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Postmaster Provisional Adhesives

5c Memphis Confederate postmaster provisional single on cover

Dietz Catalog: G-A-1c
Scott Catalogue CSA: 56X2
Description:

Memphis 5-cent provisional adhesive stamp on cover to New Orleans, Louisiana. The cover bears a black "ADV" at the top and center, indicating that the intended recipient, H.H. Williams, had not yet picked-up his letter at the local post office. Hence, the letter was advertised in the local newspaper.

The Memphis provisionals were printed by Col. M.C. Galloway, owner and editor of the Avalanche and also the local postmaster. The designs were engraved on wood from which stereotypes were made.

The cover also bears a portrait of Jefferson Davis in the medallion with lettering "Confederate States of America" and "Jeff. Davis, Our First President." The design also pictures two Confederate flags, each with seven-star constellation. The number of stars represents the number of Confederate states at the time. Design in blue is Dietz Type JD-1.

Date:
1861
Markings:
March to the battle field. / The foe is on before us. / Each heart is Freedom's shield. / And Heaven's smile is o'er us.
Medium:
paper; ink (red); adhesive
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 1/4 x 5 5/16 in. (8.26 x 13.49 cm)
Museum ID:
2003.2004.26
Place:
Tennessee

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