Sunday, October 2, 2011

USA - Special Delivery Stamps 1885 - 1971

Special Delivery stamps were pre-payments added to the regular “lawful postage” for an extra service – immediate delivery of a letter within one mile of any special delivery post office.  These special post offices were those with free routine delivery service or in larger communities with 4,000 or more people.

First available in 1885, the Special Delivery service was extremely popular.  At first, the service was available from 7 a.m. to midnight.  The following year, the hours changed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The service was so successful that in 1886, every U.S. post office began to offer Special Delivery.

1922 10c. Violet. Delivery by Motorcycle
1925 20c. Black. Delivery by Van

1954 20c. Blue & 30c. Lake. Delivery by hand

Of the 23 stamps in this complete set, I have only the four above. 

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