US First Class Postal Rates Affected Beck’s Cover Service
thirteen year span (1962-1975) of the 1000 cover series, the Postal
Service increased the first class postage rate four times. In 1962 the
rate (existing from 1958) was 4 cents, it increased to 5 cents in 1963,
to 6 cents in 1968, to 8 cents in 1971, and to 10 cents in 1974.
procedure that Beck’s cover serviced was simple, collectors send 25
stamped self-addressed envelopes to Beck for servicing. Collectors were
asked to place a insert into the envelope to add a little bulk to the
envelope. Along with the 25 envelopes sent to Beck for servicing was a
self address postcard to notify the collector that more envelopes were
needed. The service fee was only pennies per cover and likely never
fully covered Beck’s costs. He did this service out of love for the
planned his series of covers according to the upcoming events. He
prepared his covers and shipped them in bulk to the ship yard or US Navy
ship accordingly. Sometimes the cover was sent months in advance.
time Beck worked through the 25 covers and the covers arrived for
postmarking, sometime a postal increase happened. Beck did the best he
could to anticipate postal increases which weren’t always announced far
in advance. On a number of covers, Beck added a 1 cent stamp of his
own to collector’s covers to make sure it had enough postage. Sometime
he wrote a note on the back of the cover “postage added” to alert the
collector that Beck was owed for the extra postage.
very interesting to view the 1962-1975 series of 1000 covers to
understand how postal rates affected cover collecting.
very interesting point is to examine all the different styles and
qualities of envelopes submitted by collectors. You will see every
style imaginable. Some of the more popular envelopes are the Postal
Service Postal Stationery envelopes and the red-banded Air Mail