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Posted 12/31/2016   3:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message


I don't think that I have seen one of these before.

The address block, visible in the window, included the correct 9-digit zip code, and one of those up'n'down barcodes you see on invoices nowadays.

The envelope was clear of visible markings, except for the YYMMDDHHSS, as shown.

I immediately read the "12271602" part of the string as 4:02 pm on 27/Dec.

The return address is NJ, the delivery address is NY, and the contents are a current invoice, so delivery in 3-4 days would make sense, except ... the string begins with "20", not "16".

Re-booting ...

Ten digits would be right for a telephone number, and 201 is an area code for NJ, but the number is reported as "not a working number".

One supposes that whatever equipment applied that code could have a cellphone for reporting its status & usage - a number that is only "in service" when the device powers it up for its own reasons - but why would it print that cellphone number on the mail it processed?

It seems unlikely that the post office would apply a date'n'time (to the second, no less) without reference to both the year & processing center.

It also seems unlikely that this will be judged the perfect cover with which to close-out the old year and bring in the new, but:

Q/ Have you seen this ten-digit postmark-zone marking on your incoming mail?

Q/ What did you think you were looking at?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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Posted 12/31/2016   5:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ciletaliph to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I see a date
??122716??
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Posted 12/31/2016   7:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Ah, Ciletaliph ... thinking like an American ... MMDDYY. Very credible!

That would make the outer 20...02 either a code (equipment position?), or just a frame, or ...

And that still leaves:

Q/ Seen one before?

Q/ Any idea who applied it?

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey
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