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Newspaper Stamps

When he first started collecting stamps, Benjamin Miller took a special interest in “back of the book” stamps—those traditionally listed at the back of catalogues. His collection of newspaper and periodical stamps, used to pay a special mailing rate, is a fine example.

The first newspaper stamps of 1865 were stuck to wrapped bundles of newspapers. Later, much smaller stamps were applied to record books at post offices—not to the newspapers.

In 1875, the Post Office began selling special printings of past U.S. stamps. Miller’s holding of the special printings of newspaper stamps is especially strong.

3c Statue of Freedom single

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