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(2) The Federal post card application shall be approximately 942 x 446 inches in size. On the address side of the card shall be printed in red ink the following:
§ 137.9 General instructions.
(a) Official 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 Finance Department, Office of Rates and Classification.
(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 mail. ing. The postmaster will furnish appropriate sack labels with which to identify the various types of mail.
§ 137.7 President-elect, former Presi.
dents, widows of former Presidents and surviving spouses of Members of
Congress. (a) President-elect. All mail, including airmail, of any President-elect sent by him in connection with his preparations for the assumption of official duties as President may be accepted subject to the provisions of § 137.2(c) (3).
(b) Former Presidents and widows of former Presidents.-All mail of former U.S. Presidents, all mail of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, widow of former President John F. Kennedy, all mail of Mamie Doud Eisenhower, widow of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, all mail of Beth Wallace Truman, widow of former President Harry S Truman, and all mail of Lady Bird Johnson, widow of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, shall be accepted without prepayment of postage if it bears the written signature of the 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 word “Airmail” 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. [35 FR 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, as amended at 38 FR 15509, June 13, 1973) § 137.8 General Secretariat of the Or
ganization of American States and
Pan American Sanitary Bureau. The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States 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)(3), (d), and (e). [35 FR 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, as amended at 38 FR 15509, June 13, 1973]
PART 138—FOR THE BLIND AND
OTHER HANDICAPPED PERSONS 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 39 U.S.C. 401, 3403–3405.
SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 138 appear at 35 F.R. 19445, Dec. 23, 1970, unless otherwise noted. $ 138.1 Conditions.
The following conditions are applicable to articles mailable free of postage under this section:
(8) 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 § 138.1(a) in
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 or typewriters, 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).
(g) Educational or other materials or devices, or parts thereof, 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 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) are applicable to mailings made under this part.
ment 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 fourth-class 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 third-class 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.
(d) Markings required. First-class attachments may be marked "First Class” or “Letter Enclosed". Third-class attachments must be marked "Third Class”. § 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 pieces of 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 thirdclass 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 pur
PART 139-MIXED CLASSES Sec. 139.1 Mall 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 137 issued under 39 U.S.C. 401.
SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 139 appear at 35 F.R. 19446, Dec. 23, 1970, unless otherwise noted. $ 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 attach
pose 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 125. When postage at the transient second-class rate is paid on the publication, follow the procedure ir. 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), Markings are not required when postage is placed on the enclosure.
(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 firstclass rate must be paid for each letter.
(2) Third-class enclosures. Third-class mail may be enclosed in a fourth-class parcel mailed at the special rates in § 135.1 (b), (c), and (d) or mailed free under Part 138. Postage at the applicable third-class rate must be paid for enclosures except the items listed in 8 135.6.
(3) Placement of enclosure. The enclosure 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. If 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 the third- or fourth-class 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 section 139.2 are subject to the same conditions for forwarding as single pieces of second-, third-, or fourth-class mail (see Part 157). If the enclosure is firstclass 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 $ 159.2 (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 159.
(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 $ 159.7(b) of this chapter. $ 139.5 Special services.
Combination mailing pieces may be sent as special delivery or in the case of third- or 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-ENVELOPES, POSTAL
CARDS, AEROGRAMMES Sec. 141.1 Use. 141.2 Printed stamped envelopes (special
request). AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 141 issued under 39 U.S.C. 401. § 141.1 Use.
(a) Envelopes—(1) Color. Use any light color that does not interfere with legible address and postmark. Do not use brilliant colors.
(2) Quality. Use paper strong enough to withstand normal handling. Highly glazed paper, or paper with an overall design, is not satisfactory.
(3) Size, shape, and ratio. Envelopes of standard sizes and shapes are essential to the economical handling of mail, both by machine and manual methods. The following standards apply to envelopes:
(i) Envelopes less than 3 inches in width (height) or 444 inches in length are nonmailable.
(ii) Envelopes more than 9 inches in width (height) or 12 inches in length are not recommended.
(iii) Envelopes having shapes other than rectangular are nonmailable. : (iv) Envelopes having a ratio of width (height) to length of less than 1 to 1.414 (1 to the square root of 2) are not recommended.
(4) Window envelopes. Window envelopes, or open panel envelopes, may be used under the following conditions:
(i) The address window must be parallel with the length of the envelope.
(ii) The proper place for the address window is in the lower portion of the address side.
(iii) Nothing but the name, address, and any key number used by the mailer may appear through the address window.
(iv) The return address should appear in the upper left corner. If there is no return address and the delivery address does not show through the window, the piece will be handled as dead mail.
(v) The address disclosed through the window must be on white paper or paper of a very light color.
(vi) When used for registered mail, they must conform with the conditions in $ 161.3(c).
(vii) Window envelopes, but not open panel envelopes, may be used for business reply mail provided:
(a) All of the address side except the portion which will show through the window is prepared as required by § 131.2 (c) (4).
(6) An address prepared by any of the processes and in the style provided for by 131.2(c) (4) is furnished by the distributor for use as an enclosure to return the envelope.
(c) The window covering is of such texture as to allow maximum transparency.
(b) Plain stamped envelopes (1) Envelopes available at post offices.
NOTE: Limit requisitions to a 6-week supply. A minimum quantity of 500 plain stamped envelopes must be ordered even though this may cause some post offices to exceed the 6-week stock level.