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(c) Penny-saver envelopes. Envelopes having one small spot of gum to hold a loose end flap are accepted as unsealed. The words "Pull Out for Postal Inspection" must be printed on, or adjacent to, the loose flap and must be entirely exposed when the envelope is ready for mailing. The closing outside flap that folds over the loose end flap must not be gummed on the surface touching the loose flap.
(iv) Merchandise, books, or catalogs in envelopes 5 x 1142 inches or smaller, provided that they are marked “Merchandise" or "Book” or “Catalog" in a prominent manner on the address side.
(2) Prohibited. Except for items in subdivision (iv) of subparagraph (1) of this paragraph, envelopes and selfmailers measuring 5 x 1112 inches or smaller, when sealed, are subject to the first-class rate.
(b) Examination. Third-class mail must be prepared so that it can be easily examined. Mailing of sealed articles under paragraph (a) of this section at the third-class rates of postage is deemed to be the consent of the mailer to postal inspection of the contents. To assure that their parcels will not be opened for postal inspection, mailers should in addition to paying the firstclass rate of postage, plainly mark their parcels "First-Class” or with similar endorsement.
PART 25—FOURTH CLASS Sec. 25.1 Rates. (Revised] 25.2 Classification. (Amended] 25.3 Weight and size limits. (Revised] 25.5 Written additions. (Revised] 25.6 Enclosures. (Revised ] 25.7 Sealing. (Revised ] 25.9 Library materials; identification of
mailer or addressee. (Revised ] 8 25.1 Rates.
(a) Fourth-class (parcel post) zone rates.
a. In the first or second zone, where the distance by the shortest regular practica ble mail route is 300 miles or more, the rate is the same as for the third zone.
b. Parcels weighing less than 10 pounds, and measuring over 84 inches but not exceeding 100 inches in length and girth combined, are chargeable with a minimum rate equal to that for a 10-pound parcel for the zone to which addressed.
EXCEPTION: In the first or second zone, where the distance by the shortest regular practicable mail route is 300 mlles: or more, the rate shall be the same as for the third zone.
NOTE: These rates apply to individually addressed catalogs and similar printed advertising matter in bound form, weighing 16 ounces or over, but not exceeding 10 pounds, and consisting of 24 or more pages.
(R.S. 161, as amended, 396, as amended; sec. 207, 43 Stat. 1067, 45 Stat. 942, as amended, sec. 101, 64 Stat. 1050, 72 Stat. 143; 5 U.S.C. 22, 369, 31 U.S.C. 695, 39 U.S.C. 247) (Paragraphs (a) and (b) amended, 24 F.R. 9477, Nov. 25, 1959)
Prior Amendments 1958: 23 F.R. 5761, July 31.
(c) Educational materials.
(i) Books of 24 pages or more, at least 22 of which are printed, permanently bound for preservation consisting wholly of reading matter or scholarly bibliography or reading matter with incidental blank spaces for students' notations and containing no advertising matter other than incidental announcements of books. Advertising includes paid advertising and the publisher's own advertising. The advertising may be in display, classified, or editorial style.
(ii) 16-millimeter films, which must be positive prints in final form for viewing, and 16-millimeter film catalogs of 24 pages or more, at least 22 of which are printed, except films and film catalogs sent to commercial theaters.
(iii) Printed music whether in bound form or in sheet form.
(iv) Printed objective test materials and accessories thereto used by or in behalf of educational institutions in the testing of ability, aptitude, achievement, interests, and other mental and personal qualities with or without answers, test scores, or identifying information recorded thereon in writing or by mark.
(v) Sound recordings.
(vi) Manuscripts for books, periodical articles and music.
(vii) Printed educational reference charts, permanently processed for preservation.
CODIFICATION: Subparagraph (4) was amended, 23 F.R. 5762, July 31, 1958. Subsequently, subdivision (v) was amended and subdivision (vii) was added, 25 F.R. 9048, Sept. 21, 1960.
(5) The rates in $ 25.1(d) are for:
(i) The following items when loaned or exchanged between schools, colleges, or universities and public libraries, nonprofit religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans, or fraternal organizations or associations; or when cooperatively processed by libraries; or when sent on loan or exchange between those libraries, organizations, or associations and their members, readers, or borrowers:
(a) Books, consisting wholly of reading matter or scholarly bibliography or reading matter with incidental blank spaces for notations and containing no advertising matter other than incidental announcements of books.
