Classic Mail Transportation

Classic Mail Transportation Maximum Cards

Stock #: 235779
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Unicover Corporation
Postmark: 1989 Nov-19
PM City: Washington
PM State: DC
Stamp: 25c
Size: 4.25" x 5.75" (11 x 15 cm)

Additional Details:
First Day of Issue: November 19, 1989 First Issue Location: Washington, DC In 1794, Congress authorized the postmaster general to use stagecoaches to transport the mail because the volume had become far too great for it to be carried efficiently over long distances on horseback. Another reason for authorizing the stagecoach as a method of mail delivery was to encourage the coach lines to go places they might otherwise not have gone, and this encouragement proved largely successful. In time, daring, dedicated and resourceful stagecoach drivers were delivering mail throughout the United States. Pictured on the cachet for this Maximum Card is Ben Holladay, who operated the Overland Stageline. His stagecoaches virtually monopolized the eastern half of the central overland route, an advantage that Holladay maintained through piratical methods against his competitors. Still, in spite of, or perhaps because of imperious characters like Ben Holladay, stagecoaches gave American mail transportation an adventurous aura before they lapsed into history