In Harry Lussey’s “REGISTRATION MARKINGS and the REGISTERED LETTER STAMPS” exhibit markings indicative of “Registration” are traced, starting with the eariest known example (in 1823). Forerunners of Registered markings include manuscript endorsements that read “CASH LETTER”, “CASH”, “MONEY LETTER”, “MONEY”, followed by ink handstmps with “MONEY LETTER” and “MONEY”, and then “REGISTERED” and later “R” in an oval. Very early eaxmples of each of these marks are shown.
Usage of the Registered Letter Stamp is covered from late 1875 to the end of mandatory usage on 31 July 1893. The section begins with the only example of the original essay in private hands, followed by the issued stamps, with perforation varieties and various printings. Covers shown include usages during the 2¢, 5¢ and 8¢ periods, with early dates and foreign destinations.
Harry W. Lussey was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1906. His parents moved to Montreal when he was four and Harry was educated there, returning to the US in 1930. Marred, His career was in the investment banking business in New York. Harry’s father had a general stamp collection and interested his son in the hobby at an early age. Because of his connection with Canada, Harry began to specialize in the stamps and postal history of BNA. He was an early collector of the Admiral issue, he felt, accurately, would become as popular with specialists as the Small Queens issue. Harry served as President of BNAPS from 1953 to 1955 and as a Director from 1955 to 1957. He was elected to the Order of the Beaver in 1973. He wrote almost 60 articles and Letters to the Editor of “BNA Topics”
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