1 Cent, Encased Postage Stamp, August 12, 1862

1 Cent, Encased Postage Stamp, August 12, 1862

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All told, thirty-one merchants would use the advertisement space on the back of Gault’s encased postage stamp device to promote their products. The company that used this form of advertisement most was J.C. Ayer & Co. of Lowell, Massachusetts. This example advertises Ayer’s Sarsaparilla.
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Object Name
encased postage stamp
date made
place made
United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
mahagony (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 23 mm; 29/32 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
H.K. Crofoot Collection
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Civil War
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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