1890 Issue -- "New Series of Adhesive Postage Stamps".
Post Office Department announcement dated "Washington D.C. February 19, 1890", starts out "The Department has had in contemplation for nearly a year past a full revision of the designs and styles of postage stamps...The subject was necessarily delayed to await an impending change of the contract for furnishing adhesive stamps, through which the new standards might be fixed...All needful preparations having been completed, the new stamps will be issued at once; and they will be placed on sale at the principal post offices on Saturday, the 22nd inst.", the circular then describes each new stamp, provides for disposition of outstanding stamps at post offices, confirms all issues from 1861 are still valid for postage and inside confirms obsolete stamps no longer valid for postage (1847, 1851-57 and Carrier stamp), some splitting along folds, small piece out of margin at top right, still Very Fine and very scarce, an excellent collateral item or frontispiece for an exhibit
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