Today in Postal History



British Guiana to United States
January 20, 1937

Money Order Advice was sent to postmasters after money orders
had been purchased payable to someone at their post office.
The idea was to warn the distant postman that someone was likely to be coming in
with a money order for which the post office would need cash.
I think the practice was most often a courtesy to small post offices.
I doubt if the Postmaster at Paterson, New Jersey, would be unable to cash money orders without advance notice.

Of course, the mail was official (ON HIS MAJESTY'S SERVICE) and bore no stamps.
It did receive a double circle Georgetown, British Guiana, CDS.

By the way, the United States money order system was authorized by the act of May 17, 1864.

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