Confederate handstamp Paid 5
Confederate handstamp Paid 5 cents cancel on cover with Richmond, Virginia, August 30, 1861, circular date stamp, on a yellow envelope addressed to Cobham, Virginia.
The first Confederate stamps—lithographed, imperforate five-cent sheets printed by Hoyer & Ludwig—were not available until October 1861. During the months prior to that, southern postmasters improvised methods of handling the prepayment of postage. By creating provisional stamps or using handstamps, postmasters were able to continue mail service in the absence of a government-issued postage stamp. This cover is one such example.
TOWN POSTMARK: Richmond, Va., Powell Type 2. July to December 1861. This design is the only one to have a capitalized "A" over a period.