Short-lived and never available at any post office...
Get First-Issue Post Office Department Official Stamps Today
I want to share a fun collecting challenge with you – classic US Post Office Department Official stamps in your choice of conditions. I say a challenge because the first issue was only in use from 1873 to 1884 for "official" government purposes. Not many stamps made it into collector hands, so it's exciting to hunt them down and see them for yourself.
Start a New Specialty Collection or Expand the One You Already Have
We all enjoy the thrill of the chase, but today I've done a little of the work for you. I'm offering you 3 US Post Office Department Official stamps in used condition with small imperfections. It's an easy way to try something new or get stamps you've been searching for. Order now and you'll receive #O47, 48, and 49 at a nice discount. That's more money in your pocket for future stamp purchases and collecting fun!
Let me give you a little background on US Official stamps...
New Stamps Marked a Big Change in Government Policy – You'll Love Having That Important History in Your Collection
Before 1873, US government agencies had free "franking" privileges. This allowed them to send mail without postage as long as the envelope bore an authorized signature. However, some people took advantage of this policy and used their privileges on personal mail. This led Congress to pass legislation on March 3, 1873, declaring a need for Official stamps.
The new Official stamps took their central designs from the expertly engraved "Banknote" stamps picturing portraits of important Americans. The frames were changed for each department, along with the color of the stamps.
Official Stamps Can Be Hard to Come By – Don't Miss Out on This Chance to Own Them
In the end, first-issue US Official stamps were in circulation from 1873-1884 – just over a decade. Since they weren't intended for private use, few made it into collectors' hands. Official stamps are even more of a challenge to find over a century later. Take advtange of this opportunity to add 3 Post Office Department Official stamps to your collection now – while they're still available and affordable.
Order with Confidence – Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed
Your Official stamps are backed by Mystic's 90-day guarantee. If you aren't completely happy with your order, simply return it for a credit voucher or refund. But I know these stamps will live up to your expectations and become valued pieces of your collection.