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Certificate of appointment for postmaster


The certificate of appointment for Postmaster Frank Merle Altland of Dillsburg, York County, Pennsylvania on April 28, 1911 is dated May 12, 1911 with signatures by President William Howard Taft and Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock, and bears a gold embossed seal of the Post Office Department. Mr. Altland’s tenure spanned from April 28, 1911 to April 13, 1915, during which time he moved the operation to a three-story building at the corner of York and Baltimore streets, where the post office occupied half of the ground floor from 1913 to 1971. At this location a modular structure, now in the collection of the National Postal Museum, was installed for the Post Office.

printed "WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT / [image of eagle] / PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING: / Know ye, That, reposing special trust and confidence in the intelligence, diligence, and discretion / of - Frank Merle Altland -, I have nominated, and, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do / appoint him Postmaster at - Dillsburg -, in the County of - York -, / State of - Pennsylvania -; and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of / that office according to the laws of the United States and the regulations of the Post Office Department, / and to have and to hold the said office with all the rights and endowments thereunto legally appertaining / unto him the said - Frank Merle Altland -, for and during the term of four years from the / - twenty eighth day of - April -, 1911, subject to the conditions prescribed by law. / [gold seal] / In testimony whereof I have caused these letters to be made patent and the seal of the Post Office Department / of the United States to be hereunto affixed. / Given under my hand at the city of Washington this twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord / one thousand nine hundred and eleven, and of the Independence of the United States / of America the one hundred and thirty fifth. / By the PRESIDENT: [signature of William Howard Taft] / [signature of Frank Hitchcock] / Postmaster General." across surface; pencil markings on surface of poster board mount
paper; ink; foil
Height x Width (certificate): 16 x 21 in. (40.64 x 53.34 cm) Height x Width (on board): 18 1/4 x 23 1/2 in. (46.36 x 59.69 cm)
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