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(iv) Announcements of books, appearing in book pages or as loose enclosures. These announcements of books must be incidental, and must be exclusively devoted to books. They may not contain extraneous advertising of book related materials or services, except that announcements may fully describe the conditions and methods of ordering books, such as through membership in book clubs, and may contain ordering instructions for use with the single order form permitted in subdivision (iii) of this subparagraph.

(2) Sound recordings. The following items only are permissible enclosures with sound recordings mailed at the postage rates shown in § 135.1 (c) and (d):

(i) An invoice. (See $ 135.5(b) (2).)

(ii) Either one envelope or one addressed post card. (If also serving as an order form, the envelope or card may be in addition to the order form listed in subdivision (iii) of this subparagraph.)

(iii) One order form. (If also serving as an envelope or post card, the order form may be in addition to the envelope or card listed in subdivision (ii) of this subparagraph.)

(iv) Guides or scripts prepared solely for use with such recordings.

(v) Announcements of sound recordings appearing on title labels, on protective sleeves, on the carton or wrapper, or on loose enclosures. These announcements of sound recordings must be incidental, and must be exclusively devoted to sound recordings. They may not contain extraneous advertising of soundrecording related materials or services, except that announcements may fully describe the conditions and methods of ordering sound recordings, such as through membership in sound recording clubs, and may contain ordering instructions for use with the single order form permitted in subdivision (iii) of this subparagraph.

(3) All other items listed in § 135.2(a) (4) and (5). Enclosures are not permitted except as provided in § 135.5 (b) (2). [35 F.R. 19435, Dec. 23, 1970, as amended at 37 F.R. 3521, Feb. 17, 1972) § 135.7 Sealing.

Fourth-class mail must be wrapped or packaged so that it can be easily examined. Mailing of sealed parcels at the fourth-class rates of postage is considered consent by the sender to postal inspection of the contents. To assure that their parcels will not be opened for postal inspection, customers should, in addition to paying the first-class rate of postage, plainly mark their parcels First Class or with similar endorsements. $ 135.8 Place of mailing.

(a) Fourth-class articles may be mailed at a post office, branch, or station, or handed to a rural or star route carrier.

(b) Parcels exceeding the limits of size and weight for articles mailed at first-class post offices that originate in and are prepared in cities or towns served by first-class post offices may not be diverted to other post offices or to a rural or star route carrier for mailing.

PART 136-AIR AND PRIORITY MAIL Sec. 136.1 Rates. 136.2 Classification, 136.3 Weight and size limit. 136.4 Payment of postage. 136.5 Additions and enclosures. 136.6 Marking, sealing, and depositing. - AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 136 issued under 39 U.S.C. 401, 3601.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 136 appear at 35 F.R. 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, unless otherwise noted. $ 136.1 Rates.

(a) Airmail.

Weight

Kind of mail

Rate

9 cents each.
11 cents an ounce.

9 ounces or less... Air postal or post cards.....

Letters and packages.----
Business reply: .

Air cards....
Airmail other than cards:

Weight not over 2 ounces...
Weight over 2 ounces.

11 cents each.

11 cents an ounce, plus 2 cents per piece. 11 cents an ounce, plus 5 cents per piece.

Over 9 ounces air parcel post rates plus 5 cents per piece.

(b) Priority mail (heavy pieces).

Rates

Weight over 9 ounces and not exceeding - pound(s)

Local
zones 1, 2, Zone 4

and 3

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1.50 1.40 1.43 1.51 1.60 1.68

1.77 1.60 1. 65 1.76

1. 90

2. 16 2.01

2.54 2.26

2.93 03

3.31 2.77

3. 37

3. 70 3. 02

3.71

4. 03 4,03 4. 43 4.83 4.14 4.67 5.15 5. 63 4.70 5. 31 5.87

6.43 5.95 6.59

7. 23 6. 59 7.31

7. 23 8.03 12.

