EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 5-CENT STAMP ISSUED BY BLIZZARD MAIL, WHICH CARRIED MAILS FROM NEW JERSEY TO THE NEW YORK POST OFFICE DURING THE GREAT BLIZZARD OF 1888.
An article by Gordon Stimmell in the Penny Post (Jan. 1995) tells the story of W.H. Mitchell's Blizzard Mail issue -- the country's first emergency mail stamp. The stamp was created by Mitchell, a philatelist, for a temporary service to overcome significant mail delivery problems stemming from the Great Blizzard of 1888. The '88 storm was one of the most severe in United States history, with snowdrifts in excess of 50ft in some places. Mitchell posted a notice in front of his Bergen office stating "During the blockade on the railroad, mail, matter, letters only, will be taken direct from Bergen Point to the New York Post Office." The rate charged was 5c and the mode of transportation was by sleigh.
This is only the second example of this rarity we have offered. Illustrated in Scott Catalogue on p. 583