United States - Informational Seals

Catalog: Unlisted

Date issued: circa 1888

Printing: Black on pink paper

Perforation: 10

Inscription: "Post Office, Lancaster, Pa. / This letter is misdirected and is returned / to the sender for proper address. Postal / Regulations require mail-matter to be ad- / dressed to a POST OFFICE before it can / be forwarded. / H.E. SLAYMAKER, P.M."

Control Number: none

Description: 1888 Keeley Stove Company corner card oval die entire from Columbia, PA incorrectly addressed to "Mount Airy", PA with black on pink "misdirected" postal label from Lancaster, PA and lightly struck violet pointing hand "RETURNED / TO / WRITER." Backstamped Columbia and Salisbury, PA.

Catalog: Unlisted

Date issued: Unknown

Printing: Black on brown paper

Perforation: imperf

Inscription: "There being no Post Office of the name given in / the address of this letter, in the State named, the / letter is returned as "Misdirected." / The postmarks on the envelopes in which com- / munications from your correspondent are received, / will generally indicate his P. O. address. / The correct P. O. address is probably / ______ / N. Y. P. O. PRINT" with "MISDIRECTED. / Returned to Sender. (pointing hand) / From New York P. O." running vertically along left side

Control Number: "(N. Y., 3139. E1. 20- 100,000.)" along left side

Description: "MISDIRECTED" label applied to front of 1892 Mount Morris Bank of New York corner card 2c green oval die entire sent to a non-existent New York post office.

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