Rhode Island Stamp
Issues and Covers 1901 to 1950
Washington 2 Cent Bisect - 1931
Bisect or Fractional Usage of a Stamp:
A stamp which has been cut in half
(usually diagonally) to be used as two separate stamps. This method was
utilized during the 19th century when lower denomination stamps were
This is an interesting item
and one not often seen.
This cover was mailed from Providence,
Rhode Island to Edgewood, Rhode Island with a 2 Cent
Carmine, (Red) Washington Regular Issue - Scott #634.
is actually within Providence Township and today the Post
Office there is a sub-station of Providence.)
1931, the domestic letter rate was 2 cents per ounce and
the postcard rate was 1 cent per ounce. The envelope was
postcard sized but was clearly a letter and not a postcard
and should have been sent at the 2 cent rate in place at
that time. In addition, bisects generally went out of favor
during the 19th century. The cancel, however is an authentic
Providence CDS (Circular Date
Stamp) of the period. Thus, this cover presents a
bit of a mystery and I'm not at all sure how this one made
it past the steely eyed postal inspectors.