United States Official Stamp: officially sealed

c. 1870s?

 

"Post Office Department, United States of America. Officially Sealed By..."

 

(would love to know more about this one)

 

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  • Tania 5y

    Thank you so much for sharing these beauties!
  • sparky326 4y

    What is this stamp worth?
  • fleecyboy 3y

    The picture depicts not a postage stamp, but rather an official Post Office Department label which was used to seal up an envelope and letter which was damaged. It would also be applied in the dead letter office when letters might be opened in an attempt to forward it, or return to sender, if the handling was somehow compromised.

    The postmaster would write a brief explanation, such as "Damaged in transit" , initial the label, and stamp the post office name on the parcel. Used mostley in the last half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, there were a number of different designs , and they are not terrible rare and often retail for a few dollars and up attached to an interesting cover.
  • bob lamarche 2y

    I have approximately 300 Officially Sealed MNG stamps in the original folder/booklet. Can someone give me a VALUE idea?
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