(b) Printed music, whether in bound form or in sheet form.
(c) Bound volumes of academic theses in typewritten or duplicated form.
(Paragraphs (c) and (d) amended, 25 F.R. 9048, Sept. 21, 1960]
Prior Amendments 1958: 23 F.R. 5761, July 31. 8 25.2 Classification.
(a) Description. * * *
(3) Catalogs and similar printed ad. vertising matter in bound form, having 24 or more pages at least 22 of which are printed, weighing 16 ounces or more but not exceeding 10 pounds, may be accepted at the zone rates in $ 25.1(b). (Subparagraph (3) amended, 25 F.R. 3712, Apr. 28, 1960]
(4) The rates in § 25.1 (c) are for:
(f) Other library materials in printed, duplicated, or photographic form or in the form of unpublished manuscripts.
(ii) The following items when sent to or from schools, colleges, universities, or public libraries, and to or from nonprofit religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans, or fraternal organizations or associations:
(a) 16-millimeter films; filmstrips; transparencies; slides; microfilms; all of which must be positive prints in final form for viewing.
(b) Sound recordings.
(c) Scientific or mathematical kits, instruments, or other devices.
(d) Catalogs of the materials in clauses (a), (b) and (c) of paragraph (a) (5) (ii) of this section having 24 or more pages, at least 22 of which are printed, and guides of scripts prepared solely for use with such materials. [Subparagraph (5) amended, 25 F.R. 9048, Sept. 21, 1960)
Prior Amendments 1958: 23 F.R. 5762, July 31. 1959: 24 F.R. 6806, Aug. 21.
(b) Application of rates. (1) The rates in 8 25.1 (a) and (b) are applied on the basis of weight of the individual piece and zone (or distance) to which mailed. Compute postage for articles addressed to military post offices overseas (ArmyAir Force and Fleet post offices and naval vessels) at the zone rate applicable between mailing office and post office shown in address. (Subparagraph (1) amended, 21 F. R. 7186, Sept. 21, 1956)
office in the United States are limited to 40 pounds when addressed for delivery in the local, first, and second zone; and to 20 pounds when addressed to the third through the eighth zones; except that parcels mailed on or addressed for delivery on a rural or star route, parcels mailed at the post office from which served by patrons located on rural or star routes (rural or star route address of sender must be shown), or parcels containing baby poultry, nursery stock, agricultural commodities, books, and Braille-writers and other appliances for the blind, are subject to the limit set forth in subparagraph (1) of this paragraph. (The term "agricultural commodities" includes any product grown or produced incident to an agricultural activity on a farm or in a garden, orchard, nursery, or forest, but does not include manufactured products of such commodities.) Parcels containing such articles must be marked to show the nature of the contents, unless such information can be ascertained by outward examination of the parcel.
(b) Size. Parcels mailed at a firstclass post office in the United States, for delivery at the same or any other firstclass post office in the United States, and subject to the limits of weight shown in paragraph (a) (2) of this section must not exceed 72 inches length and girth combined. All other parcels are limited to 100 inches in length and girth combined. To compute the size of a parcel:
(1) Measure the longest side to get the length.
(2) Measure the distance around the parcel at its thickest part to get the girth. [24 F.R. 6808, Aug. 21, 1959)
Prior Amendments 1958: 23 F.R. 5762, July 31. $ 25.5 Written additions.
(a) Required. (1) The return address of the sender must be shown on all fourth-class mail.
(2) Parcels containing baby poultry, live plants, trees, shrubs, agricultural commodities, books, and Braille-writers and other appliances for the blind, mailed at a first-class post office addressed for delivery at another first-class post office, and that exceed the weight limits in § 25.3 (a) (1) or a size limit of 72 inches in length and girth combined, must be marked to show the type of contents. If contents are readily identi
$ 25.3 Weight and size limits.
