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

Mason's New Orleans


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

In 1850 two values were issued 2 c black on yellow and a 1/2 c black on blue. The 1/2 c has the '1/2' changed to '1' manually. The inscription of both stamps reads: 'Care of MASON's New Orleans CITY EXPRESS Paid- cent.'.

M.W.Mearis City Despatch (Baltimore)

Inscription 'CITY DESPATCH M.W. MEARIS' or 'City Despatch M.W.MEARIS':


(Image obtained from a Siegel auction, reduced size)


(Image obtained from a Siegel auction, reduced size)


(Image obtained from a Siegel auction, only one copy known to exist, reduced size)

Several stamps were issued by M.W. Mearis in Baltimore in 1846 (4 different designs, 6 different stamps in the values 1 c and 2 c). All these stamps are very rare. They all have a control handwritten overprint 'MWM'.

Menant & Co Express Post 21 Conti Street (New Orleans)


(Image obtained from a Siegel auction)

The only stamp issued by this company has a red colour and was issued around 1853. Only four copies are known to exist according to this Siegel auction (http://www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y830161.htm).

The following stamp is probably a bogus issue of this stamp:

I have seen in this design stamps in the colours: red on yellow, green, black onblue, red on blue, black on lilac, blue, black on green and black (above image).

Mercantile Library Delivery Stamp (New York)

1870 Inscription 'MERCANTILE LIBRARY DELIVERY STAMP'

Genuine
Genuine


(Reduced size)


(Reduced size)

  5 c black on brown
  5 c black on yellow
  5 c blue
  6 c black on brown
  10 c black on yellow

On http://my.execpc.com/~nixlt/alarticle some history of the Mercantile Library and other interesting libraries on stamps can be found. Quote from this website: "In 1870, the library had a collection of over 140,000 volumes, and circulated hundreds of thousands of items a year. Many of the books were sent directly to the homes of members by delivery wagon. In order to get home delivery, members prepaid for this service by purchasing delivery stamps. They would then affix these stamps to one side of a book-order form that included regular postage on the opposite side. The form was then mailed to the Mercantile Library."


(Postal stationery in the same design, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

Messenkopes Union Square Post Office (New York)

1849 Inscription 'MESSENKOPES UNION SQUARE Post Office'


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

The only colours that were issued in 1849 are black on green and black on lilac (5 stamps are only known of the black on lilac colour).


A forgery made by S. Allan Taylor

Probably forgeries:

Metropolitan Errand & Carrier Express Company (New York)


Genuine

The values 1 c red, 2 c red (envelope), 5 c red, 10 c red and 20 c red were issued in 1855. Many reprints have been made, also in different colours, (probably all the stamps shown next are reprints):

Image obtained from a Shreves auction

Reprints/forgeries:

Metropolitan P.O. Express (New York)

Issued in 1852, first design:


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

The stamp first had the inscription 'L.WILLIAMS' (red only), this was later erased (red only), then replaced with 'WH. LAWS' (red or blue).

I don not know if the following stamps are genuine:


(Reduced size)

New design, issued in red or blue:

"Reprint"

G.A. Mills Free Despatch Post (New York)


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

Only this black on green stamp was issued in 1847 by the Mill's Despatch Post. I do not know if the second stamp is genuine.

Moody (Chicago)

'Moody's Penny Despatch Chicago' surrounded by ornamental border. This stamp was issued in 1856.


(Genuine)


(Hussey forgery of this stamp)

 

New York City Expess Post (New York)

1847 Inscription 'NEW YORK CITY EXPRESS'


(Reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

  2 c black on green
  2 c orange

Overton & Co, Letter Express (New York and Boston)

1844 Flying dove, inscription 'OVERTON & Co LETTER EXPRESS.'


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


(Probably genuine on letter with 'PAID' cancel)

  (6 c) black on green

Reprints/ forgeries:

Reprint!
(Scott forgery, I've also seen the value black on yellow)

"Reprint", dove black on yellow
Taylor forgery

Note the broad 'R's in the above forgery. The top of the 'T' of 'OVERTON' is slanting to the right. I have also seen this forgery in the colours black on red and blue. Another forgery, very similar to the Taylor forgery exist, with more straight wings.

 

Penny Express Company

1866 Bear, horse with rider, inscription 'PENNY EXPRESS'

Image obtained from a Siegel auction


Reduced sizes, Penny Express Express, bear and man on pony

  5 c black
  5 c blue
  5 c red

Pinkney's Express Post (New York)


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

A black on green stamp was issued in 1851 by Pinkney's Express Post. This stamp is very rare.

Pips Daily Mail (New York)


(Genuine, reduced size)

This local stamp was issued around 1862 and exists in black on various paper colours (white, yellow, blue, lilac).

Pomeroys Letter Express, New York (1844)

Genuine Genuine, with 'PAID' red cancel Genuine


(Stamp on cover)

These stamps were issued in 1844 and exist in the colours: black on yellow, blue, black, red and orange. They are relatively common in unused condition.

Reprints exist.

Forgeries exist also, example:

Forgery!

Scott also made a forgery of at least the black on yellow stamp:


(Scott forgery, reduced size)

 

Pomeroy & Co Express New York, Albany, Buffalo, Toronto

Probably genuine, image obtained from http://alphabetilately.com/US-trains-00.html "Train", forgery?
(Pomeroy & Co Express, train)

'Pomeroy & Co Express': This is an express label issued in 1844 (source: http://alphabetilately.com/US-trains-00.html ). There also seem to exist a red on white label. Many reproductions exist.


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