What is the origin of the time stamp on e-mail?

Question

What does the time stamp mean on e-mails? I found a variety of answers on the net and from a tech - when your ISP server gets it, the machine it was created on when it is sent; a Microsoft mystery. I just got a reply to an e-mail I sent which included the e-mail I sent as an attachement. Amazingly, the date on the new e-mail was for a time prior to the time on the attachment it contained. What gives?

Answer

This question was answered on December 17, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

The origin of the time stamp is when the mail is first sent, a time stamp is placed to show time of creation, like a file.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 17, 2003