Same, but different
Clips from parcel address cards are excellent examples of how stamps were used. I found three similar ones from around 1950. They were all on domestic parcels cards for parcels weighing up to 3 kg. From 1948 that rendered a cost of 1.10 kr.
The left parcel address card was sent on Thursday 9 February 1950 from Helsingborg to Hässleholm where it arrived three days later. The stamps used are the 50 öre grey Gustaf V, left profile, originally from 1921 (the old definitive series) and the 10 öre green Gustaf V, right profile type II from 1948.
The parcel card in the middle was sent on Friday 15 December 1950 from Öjebyn to Boden where it arrived one day later, the distance was only 77 km by road. The stamp used are the 50 öre grey Gustaf V, right profile type II, from 1941 and 10 öre green Gustaf V, right profile type II.
The right parcel address card is the oldest one and it was sent on Wednesday 2 February 1949 from Åtvidaberg to Hälsingborg, where it arrived two days later. The stamps used are the 50 öre grey Gustaf V, right profile type II and 10 öre violet Gustaf V, right profile type II from 1939.
The question is which parcel address card is most correct?
No one is completely right by my orthodox opinion. So what is wrong with them?
Using a stamp that has been replaced by a new one still after nine years does not feel right,
This looks better, the latest 50 öre grey and the 10 öre green which by the time was the correct UPU-colour for international printed matter. Perfect. But the Post Office in Öjebyn used a parcel address card with the old rates from before 1948, according to that card 90 öre would be sufficient.
The use of the 10 öre violet is questionable because the UPU-colour rules are strict that all stamps for international printed matter have to be green. The 10 öre violet should not have been used anymore.
. . . the most correct parcel address card is the one handled by the Post Office in Öjebyn.
Read more about Gustaf V, right profile type II - here.
Where are all these places situated?
Helsingborg - 485 km south west of Stockholm.
Hässleholm - 436 km south west of Stockholm
Öjebyn - 691 km north east of Stockholm
Boden - 746 km north east of Stockholm
Åtvidaberg - 173 km south west of Stockholm