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Auxiliary handstamp, PAID

Description:

Although the markings on this early American handstamp are illegible, it is like that it is a "PAID" marking. \The most common usage of "PAID" markings was prior to the introduction of adhesive postage stamps in 1847. This marking on a mailpiece indicated that postage was prepaid by the sender.

Wooden handstamps were a low-price alternative to metal stamps in an era when postmasters at small offices were required to procure supplies at their own expense. A tight-grained wood was hand-chiseled to leave intaglio lettering on the marking face. After heavy use which wore the lettering, a postal clerk might attempt to recut the lettering.

Date:
19th century
Markings:
Paid
Medium:
wood; metal
Dimensions:
1 in (2.54 cm), diameter
Museum ID:
1987.0905.19
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • Handstamp
  • Handstamp
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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