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Auxiliary handstamp, PAID

Description:

PAID was an auxiliary marking that pre-dated the requirement of prepaid postage with stamps. The postal employee accepting a mail piece and receiving the cash payment for postage would rate the letter. Applying the PAID marking indicated that the postage required had been collected at the origin office.

Postmasters often procured their own marking devices. They sometimes purchased a handstamp from a postal supply house, but sometimes they created a device on their own.

Linen markers were often adaptively used by post office employees. They featured a mortised slot into which lead or type-metal type could be inserted and then secured in place by a set screw.

Date:
19th century
Markings:
literal: PAID
Medium:
wood; metal
Dimensions:
1 x 3 x 3.38 in (2.54 x 7.62 x 8.57 cm)
Museum ID:
1987.0905.16
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Handstamp, 'PAID'
  • Handstamp, 'PAID'
  • Handstamp, 'PAID'
Additional Records
  • Auxiliary handstamp, PAID
  • Auxiliary handstamp, PAID
  • Auxiliary handstamp, PASSED BY NAVAL CENSOR
  • Auxiliary handstamp, POSTAGE DUE
  • Auxiliary handstamp, PRIORITY MAIL
  • Auxiliary handstamp, REFUSED
  • Auxiliary handstamp, SPECIAL DELIVERY
  • Auxiliary handstamp, TO AVOID DELAY IN DELIVERY OF YOUR MAIL...
  • Auxiliary handstamp, UNDELIVERABLE AS ADDRESSED
  • Auxiliary handstamp, UNKNOWN
  • Auxiliary handstamp, UNKNOWN
  • Branford, Connecticut, pictorial postmark handstamp
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