US 1865 Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) 10c. Scott. PR2 Newspaper Stamp

US 1865 Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) 10c. Scott. PR2 Newspaper Stamp

Series: Newspaper Stamps

Issued Date: 01-01-1865 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 10c.
Emission: Newspaper
Watermark: No Watermark (Colored Border)

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): PR2
Michel (Germany): Z2b
Yvert et Tellier (France): J2

Stamp Colors: Blue green
Perforation: line 12
Paper: Thin hard paper
Gum: No gum

Themes: Politicians, Famous People, Heads of State, Men

Printer: The National Bank Note Co.

Description:- A newspaper stamp is a special type of postage stamp used to pay the cost of mailing newspapers and other periodicals. Although many types were issued in the 19th century, typically representing rates reduced from regular mail, they generally fell out of use in the mid-20th century, as mail services began to arrange bulk handling directly with publishers.

The exact use of newspaper stamps varied; small-value stamps were generally intended to be affixed to newspaper wrappers, in much the fashion of regular mail, but with values usually less than regular stamps. Higher values were used on bundles of newspapers, and later on receipts.

The first newspaper stamp was issued by Austria in 1851, and a number of nations soon followed suit. The newspaper stamps of the United States, in use from 1865 to 1898, were always intended for bulk shipments, and with face values ranging up to US$100, are the highest-value newspaper stamps. Newspaper stamps seem to have been printed in great quantities, and almost all types are today inexpensive and easily acquired.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) was an American polymath who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States Postmaster General. He was promoted to deputy postmaster-general for the British colonies on August 10, 1753, having been Philadelphia postmaster for many years.

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