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1879 3c Postage Due Stamp - brown - U.S. # J3

1879 3c Postage Due Stamp - brown - U.S. # J3

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The 1879 3c Postage Due Stamp in brown represents a pivotal moment in postal history, marking the introduction of Postage Due stamps in the United States. Unlike conventional stamps that prepaid for mail delivery, these stamps indicated the postage amount owed by the recipient for insufficiently prepaid mail.

Crafted with functionality in mind, these stamps featured prominent numerals denoting the amount due, with variations in color ranging from brown to red-brown and deep red. Initially produced by the American Bank Note Company, these stamps were released on July 1, 1879, and maintained a consistent design for twenty-five years.

In 1894, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing assumed responsibility for producing Postage Due stamps, resulting in a slight design alteration. The early oval-shaped numerals were replaced with diamond-shaped figures, reflecting the evolving postal landscape.

Further design adjustments occurred in 1930, with the introduction of numerals within a half-circle. The following year, a shift to a horizontal format was implemented, while maintaining the overall design integrity.

A significant milestone was reached in 1959, as Postage Due stamps were printed in two colors for the first time. The introduction of a carmine rose border and background, complemented by black numerals, added visual appeal to these stamps. Alongside the color enhancement, new denomination values were introduced.

Despite their historical significance, Postage Due stamps met their end in 1985 when they were discontinued by the Postal Service, rendering them obsolete. Nevertheless, these stamps serve as enduring artifacts, encapsulating the evolution of postal services in the United States.


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