Confederate cover handstamped Paid 10
Confederate handstamp Paid 10 circular cancel in blue on cover with matching Norfolk, Virginia, February 6, 1862, double circle date stamp, on an envelope addressed to Williamsboro, North Carolina.
Early in the war, Union blockades prevented the importation of supplies to the South, which contributed to the occasional shortage of stamps in the Confederate states. In such an event, postmasters resorted to other, temporary substitutes. A handstamp, which was applied to the letter upon receipt of payment, was one such method.