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PART 138—FOR THE BLIND Sec. 138.1 Conditions. 138.2 Items mailable free. 138.3 Markings. 138.4 Weight and size limits.
AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 138 Issued under R.S. 161, as amended; 5 U.S.C. 301, 39 U.S.C. 501.
SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 138 appear at 33 F.R. 12285, Aug. 31, 1968, unless otherwise noted.
Dwight D. Eisenhower; and all mail of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, widow of former President John F. Kennedy, shall be accepted without prepayment of postage if it bears the written signature of sender, or a facsimile signature, in the upper right corner of the address side. Such matter may be dispatched by air if it bears the words "Air Mail” on the address side.
(c) Surviving spouses of Members of Congress. Upon the death of a Member of Congress during his term of office the surviving spouse of such Member may send, without prepayment of postage for a period not to exceed 180 days after the death of the Member, correspondence relating to the death of the Member, provided it bears the written signature of the sender, or a facsimile signature in the upper right corner of the address side. (5 U.S.C. 301, 39 U.S.C. 501; Public Law 90–368) (31 F.R. 11102, Aug. 20, 1966, as amended at 33 F.R. 10394, July 20, 1968. Redesignated at 31 F.R. 15350, Dec. 8, 1966) $ 137.8 Pan American Union and Pan
American Sanitary Bureau. The Pan American Union and Pan American Sanitary Bureau are authorized by law to transmit official matter without prepayment. The mail must bear the printed clause citing the penalty for private use instead of postage stamps. It must be prepared like Federal Government penalty mail and is subject to the same restrictions. See $137.2(c) (2), (d), and (e). (31 F.R. 11102, Aug. 20, 1966. Redesignated at 31 F.R. 15350, Dec. 8, 1966) $ 137.9 General instructions,
(a) Oficial mail not to be detained. Official mail of any kind must not be detained even though there are indications of abuse of official mailing privileges. It must be promptly dispatched and delivered to the addressee. Reports of the indicated abuse must be submitted to the Bureau of Operations, Classification and Special Services Division.
(b) Separation of official mail by mailer. Airmail, special delivery, special handling, and first-class mail should be segregated by the mailers from circulars, printed matter, and parcels before malling. The postmaster will furnish appropriate sack labels with which to identify the various types of mail. (31 F.R. 11102, Aug. 20, 1966. Redesignated at 31 F.R. 15350, Dec. 8, 1966)
$ 138.1 Conditions.
The following conditions are applicable to articles mailable free of postage under this section:
(a) Except as provided in § 138.2(a) the matter is for the use of the blind or other persons who cannot use or read conventionally printed material because of a physical impairment who are certified by competent authority as unable to read normal reading material;
(b) No charge, or rental, subscription, or other fee, is required for such matter or a charge, or rental, subscription, or other fee is required for such matter not in excess of the cost thereof;
(c) The matter may be opened for postal inspection;
(d) The matter contains no advertising. $ 138.2 Items mailable free.
(a) Unsealed letters sent by a blind person or a person having a physical impairment as described in g 138.1 (a) is raised characters or sight-saving type or in the form of sound recordings;
(b) Reading matter and musical scores;
(c) Sound reproductions;
(d) Paper, records, tapes, and other material for the production of reading matter, musical scores,
or sound reproductions;
(e) Reproducers or parts thereof for sound reproductions; and
(f) Braille writers, typewriters, educational or other materials or devices, or parts thereof, used for writing by, or specifically designed or adapted for use of, a blind person or a person having a physical impairment as described in § 138.1(a). § 138.3 Markings.
All matter mailed under the provisions of this Part 138 shall show the words
"Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped” in the upper right corner of the address side. § 138.4 Weight and size limits.
The weight and size limitations in § 135.3(a) of this chapter are applicable to mailings made under this part.
PART 139-MIXED CLASSES Sec. 139.1 Mail of a higher class enclosed with
mail of a lower class. 139.2 Combination mailings of two classes. 139.3 Mailing enclosures of different classes. 139.4 Treatment. 139.5 Special services.
AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 139 issued under R.S. 161, as amended, sec. 1, 62 Stat. 784; 5 U.S.C. 301, 18 U.S.C. 1723, 39 U.S.C. 501, 4058, 4365, 4555.
SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 139 appear at 26 F.R. 11558, Dec. 6, 1961, unless otherwise noted. Redesignated at 31 F.R. 15350, Dec. 8, 1966. $ 139.1 Mail of a higher class enclosed
with mail of a lower class. When mail of a higher class is enclosed with mail of a lower class, the rate of postage on the entire piece or package is that of the higher class, except as provided in $ 139.3. See § 139.2 for attachment of letters to parcels of second-, third-, and fourth-class mail. $ 139.2 Combination mailings of two
classes. (a) Attachment. Letters or other pieces of first- or third-class mail may be placed in an envelope and securely tied or otherwise attached to the address side of a second-, third-, or fourthclass mailing piece including airmail articles. The envelope must be placed on the address side of the principal mailing piece. Combination envelopes or containers having separate parts for the two classes of mail may be used. See § 134.8 concerning the sealing of thirdclass mail.
