Notes from the Past

Newspapers Exchanged Free of Postage

As noted in the previous Pastnote, newspapers and printers have long been accorded favorable treatment by the Post Office.  The following is an excerpt from the Laws and Regulations for the Government of the Post Office published in 1847 under the heading What May go Free in the Mails.
Every printer of newspapers may send one paper to each and every other printer of newspapers within the United States, free of postage, under such regulations as the Postmaster General shall provide.  This privilege does not extend to an exchange with papers printed in foreign countries.

This privilege embraces extras and supplements.  The papers so sent by one printer to another are free, though none, nor not so many, be returned in exchange. -- act of 1825, sec. 29.

But a pamphlet, or a magazine, cannot be received by a printer of a newspaper free of postage.  Neither can the publisher of a pamphlet or magazine receive newspapers or magazines free of postage.

Printers of newspapers are permitted to send to each other, free of postage, open slips containing foreign intelligence, ship news, &c., provided they be not placed in the mail in the form of a letter.  If they have that form, letter postage must be charged.

Printers may also send their papers to regular subscribers without the prepayment of postage; but the postage on all transient papers sent by them must be pre-paid.

Posted May 10, 2000

Editor's Note:  Modern philatelists are indebted to Theron Wierenga who republished this volume in 1980.

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