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 EncyclopaediaPublished 1966Posted February 25, 2000
Index of 508 Notes from the Past
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