Arago: 1847 Federal Postage Stamp Correspondence

1847 Federal Postage Stamp Correspondence



The engraving firm is responding to several matters raised by the postmaster general. First, they acknowledge a new order for both 5-cent and 10-cent stamps. They say that the stamps are being printed and will be ready about April 1.

Next, they have been asked to suggest a new, better method of canceling stamps, and they recommend that the stamps be cut in such a manner as to prevent their being used a second time. They have sent an experimental instrument for that purpose, and they say they can improve upon it. They also suggest that this new style of cancel, if adopted, be applied at the destination of a letter rather than at the point of origin.

Finally, they enclose designs printed in black and blue for a new 3-cent stamp, and they recommend that it be printed in blue to readily distinguish it from the other stamps in use.

Neither the new canceling device nor the 3-cent stamp was adopted by the Department.

March 18, 1848
paper; ink / handwritten
Overall: 25.7 x 20.6cm (10 1/8 x 8 1/8in.)
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Place of Origin:
New York, New York

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