Received this in the mail today. It was an application for a State Farm Credit Card. Although it didnt have a MPP number on it, t had a number on the cancellation, "3005". darkormex or khj, do you know what this number is???
I absolutely did not see it at first, or second, or third...
But then I noticed some smudges in the blue between the wavy lines, and wondered. Seeing part of a letter in the top star made me sure, and after looking really carefully, I could make out some of the letters of "MAILERS" in the top line and "POSTMARK" in the middle line. I pretty much guessed the third line.
But the Retroreveal image does confirm the third line is "PERMIT".
This non-profit rate cover came in the mail today and I was left with a couple of questions...perhaps khj can help answer them. Why no permit cancellation? What is the difference between this cover and the Library of America cover above? Are the presorted standard rates and the non-profit rates the same?
No longer in denial! I collect all of it...the whole world! Just printing and mounting as I go! Call me crazy.
Why no permit cancellation? What is the difference between this cover and the Library of America cover above? Are the presorted standard rates and the non-profit rates the same?
The permit is only required if you want to apply your own cancel. The stamps are by definition "pre-canceled" because they are designated for service other than standard first class. Therefore, no cancel is needed on the stamps. Some companies like to put cancels because it makes the mailing look more like personal mail rather than junk mail. That is why they need the special postmark permit (this is in addition to the bulk mailing permit). Since they are pre-canceled, it is not legal to re-use them even if they don't have a cancel.
The difference between this cover and the Library of America cover above would be the permit to apply their own cancel.
The non-profit rate is much cheaper than the pre-sorted standard rates. You do have to be recognized by the IRS as a non-profit organization to qualify, in addition to the normal requirements for bulk/pre-sorted mailing. There is an annual fee to obtain these permits, and you are not required to print the permit number on the envelope. The bulk mail station will not accept the mailing unless you already have a permit number on file. Of course, some rules may have changed over the years since I last looked into this... (our NPO decided not to use non-profit rate mail).
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