Today in Postal
British Guiana to United States
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
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
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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