Envelope with three special postmarks
This week's artifact is an envelope (1973.9412.1) with three postmarks created by Rev. G. Sherman Ott after some travel across the USA in 1968. The postmarks (from Lyndon, OH, Bains, LA and Johnson, AR) spell out the President’s name. The envelope was then autographed by the President himself.
Did You Know…
According to the United States Postal Service (usps.com), Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General on July 26, 1775. "With an annual salary of $1,000 and $340 for a secretary and comptroller, Franklin was responsible for all Post Offices from Massachusetts to Georgia and had authority to hire postmasters as necessary." Read more here.