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 unavailable.
This is the second 1930 era Bi-Sect
that I have come across. I am of the opinion that both were created by
collectors for philatelic non-commercial usage. This postcard
was mailed from Homestead, Rhode
Island to Brockton, Massachusetts
with a 2 Cent Carmine, (Red) Washington Regular Issue - Scott
The Post Office at Homestead, Rhode
Island, (Portsmouth Township,
Newport County) was established on March
3, 1913. The first Postmaster was Madison H. Cram. The Post
office was disestablished on February
1, 1950 and the name changed to Prudence
Island. The Postmaster at the time of this change was Mrs.
Louise B. Chase. The Post Office is currently in operation.
The message on the postcard appears to be humorous in nature
from one friend to another and states:
I had a pain in the neck so I
underwent a slight operation. Wishing you the same I am cordially No Tell a Lie
NOTE: This item has been stored in an album using hinges
which can be seen at the top two corners on the front (picture
side) of the card. It also at one time was attached to another
item with two paper clips. (The paperclip impressions
are quite evident on the reverse side.)
I could not find a date for the establishment of the Union
Church on Prudence Island, but it is one of the older structures on the island.
I did note that as of May 2004; the church was still in use.