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Parcel post rate indicator

Description:

Parcel post rate indicator manufactured by J. K. Stewart Mfg. Company, Chicago, Illinois, is an octagonal-shaped instrument with two knobs, one at either end. Each side has two cut-out windows where information appears by turning the knobs to indicate proper postage by pounds and cents for various zones: local rates and zones 1 to 8.

Reference: J. K. Stewart Mfg. Company advertisement. R.F.D. News. (November 7, 1914) 14.

Date:
c. 1914
Markings:
marks around either octagonal end, one end reads "Stewart [n script] / PARCEL POST RATE INDICATOR"; other end reads "J.K. STEWART MFG. CO. / CHICAGO, U.S.A. / PAT. APPLIED FOR" each of the eight sides is marked, side 1 "LOCAL RATES" with spaces to the left for "LBS." "CENTS" side 2 "FIRST AND SECOND ZONES. / ADD 4 TO NUMBER OF POUNDS, EXAMPLE / 1 POUND PLUS 4, 5C: 10 POUNDS, ADD / 4, 14C: 20 LBS. 24C: 30 LBS. 34C" side 3 "THIRD ZONE" with spaces below for "LBS." and "CENTS", adjacent to the spaces is "150 TO 300 MILES" side 4 "FOURTH ZONE" with spaces below as described on side 3 only slightly more spread out and "300 TO 600 MILES" adjacent to spaces side 5 "FIFTH ZONE" with spaces below as described above on side 3 and even further spread out than side 4 with "600 TO / 1000 MILES" adjacent to spaces side 6 "SIXTH ZONE", below that in center is "1000 TO / 1400 MILES", there are spaces to the left and right of this text, left "LBS." and right "CENTS" side 7 "SEVENTH ZONE", below that in center is "1400 TO 1800 MILES", there are spaces to the left and right of this text, left "LBS." and right "CENTS", although more spread out than on side 6 side 8 "EIGHTH ZONE", below that in center is "OVER 1800 MILES", there are spaces to the left and right of this text, left "LBS." and right "CENTS", space is even further spread out than that of side 7
Medium:
metal
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 1 1/2 x 4 x 1 1/2 in. (3.81 x 10.16 x 3.81 cm)
Museum ID:
2004.2016.1
Place:
Illinois

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