Stamp Community Family of Web Sites
Stamp Community Forum
Username:
Password:
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

Welcome Guest! Need help? Got a question? Inherit some stamps?
Our stamp forum is completely free! Register Now!

US postmark YYMMDDHHSS only  
 

 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
Author Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
2888 Posts
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
Send note to Staff

Valued Member
United States
416 Posts
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??
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
Pillar Of The Community
Learn More...
United States
2888 Posts
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
Send note to Staff  Go to Top of Page
  Previous Topic Topic Next Topic  
 
To participate in the forum you must log in or register.
United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!United States Postal Service, Now on eBay!
New Forum Topics Recently Active Forum Topics
  2 Cent Red Washington Without corner triangles?
  Rules to Classify Topical Subjects
  New stamp error in Germany (christmas stamp)
  Guatemala stamp ?? Thanks for your help !
  ASDA Mid-West Postage Stamp Show
  New Online US Stamp Mount Finder Tool
  Regumming stamps - Why do it?
  Norway used lot off paper. 440 stamps.
  Places with philatelic references
  Need Help with understanding cancels France Ceres
  Question about Pricing of Korean Stamps
  Help needed identifying stamp
  Image naming : How to remove first 4 characters.
  Hi All, Could I get a certificate if this is a 534b ?
  possible 554d 10perf Washington 2cent
  Please help with these British Overprints
  Layout of De La Rue Sheets of 240 on early British Colonies
  How did early collectors keep stamps MNH??
  Barbados 1985 Marine Life and 1994 Ships Issues - date varieties
  J1 vs. J15 stamp size?
  Hi, Can I have help ich I believe is a 504 b type V11
  Indian collection of Feudatory States
  Looking for a Revenue Dealer
  Qatar AIRLETTER Shaikh Ahmad Ali al Thani
  K.B. Spezial Zeppelin Post Catalog

  Please help with these British Overprints
  2 Cent Red Washington Without corner triangles?
  Places with philatelic references
  possible 554d 10perf Washington 2cent
  New Online US Stamp Mount Finder Tool
  Curious about Webstore anyone heard of or tried it?
  Bicycles on Stamps...
  Everything's Coming Up BUTTERFLIES!
  Turtle Stamps
  How did early collectors keep stamps MNH??
  Image naming : How to remove first 4 characters.
  Question about Pricing of Korean Stamps
  Layout of De La Rue Sheets of 240 on early British Colonies
  Rules to Classify Topical Subjects
  Prephilatelic covers - any interest? Show - tell - ask - explain!
  Guatemala stamp ?? Thanks for your help !
  Stamps made of cloth, Polymer, metal, wood etc
  Need Help with understanding cancels France Ceres
  New stamp error in Germany (christmas stamp)
  Scott 4959 vintage rose fake stamps
  What Did You Do Philatelically: Today or Recently?
  danish classics, show them to me.
  Pottery, Ceramics, Porcelain, and other clayware
  Post your Inauguration Day covers
  Barbados 1985 Marine Life and 1994 Ships Issues - date varieties

Disclaimer: While a tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring the accuracy of the information contained in this site, Stamp Community assumes no liability for errors. Copyright 2005 - 2017 Stamp Community Family - All rights reserved worldwide. Use of any images or content on this website without prior written permission of Stamp Community or the original lender is strictly prohibited.
Privacy Policy / Terms of Use    Advertise Here
Stamp Community Forum © 2007 - 2014 Stamp Community Forums Go To Top Of Page
It took 0.22 seconds to lick this stamp. Powered By: Snitz Forums 2000 Version 3.4.05