United States - Postage Stamp Agency Seals


Catalog: Drummond SA19

Date issued: 1932

Printing: Yellowish green & red

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "OPEN AT END / 8 CENT AIR MAIL 1932 / NOT TO BE PLACED ON SALE BEFORE / SEPTEMBER 27, 1932 / See Postal Bulletin / of August 30, 1932 / (signed) F.A. Tilton / Third Assistant Postmaster General / This package must be opened and the contents counted in the / presence of a disinterested witness. If an excess or shortage is / found, treat the case as directed in Sec. 149, P. L. & R., notifying / the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Stamps." on fancy 120 1/2 x 67mm background scrollwork design

Control Number: None

Description: Typical stamp package seal with background design, the same as used on the earlier Postage Stamp Agency seals, prepared for specific stamp issues. This and three other similar designs were in use from about 1929 until around 1940.

Signed "F. A. Tilton / Third Assistant Postmaster General." Frederic A. Tilton was in office from June, 1929 to early March, 1933.


Catalog: Drummond SA24

Date issued: 1949

Printing: Green

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "OPEN AT END / 3c FIRST PUERTO RICO / GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION / POSITIVELY NOT TO BE PLACED ON SALE / BEFORE APRIL 28, 1949 / JOSEPH J. LAWLER / Third Assistant Postmaster General / This package must be opened and the contents counted in the / presence of a disinterested witness. If an excess or shortage is / found, treat the case as directed in Sec. 150, P. L. and R., notifying / the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Stamps."

Control Number: None

Description: Typical stamp package seal without any background design, prepared for each individual stamp issue. This design type is known used from about 1942.

Joseph J. Lawler was in office from May 16, 1945 until about May, 1950.


Catalog: Drummond SA23

Date issued: 1943

Printing: Black & light green

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "AMERICAN BANK NOTE CO." in circular frame on fancy 120 x 67mm background scrollwork design

Control Number: None

Description: Private security seal from the American Bank Note Company used to deliver pouches of the various Overrun Countries stamp issues to the Postage Stamp Agency.


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