The Twenty-cent Prexie

Registry fee use

Official mail sent from anywhere but Washington, D.C. could be sent in a penalty cover and registered for the minimum fee of twenty cents from March 26, 1944 until January 1, 1949.

This registered cover was sent by the Veterans Administration in Milwaukee in 1946.

A registered business reply mail cover sent in 1948. Twenty cents was the minimum fee for registry at the time, so postage was being covered by the addressee.

A Postal Bulletin of July 10, 1942 stated that registered mail could not be free-franked by active duty members of the armed forces. This cover, mailed in September of 1942, was in violation of that rule, but was given registry service and delivered successfully. Either the postal clerks did not know the rule or felt lenient to servicemen.

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