Change in dating patterns
Mail order patterns were commonly mailed third class. The identifying phrase for bulk mail changed on December 21, 1954 from Section whatever of the Postal Laws and Regulations to simply “Bulk Rate” Up until 1952, the minimum per piece of third class bulk mail was 1 cent. Bulk mailings were priced by the pound but this minimum stipulation helps us date any piece of third class bulk mail marked 1c to before 1952. First class was intended for letters and postcards, second class for newspapers and magazines, fourth class for parcels and third class for advertising circulars (the ever-unpopular junk mail) and “miscellaneous items” – basically anything that didn’t fit in first or second class but wasn’t a parcel. This coincided with an increase in the bulk mailing rate from 12c per pound to 14c per pound, but as the minimum price per piece remained at 1c this little titbit of information isn’t of much practical use to us. Theoretically, it should be possible to date a pattern by identifying the postal meter that printed the postage. From October 1, 1932 (until it was superseded in 1949) anything sent third class bulk rate had to have the phrase Sec. If you find their information useful, I’m sure they’d appreciate a quick note of thanks.
The bulk of ephemera and enclosures I’ve found stuffed in pattern envelopes have been from mail order patterns.It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others.The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.If you don’t have a nice clear mailing date in the postmark, like this… But, thanks to their mailing envelopes and the hard work and enthusiasm of philatelists (that’s postal boffins, to you and I) we can narrow down the dating possibilities quite a bit.Which is something my hairdresser did for me for most of my teenage years.