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1884 1c Postage Due Stamp - red brown - U.S. # J15

1884 1c Postage Due Stamp - red brown - U.S. # J15

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The 1884 1c Postage Due Stamp in red-brown exudes understated elegance, making it a timeless piece of postal history. Its refined design was so revered that Australia chose to emulate it for its inaugural Postage Due stamp in 1902, a testament to its enduring appeal.

Postage Due stamps marked a departure from traditional stamps, as they didn't prepay for mail delivery but instead indicated the postage amount owed by the recipient for insufficiently prepaid mail. These stamps served a purely functional purpose, featuring large numerals to denote the amount due. Initially issued in various shades ranging from brown to red-brown to deep red by the American Bank Note Company in 1879, the design remained unchanged for twenty-five years.

In 1894, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing assumed production of Postage Due stamps, introducing slight design modifications such as changing the numeral shape from oval to diamond.

Further alterations occurred in subsequent years, with numerals featured within a half-circle in 1930 and a shift to a horizontal format in 1931. Despite these changes, the overall design remained consistent.

A notable milestone was reached in 1959 when Postage Due stamps were printed in two colors for the first time, enhancing their visual appeal with a carmine rose border and background complemented by black numerals. Additionally, new denomination values were introduced.

Sadly, the era of Postage Due stamps came to an end in 1985 when they were discontinued by the Postal Service, marking the end of an era in postal history. However, their legacy lives on as cherished collectibles, symbolizing the evolution of postal services worldwide.


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