Thomas Mazza – New York City Mails in the 1850s

May 1 , 1999

Our speaker for May, Tom Mazza, presented a fascinating group of covers to illustrate his talk on “New York City during the 1850s.” Included among the many special items shown that evening were: a first day cover of the three cent orange brown; first day usages of the five cent (unpaid) and one cent (circular) rates of 1851; propaganda covers; various year date cancels; multiple rate usages; and an example of an 1847 five cent stamp used after demonetization. Tom also described how the different New York City cancels changed during this period.