(a) Weight. Each addressed piece must weight 16 ounces or more but not in
ota excess of the following limits:
(1) Parcels mailed at or to any second-, third-, or fourth-class post office; to or from any rural or star route; to or from any Army-Air Force or Fleet post office; or to, from or between any territory or possession of the United States, including the Canal Zone and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, must not exceed 70 pounds. See Part 17 of this chapter for weight limits to certain A.P.O.'s.
(2) Parcels mailed at a first-class post ofice in the United States for delivery at the same or any other first-class post
fiable by outward examination, no marking is required.
(3) Catalogs mailed at the rates in $ 25.1(b) must be marked "Catalogs".
(4) The wrapper or cover on articles mailed at the rates in $ 25.1(c) must be marked “Educational Materials”.
(5) The wrapper or cover on articles mailed at the rates in $ 25.1(d) must be marked "Library Materials".
(6) Marks specified in § 11.5 of this chapter to show nature of contents or service desired must be added.
(b) Permissible. The following written additions, which may be placed on the cover, tag, or label attached to the parcel, or on an article within the parcel, are permitted for all fourth-class mail. (Sufficient space must be provided on the address side for address, return address, postage, and postal endorsements.)
(1) Marks, numbers, name, or letters descriptive of contents.
(2) "Please do not open until Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday, with Best Wishes" and similar inscriptions. [25 F.R. 9048, Sept. 21, 1960)
Prior Amendments 1958: 23 F.R. 5762, July 31. $ 25.6 Enclosures.
(a) Permissible in all fourth-class. An invoice or similar document for descriptive purposes only, enclosed, or placed in an envelope (marked "Invoice Enclosed") attached to the outside. showing any or all of the following:
(1) Name and address of sender and addressee.
(2) Names and quantities of articles enclosed.
(3) Description of articles enclosed; including price, tax, style, stock number, size and quality; and if defective, nature of defect.
(4) Order or file number, date of order, date and manner of shipment, shipping weight, and postage paid.
(5) Initials or name of packer or checker.
(b) Catalogs. Catalogs mailed at the rates in $ 25.1(b) may have any or all of the following enclosures, provided the loose enclosures form only an incidental portion of contents:
(1) Order forms, reply envelopes, and circulars.
(2) One each of printed blotter, illustrated display sheet, poster, dealer's
card, or similar printed advertising matter.
(c) Educational and library materials. (1) Books. In addition to an invoice (see paragraph (a) of this section), the following may be enclosed with books mailed at the rates in $ 25.1(c):
(i) Reply envelope or post card, single order form, and a printed circular.
(ii) Incidental announcements of books, appearing in book pages or as loose circulars.
(2) All other materials. Enclosures are not permitted as provided in paragraph (a) of this section. (R.S. 161, as amended, 396, as amended, 3879, as amended, sec. 1, 25 Stat. 1, as amended, sec. 204, 62 Stat. 1262, as amended, sec. 1, 65 Stat. 610, as amended; 5 U.S.C. 22, 369, 39 U.S.C. 240, 240a, 249, 292a) (25 F.R. 9048, Sept. 21, 1960)
Prior Amendments 1957: 22 F.R. 3724, May 28. 1958: 23 F.R. 2736, Apr. 24.
$ 25.7 Sealing. Fourth-class mall must be wrapped or packaged so that it can be easily examined. Mailing of sealed parcels at the fourth-class rate of postage is deemed to be the consent of the sender to postal inspection of the contents. Patrons who desire to assure that their parcels will not be opened for postal inspection, should, in addition to paying the first-class rate of postage, plainly mark their parcels "First Class" or with similar endorsements. [21 F. R. 7990, Oct. 18, 1956)
8 25.9 Library materials; identification of mailer or addressee. Each parcel mailed under the provisions of $ $ 25.1 (d) and 25.2 (a) (5) must show in the address or the return address the name of a school, college, university, public library, or the name of a nonprofit religious, educational, scientific, philanthropic, agricultural, labor, veterans', or fraternal organization or association. No permit is required. [23 F. R. 5762, July 31, 1958)
Prior Amendments 1958: 23 F. R. 3100, May 9.
Part 26-Airmail Sec. 26.1 Rates. (Revised] 26.2 Classification. (Amended) 26.3 Weight and size limits. (Revised) 26.4 Payment of postage. (Revised] 26.5 Additions and enclosures. (Amended) 26.6 Marking, sealing, and depositing.