Backstamping of Mail Ended
many years it was required that
first class mail be backstamped at the post office of delivery to show
time the mail was received there. In the interests of economy
save time, Postmaster Albert S. Burleson brought
to an end in the summer of 1913. Srangely, postmasters in the
smaller offices complained over the new regulation, but the order of
the P.M.G. was
not rescinded. |
- George B. Sloane
July 24, 1954
Posted July 31, 1999
Editor's Note: There are some wonderful backstamped covers of the 1880s which show how fast the postal and rail systems were in those days. Arrival on the same day is not unusual. The elapsed time between postmarking and backstamping isn't duplicated even today.
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