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1847 Federal Postage Stamp Correspondence

Letter written to Nathan Kelsey Hall

Description:

On March 8, 1851, the postmaster general had written to six prominent engraving firms in the United States, including Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, inviting them to bid on the new contract for the production of postage stamps and to submit proposed designs for the new 3-cent stamp. This letter is the indignant reply of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, refusing to enter into the competition for the new 3-cent stamp unless the cost of producing a new die is covered by the Department, regardless of whether they win the competition or not. They complain that the costs of producing the 5-cent and 10-cent plates have not been covered by the minimal profits associated with producing stamps from them. They will not furnish future stamps at rates lower than they are currently receiving.

Date:
March 10, 1851
Medium:
paper; ink / handwritten
Dimensions:
Overall: 26 x 20.3cm (10 1/4 x 8in.)
Museum ID:
1997.2001.40
Place:
New York

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  • Letter written to Nathan Kelsey Hall
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