Postal dating

17-Jan-2018 19:45

Postage was prepaid and the postmark was applied to the mailed item by means of an inked hand-stamp.Some historians also consider these postmarks to be the world's first postage 'stamps'.Heather Johnson, “The Curt Teich Company - Part 1,” (blog), July 5, 2012,

The postmarks bore the initial of the particular post office or handling house it was sent from along with a separate time stamp.

In Great Britain the first postmark employed for the cancellation of the then new adhesive postage stamps was the Maltese Cross, so named because of its shape and appearance.