Confederate handstamp Paid 5
Confederate handstamp Paid 5 cancel on cover with Lovingston, Virginia, October 25, circular date stamp, on an envelope addressed to Cobham, Virginia.
Pencil docketing at left indicates the year 1861, which is confirmed by the five-cent postage rate for a distance of less than five hundred miles. Confederate postage stamps had been introduced in October 1861, and demand outstripped the printer's ability to supply them. Consequently, postage stamps were not always available. In such an event, postmasters resorted to other, temporary replacements. A handstamp, which was applied to the letter upon receipt of payment, was one such substitute.