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Catalog Number 2008.009.383
Object Name Envelope
Scope & Content Mailing envelope for printed photos/negatives from the Photo-Craft photo developing company of Colorado Springs, K. C. Shurick, proprietor.

The envelope was mailed May 26, 1931, and contained 6 prints at 6 cents each, +10 cents for handling and postage. The envelope is addressed to Dismant Drug Company, Red Cliff, Colorado.

Merritt V. Dismant, son of J.M. "Merritt" Dismant, was born in Red Cliff in 1902, into a family of pioneer miners in the area. He owned and operated the Dismant Drug Store beginning in 1926, receiving his pharmaceutical training at the Capitol College of Pharmacy.

Of interest is the 1.5-cent Harding stamp on the envelope. President Warren G.Harding died unexpectedly in office in 1923. He was chosen to appear on a 1.5-cent postage stamp made necessary by postage rate changes in 1925. The frist fractional cent stamp in U.S. history, it was intended for use on third-class mail. In 1930, the Post Office Department decided that the 1.5-cent Harding should feature a full-face version.
Catalog type Archive
Dates of Creation May 26, 1931
Title Mailing envelope for Photo-Craft photo finishers
Collection Angela Beck Collection, EVLD
People Harding, Warren G., President
Dismant, Merritt V.
Search Terms Red Cliff, Colorado
Dismant Family
Dismant Drug Company, Red Cliff
Subjects Envelopes
Photography industry
Postage stamps
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Lexicon sub-category Written Communication T&E