Daily Archives: March 13, 2018

Stamped envelopes

For many years, the United States Postal Service and its predecessors printed and sold stamped envelopes for first class mail, for airmail, for non-profit mailing rates, and the like.

I don’t recall collecting these, but I seem to own an envelope full of unused and mint-condition envelopes from the 50s and 60s and into the 1970s.

From the Bicentennial series:

In this series, I only have one specimen of each imprint, in both a #10-size envelope and a #7-size envelope with an embossed indicum.  The New York Times notes “The series utilizes a new format for envelopes, using brown laid‐finish stock, with a silhouette in the lower left corner that complements the subject of the indicia.”

Notice that one of these envelopes is for 10¢, and the others for 13¢. First-class postage increased on December 31, 1975 to thirteen cents from ten cents!  The ten-cent envelope was issued in October 1975, and the others during the Bicentennial year.