HOW TO ORDER:
1. DINOSAUR STYLE
Dinosaur Style (thru the mail), you can print out this sheet, then circle the
price of what you want and mail it in with your payment. PLEASE circle
with a fine colored marker; any color will do.
Sorry, this is not a full-function
interactive website with a shopping cart and card processing ability. It's
Dinosaur-style; it only has listings. Still, we can improvise!
me an e-mail and type out what you want and the price.
OR, you can cut & paste the item with its description
IF the item exists in several conditions or forms (such as f-vf or vf for
stamps, or as Cut Squares or Full Corners) please indicate which you want.
OR you can cut & paste large portions of the list and
whatever you want. Green (the 00-80-00
shade for the techs out there) works well, as does
(the FF-00-00 shade).
I accept VISA, Master Card, and American Express. I also accept
PAY PAL, at my e-mail address of
IF your order is relatively simple or if you have a few questions, you can
phone me at 718-939-5788. For me, "business hours"
are flexible. I'm usually in, and if I'm not, you get
the answering machine. Leave your #; I'll get back to you.
PURCHASE: Items from this list
may be combined with items from my other lists for a
of $15. ALL ORDERS will be shipped via
Insured or Registered mail, for
your protection. Please add $2 for postage and insurance to all orders.
Smaller orders will carry private insurance and will have NO USPS markings.
There's no "handling" fee; just
actual postage expenses.
This is for U.S. orders only. Overseas shipments, please e-mail me in
advance for shipping information.
New York State Residents, please add the appropriate
Sales tax. VISA, Master
and American Express are accepted: please include all information which appears
in raised print,
PLUS the 3 digit security code
which appears on the back. PayPal accepted.
SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ON ALL
Dear Friends & Collectors,
Sometimes I feel as if some
"techno-gypsy" from a bad Sci-Fi movie has put a curse on my website...that is
my OTHER website (www.stevelevinestampsplus.com).
I really NEED that other website.
You see, for Postal Stationery there are catalogs (both Scott and UPSS), and all
you need is a catalog number to know what I'm offering.
But for some of the other areas I handle -- like Poster Stamps & other
"Cinderella" material -- there are no catalogs, and I really need a website with
I've been trying to develop one for 2
years, but....well, it does feel like I've been cursed. I had one under
development & growing nicely when suddenly, one day last year, it slowed down to
a crawl, with pages taking 30 seconds to load. My "webhost" was unable to
fix the problem and I had to junk it.
switched to an "Ebay Prostore", a store
hosted by Ebay on their servers...powerful, efficient servers, with good tech
support. However, about a month ago, after developing nearly 2,000 items
on this website... I received an email to the effect that Ebay had decided to
shut down the Prostore Program, as of February 1, 2015.
So, after putting hundreds of hours into the development of this second website,
I now find myself needing to start development of "Website #2, Version #3".
If I ever give you the impression that I'm in a foul mood, now you know why.
About now I could really use some hi-tech wolfbane....
Meanwhile, progress is being made on this website.
The CUT SQUARES & FULL CORNERS list is completely repriced and updated as of
April 24. The MINT POSTAL CARD list is completely repriced and updated as
of April 23. I'm currently working on repricing the
SPECIALIZED ENVELOPES BY UPSS # lists. Once
they're done I can do the EARLY ENVELOPES and MODERN ENVELOPES lists.
Then...well, I'm not thinking THAT far down the road yet.
let's get down to business...
SOME NEW ENVELOPES BY UPSS #
All in excellent condition. Quantities are limited on some, so please get back to me quickly.
UPSS# SZ KN WMK PRICE
810 7 31
U388 1421 10
2121 13 79
2230 21 100
3413 23 116X
3618 23 115w
AM-13 23 106
THE "NOTCH TAG"
Ever since the earliest "tagged" issues of Postal
Stationery, the USPS has tried a number of different ideas to best trigger
the mechanism that "recognizes" the presence of paid postage on a
stamped envlope. These include BAR TAGS to the left, BAR TAGS to
the right, FLUORESCENT INK on the design, & BLOCK TAGS of various sizes
to the left. These block tags vary from small (11mm x 13mm) to
large (15mm x 30mm) and were used regularly and "experimentally" for
The 2011 Edition of the UPSS
20th/21st Century Envelope Catalog mentions a "13 x 11 mm size with a
notch in the upper right corner" with a note to refer to an article in
the July-August 1993 issue of Postal Stationery. I copy, below, in
"At an unknown
time during production of Large "25's", an odd variety of the small
tagged 13 mm x 11 mm type was made with a 7 mm x 2 mm notch out of the
upper right comer of the tagging block. A source in the Stamped Envelope
Agency believed that these blocks were modified during an unsuccessful
test to determine a suitable tagging block for the 25 cent Space Station
Hologram envelope. The checked items are confmned to exist: the
author would be grateful to
hear if others are known. All are fairly
CHECKLIST, LARGE "25" NOTCHED TAGGING
Watermark 48A 49
12 Plain X
23 Plain X
23 Window X
* Used copy reported only.
