Rhode Island Postal
Cards - Fist Day of Issue
Settling of Rhode Island by Roger Williams
Designed by David Blossom - Scott #UX112
Issued on June 26, 1986 in Providence, RI
Rhode Island Town Cancels (by
Providence Post Office (2nd),
Rhode Island 02904
Providence Post Office (Main)
|The Providence Post Office used three
different First Day of Issue cancel types on the "Settling
of Rhode Island" postal cards. The Second
above has a Circular Date Stamp
(CDS) with a diameter
of 20 mm and a short 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.
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
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.
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
The Postcard Sections showing antique
to modern postcards of Providence:
Section 11 and
Brown and Ives Family Letters 1771-1866
1849 Stampless Letter from Providence Collectors
- Certified Crew List of Brig Brig W. P.
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
Letter from Senator John O. Pastore with Biography