U.S. Parcel Post Stamp Correct Usage

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. I believe that this cover was used to mail a product sample during the correct period in early 1913. My belief that this is true is based on the fact that this cover's imprint mentions "this sample", and the cover is backstamped February 9, 1913. The cover was mailed by J. M. Hansell's Sons, Philadelphia, a printing company that manufactured envelopes, among other paper items.

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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