Rhode Island Stampless
Covers & Letters
March 30, 1839 Cover with Red Providence CDS
& 1 Cent Drop Rate
From Samuel P. Mason to Waterman & Burgess
"Mason's Patent Cylindrical Flyer for Spinning Cotton"
The 1839 William Allen
Letter for History of Drop Letters
The letter above contains a very early
printed and illustrated advertisement. Since it is addressed to
a specific addressee; it would not have been considered a
circular, which were defined as a printed notice intended for
mass distribution. This letter was sealed, dropped at the
Providence, Post Office and charged at the 1 cent Drop Rate for
mail dropped and picked up at the same Post Office.
The advertisement states that 1500 of
these improved flyers are in use by the
Coddington Manufacturing Company
of Newport, Rhode Island and that a further 1500 will be added
in a few days. The ad gives a few more technical details and
then lists the two company agents;
Samuel P. Mason
at Newport and Charles Dyer
at Providence as contacts.
Two of the Cylindrical Flyers are
illustrated at either side of the letter. The rest of the letter
contains endorsements from various officials of the Coddington
Manufacturing Company, Providence Machine Company and others.