Notes from the Past

Rhode Island Celebration

The Rhode Island Philatelic Society celebrates the centennial of the issue of the Providence postmaster's provisional stamps in November, with an appropriate program including a philatelic exhibition, a dinner, special postmarking cachets, and other features.

The committee in charge of the ceremonies has prepared two attractive miniature sheets bearing fine reproductions of the old Providence 5 and 10 of 1846, which are available at 25 a set from Myron W. Finch, Box 66, East Side Sta., Providence.

Providence is the repository of an almost complete specialized collection of any one of the various postmasters' provisional stamps of the early 1840s.  It was assembled over many years by the late Alpheus B. Slater and conveyed under a trust agreement to the Rhode Island Historical Society.  This collection of the Providence stamps not only included the stamps, covers, and other valuable associated material, but the original printing plate as well.  

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
August 31, 1946

Posted October 9, 1999

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