Notes from the Past

Advertising Letters - Part II

Yesterday's Note From the Past began the presentation of this subject.  The Regulations for the Government of the Post Office Department included in Postal Laws and Regulations for the Government of the Post Office Department published in 1847 continued its summarization of the law regarding advertising letters as follows:.

Advertising Letters.

    206.  Postmasters, in towns and villages where there is no newspaper published, will hereafter advertise letters in the mode prescribed in the act of Congress of 1825, viz: "make out a number of such lists, and cause them to be posted at such public places in their vicinity as shall appear to them best adapted for the information of the parties concerned."
    207.  The 35th section of the act of 2d July, 1836, authorizes the Postmaster General to direct the advertisement to be made in more than one newspaper, provided the cost does not exceed four cents per letter.  But neither the additional expense of the advertisement in a second paper, nor of more frequent advertisements in a single paper is to be incurred at any office unless specially directed by the Postmaster General.
   208.  Postmasters at offices where the nett balances average five hundred dollars a quarter, will advertise at the end of every month the letters then on hand, which have not been already advertised.
   209.  Refused letters are not to be advertised, nor those which the postmaster expects will be immediately taken from the office.
   210.  Drop and box letters, and circulars are not to be advertised.
   211.  Neither is it necessary to advertise free packets, known to contain printed documents, speeches, &c.

Interestingly, even then junk mail was not advertised!

Posted June 8, 2000

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

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