(b) Addressing. The name and address of the sender and the name and address of the addressee should be placed on both the principal mailing piece and the attachment. If both names and addresses do not appear on both pieces, the sender's name and address must be placed on one and the name and address of the addressee must be placed on the
other. Combination containers having inseparable portions or compartments are mailable with the names and addresses on only one portion.
(c) Postage. Postage on the second-, third-, or fourth-class mail must be prepaid at the appropriate rate and must be placed in the upper right corner of the address space. Postage at the appropriate first- or single-piece third-class rate must be paid for the attachment and affixed to it. If mailed by air, postage at the airmail rate must be paid for the letter.
(d) Markings required. First-class attachments may be marked "FirstClass” or “Letter Enclosed". Third-class attachments must be marked "ThirdClass”. § 139.3 Mailing enclosures of different
classes. (a) Enclosures mailed with secondclass and controlled circulation publications-(1) First, and third-class enclosures. Separate and independent letters or other first- or third-class mail may be mailed as enclosures with second-class and controlled circulation publications.
(2) Payment of postage. Postage at the appropriate first- or single piece third-class rate must be paid for each separate enclosure. Pieces of related matter enclosed with a publication as a unit may be regarded as a single enclosure for purpose of computing postage. The postage may be placed on the enclosure by using precanceled or meter stamps, or the postage may be placed on the outside envelope, wrapper, or cover. Postage at the second-class pound or per copy rates or postage at the controlled circulation rates must be paid on the publication in the manner prescribed by part 126 of this chapter. When postage at the transient second-class rate is paid on the publication, follow the procedure in paragraph (b) of this section.
(3) Marking required. When postage for the enclosure is placed on the outside envelope, wrapper, or cover of a publication, the mailer must mark each piece as required by $ 139.3(b) (5).
(b) Enclosures mailed with third- and fourth-class parcels—(1) First-class enclosures. Letters may be enclosed with books, catalogs, and merchandise mailed at third-class rates. (See $ 139.2 for
mailing letters with other third-class matter.) Letters may be enclosed in fourth-class parcels. Postage at the first-class rate must be paid for each letter.
(2) Third-class enclosures. Thirdclass mail may be enclosed in a fourthclass parcel mailed at the special rates in $ 135.1 (b), (c), and (d) of this chapter, and § 138.1 of this chapter. Postage at the single-piece third-class rate must be paid for each enclosure except the items listed in § 135.6 of this chapter.
(3) Placement of enclosure. The enclosure should be placed on top of other items in the parcel when practical.
(4) Payment of postage. Postage for the enclosure must be placed on the outside of the parcel. It may be added to the postage for the parcel and the total amount paid together, or the postage for the enclosure may be affixed separately from the postage for the parcel.
(5) Marking required. The mailer must place the endorsement "First-Class Mail Enclosed" or "Third-Class Mail Enclosed" on each parcel below the postage and above the address. The endorsement may be handstamped, handwritten, typewritten, printed, or put on by any other method.
(c) Penalty—(1) Failure to pay. I postage is not paid at the appropriate rate in the manner provided for by paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section for letters or other pieces of first- or thirdclass mail, the second-class publications or the third- or fourth-class parcels in which they are enclosed will be subject to the higher rate applicable to the enclosure.
(2) Concealment. Mailers are subject to a fine of not more than $100 if they knowingly conceal letters or other pieces of first- or third-class mail in secondclass publications or in third- or fourthclass parcels without paying the appropriate rate of postage on the enclosures in the manner provided for by paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section. $ 139.4 Treatment.
(a) Forwarding. Pieces of second-, third-, or fourth-class mail having other classes of mail enclosed under the combination mail arrangements provided for by $ 139.2 are subject to the same conditions for forwarding as single pieces of
second-, third-, or fourth-class mail (see Part 157 of this chapter). If the enclosure is first-class mail, that fact will not affect the conditions of forwarding.
(b) Return. (1) Undeliverable combination mail pieces, including those which cannot be forwarded, one part of which is first-class mail, shall in all cases be returned to the sender subject to the charge for return according to its class, See $ 158.2 (b) through (f) of this chapter. The weight of the first-class piece will not be included when computing the charge for return of the second-, third-, or fourth-class portion.
(2) Any undeliverable combination mailing piece which does not include first-class matter shall be disposed of as provided in Part 158 of this chapter.
(3) If for any reason an undeliverable combination mailing piece, one part of which is first-class mail, is not returnable to the sender, it will be treated as provided in 158.7(b) (1) of this chapter, (39 U.S.C. 4105) (30 F.R. 11604, Sept. 10, 1965; 30 F.R. 15213, Dec. 9, 1965) § 139.5 Special services.
Combination mailing pieces may be sent as special delivery or in the case of fourth-class parcels as special handling, and only one fee applicable to the parcel is required. Combination pieces may not be registered. They may be sent insured or COD, the insurance to cover only the value of the parcel.
