Third Assistant PostMaster General
Washington, April 2, 1936
employees of the Postal Service are hereby notified of
the issuance of a special postage stamp in commemoration of the tercentenary anniversary of Rhode Island
The stamp is the same size as the special-delivery
stamp 34/100 by 1 44/100
inches in dimensions, arranged vertically. It is enclosed in a
border and will be printed in purple. The stamp will be in the 3-cent denomination. The words "U.S. Postage" appear in dark gothic
a horizontal line at the top of the stamp, underneath which are the dates
"1636" at the left and "1936" at the right in dark
gothic, between ornamental lines.
The central design is a likeness of Roger Williams
modeled from a photograph of the statue in Roger Williams Park at Providence, R.I. The title
"Roger Williams" appears on the base of the statue in dark
the base of the statue and the right side of the stamp in a circular panel
with white ground enclosing the denomination designation "3C" in
dark lettering. In a corresponding position at the left is a reproduction of
central design of the State seal of Rhode Island. In a horizontal panel
white edges and dark ground at the base of the stamp arranged in two
lines, are the words "Rhode Island" above and
"Tercentenary" below in
white roman lettering. The stamp is being printed by the rotary process
without straight edges and will be issued in sheets containing 50 stamps.
The new stamp will be first offered for sale at the
post office in Providence,
R.I., on May 4, 1936. It will be available for sale at other post offices
beginning May 5 or as soon thereafter as production will permit.
Stamp collectors desiring first-day cancellations on
May 4 may send a
limited number of addressed covers, not to exceed a total of 10,
or postal money order remittance payable to the postmaster, Providence,
R.I., covering the value of the stamps required for affixing. Personal
checks or other postage stamps will positively not be accepted in
To receive the May 4 postmark, covers must reach the postmaster, Providence, before the close of business on that date. Covers will be accepted
from individual subscribers only and shall be legibly addressed by typewriter or pen. Compliance cannot be made with unusual requests, such
as for the affixing of stamps bearing plate numbers or the irregular
of the stamps on the covers, etc. To facilitate handling and to prevent
damage in transit, covers should be of the ordinary letter size.
Requests for a supply of uncanceled Rhode Island
tercentenary commemorative stamps must not be included with orders for first-day covers
to the postmaster, Providence. Stamps desired for postage purposes should
be purchased at the local post offices as soon as available.
For the benefit of collectors desiring selected stamps
for philatelic use,
the Rhode Island Tercentenary stamp will be placed on sale at the
Agency, Post Office Department, May 5, but the Agency will not prepare
covers for mailing on that date. To insure prompt shipment, separate
orders must be submitted for the Rhode Island Tercentenary stamp,
all other varieties of stamp stock.
Postmasters at the direct- and central-accounting post
offices may obtain a limited supply only of the new stamp on separate
requisition to the Department on form 3201-A, endorsed "Rhode Island Tercentenary."
Postmasters at district-accounting post offices may obtain small quantities
these stamps by requisition on the central-accounting postmaster.
In order that the Rhode Island Tercentenary stamp may
be placed on
sale at post offices as widely as possible on May 5, shipments may be
made in advance. Postmasters who receive a supply of this stamp before
the close of business on May 4 are hereby directed to positively not allow
any of the stamps to be placed on sale before May 5.
C. B. Eilenberger,
Third Assistant Postmaster General
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1936