Queries re usage 1944 St Kitts 5/- on censored cover to USA

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Queries re usage 1944 St Kitts 5/- on censored cover to USA

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The above cover from St Kitts to New York, USA bears a 5/- value (the perforation holes around the marginal markings identify this as being from the scare 1941 printing, as per P.L. Baldwin's book) sent 20th July 1944 via registered post. Censored with clear tape 'Examined by 20020' and forwarded by air mail via Antigua and Miami, attracting a variety of handstamps:

22 July 1944 Antigua, St Johns
28 July 1944 Miami, Florida - Registry Division + 729c
28 July 1944 New York - Registry Division
4 Aug 1944 New York - Registered (STA.P.)
8 Aug 1944 New York - Registry Division

I have the following queries:

1) What is the backstamp 'yX' on reverse?

2) What is the significance of 729c?

3) The 5/- value is much higher than registered mail as this time. Can anyone explain reason for overpayment, as it doesn't look like a philatelic cover to me?

Many thanks.

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Can the stamp be considered to be tied to the cover?

Look at the perforation opposite the break in the green line on the right hand side.

Where is the ink?

This may be ok but it could also be a very clever substitution of a conveniently dated replacement.

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Luigi,

does your references state how many sheets were printed in the 1st. printing. Sheet # 31 seems to be a low number for a later printing.

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David

Thank you. I also wondered about the cancellation tying the stamp to the cover when I acquired it from a reputable USA auction house in the 1990s but with a magnifying glass I could just see a spot of black ink in the perf space at bottom (below 'N' of 'Nevis') which seemed to be of the same consistency as the cds. There is no evidence around the stamp of any other stamps having been removed. Holding the front of the cover up to a bright light does not reveal any other cancel (or part of).

Turning to your question of number of sheets printed, in the book ' A Study of the King George VI Stamps of St. Kitts-Nevis 1938-50' (by Peter L Baldwin, published by Murray Payne, 1997) page 39 (covering the classifications of the 5/- value) gives the number at 105 sheets for the 1941 printing. It is the number of perf holes in the top margin, ie 8, which only apply to the 1941 printing, all the other printings top marginal perf holes varying from n/a to 4.

Unfortunately I don't know what were the Registration charges from St Kitts -Nevis to the USA during the war-time period nor why there were so many 'Registry/Registered' cancellations in USA for this cover. I also do not understand the '729 c(ents)' mark on the reverse of the cover, so I welcome any views/advice.

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David

Sorry, I realise I hadn't properly answered your question re printings.
Information from the Peter Baldwin publication:

(perf 13x 12)
1938 202 sheets

(perf 14)
1941 105 sheets
1943 152 sheets
1944 210 sheets
1945 194 sheets
1950 452 sheets

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Know nothing of the relevant rates but to nearby USA 5/- seems a ton of money to me?
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Luigi wrote:
06 Jul 2020 03:19
I have the following queries:
1) What is the backstamp 'yX' on reverse?
2) What is the significance of 729c?
The yX handstamp is American, applied in New York.
I have seen this mark with other code like XX but don't know its purpose.

729¢ is also American (filing number?).

20020 is the New York censor number.

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06 Jul 2020 11:39
Know nothing of the relevant rates but to nearby USA 5/- seems a ton of money to me?

I am similarly ignorant of the fine details of postal rates, but this is something I wondered.

St Kitts is a small island with presumably infrequent flights to the USA in 1944, and also presumably no direct flights to New York.

Would this have led to airmail from St Kitts being priced more highly than, say, London-NY? Or were postal rates harmonised to some degree?
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St Kitts is next to Puerto Rico which is and was, a part of the USA essentially. San Juan would have had flights for sure. :mrgreen:


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Many thanks to everyone for their input.

Does anybody have any information of the registration rates that were applicable from St Kitts during KGVI's reign?

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Luigi wrote:
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Many thanks to everyone for their input.

Does anybody have any information of the registration rates that were applicable from St Kitts during KGVI's reign?
The registration fee was 3d, in effect from 1 February 1922 to 1 January 1951 when decimal currency was introduced.

St Kitts and Nevis was part of the Leeward Islands federation, and as such utilized the federal airmail postage rates. From 1944 to 1947 the airmail rate to the USA was 10d per ½oz (exact start date unknown, but it is known that the rate from June 1943 onwards was 10½d per ½oz).

5s = 60d, so in theory the franking of 5s could cover a letter weighing between 2½oz and 3oz (the sixth weight step) with the 3d registration fee paid in cash. Whether or not such an arrangement is even possible, let alone likely, is a matter for conjecture.

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