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November 2014 Issue of the NJPH Journal N.J. LOCAL POSTS: Bayonne City Dispatch
By Larry Lyons
This is the third of a series of articles on New Jersey’s local stamps. Local Posts were established as
early as the 1840’s by enterprising private individuals and companies who carried letters within city
limits – including to and from Post Offices. They flourished for a number of years until they were
finally outlawed by the government. The author, Larry Lyons, is a noted authority on United States
local stamps, and is the editor-in-chief of “The Penny Post,” the prize winning journal of The
Carriers and Locals Society. We appreciate his contributions.
Two fairly modern comprehensive articles have previously been written on this subject in
1989 and 2002. Read the complete article and more in our Galleries..
The Webmasters Spin, or a Glimpse of our Garden State.
The history of "The Jerseys" is a fascinating chronology of the people that inhabit a diverse landscape, whose geology runs from the Appalachian Valley and Kittatinny Ridge in the mountainous north-west corner of the state to the sandy peninsular Cape May in the south-east; from the Palisades in the north and Sandy Hook and Raritan Bay in the north-east through the Great Pine Barrens to the river forests and lowlands along the Delaware River and Bay in the south.
Since colonial times, the state was key to communications and commerce between two of the largest cities in British North America, Philadelphia and New York City.
During the Revolutionary War and after independence was won, Americans set about to galvanize a new nation. East and West Jersey joined to form the third state ratifying the new constitution. New Jersey remained the crossroads of communications and commerce between the nation's first capital, Philadelphia and it's second capital, New York City. People poured into the state. Towns became cities. Indian trails became highways. Mail delivered by post riders became mail delivered by rail - even dirigible.
Now mail has become email, and collectors like myself wax nostalgic for bits and pieces of the old days. The days when your mailman stopped for an ice tea and and neighborhood gossip. Alas, long gone. Another chapter in the book of our collective lives. BUT, towns long turned to dust, roads long vanished from the maps, and the people that lived where we live now all beckon the philatelist and contemporary postal history collector. Learning from the items of yesteryear, as well as from fellow enthusiasts - that's the New Jersey Postal History Society. Join us and share your stories and research, your oral histories, your collecting interests. This is the website we want to create - with your help!