United States - Postage Stamp Agency Seals

Another type of official Post Office Department label introduced in 1875 was used by the United States Postage Stamp Agency to seal packages or wrappers of stamps sent to postmasters. Twenty seven different design types are recorded. Although a relatively large amount were printed, few seem to exist today. Most are very difficult to find on cover.


Catalog: Scott #OXF5

Date issued: 1875

Printing: Brown & black

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "POSTMASTERS RECEIVING THIS PACKAGE / ---WILL PLEASE--- / NOTE ITS CONDITION. / If showing signs of having been tam- / pered with, report the same and return this / package to 3d Asst. P.M. General at / Washington, D.C. This package / should be opened at the end. / (signed) A.D. Hazen / 3d Asst. P.M.G." on fancy "U.S. POSTAGE STAMP AGENCY" with interlocked "U" and S" 102 x 52mm background scrollwork design

Control Number: None

Description: Used single.


Catalog: Scott #OXF6

Date issued: Circa 1886

Printing: Red & pink

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "POSTMASTERS RECEIVING THIS PACKAGE / ---WILL PLEASE--- / NOTE ITS CONDITION. / If showing signs of having been tam- / pered with, report the same and return this / package to 3d Asst. P.M. General at / Washington, D.C. This package / should be opened at the end. / (signed) A.D. Hazen / 3d Asst. P.M.G." on fancy "U.S. POSTAGE STAMP AGENCY" with interlocked "U" and S" 102 x 52mm background scrollwork design

Control Number: None

Description: A scarce red and pink U.S. Postage Stamp Agency Seal on reverse of large Post Office Department Postage Stamp Agency envelope sent in October 1886 from New York to North Liberty, PA.


Catalog: Scott #OXF14A

Date issued: Circa 1899

Printing: Black & dull pink

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "OPEN AT END. / THE POSTMASTER TO WHOM THIS PACKAGE IS SENT MUST NOTE ITS CONDITION / AND IMMEDIATELY UPON ITS RECEIPT CAREFULLY COUNT ITS CONTENTS. / If it shows signs of having been tampered / with, the fact should be reported to the THIRD / ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL. / If the count shows a deficiency in the contents of the package, or an excess, / the case must be treated as indicated in SEC. 120, P. L. & R. The Postmaster should / not correspond with the Stamp Agent, but with the Third Postmaster- / General. See also Sec. 1088 as to misdirected packages. / EDWIN C. MADDEN / Third Assistant Postmaster-General." on fancy 120 1/2 x 67mm background scrollwork design

Control Number: None

Description: Used single. Wording in 2nd and 3rd lines differs from that of the OXF14 listing.

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