U. S. Special Delivery Stamp

[Special Delivery]

This stamp was used, of course, to pay the Special Delivery fee for letters requiring immediate delivery. Distinctive designs and colors were used for these stamps, to prevent the possibility of these letters being mixed in with regular First Class mail. This particular stamp is assigned the Scott number E6, and was issued in 1902. The engraving is particular fine, depicting what appears to be a Post Office carrier pedalling his bicycle rapidly to deliver the letter to the waiting customer.

It is said that the designer of this stamp posed himself on his own bicycle in his studio for the original photograph. He then used that photograph to engrave the stamp design.

You can view another special delivery stamp on its own page.

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