entering the US mail system, will provide processing-day and time information.

jlechtanski - 9/25/2007 at 17:25

Interesting point about those orange bar codes.

The date is only the day of the month (1-31) and the time is in half-hour increments. Used primarily to help create a distinct identifying code for the mail piece.

I don't see it being used as part of the registered mail or express mail process.