U.S. Parcel Post Stamp Used As Intended

Parcel Post

I like these stamps a great deal. They are among the first U. S. stamps to be engraved from photographic images of real situations, not just famous portraits. The images are very pictorial. For instance, the 20 cent stamp from this set is the first stamp issued in the world to depict an airplane.

This cover is an example of the correct usage of the Parcel Post issue during the first 6 months of 1913. The cover was cancelled by a Cummins/Time-Marking machine in Chicago, Illinois, in May of 1913, and most likely contained a product sample from the Goodman Rainproof Coat Company of Chicago, Illinois. Note the nicely-illustrated advertising cornercard on this cover.

Note that the day slug was not used in the cancelling machine. Parcel post items usually did not receive any dated cancellation at all, so this item is uncommon.

On July 1, 1913, the stamps became acceptable for any postal service, so you more often see them used for first class letters and cards from that date onward. See my main Parcel Post webpage for more images and information.

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Based on Code by Louis Lazaris. See article and original inspiration.

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