Arago: Semi-Official Imprinted Envelopes

Semi-Official Imprinted Envelopes

Many departments of the Confederate government used envelopes imprinted with the names of their bureaus or branches, often with the words 'Official Business'. Although these words were commonly a part of the imprint, these envelopes were not official in any way, nor did they enjoy the free franking privilege. Prepayment of postage was required. Imprinted envelopes are found from the state and local governments, as well as the Confederate government and the military.


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