Striking 1911 Registry Stamp
Get the Only U.S. Registration Stamp Ever Issued!
Today you can own the expertly engraved US #F1 registration stamp, released on December 1, 1911! Though often overlooked by collectors, it's one of the most beautifully designed back-of-the-book stamps! It was issued to prepay registration fees and guaranteed exceptional treatment of a letter or package. The stamp was valid towards the registration fee only, and could not be used as postage.
Although intended to simplify the registration process, they ended up confusing customers and postal clerks. People mistook the stamp for regular postage. As a result, further printing was discontinued in 1913, while the remaining stock was still used.
Before introducing the registration stamps stamps, registry seals were used to ensure special handling. These were large stamps that were placed over the flap of packages containing registered letters. This helped prevent any tampering with this very secure class of mail.