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United States/Covers & Postmarks : War rate of 1816

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25 Year APS Member
07 Jan 2015
I'm learning more about the stampless cover era.

Here's an interesting cover from November of 1815. The distance from Baltimore to Philadelphia was 98 miles so a 12 1/2 cent rate would be expected. There was a 50 percent surcharge applied making the rate 18 3/4 cents.

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I learned this info about my cover at my local stamp club last year. I wished I had more time at home and not on the road so I could attend more meetings!


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