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Postal stationery: Postcard of 1895
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Postal stationery: Postcard of 1895

A piece of postal stationery is an envelope, letter sheet, or postal card with an amount of postage preprinted on it, at the postcard rate for postcards, and (usually) at the domestic first-class rate for letter sheets and envelopes. In general, postal stationery is handled similarly to postage stamps; sold from post offices and so forth. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x655, 78 KB) Description: Postcard-Postal stationery Michel-No. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x655, 78 KB) Description: Postcard-Postal stationery Michel-No. ... An envelope is a packaging product, usually made of flat, planar material such as paper or cardboard, designed to contain a flat object such as a letter. ... For the computer diagnostic tool, see Postcard (computing). ... A selection of Hong Kong postal stamps A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. ... Small-town post office and town hall in Lockhart, Alabama A post office is a facility (in most countries, a government one) where the public can purchase postage stamps for mailing correspondence or merchandise, and also drop off or pick up packages or other special-delivery items. ...


The envelope form may also be called a stamped envelope.


Postal services of some countries also offer a form of letter sheet called an aerogramme consisting of a blank sheet of paper with folding instructions and adhesive flaps that becomes its own envelope, and carries prepaid postage at the international airmail letter rate. Postal stationery: Postcard of 1895 A piece of postal stationery is an envelope, letter sheet, or postal card with an amount of postage preprinted on it, at the postcard rate for postcards, and (usually) at the domestic first-class rate for letter sheets and envelopes. ...


The first official postal stationery is the Mulready stationery that was issued by Britain at the same time as the Penny Black in 1840. Since then, most postal services have issued a steady stream of stationery alongside stamps; oftentimes the design of the stationery mimics the contemporaneous stamps, though with less variety and lower printing quality, due to the limitations of printing directly onto the envelope. Mulready stationery describes pre-gummed wrappers or envelopes, introduced as part of the British Post Office postal reforms of 1840. ... For the research project, see Penny Black (research project). ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In emergency situations, postal stationery has been produced by handstamping envelopes with modified cancelling devices; many of the rare Confederate postmasters' provisionals are of this form. Postal stationery can also be overprinted publicly, or by a private overprint. A machine cancellation On mail, a cancellation (or cancel for short) is a postal marking applied to a postage stamp or postal stationery indicating that the item has been used. ... An overprint is the addition of text (and sometimes graphics) to the face of a postage stamp after it has been printed. ... Private overprints are overprints (pictures, text, or a combination of the two), rubberstamped or applied by some other method, to postage stamps (or, occasionally, postal stationary) used by some person or entity other than a government or other official stamp-issuing entity. ...


Although the Scott catalog includes a section for United States postal stationery, and many other country-specific stamp catalogs describe the stationery of their respective countries, the 19-volume Higgins and Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue is a main reference for stationery worldwide. Covers of the 2002 edition featured art on stamps. ... Cover of the 1996 Michel Catalog volume covering Europa West A stamp catalog (or stamp catalogue) is a catalog of postage stamp types. ...


See also: stationery Stationery is a general name given to paper and office supplies such as envelopes, notepads, pens, pencils, erasers, paper clips, staples, etc. ...


External links

  • Postal stationery at postalhistory.org
  • Postal Stationery Collector, with exhibit
  • The Postal Stationery Society
  • Higgins & Gage ordering info
  • US postal stationery dealer, with exhibits

 
 

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