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Privileged Mail Handstamps


Privileged Mail was mail from Official senders, such as Embassies, etc. By mutual agreements Privileged Mail was not supposed to be censored. A directive, "All Station Letter 164", was issued on May 16, 1944, announcing special handstamps for use by the Censor Stations on Privileged Mail before releasing it into the mail.

A few numbers were assigned from numbering normally assigned to other stations. Thus #2522 on this cover was assigned to Miami even though it had been allocated to Los Angeles.

The assumption by Mayo that these were used in Washington only in incorrect. Known from January 1944 to June 1945. August 1945 date on this cover is a very late usage.

Updated: 29 March 2004
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