Notes from the Past

Offered Without Comment

An extract from the post office laws:
"Act of 1855.

"Sec. 2. And be it further enacted that it shall not be lawful for any postmaster or other person to sell any postage stamp or stamped envelope for any larger sum than that indicated upon the face of such postage stamp or for a larger sum than that charged therefor by the Post Office Department; and any person who shall violate this provision shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined in any sum not less than ten nor more than four hundred dollars.  This act to take effect and be in force from and after the commencement of the next fiscal quarter after its passage.  Provided, That nothing contained herein shall be so constrained as to alter the laws in relation to the franking privilege."  

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
June 19, 1937

Posted September 9, 1999

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