Notes from the Past

Postmasters' Stamps

Also known as Postmasters' Provisionals, these are stamps produced and issued locally by the postmaster of a particular town, with or without official sanction from Post Office headquarters.  A number of well-known Postmasters' stamps were issued in the United States from 1845 until the appearance of the first general issue in 1847.  A similar state of affairs existed in the Confederate States in the early stages of the American Civil War, and Postmasters' stamps were used as a temporary measure until a regular supply could be prepared.  The famous Perot issue of Bermuda also ranks as Postmasters' stamps.
 
 
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
Posted February 25, 2000

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