United States - "Unofficial" Seals


Catalog: Scott #FX-NY1d

Date issued:

Printing: Red on white paper

Perforation: 14

Inscription: "New York. / REGISTERED. / No." with "3d or 4th" (torn off on both labels) running vertically up along left side, and "CLASS." running vertically down right side

Control Number: None

Description: Registered 1914 cover from Zator, Austria to New York City that was "Received Unsealed" and reclosed on backflap with two scarce "3rd or 4th class" mail registry exchange labels. The type d label was originally intended for use on registered newspaper and magazine wrappers.

Use of registry exchange labels by post offices authorized to handle in or outbound foreign registered mails was discontinued on January 24, 1911 and remaining exchange labels were occasionally used as official seals in the period following.

This is the only known on cover usage of the type d exchange label as an official seal.



Catalog: Unlisted, Scott #OX13

Date issued: 1907 (OX13)

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "FROM / The Williams Mfg. Co. / 309 BROADWAY, NEW YORK / THE WELLINGTON VISIBLE TYPEWRITER / AND TYPEWRITER SUPPLIES"

Control Number: None

Description: Commercial "Williams Manufacturing Company" label applied over two OX13 official seals on 1915 business envelope from Boston, MA to New York City that was returned as undeliverable. Forwarded multiple times, the cover was eventually handstamped with a boxed "DO NOT POST AGAIN IN THIS ENVELOPE OR WRAPPER" marking when the intended recipient could not be located.

A very unusual mixed usage of official and private seals.

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