The discontinuance of distinctive parcel-post stamps made it necessary to issue five new denominations of ordinary stamps to take their place. The new stamps are of the same shape (a rectangle on end) and size (about 7/8 by 23/32 inch ) as the other ordinary stamps, series of 1912, and are described as follows:
The parcel-post postage-due stamps are of the same size as the parcel-post postage stamps. The color is green for all denominations. In a horizontal panel across the top are the words “U. S. parcel post” and, in a similar panel at the bottom, “Postage Due”, in Roman capital letters.
This series of postage stamps, issued to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal and the discovery of the Pacific Ocean, comprises four denominations, 1, 2, 5, and 10 cents, all of which were first placed on sale at San Francisco, Calif., January 1, 1913, except the 2-cent denomination, which was first placed on sale at the same post office on January 18, 1913. Description follows:
The postage stamps of the 1908 issue while possessing high artistic merit, have given considerable trouble to the public and to the Postal Service on account of the similarity of designs of the different denominations. All of the 12 stamps are of identical design, except that the 1-cent denomination bears the portrait of Franklin, while the others bear the portrait of Washington. Continue reading “Ordinary Postage Stamps — Issue of 1912”
This stamp, of 10-cent denomination, was originated by the Postmaster General to prepay registry fees. It is of special design, in order to identify mail to which it is attached as registered matter and entitled to all the benefits and safeguards of the system.