5.96

7.87 8.75 6.44

8.51 9.47 10. 48 8.06 9. 15 10.19 11. 23

8.62 9.79 10.91 12.08 8.23 9.18 10.43 11.63

2.88 8.36 8.73 9.74 11.07 12.35 13. 63

8.84 9.23 10.30 11.71 13.07 14. 48 19.

9.32 9.73 10.86 12. 35 13.79 15. 23 20

9.80 10.23 11. 42 12.99 14.51 16.08 10.28 10.73 11.98 13. 63 15. 23 16.88

10.76 11, 23 12.54 14.27 15.95 17. 68 23.

11.24 11.73 13.10 14.91 16. 67 24.

11. 72 12.23 13. 66 15.55 17. 39 19. 28 25.

12. 20 12.73 14, 22 16. 19 18.11 20.08 26.

12.68 13. 23 14. 78 16.83 18.83
13. 16 13.73 15. 34 17.47 19.55

1. 68
13. 64 14. 23 15. 90 18.11 20.27
14. 12 14. 73 16. 46 18. 75 20.99

14. 60 15. 23 17.02 19. 39 21. 71 31..

15. 08 15. 73 17. 58 20. 03 22. 43 32.

15. 56 16. 23 18. 14 20. 67 23.15 33..

16.04 16.73 18. 70 21. 31 23. 87
16. 52 17.23 19.26 21. 95

24. 59
17.00 17.73 19. 82 22. 59 25. 31

17.48 18.23 20.38 23. 23 26. 03 37.

17.96 18.73

23. 87 26.75 18. 44 19.23 21. 50 24. 51 27.47 18. 92 19.73 22.06 25. 15 28. 19 19.40 20.23

25. 79 28. 91 19.88

23.18 26. 43 9. 63 20.36 21. 23

27.07 30. 35 20.84 21.73

27. 71 31. 07 34. 48 21. 32 22. 23 24. 86 28. 35 31. 79 35. 28 21. 80

25. 42 28. 99 32, 51 36. 08 22. 28 23.23 25.98 29. 63 33. 23

36. 88 22.76

26. 54 30.27 33.95 37. 69 24. 23 27.10 30. 91 34.67 3.48 23.72 24. 73 27.66 31. 55 35. 39 39.28 24. 20 25. 23 28. 22 32. 19 36.11 40. 08 24. 68 25. 73 28. 78 32. 83

40. 88 25. 16 26. 23 29. 34 33. 47 37.55 25. 64 26.73 29.90 34. 11 38. 27 26. 12 27. 23 30. 46 34. 75 38.99 26. 60 27.73 31. 02 35. 39 39.71 27.08 28. 23 31. 58 36. 03 40. 43 27.56 28.73 32. 14 36.67 41. 15 15. 68 28.04 29.23

37. 31 41. 87 46. 48 28. 52 29.73

37.95 42. 59 47.28 30.23

38. 59
43. 31

48.08 30. 73

39. 23 4. 03 62

29.96 31. 23

39. 87 75 30.44 31. 73

40. 51 64.

30.92 32.23 36.06 41.15

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1.28 31. 40 32.73 36.62 41. 79

8. 91

2.08 66.

31. 88 33. 23 37. 18 42. 43

52.88 32. 36 33. 73 37.74 43.07

53.68 68..

32. 84 34. 23 38. 30 43. 71 49.07

33.32 34. 73 38. 86 44. 35 49.79 55.28 70.

33. 80 35. 23 39. 42 44.99 50. 51 56.08 EXCEPTION: Parcels weighing less than 10 pounds, 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. (35 F.R. 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, as amended at 37 F.R. 17829, Sept. 1, 1972)

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136.2 Classification.

(a) Description. Airmail is mail carried by air and by the fastest connecting surface carriers, and given the most expeditious handling in dispatch and delivery. Airmail is not given special delivery to the addressee unless a special delivery fee is paid in addition to the airmail postage.

(b) Articles acceptable. Any matter acceptable in the domestic surface mail may be sent by airmail, except:

(1) Anything susceptible to damage, or which may be rendered harmful by changes in temperature or atmospheric pressures and not protected against the effects of such changes.

