Iowa: 1870’s.

(C-0040) U.S. #147 1870-71 3¢ Washington   Earliest Known Use: March 1, 1870  Postmarked in Iowa City on Sept. 27 (circa 1870-1871).
(C-0233) U.S. #147 1870-71 3¢ Washington   Earliest Known Use: March 1, 1870  Postmarked in Iowa City on Mar. 3 (circa 1870-1871).
(C-0214) U.S. #147  1870-71 3¢ Washington   Postmarked in Dubuque on Jan 5, 1872.
(C-0262) U.S. #147  1870-71 3¢ Washington   Postmarked in Dubuque on Oct 10 (Circa -1872)
(P-0008) U.S. #UX1  1873 1¢ Lady Liberty Postal Card  Earliest Known Use: May 12, 1873  Postmarked in Iowa City on Sept. 18, 1873   Debated for years, President U.S. Grant finally authorized pre-printed U.S. postal cards in 1872, and on May 12th, 1873, the United States Government released the first official postcard (UX#1). Only government-issued cards were allowed to use the words Postal Card by law. Postals proved to be very successful and were soon selling at the rate of one million per day. Prior to 1893, postals were almost always used by advertisers who lobbied hard for this card, with a rare few used as greeting cards. Although postage rates have increased substantially these cards with pre-printed postage are still in use. Their printed postage, once confined to Presidential portraits, eventually became more varied in design to attract stamp collectors.
(C-0041) U.S. #147  1870-71 3¢ Washington  Earliest Known Use: March 1, 1870 Postmarked in Iowa City on November 12, 1877.
(C-0042) U.S. #182   Series of 1879  1¢ Franklin  Earliest Known Use: January 3, 1879 Postmarked –  February 4, 1879 in Iowa City.

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