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10c Washington Valentine cover

Scott Catalogue USA: 2
Description:

A spectacular printed Valentine envelope mailed at Potsdam NY on February 8 of an unknown year. Since it traveled a very short distance to West Potsdam, the need for a 10¢ stamp was not distance but rather weight, being more than one-half ounce and less than one ounce. The 10¢ stamp thus pays a double weight rate of less than 300 miles. The enclosed Valentine is an elaborate multicolor design and a ribbon, with a handwritten verse.

This is the only known 10¢ cover from Potsdam.

Date:
1848-1851
Markings:
c-POTSDAM/FEB/8/N.Y. (red) [townmark] Red grid [cancel]
Medium:
paper; ink (black)/ handwritten; engraved
Dimensions:
Height x Width (cover): 8 1/2 x 10 3/8 in. (21.59 x 26.35 cm)
Museum ID:
2003.2019.2.1
Place:
New York


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  • 10c Washington Valentine cover and enclosure
  • 10c Washington Valentine cover and enclosure
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