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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: cgliedman
Added on:Nov 22, 19
Edited on:Nov 22, 19
Postmark: circa Feb 6, 1800 (Charleston, SC First Federal Handstamp on c1800 Envelope)
Origin: Charleston, South Carolina, UNITED STATES
Destination: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

CHARL.SC first Federally distributed circular datestamp on envelope (!). Charleston, SC was among the first 20 or 21 cities to receive a standardized datestamp from the Federal government in 1799. Unusually, this example is on a handmade envelope. Prior to 1847, each sheet of paper was charged a separate postal rate, including the outer wrapper or envelope, if a separate sheet of paper.

75c postage collect to recipient (3x 25c for letter over 500 miles). Envelope would likely have contained two sheets of paper - a letter and perhaps a bank draft - causing the sender to want to send it in a more secure way even though it would entail paying an extra 25c postal rate.

Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes