Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1885

The first U.S. Special Delivery stamp
10¢ Blue Running Messenger
Issued October 1, 1885.

The Special Delivery Stamp of 1885 – American Bank Note Company
Unwatermarked – Flat Plate – Perf 12 – 100 Subject Plates

Presidents: 1/1-3/3: Chester A. Arthur · 3/4-12/31: Grover Cleveland.
Postmasters General: 1/1-3/5: Frank Hatton · 3/6-12/31: William F. Vilas.
Domestic Letter Rate: 1/1-6/30: 2¢ per 1/2 oz. · 7/1-12/31: 2¢ per oz. (all subsequent rates are per ounce).
Card Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 10¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1885:
Scott E1 – Special Delivery: 10¢ Blue Running Messenger.

No new varieties of Regular Issue stamps were issued in 1885.
The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893

There are covers known with cancels that pre-date the actual issuance of this stamp by a day or so.

See also: Designs of the 1870-1888 Regular Issues.

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