Delivery More Certain If Unpaid
olden days when to prepay or not to prepay
postage was optional with the writer of a letter, many felt that
from distant points were more certain of delivery if the Post Office
was obliged to collect postage from the addressee on
man writing from California in 1851, after detailing his adventurous
from the East, added, "It is said that letters if prepaid, are not so
to reach their destination. I will therefore not pay this,
you charge postage thereon to my account." The letter was
and the recipient paid the postage charges of 40¢.
- George B. Sloane
August 9, 1941
Posted July 17, 1999
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