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Manton, Rhode Island - 1891 Postal Card - DPO
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The Manton Post Office, (Johnston Township, Providence County) was established on November 19, 1849 under Postmaster William S. King. It was disestablished on October 31, 1905 and mail is handled by the Providence Post Office. This Dead Post Office (DPO) cancel is rated as very scarce in "Rhode Island Postal History - the post offices" by Merolla, Jackson & Crowther.

The postal card above was sent on June 4, 1891 from Richard W. Smith in Manton, RI to Mr. A. F. Hawkins in Lancaster, Massachusetts. The request is for a poultry catalog and Mr. Smith's interest most likely concerns Rhode Island's favorite chicken; the "Rhode Island Red."

Richard W. Smith was born in Kentucky in 1847. He is listed on the 1910 Providence census as a public school teacher.

The reverse of the card reads:

Please send me your catalog of poultry
and oblige yrs
                      Rich W. Smith 
    June 3, 91

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