(2) Permanent magnetic materials with unconfirmed fields.

(3) Matter specifically excluded by appropriate Federal agencies from air shipment.

(c) Application of rates. (1) Postage is charged on airmail (except postal and post cards) according to weight at the rates in § 136.1 regardless of the class of mail.

(2) Air post cards must conform to the size and conditions prescribed for post cards. (See § 131.2(b) (2).)

(3) Each portion of a double air post card must be prepaid at the air card rate when originally mailed, except when the reply portion is prepared as a business reply air card. See § 131.2(c) for information regarding business reply mail.

(4) Air parcel post articles addressed to military post offices overseas (Army, Air Force, and Fleet post offices, and Naval vessels) require postage at the airmail zone rate applicable between the mailing post office and the post office shown in the address,

(5) The eighth zone airmail rates apply to articles mailed between:

(i) The United States and
(a) Its possessions,
(b) The Canal Zone, and

(c) The islands of the Trust Territory of the Pacific; and

(1) The possesisons of the United States and

(a) The Canal Zone, and

(6) The islands of the Trust Territory of the Pacific; and

(iii) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and

(a) The possessions of the United States,

(6) The Canal Zone, and

(c) The islands of the Trust Territory of the Pacific,

(6) The airmail rates according to zone apply to articles mailed between:

(1) The United States and

(a) The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and

(6) The Virgin Islands, and

(ii) Between the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. § 136.3 Weight and size limits.

(a) Weight. Airmail may weigh up to 70 pounds. See part 126 for the exception to this limit for articles addressed to certain APO's and FPO's.

(b) Size. Airmail is limited to 100 inches in combined length and girth. See part 126 for the exception to this limit for articles addressed to certain APO's and FPO's, and § 135.3(b) for instructions on how to measure parcels. § 136.4 Payment of postage.

Postage on airmail may be paid by adhesive postage stamps, stamped cards or envelopes, meter stamps, or permit imprints. § 136.5 Additions and enclosures.

There are no special restrictions with respect to written additions and enclosures in airmail. $ 136.6 Marking, sealing, and depositing.

(a) Place the word “Airmail” prominently on the address side of flat mail preferably below the stamps and above the address, and on the top, bottom, and sides of parcels. Adhesive Label 19, available without charge at the local post office, may be used. The return address of the sender must be shown on the address side of each air parcel mailed at zone rates of postage.

(b) Airmail may be sealed or left unsealed without affecting the air rate.

(c) Deposit airmail weighing 9 ounces or less at the post office or in a special airmail letter box or drop, if available, to insure fastest dispatch, or in any collection box. Airmail weighing over 9 ounces must be deposited at the post office, branch, or station, or handed to a rural or star route carrier.

(d) Use envelopes printed with special airmail design for airmail only. (35 F.R. 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, as amended at 37 F.R. 17829, Sept. 1, 1972]

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PART 137_OFFICIAL MAIL Sec. 137.1 Members of Congress. 137.2 Executive and judicial officers. 137.3 Mail sent to Government departments. 137.4 State employment security mailings. 137.6 Absentee balloting materials. 137.7 President-elect, former Presidents,

widows of former Presidents, and surviving spouses of Members of

Congress. 137.8 General Secretariat of the Organiza

tion of American States and Pan

American Sanitary Bureau. 137.9 General instructions.

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this part 137 issued under 39 U.S.C. 401, 3201-3218, 50 U.S.C. 1463, 1464.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 137 appear at 35 F.R. 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, unless otherwise noted.

§ 137.1 Members of Congress.

(a) Collection of postage. Postage on mail sent under the franking privilege by the Vice President, Members and Members-elect of Congress, the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, the Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, Clerk, Sergeant at Arms, and Legislative Counsel of the House of Representatives is paid annually by a lump sum to the Postal Service.

