Issue Date: October 13, 1954 City: Boston, MA Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing Printing Method: Rotary press Perforations: 11 x 10 ½ Color: Deep blue
Special Delivery stamps were pre-payments added to the regular “lawful postage” for an extra service – immediate delivery of a letter within one mile of any special delivery post office. These special post offices were those with free routine delivery service or in larger communities with 4,000 or more people.
First available in 1885, the Special Delivery service was extremely popular. At first, the service was available from 7 a.m. to midnight. The following year, the hours changed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The service was so successful that in 1886, every U.S. post office began to offer Special Delivery.
In 1969 Austria commemorated the 50th anniversary of the International Labor Organization, a UN agency, by issuing this stamp (Scott #844). The ILO was founded in 1919 in Geneva, Switzerland as an agency of the League of Nations. During WW2 it relocated to McGill University in Canada, then later back to Geneva. Switzerland also issued a commemorative stamp, but with a whole worker rather than just hands.
A 1975 Netherlands stamp marking the 150th anniversary of the invention of braille. Years ago I was in a choir next to a blind singer who sight-read music fluently in braille - far more fluently than I sight-read conventional notation - but the page size of the scores was huge.
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