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series of postage stamps was issued to commemorate the three hundredth anniversary of the settling of Walloons

Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1925
  Regular Stamps First Issued in 1925 · Special Delivery · Postage Due · Special Handling


President: Calvin Coolidge  ·  Postmaster General: Harry S. New
Domestic Letter Rate: 2¢ per oz. · Postal Card Rate: 1¢   · Special Delivery Rate: 10¢
Postcard Rate: Jan. 1 - April 14: 1¢  · Postcard Rate: April 15-Dec. 31: 2¢
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¢ (see below)
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 (see below).


 The Lexington Concord Stamps
 
Flat Plate - Perforated 11 - 200 Subject Plates

 

Scott 617 - 1c Lexington Concord

Scott 618 - 2c Lexington Concord

Scott 619 - 5c Lexington Concord

15,615,000 issued
First Day: April 4, 1925

26,596,600 issued
First Day: April 4, 1925

5,348,800 issued
First Day: April 4, 1925


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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