Notes from the Past

Legal Illustrations

In a Nassau Street dealer's display recently I noticed a number of black and white illustrations of United States stamps under the glass with many of the stamps themselves arranged alongside the pictures.  The illustrations were in the prohibited actual size.  It occurred to me that the dealer was somewhat foolhardy and taking a long chance in the  violation of the law, but I discovered he was safe and entirely within the law.  The pictures were cut-outs from the Post Office's illustrated booklet, printed and sold by Uncle Sam.  But no one would be foolish enough to take one of these illustrations, gum and perforate it, and actually use it on a letter.  Or sell one to a stamp collector as a stamp.  WOW, WOW, Thunder and Lightning, from what counsel advises it would be better to meet Dracula.
- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
April 30, 1938
Posted October 14, 1999

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