One of the reasons the Notch Tags are fairly scarce is that the
underlying envelopes, the Large 25s, are also scarce. What we have
here is a difficult tag on a difficult envelope. These
are the first and only Notch Tag envelopes I've owned & offered in 25
years. The Notch Tag envelopes do not exist on the "Small 25"
What I'm offering here is a size 12, Plain Watermark 50 which was used
on an Event Cover. It was not checked off above as being known as
of 1993. I've outlined the tagged area on this example only to
show you the position of the tag, but what you're buying will be clean,
no pencil marks. I've placed a "small" 25 cut square under the large 25 for
PRICE for a "Notch Tag" envelope is
LIGHT BLUE USED ENVELOPE
color variation exists in the inks of many of the 19th Century
Envelopes. The "reds" are probably the worst, with a range from
lake to extreme dark red, dark red, red, carmine, pink, vermilion,
scarlet and orange. Those are all "defined" shades, with quite a
few "in-between" shades which were not deliberately mixed, but
just kinda "happened", usually when an employee of one of the
contractors accidentally threw a wee bit too much of one color into the
The scan at the right is a U348, Die B,
Size 11 used envelope. I've placed 2 cut squares on top. The
one at the left is DARK BLUE and the one in the center is BLUE.
Much like the "Notch Tag" variety above, I can tell you that I've never
offered a light blue envelope or cut square on my general listings in 33
AS an interesting aside note, a few
of the envelopes I have are addressed to "W & J Sloane in New York".
This was a VERY upscale rug & furniture store which dominated its field
for over 100 years before being bought out...and going bankrupt when the
new owners went "downscale" and "over- expanded". Lesson here; it
pays to stick with a winning formula.
a link to the Wikipedia article on W & J Sloane. It's a good,
What I'm offering here is a U348, Die B, UPSS #
1138c, used...looking much like the picture above. UPSS Catalog
$18.75. Condition is excellent, no doubt because these envelopes
are all hand-cancelled. Minimal creases, good corners. Back
flap is good, with full gum. Minor thinning at the tip of the back
flap. This was not from sealing; this was from the pressure of
nearly 100 years of storage in a box. I didn't open the
flaps; the previous dealer/owner did.
for one of these scarce envelopes is $13.00. Please keep in mind;
these are USED, and while in "excellent" condition, they're not perfect.
Earliest orders get the best copies.
UY19 REPLY CARD WITH OIL BUBBLE
NO, this one is not in the same league as some of the "Island of
Atlantis" cards I've found in the past.
were genuine plate flaws. where some foreign object had invaded the
plate, creating an iregular pattern somehwere below Alaska.
These are Oil Bubbles, at the top of the letter "A" of USA.
They are very much like the "Flying Saucer" variety of UX44 (see
Page 43, UPSS Postal Card Catalog). This type of freak is
random, and can show up anywhere on the card; in this case, it
picked a good place to show up. It's not "spectacular", but it
IS "obvious". OBs on UX44 are uncommon, but not scarce, as 10
million UX44s were printed and probably several thousand were
printed with OBs. The UY19 is a lot scarcer, as the printing
was only 1 million. I have about a dozen.
What I'm offering here is an Unfolded UY19,
with an Oil Bubble smack dab in the middle of the top of the letter
"A", as shown above. The cards are in excellent
condition, with only a tiny crease/ding at the bottom, less than the
width of a fingernail. PRICE for one of these EFOs is only
STATIONERY OF THE INDIAN PRINCELY STATES
Understanding the political structure of pre-independence India is not
something I signed up for when I became a stamp dealer.
It's complex, to say the least. Paring it down (as best I can) to
the basics, the Princely States were run by local rulers who pledged
their loyalty to the British Crown.
There were officially 565 of them at the time of India's independence in
1947. Many of them (200+) were small, with an area less than 10
square miles...but apparently enough population to allow the rulers to
live like.. princes.