PART 141-STAMPS, ENVELOPES,
AND POSTAL CARDS Sec. 141.1 Stamps (adhesive). 141.2 Plain envelopes, postal cards, and aero.
grammes. 141.3 Printed stamped envelopes (specia)
request). 141.4 Purchase of postage. 141.5 Exchanges of stamps. 141.6 Validity of stamps. 141.7 Unlawful transactions. 141.8 Adhesive attachments and printed
markings. AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 141 issued under R.S. 161, as amended, sec. 1, 62 Stat. 783, as amended; 5 U.S.C. 301, 18 U.S.C. 1720, 1721, 39 U.S.C. 501, 507, 2501-2510.
§ 141.1 Stamps (adhesive).
(a) Adhesive stamps available,
Denomination and prices
Single or sheet.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, and
50 cents; $1 and $5. Books.
20 5-cent ($1),1 32 6-cent and 8 l-cent ($2). Coil of 100.
5, 6, and 25 cents: (Dispenser to hold coils of 100
stamps may be purchased for 5 cents addi
25 cent. Commemorative stamps.
Single or sheet.
Various denominations as announced. Airmail postage (for use on airmail Single or sheet.
8, 10, 15, 20, and 25 cents. only. See par. (b) of this section). Books.
25 8-cent ($2), 1 40 10-cent ($4).
Coils of 100,500 and 3,000 8 1 and 10 cents. Precanceled postage........
Single or sheet, coils of Available to permit holders only. (See part 142).
500 and 3,000. Postage-due (for post office use only). Single or sheet.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 30, and 50 cents; $1 and $5. Special delivery (See part 166).. Single or sheet.
30 cents. Good only for special delivery fee.
I Will be discontinued when stock is exhausted.
(2) Fix stamps firmly in the upper right corner of the address side of the mail cover.
(3) Any stamp partly concealed by an overlapping stamp may not be counted as postage.
(4) Postal employees (other than rural carriers as prescribed in § 156.4(a) of this chapter) are not required to fix stamps to mail.
(5) Airmail postage stamps may be used to pay fees for special services on airmail articles.
(c) Perforating. Postage and special delivery stamps may be perforated with an identifying mark if the holes do not exceed 132 of an inch in diameter and if the space taken by the mark is not larger than 12-inch square.
(d) Reuse prohibited. Reuse of stamps with intent to cause loss to the Government is punishable by fine and imprisonment. (39 U.S.C. 5106) [26 F.R. 11560, Dec. 6, 1961, as amended at 33 F.R. 15940, Oct. 30, 1968. Redesignated at 31 F.R. 15350, Dec. 8, 1966] § 141.2
Plain envelopes, postal cards, and aerogrammes. (a) Plain stamped envelopes—(1) Envelopes available.
(2) Sales at post offices. Only sizes inches long and are located one-half inch 634 and 10 regular and airmail will be from the bottom of the envelope. In size sold in less than full box lots. Boxes con 634, the window is located seven-eighth tain 500 envelopes.
inch from the left edge, in size 10 it is (3) Precanceled envelopes. Only non three-fourth inch from the left edge. profit organizations or associations cov
(5) Dimensions of envelopes. ered in § 134.5 of this chapter may pur Size 634
358 by 61/2 inches. chase 1.4 cent precanceled envelopes. Size 10.
418 by 912 inches. Sales are made in full box lots only.
(Dimensions may vary 1/16''.) (4) Window envelopes. Window en
(6) Private printing of return advelopes are sold in full box lots only. All dresses. Stamped envelopes may be priwindows are 118 inches wide and 434 vately printed in any style, provided at
least 31/2 inches of clear space is left at the right end of the address side of the envelope.
(b) Postal cards available. Denomination
Cut single cards: 5 cent.---- Domestic regular single
(available also in sheets
of 40). 5 cent.---- Domestic commemorative
single. 8 cent.----
Domestic air mall single. 8 cent.---- Foreign regular single. 13 cent.--- Foreign air mall single.
Double reply-paid cards: 10 cent..... Domestic regular reply (5
cents each hall). 8 centi.
Foreign regular reply (4
cents each half-for use
to Canada and Mexico). 16 cents.-- Foreign regular reply (8
cents each half).
1 Revalued to 10¢ by affixing 1-cent adhesive postage stamps to each hall at time of sale.
All domestic (regular and airmail) postal cards are precanceled. Postal cards in sheets for use in printing must be cut to regulation size, 344 x 542 inches so that the stamp appears in the upper right corner. However, domestic regular and domestic airmail cards may be cut to 3 x 5 inches. Cases of sheet postal cards may be broken for sale. Return addresses are not printed on postal cards by the Post Office Department.
(c) Aerogrammes. 13 cents each. (See § 241.5 of this chapter.) (39 U.S.C. 5106) (33 F.R. 15940, Oct. 30, 1968) $ 141.3 Printed stamped envelopes (spe
cial request). (a) Printed stamped envelopes available.
1 Minimum order-Please note that the price for 500 only is more than one-half of the per-thousand price.
(b) How to order printed stamped envelopes. Prepare Form 3203, Order for Printed Stamped Envelopes, as illustrated below. Submit the order through the post office named in the return ad
dress. However, if undeliverable letters are to be returned to the main office of a firm in another city, envelopes may be ordered at the post office where they will be malled.