5¢ City Mail Delivery
Issue Date: October 26, 1963
City: Washington, D.C.
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Giori Press
Color: Gray, dark blue, and red
U.S. #1238 commemorates the centennial of City Mail Delivery. The stamp pictures a nostalgic Norman Rockwell drawing of an 1860s letter carrier.
City Mail Delivery
Beginning on July 1, 1863, cities with populations of 20,000 or more were authorized to receive free mail delivery. This service was also available to cities with postal revenues of at least $10,000. At the end of the first year, 65 cities offered the service and employed 685 mail carriers.