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Universal Postal Congress Presentation Envelope

Description:

Sometime between 1895 and 1902, the Post Office Department hand stamped “Specimen” on current stamps, probably as samples. In 1897, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced 125 sets of current stamps overprinted with “Universal Postal Congress” for delegates at the conference.

One set of specimens of the United States postage stamps, ordinary and special delivery in use in June 1897.

Date:
1897
Markings:
ONE SET OF SPECIMENS / OF / UNITED STATES POSTAGE STAMPS, / ORDINARY AND SPECIAL DELIVERY, In use June 1897. Prepared for presentation to Members of the Universal Postal Congress of Washington, U.S.A., beginning May 5 1897, and ending June 15, 1897. / JAMES A. GARY, / Postmaster General.
Medium:
paper; ink (black) / engraving
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 3 1/2 x 6 in. (8.89 x 15.24 cm)
Museum ID:
1980.2493.1748
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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