(b) Description. Official mail of Members of Congress is sent without prepayment of postage bearing written signature or a printed fascimile signature instead of a postage stamp. Mail accepted under frank, and the officials authorized to use franked mail, are shown in paragraph (c) of this section.

(c) Authorized users.

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The signature and title, either written or printed facsimile, of the Vice-President-elect must appear on the address side. Matter intended for air service must be marked with the words Air Mail on the address side. The signature and title, either written or printed facsimile, of the former Vice President must appear on the address side. Matter intended for air service must be marked with the words Air Mail on the address side.

Former Vice President..... All mail, including airmail,

Until 6 months from

sent by him in connection with winding up the affairs of his office.

the date of expiration of his term of office.

(d) Restrictions. The following restrictions apply to franked mail:

(1) Official correspondence transmitted under frank of the Vice President, Members and Members-elect of Congress, Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms of the Senate, and Resident Commissioners must be on official or departmental business.

(2) No franked mail will be admitted to the mail unless admissible as ordinary mail.

(3) A person entitled to use franked mail may not loan his frank or permit its use by any committee, organization, or association; or permit its use by any person for the benefit or use of any committee, organization, or association. This restriction does not apply to any committee composed of Members of Congress.

(4) Franked mail is forwarded like any other mail, but when once delivered to the addressee it may not be remailed. A package of franked pieces may be sent by a person entitled to the franking privilege to one addressee, who, on receiving and opening the package, may on behalf of such person place addresses on the franked articles and mail them.

(5) Franked mail is handled as ordinary mail. Fees for special services must be paid at the time of mailing.

(6) Franked mail must be addressed to the recipient by name, except as provided in 122.4(d) (2).

(e) Weight and size limits (1) Weight. Official correspondence is limited to 4 ounces, except that when addressed to a Government official by title the limit is 4 pounds.

(2) Size, shape, ratio, and sealing. The provisions of $$ 131.2(b) (2), 131.3(b), 134.3(b), and 141.1(a) (3) apply. [35 FR 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, as amended at 37 FR 17829, Sept. 1, 1972) § 137.2 Executive and judicial officers.

(a) Collection of postage. Depart. ments, agencies, and establishments of the U.S. Government must reimburse the Postal Service in amounts equivalent to the amount of postage and fees due on their mail for which the Postal Service does not otherwise receive compensation. Instructions governing the manner of reimbursement for mailings made with out postage or fees prepaid are issued by the Finance Department which negotiates reimbursement agreements with the departments and agencies concerned.

(b) Description. The following kinds of mail may be sent as Federal Government mail by those authorized to use this privilege:

(1) Official mail relating exclusively to the business of the Government of the United States mailed by officers of the executive and judicial branches of the Government; oficial mail of legislative counsel for the House of Representatives and the Senate; official mail of the Superintendent of Documents; and official correspondence concerning the Congressional Directory under direction of the Joint Committee on Printing.

(2) All correspondence, bulletins, and reports relating to agricultural extension work and home economics carried on in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, when mailed by the college officer or other person connected with the extension department of the college who has been designated by the Secretary of Agriculture. Mailings may be deposited by the designated officer only at the authorized post office. Correspondence must be conducted under the name of the designated officer. Correspondence with autograph signature may be sealed but all other matter must be left unsealed.

(3) Bulletins, reports, periodicals, reprints of articles, and other publications necessary for the dissemination of results of researches and experiments, including lists of publications available for distribution, when mailed by agricultural experiment stations designated by the act of March 2, 1887, as amended by the act of August 11, 1955, as follows:

(i) The officer in charge of a station that claims the privilege of sending materials without prepayment of postage through the mail must file an application with the Office of Rates and Classification, Finance Department, through the post office where the station is located, stating the date of establishment of the station, its name or designation, its official organization, the names of its officers, the name of the college, school or institution to which it is attached, if any, the legislation of the State or Territory providing for its establishment, and any other legislation granting it the benefits of the act of Congress referred to in this section.

(4) Annual reports of Governmentaided colleges established under the act of July 2, 1862, when addressed to the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, and to any other Goy

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