Arago: Postmaster Provisional Adhesives

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Postmaster Provisional Adhesives

Until adhesive stamps were provided by the Confederate government, some postmasters designed their own adhesive stamps for their towns. Some of these included the postmaster's name, the town of origin, the postage rate, and often an elaborate design. They were often printed at nearby newspaper or printing offices. On the other hand, occasionally the 'stamp' was as crude as hand stamping “Paid” or a rate scribbled on small pieces of paper for use as adhesives.