Arago: Exhibits


L is for Local Post


Home and office delivery of U.S. mail began in 1863.

Prior to that, individuals and businesses had to collect their mail at their local post offices.

Private companies, which came to be called "local posts," offered mail pickup and delivery within larger cities, and some of them created their own stamps to show payment of fees.

'Local Post' cinderella stamp

Local Post Cinderella Stamp

Pony Express Stamped Envelope

Pony Express envelope

This envelope was mailed during the Pony Express's third rate period (April - June 1861) when it was managed by Wells Fargo and mail cost $2 per half ounce. The $2 red stamp was used on the eastbound mail. United States, 1861.