shown above is a 2 Cent Embossed Postal
Envelope, Scott #U411 - Die 3
(covers the postage rate)
and was sent registered on December 16, 1914 to
Mr. Fred Martin in Greene, NY from the
Manchester Company in Woonsocket, RI.
The 10 cent Registry Stamp, Scott #F1
is tied to the cover by a Woonsocket oval
cancellation. There are two Woonsocket, RI and
one Greene, NY registry cancels on the
reverse of the cover along with a 1914 Christmas Seal,
Scott WX15, (not
tied). Registry Stamps were
only in use for 17 months and are fairly scarce on cover.
Postal Act of March 3, 1855, effective on April 1,
1855 established the Registered Mail System with a an
initial fee of 5 cents, which was in addition to
the regular postage rates. The fee was increased to 20
cents on June 30, 1863 and reduced to
15 cents on January 1, 1869. It was
reduced again on January 1, 1874 to 8 cents.
The fee was increased to 10 cents on July 1,
1875 and reduced to 8 cents again on
January 1, 1893. It was increased to 10 cents
once more on November 1, 1909, which was the
rate in effect when the letter was mailed.
Cent pale ultramarine registry stamp was
issued on December 1, 1911 and was in
general use until May 28, 1913 when it was
abolished by order of the Postmaster General.
Usage was permitted until existing stocks were
exhausted. This cover was mailed almost 19 months
after the stamp was abolished.
Regular postage stamps were used to make
up the registered rates prior to 1911
and this is also true for registered mail sent
today. The early registered covers with
their various combinations of stamps are highly valued and
sought after by collectors of Postal History.
Registered Letter and
Registered Letter via Lusitania