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 7-cent stamp bears the head of Washington in profile, from Houdon’s bust, looking to the left. The border design is the same as that of the first six denominations of the current series. Continue reading “Ordinary Postage Stamps – Issue of 1914” »
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.
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The act of Congress approved August 24, 1912, making appropriations for the Postal Service for the fiscal year 1913. contain- the following provisions as to parcel-post stamps: Continue reading “Parcel-Post Stamps – Issue of 1912-13” »
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:
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Changes in design and color
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.
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The act of Congress approved June 25, 1910, establishing postal savings depositories, provides:
“Sec. 2. That the Postmaster General is hereby directed to prepare and issue special stamps of the necessary denominations for use, in lieu of penalty or franked envelopes, in the transmittal of free mail resulting from the administration of this act.” Continue reading “Postal Savings Official Stamps — Issue of 1911” »
The tercentenary of the discovery of the Hudson River and the centennial of its first navigation by steam, which was celebrated in 1909, was also commemorated with a special postage stamp, which was first placed on sale September 25, 1909, at New York, N.Y. Continue reading “Hudson-Fulton Stamp (2-Cent) — Issue of 1909” »
To commemorate the development of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Territory, which was celebrated by an exposition at Seattle, Wash., in 1909, the Department issued a postage stamp of special design, which was first placed on sale June 1, 1909, at Seattle, Wash. Continue reading “Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Stamp (2-Cent) — Issue of 1909” »