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1-cent Franklin

1869 Issue card plate plate proof envelope

Description:

Regular stamps distributed as samples or gifts were valid for postage. To end this option for gift recipients, the Post Office Department began in 1879 to have sample stamps printed on card stock, which dignitaries received in small envelopes like this one. The samples were so popular that the POD ordered five reprints, the last being in 1894.

Date:
1893
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 2 15/16 x 5 3/16 in. (7.46 x 13.18 cm)
Museum ID:
1998.2005.4.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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