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ATTENTION: many of the local stamps of the United States are reprints!

Adam's & Co's Express (1854)


(Genuine)


(Genuine, pictures obtained from a Siegel auction, reduced sizes)

The 25 c black in the above design (man, probably the owner, facing the left in an ellipse) was issued in 1854. Two overprints exist 'OVER OUR CALIFORNIA LINES ONLY' (in red) and 'RATE 25c PER 1-2OZ'. The intials 'LR' that can be found on some of the above stamps, stand for 'Louis Reed'.

Forgeries exist, example:


(Forgery)

Other designs with the man facing to the right (in an octogonal shape or oval shape) were also issued:


(Genuine, pictures obtained from a Siegel auction, reduced sizes)

 


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction, reduced size)

There is also a newspaper stamp with inscription 'ADAMS & COS EXPRESS ONE NEWSPAPER OVER OUR CALIFORNIA ROUTES', in a similar design as the Wells Fargo stamps.

Furthermore some envelopes are known to exist of this company (besides the 50 c there also seems to exist a 25 c black and a 25 c blue in a different type):


(Cut from an envelope, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

Adam's City Express Post (New York), inscription 'CITY EXPRESS POST'

Certified genuine stamp
(Genuine)


(Genuine, reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

1850 Inscription 'CITY EXPRESS POST' and number
  1 c black
  2 c black 
  2 c black on buff

Reprints and forgeries are abundant (the genuine stamps are very rare), examples:

Forgery! Forgery! Reprint! Reprint!
(Reprints)

The reprints are on white paper, the originals on grey or buff paper. I know that Hussey made reprints in the 1860's.

Allen's City Dispatch


Allen's City Dispatch 125 Clark St.

The following values exist
  red on yellow
  lilac
  black

These stamps were issued in 1882 and are not very rare, because the remainders were sold to a stamp dealer. Even though these stamps have been forged (at least twice). A full description of these forgeries can be found in 'Focus on Forgeries' by Varro E. Tyler. The scythe handle should extend to the second thin shading line on the left, in one of the forgeries (the most dangerous one) it extends to fourth thin line. In the second forgery this handle extends all the way to the frameline. The genuine stamps are perforated 10, the forgeries 11 1/2, 11 or imperforate. The next stamp has a wrong perforation, so it must be a forgery:


(Forgery, wrong perforation)


Bogus issue, inscription 'ALLENS CITY DISPATCH 25 Clark St' with ornamental border (no person)

American Express Company

'American Express Company. Postage Two Cents. Paid.', New York (1856), black on green, these labels are extremely rare (only a few have survived).


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction, reduced size)

Forgeries exist (among them dangerous ones), examples of forgeries:

Forgery!

I'm not sure if these stamps are genuine:


(Reduced size)

 

American Letter Mail Co 20 for a dollar (1844)

American Letter Mail Co. Established in1844 by Lysander Spooner and running to and from New York, Philadelphia and Boston.


(Genuine stamp)

The only genuine colour is black (see picture above), this stamp was issued in 1844. Reprints exist in various colours:


(exists in brown, orange, yellow, blue, green and red)

There are also forgeries of these stamps:

Forgery!
(Forgery!)

The above forgery has the '2' of '20' different, furhtermore the tail of the eagle is not as pointed as in the genuine stamps. I have been told that this forgery was made by Thomas Woods (or Wood) for Hussey.

I've also heard of a '1974 facsimile' (marked as such on the backside).

A second type with inscription 'THE AMERICAN LETTER MAIL Co.' was also issued in 1844. This stamp was issued in black or blue:


(Genuine)


(Genuine stamps, obtained from a Siegel auction)

 

A.W. Auner's Despatch Post

Only two of these stamps are known to exist: one off cover and one on cover (according to a Siegel auction http://www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf81773.htm#85 ). Images of both of them:


(genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)


(On cover, genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

Bakers City Express Post (man on horse)


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

Issued in 1849, these stamps are very rare, the colour is black on pink.

Barnard's Cariboo Express

Genuine

Barnard's City Letter Express 17 Cambridge St.


(Reduced size, genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

A black on yellow and a red stamp were issued in 1845.

Barr's Penny Dispatch

Issued in 1855 in the colours red and black on green. The black on green is the more common one.


(Genuine stamps)


(Reduced size, genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

With "point" behind DISPATCH Without "point" behind DISPATCH

I presume the next design is a bogus issue for 'Barr's Penny Despatch Paid':


(Barr's Penny Despatch Paid, I've also seen this stamp in black)

The Lancaster Club made some reprints of these stamps in 1935, example:


(Reduced sizes)

Bayonne City Dispatch


(Reduce size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

This stamp was issued in 1883 in black.

 

Bentley's Despatch New York or Madison Sq.


(Genuine stamps, obtained from a Siegel auction)

Both stamps are printed in gold colour (probably issued somewhere in 1857-59). These stamps are extremely rare: only two of the 'New York' stamp exist and only 6 of the 'Madison Sq.' are known (see http://www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf81782.htm#94 for more details).

Berford & Co's Express to California No.2 Astor House N.Y. (1851)


(Genuine, reduced sizes, images obtained from a Siegel auction)


(Reduced size)

  3 c black
  6 c green
  10 c lilac
  25 c red

At least one type of forgeries exists of the 3 c and 25 c made by Casey (described in the Lyon's book as forgery A). I only know that the 3 first stamps above are genuine, the other stamps could be forgeries or reprints!

A forgery in the wrong colour:


(3 c in red!)

Bicycle Mail Route, Fresno and San Francisco 1894

Exists in brown as well.

Some modern reproductions:


(Blue and red stamps, modern reproductions, reduced sizes)

 

Blizzard Mail To N.Y.P.O.


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

This stamp was issued in 1888 and is very rare.

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