Kevin Blackston
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United States of America

Lackey Cover

Most envelopes bearing copies of the 14¢ American Indian stamp appear to have been addressed by hand; indeed, the next cover is the only example in this exhibit on which the mailing address was preprinted. As such, it represents a truly commercial usage of the stamp in every sense of the word.

The cover was mailed by H. Rodda of Whittier, California, to George Lackey, an agent for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company in Detroit, Michigan, and a former president of Million Dollar Round Table.1

Front of stamped envelope bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp and 4-cent Sampson, Dewey, & Schley stamp
14¢ American Indian registered cover mailed from Whittier, California
Reverse of cover bearing Whittier, California, and Detroit, Michigan, postmarks
14¢ American Indian registered cover mailed from Whittier, California (reverse)

In addition to the American Indian, the cover bears a copy of the 4¢ Sampson, Dewey, and Schley stamp from the 1936–37 Navy issue; together, the stamps pay 3¢ first-class postage and a 15¢ registration fee. The stamps are canceled with a mute handstamp. A “Registered” handstamp in violet and a registration number immediately to the left of the stamps are the only other postal markings on the front of the envelope.

On the reverse, we find April 23, 1937, postmarks from Whitter, and April 27 postmarks from Detroit.



  1. MDRT 2010 Overview. Million Dollar Round Table Media Room. Accessed 4 Jan. 2011.

Published 2018-06-17 Last updated 2024-01-16