When he first started collecting stamps, Benjamin Miller took a special interest in “back of the book” stampsÃ¢Â€”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 officesÃ¢Â€”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.