Old Covers

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by redsox81, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    Are these watermarks common on older US covers? This one here is postmarked 1893 I believe. The watermark reads "US" with 94 vertical in the S and "POD" vertical in the U. Not sure what POD stands for? Were they used specifically for the upper class? I think I remember reading something along those lines about bond paper a while back. I have a few of these with most on 2c Washington stationary.
     

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  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Yes, watermarking was common through about 1920 or so. USPOD stands for United States Post Office Department. Reorganization happened about 1980 when it changed to the USPS.
     
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  3. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Nice Hoch. I have not seen one yet personally, maybe someday.
    I think watermarking is one reason why classic stamps are more valuable than the recent ones.
     
  4. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    These watermarks are on most pieces of Postal Stationery as a security measure.
     
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