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All Document IndexesRailway Post Office (RPO) Cover with Washington-Head Stamp
IntroductionRailway Post Office (RPO) Cover Addressed to Denmark
U. S. Three Cent StampIllegal Use of Savings Stamp on Cover
Mr. ZIPIllegal Use of Revenue Stamp on Cover
U. S. Parcel Post Stamp Used for First Class on CoverOrange County, California Postal History
U. S. Five Dollar Stamp of 1922U. S. Special Delivery Stamp
Example of American Flag Machine CancellationSwiss Airmail Stamp
Christmas Seals Used on a Postcard 'Tied' by a Cancellation DeviceRalph Williams Ford License Plate Holder, c. 1965
Perfection Mechanized HandstampEarly Teddy Bear Postcard
Washington-Head StampsEarly Return Address Labels
Privately Perforated Washington-Head Stamp

U. S. Special Delivery Stamp

[Example Use of a Special Delivery Stamp]

Example Use of a Special Delivery Stamp

This stamp was used, of course, to pay the Special Delivery fee for letters requiring immediate delivery. Distinctive designs and colors were used for these stamps, to prevent the possibility of these letters being mixed in with regular First Class mail. The stamp illustrated is assigned the Scott number E5, and was issued in 1895. The engraving is particularly fine, depicting the "running messenger", a symbol no doubt of the Post Office rapidly delivering the letter to the waiting customer.

This image is from a cover that was used in 1902. The cancellation is from a "Railway Post Office", that is, a moving railway car (usually right behind the locomotive, the most dangerous location on a train) full of postal clerks sorting and handling the mail "on the fly". The postal history of the Railway Post Office is of particular interest to members of The Mobile Post Office Society.

[U. S. Special Delivery Stamp]

U. S. Special Delivery Stamp

The above stamp is assigned the Scott number E6, and was issued in 1902. The engraving is particular fine, depicting what appears to be a Post Office carrier pedalling his bicycle rapidly to deliver the letter to the waiting customer.

It is said that the designer of this stamp posed himself on his own bicycle in his studio for the original photograph. He then used that photograph to engrave the stamp design.


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