Earthquake Letters from San Francisco, 1906
the wreck of a number of post
offices, through the earthquake and fire which devastated San Francisco
1906, and the subsequent demand for postage stamps which could not be
supplied, the Post Office Department waived all regulations, and for
about a week following
the catastrophe, ruled that all mail out of the stricken city could be
Letters were written on scraps of paper, cuffs, collars, shingles, and bits of anything that would carry a written message, but all went through free.
In a miscellany collection of mine, I have a couple of these letters. One is mailed without a postage stamp, from the Presidio Station, San Francisco, April 27, 1906, and was carried to [its] destination free. The other one, dated April 25, was addressed to Philadelphia, but the postmaster there was apparently unaware of the suspension of regulations, and attached a 2¢ postage due stamp.
- George B. Sloane
August 31. 1935
Posted July 27, 1999
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