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Liberty Bell cachet handstamp

Description:

A 'cachet' is a marking on an envelope that commemorates a special event. Cachets may be printed onto envelopes before or after the event. They may also be applied to an envelope by a rubber stamp or hand-written or hand-drawn. They enhance a cover's appearance and desirability.

Cachets are ordinarily privately designed, created, and applied. Since they are not markings that are applied by a postal administration, they are not an auxiliary marking and are also not to be used as a cancellation or postmark. Those uses are exclusively within a postal administration's domain.

The Philadelphia Sesquicentennial was celebrated during 1926, marking the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The year was also the first year of a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-Washington, D.C., contract airmail (CAM) route. This cachet was applied to airmail tendered for that route.

Date:
1926
Markings:
FIRST FLIGHT INAUGURATING / CONTRACT AIR MAIL / SESQUI-CENTENNIAL / figurative: Philadelphia Liberty Bell / Philadelphia, Pa / PHILADELPHIA - WASHINGTON
Medium:
wood; rubber
Dimensions:
3.25 x 2.25 x 2.38 in (8.26 x 5.72 x 6.03 cm)
Museum ID:
1992.2002.400
Place:
Pennsylvania

  • Handstamp, PHILADELPHIA - WASHINGTON
  • Cachet Handstamp
  • Handstamp, PHILADELPHIA - WASHINGTON
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