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Auxiliary handstamp, POSTAGE DUE

Description:

If a First Class mail piece had at least the base postage for the first ounce, but did not have the full postage due, a postal clerk stamped the mail "POSTAGE DUE ____ CENTS" and manually filled in the difference in postage. The notation was applied at the delivery office and the carrier or window clerk collected the shortage from the mail recipient. These handstamps were introduced when the postage due adhesive stamps were discontinued.

Markings:
"POSTAGE DUE……..CENTS" paper tag taped to front of block "POSTAGE DUE…" Dymo, red, plastic, embossed label on left edge of block "DUE"
Medium:
wood (black, natural); rubber (red)
Dimensions:
Height x Width x Depth: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 7/8 in. (6.99 x 5.4 x 2.22 cm)
Museum ID:
2006.2041.11
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • POSTAGE DUE handstamp
  • Auxiliary handstamp, POSTAGE DUE
  • Auxiliary handstamp, POSTAGE DUE
  • POSTAGE DUE handstamp
  • POSTAGE DUE 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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