Details For Cover ID# 26707

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jan 8, 18
Edited on:Jan 8, 18
 
Postmark: Jul 23, 1864
Origin: Amhurst, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Destination: Brooklyn, New York, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

1c blue Star Die manila wrapper (#W21) upgraded with 2c black (#73) tied by "Amhurst Mass Jul 23 '64" double circle duplex cancel to Brooklyn, N.Y.  The additional stamp paid for the rate increase effective July 1,1863, to 2c  for papers up to 4 ounces, with an additional rate of 2c for each additional 4 ounces. In this case probably a 1c convenience overpayment.

Uses of these 1c star die wrappers, first issued in October 1861, are scarce as they were never popular.  They were never demonetized since no supplies had been delivered to Southern post offices. The Post Office Department stopped issuing the wrappers on October 14, 1864.  Postmaster General Dennison in his annual report explained that they had been discontinued because the contract cost had "suffered an enormous advance" and also because parties other than the manufacturer were claiming to be the patentee of newspaper wrappers.

Owner's ID: 1836
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
Stamps:Stamp images are from reference catalog. Click image to view at larger resolution.
[SNS 17] SNS# 17 [1863 2¢ Black - USA Stamps 1861-1865 Issue]