Newspaper Stamps Not Used on Covers
newspaper stamps from 1875 onward were
never used on newspapers or covers in the ordinary way, and no doubt
collectors have pondered over their real usage. Because of
rates on newspapers, publishers were required to deliver papers
for mailing to the post office, where they were weighed in bulk and
paid in cash. As a convenient means of bookkeeping, stamps of
exact amount were then affixed to special receipts in books kept in the
post office as vouchers for postage paid.
- George B. Sloane
August 31, 1935
Posted August 2, 1999
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