Fractional Postage Rates Introduced (April 15): the
rate for circulars was raised from 1¢ per oz. to 1½¢ per oz.,
Air Mail Rate: 8¢ per oz. per zone - there were 3
zones, more-or-less an East Zone, a Midwest Zone and a West Coast Zone. The
fee was 8¢ per oz. if the letter stayed in its zone, 16¢ per oz. if it
crossed one zone, and 24¢ per oz. if it went from East (Coast) to West
(Coast) crossing two zones. Although the Postal Service Act of Feb. 28, 1925
provided for a new "Private Contract Rate" of not less than 10¢ per oz.,
this service did not begin until 1926.
Registered Letter Fee: Jan. 1 - Apr.
14:10¢ · Apr. 15 - Dec. 31:15¢ (Postal Service
Act of 1925)
Special Delivery Rate for Began April
15, 1925 - 2-10 lbs. : 15¢ · Over 10 lbs. : 20¢
Special Handling Fee (Fourth Class):
Apr. 15 - Dec. 31:25¢ (Postal Service Act of 1925) - This gave a
fourth class parcel the status of a first class letter
The Lexington Concord Commemoratives were the first of many
commemoratives issued to honor the 150th anniversary of events that
surrounded America's War of Independence. Many of these
commemoratives are what we now call the "2¢ reds".
Strangely, not all the stamps in this set honor the famous Battle
(or rather series of skirmishes) at Lexington and Concord. The one
cent stamp depicts Washington assuming command of the American
troops at Cambridge a full two months after the skirmishes. This is
even more amazing in the fact that the skirmishes were immediately
preceded by one of the most famous events in American history,
namely the "midnight" ride of Paul Revere from Boston to Lexington
and Concord. A congressman from Cambridge, Massachusetts convinced
the Post Office Department that there was a link between Washington
assuming command in Cambridge and the Lexington Concord "battle".
Most would agree that a stamp depicting the ride of Paul Revere
would have been more appropriate, but politics prevailed.
The two cent and five cent stamps honored both Lexington and
Concord; the two cent the actual battle at Lexington and the five
cent the "Minute Man" statue at Concord.
All three stamps were placed on sale at the Philatelic Agency in
Washington, D.C. and five Massachusetts cities that were an integral
part of the Lexington Concord story: Lexington and Concord of
course, as well as Boston, Cambridge, and Concord Junction. First
Day covers are known from all six cities. The 5¢ stamp has a line
over head variety listed in Scott.
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