Part of being a
Princely State was having envelopes and letterheads with a Princely
coat-of-arms. Part of being a stamp dealer is finding a large
accumulation of these envelopes. No letterheads, just the
Now, before I discuss the two
items of Philatelic importance...price and condition.. let me be clear
about something. These are NOT POSTAL STATIONERY. They are
just regular "stationery", having
no postal validity, but a great deal of historical significance.
This material falls into the category of POSTAL HISTORY.
To determine the value of these envelopes I surfed the net. I
found a few dealers, either in Great Britain or India. Most of
what I found was priced at $8.42 each, which is the current exchange rate for
5 British Pounds.
Most of what I saw was not
as nice as what I'm offering here. My find came from...
who knows where, but it's been in storage a long time. A few
flaps had to be pried loose as long-time pressure had made them stick,
but otherwise, what I offer is very clean. Still, it should be
understood that these envelopes were not manufactured to the
specifications of U.S. Postal Stationery. The paper is coarse, and
the gum is rough. The printing, however, is of high quality.
The size of the envelopes is roughly 3 3/4" x 4 3/4".
What I'm offering
here is a group of 10 different envelopes for $20.00. I'm also
offering a larger group of 20 different envelopes for $40.00.
NOTE; there may be some slight duplication of PRINTED DESIGN, but the
envelope or ink color will be different. You might get the same
design on blue and on white envelopes, or you might get the same design
in red ink and in green ink.
THE 1967 ASDA LABELS
The Nicklin 1967 ASDA Show labels have annoyed me for years....and will
probably do so for several more. Using Google Images to locate any
that are on the Internet, I find it to be the case that I'm the only
dealer offering these. Unfortunately, what I've been able to
offer, set-wise, was only 1/4 of the total picture!
You see, there are TWO different design schemes. And they come
both perforated and imperforate. (Actually, they're not really
perforated; they're rouletted.) There are, in fact, FOUR sets,
each having 4 different colors. The complete set is 16
After nearly 2 years I've
managed to accumulate, I daresay, the biggest stock of these in
existence ...and yet I only have 13 out of the 16 and can only offer ONE
complete set. I have the following available:
2.00 ea 2.00 ea
2.00 ea 2.00 ea
PACKAGE DEAL: ONE OF EACH, $22.50
1961 POSTER STAMPS
Riverbank is a small town (4 square miles) in California with a
population of 23,000 as of 2013. In 1961 there might have been
5,000 or so residents... but for a small town, they made a pretty big
splash with their poster stamps.
My web research on this item was fairly unproductive.
I did find a few mentions of INDIVIDUAL poster stamps on some chat
sites, but nowhere did I find any discussion of complete booklet panes..in
fact, I've only found mention of 2 of the 3 individual stamps...namely
the lower 2. The top stamp is the most interesting of the 3; it's
a RAILROAD topical.
The Riverbank Poster
Stamps were issued in booklet form; thus the staple holes at the top.
I don't know how many panes to the booklet.
So far, so easy...but now, it gets complicated. Here's why:
1. INK. These panes exist both in BLUE and RED.
2. PAPER. I've seen WHITE, BLUE, and ORANGE. There MAY
be a lighter shade of blue paper...or it may just be a bad scan. I
have in my possession a few damaged stamps on a GOLDEN paper.
3. GUM. The panes I have are mostly the standard, shiny
gum...but I also have some panes on WHITE paper with a dull, "Test" gum,
similar to the gum used on some U.S. booklet panes years later. I
don't know if ALL paper colors exist with test gum...or just the white
what I'm able to offer; all Booklet Panes of 3,
excellent condition, of course. Maybe
a TEENY bit of rust around the staple holes at the top.
1. RED ink, WHITE paper, DULL gum. $7.50
2. BLUE ink, WHITE paper, SHINY gum. $7.50
3. BLUE ink, WHITE paper, DULL gum. $7.50
4. RED ink, ORANGE paper, SHINY gum. $7.50
5. BLUE ink, ORANGE pape, SHINY gum. $7.50
6. RED ink, BLUE paper, SHINY gum. $7.50
7. BLUE ink, BLUE paper, SHINY gum. $7.50
PACKAGE DEAL: ONE OF EACH, $45.00
I have tentative plans to attend the APS show in Hartford later this month.
I won't be taking a booth; I haven't done that in 35 years. I like the
mail-order business just fine, except of course for the technical end of it.
Hopefully, next mailing, I'll have a more optimistic update on my "other"
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