Stampless Letters: Our Postal History Before Stamps [S-11-49]

Presenter:Alma Garner, Neil Garner
Location: SUNY: Van Housen Extension SB27A
Classes: 1 Session 2.0 hours
Dates: Tue 10:00 AM 04/05
Status: CLOSED

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Early postal history reflects the use of folded letters, sealed with wax, showing the town of origin, postal rates, and sometimes route markings. This form of sending letters was used prior to 1856 when use of postage stamps became mandatory. These early letters interest us not only for their philatelic markings, but also for the human interest contained within the letters themselves. We will look at letters dated from the 1700’s to the 1850’s.

Neil Garner is a retired science and technology teacher with many hobbies and interests, many of which he has shared in the courses he has taught for SOAR.


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