Rhode Island Postal Cards - Fist Day of Issue

Settling of Rhode Island by Roger Williams in 1636
Designed by David Blossom - Scott #UX112
Issued on June 26, 1986 in Providence, RI
Rhode Island Town Cancels (by RIPS)

Providence Post Office (2nd), Rhode Island 02904

Providence Post Office (Main)

The first Postmaster in Providence, Rhode Island was Samuel Chase who was appointed by the General Assembly of June 1758. Mr. Chase operated the Post office from his book store. The second Postmaster for Providence was John Carter who was appointed in 1772 and operated the Post Office from his print shop at Shakespeare's Head on Meeting Street. Mr. Carter was the Providence Postmaster until 1792.  The Providence Post Office was officially established by an act of the United States Congress on February 16, 1790.

(Rhode Island didn't ratify the constitution until May 29, 1790.) The 2nd Providence Post Office (First Fully Automated Post Office in the USA) was established in 1960 and commemorated with a new stamp issued on October 20, 1960. The current Postmaster is Daniel J. Doyle Jr. appointed on July 9, 2005.

The Providence Post Office used three different First Day of Issue cancel types on the "Settling of Rhode Island" postal cards. The first (Type 1) has a Circular Date Stamp (CDS) with a diameter of 23.5 mm and a long FDC Bar. The Providence cancellations for this issue were completed at a special cancelling station used for this event only and used a 02940 Zip Code. The actual Zip code for the Main Providence Post Office is 02904

There are 17 additional Post Office Branches and Stations located in the Providence Urban area. Each one of these branch and station post offices include a location map on their pages.

History of the Providence Post Office from 1758 to the Present - including history and background of The First Automated Post Office in the United States with Intelex marking history and First Day Opening Ceremony
The Postcard Sections showing antique to modern postcards of Providence:
Section 10, Section 11 and Section 12
Brown and Ives Family Letters 1771-1866
1849 Stampless Letter from Providence Collectors Office
- Certified Crew List of Brig Brig W. P. Walker
1858 Stampless Letter from Liverpool, England to The Providence Tool Co via British Packet Asia
First Day of Issue for RI Tercentenary Stamp - Anderson Cachet - With History of Roger Williams
100 anniversary of Providence Postmasters Provisional Stamp - 1846-1946 with links to provisional stamp
Personal Signed Letter from Senator John O. Pastore with Biography

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