Certified Mail Stamp
I think we
may well assume that the recent
15¢ Certified Mail stamp was an issue never intended for permanency
and that within a comparatively short time, perhaps a year or so, it
be discontinued as unnecessary. It was intended only to
participation in a new service, "Certified Mail," a lower-priced
of registered mail but use of the stamp is not mandatory and many
letters now in the mail are franked with ordinary postage in payment of
the special fee. Now might be the time to lay in stocks of
blocks, and mint and used copies, in the case of the last a fine
for those connected with "controlled" mail.
- George B. Sloane
July 2, 1955
Posted August 14, 1999
Editor's Note: Hardly a blockbuster recommendation. A recent catalog price shows the certified mail stamp, FA1, at 40¢ mint and 25¢ used. The plate block is $4.50. This isn't much different from the 15¢ definitive (1046) of the same era with only used copies showing a better value. Controlled mail was a source of used stamps. The Post Office required that stamps be used on all mail -- even mail that was moved between the different offices within a company. The stamps used on these mailings were often carefully cancelled and saved for collectors having a contact within the mailing departments. These are generally the source of the beautiful used 1930s US commemoratives and high values one sometimes encounters.
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