Notes from the Past

Newspaper Stamps Not Used on Covers

The newspapers stamp issues from 1875 onward were never used on newspapers or covers in the ordinary way, and no doubt many collectors have pondered over their real usage.  Because of the low postage rates on newspapers, publishers were required to deliver papers intended for mailing to the post office, where they were weighed in bulk and postage paid in cash.  As a convenient method of bookkeeping, stamps of the exact amount were then affixed to special receipts in books kept in the post office as vouchers for postage paid.
- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
August 31, 1935
Posted November 3, 1999

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