Rhode Island Stamp Issues -
1960 Automated Post Office
The First Automated Post Office in
the United States
Providence, Rhode Island and Intelex Machine Cancels
On October 20, 1960 the United States Postal Service under Postmaster
General Summerfield issued a commemorative stamp to publicize the
opening of the first fully automated post office in the United States
at Providence, Rhode Island.
Full Size First
Day Ceremony Program
The ceremony was sponsored by the
Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
and the Providence Civic Committee.
Guest Speakers included, Postmaster General
Dr. William C. Gaige,
President Rhode Island College;
Mayor Walter H. Reynolds;
Governor Christopher Del Sesto;
and Harold S. Geneen,
President of ITT.
There were two
different types of official First Day Cancellations issued as shown to
the left. Both variations include the standard First Day of Issue
bars, a United States Post Office Official Logo and a Providence Post
Office CDS, (Circular
Date Stamp) for
October 20, 1960. The Type 1 places the CDS and Logo side by side and
the Type 2 places the CDS above the Logo.
VIEW: Collection of Automated Post Office First Day Covers
Shown on the left, is
an Intelex Turnkey
Machine Cancel. The
first day of use
for the Intelex Canceling Machines at the new Providence Post Office
was on November 30, 1960.
First Day covers with this cancel are bogus. Intelex Markings will be
discussed in depth in Part III.
Part I - The Providence Post
Part III - Intelex Markings