Arago: 2-cent Statue of Freedom

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2-cent Statue of Freedom

1874 Newspaper and Periodical card 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 (not to exceed): 3 x 5 1/4 in. (7.62 x 13.34 cm)
Museum ID:
1998.2005.20.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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