1c + 1c on Wove, Robert W. Mercer, Cincinnati O., Paid Reply Card Essay (UY1E-TA).
Style with two woodcut stamps at right, titled "U.S. Postage One Cent" with "Postal Card" between and "Address must be placed on this side - message on the other" printed at center, frameline around perimeter, two examples on different shades of paper, one with message on back and addressed to Mercer, Very Fine and rare, according to the UPSS catalog (pp. 300-301) Mercer aggressively pursued acceptance of his cards with sometimes vitriolic letters to the Post Office Department, apparently the only reaction of the Department was to take exception to Mercer's use of "U.S. Postage" in his design, ex "Georgian", UPSS Essay and Proof catalogue value
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