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


Pony Express Wells Fargo & Co, see also under Wells Fargo


Price's City Express Post (New York)

1857 Black on red or black on green:

Forgeries exist, by the way, I'm not sure if the above stamps are genuine.


I've seen stamps in a similar design as above, but with a large '2' instead of the portrait. These seem to have been made by Taylor (I've seen the colours black on red, black on yellow and black on green).

1858 Black on green, larger size and design changed:

Prices City Express post 2 Cents


Price's Post Office (New York)

(reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

A 2 c red stamp with inscription 'PRICE'S POST OFFICE 8TH AVE' was issued in 1854. This stamp is very rare. The image is similar to the Russell 8th avenue stamps.

Priest's Despatch (Chicago)

1851 Inscription 'Priest's Paid Despatch'

(Image obtained from a Siegel auction)

silver on red, genuine silver on red, genuine Could be a forgery Could be a forgery
(Reduced sizes, first and second image obtained from a Siegel auction)

This stamp was issued in the colours siver on red, gold on blue and in black on several background colours. It was issued in 1851. The silver colour is badly oxydized in the first stamp (but the stamp is genuine).

Forgeries exist:



J.H.Prince Letter Despatch (Portland)


One stamp was issued in 1861, inscription 'LETTER DISPATCH J.H Prince' with the image of a steamship. The unused stamp is not very rare.

Stamps in a similar design, but with inscription 'LETTER DISPATCH E.D.PRINCE' are bogus issues (made by Taylor?).


Providence Despatch

(Sorry, no image available yet)

This stamp is very rare (issued in 1849), it has the text 'Providence Despatch' written in black in two lines in an ornamental border.


Publishers' PAID STAMP W.F.& Co.'s Express

(On letter, image obtained from a Rumsey auction: http://www.rumseyauctions.com/cgi-local/stamp.cgi?category=9 )

Label in blue, issued in 1876.

Reed's City-Despatch Post (San Fransisco)

(Sorry, no picture availble yet)

Two stamps were issued in 1853; one in black on green and one in black on blue, both do not have any value indication. The inscription reads 'REED'S City-Despatch POST' in an ellipse. These stamps are extremely rare, only about 5 copies are known to exist of both stamps together.

Ricketts & Hall (Baltimore)

1857 Inscription 'RICKETTS & HALL ONE CENT DISPATCH No 4 Rechabite Hall, Fayotte & Frederick Sts.'

(Reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

The only stamp issued was this red stamp in 1857. It is extemely rare, only 7 copies are found.

Robison & Co (New York)

1855 Letter in oval, inscription 'ROBISON & CO'

(Genuine, reduced size)

  1 c black on blue


(I've been told that this forgery was made by S. Allan Taylor)

(Reduced size)

I know that forgeries (reprints?) exist, however, I do not know the distinguishing characteristics of these forgeries.

Roche's City Dispatch (Wilmington)

(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

Issued in 1850 in the colour black on green, inscription 'ROCHE'S CITY DISPATCH WILIMINGTON, DEL'. Only a few of these stamps (less than 20) have survived.

Rogers' Penny Post (Newark)

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

Only one stamp seems to have survived of this local post, the colour is black on green. A similar handstamp exists.

Russell Post Office 8th Ave (New York)

1854 Man in ellipse

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

The values blue on lilac, black on yellow and red on blue were officially issued. The shown lilac stamp below is probably a forgery:

Reduced size
(Reduced sizes)

(Forgery in the colour green)

(Relatively modern forgery)

(A Taylor forgery)

There exist a unique stamp with inscription '8th AVENUE Post Office PAID' in an ornamental border. I have no picture of this stamp. It is uncancelled on cover and the colour is red.

(Of course, this stamp has been forged as in the above forgery)


Spaulding's Penny Post (Buffalo, 1847)

(Image obtained from a Siegel auction)

(Reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

Of each of these stamps only 2 copies are known to exists! Handstamps in the same design also exist. More information can be found on: http://www.siegelauctions.com/enc/carriers/spaulding.html

Spence & Browns Express (Philadelphia)

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

Two stamps were issued around 1848; one with inscription 'PHILAD'A EXPRESS POST Spence & Brown.' and one with a man on a horse with inscription 'SPENCE & BROWN EXPRESS POST'.

At least three different kinds of forgeries exist (among them a 'reprint' made by Hussey).


Squier & Co's City Letter Dispatch (St.Louis)

Image obtained from a Siegel auction

(reduced sizes, probably reprints or forgeries)

A 1 c green imperforate stamp was issued in 1859. More rouletted stamps were issued in 1860 (1 c brown, 1 c lilac and 1 c green). I have also seen values in red and blue (all 1 cent), they are probably forgeries. I think only the first stamp above is genuine! Note that the left lower corner ornament is different for the above stamps!

Other forgeries, example:

Scott forgery

(corner ornaments different, no outline around 'ONE' and 'CENT')

(This forgery was pasted on a letter with cancel 'New York')

The right wingtip of the bird should be higher than the H of dispatch in the genuine stamps.

I've been told that the next stamps are reprints:

envelope with Squier & Co. Letter Dispatch of St. Louis bogus reprints in blue and red with special show Jordan's Penny Post cancel, also with enlarged red stamp.

Two modern forgeries on a letter adressed to 'St.Louis, Cairo & New Orleans Steamboat Line foot of Market St. St. Louis, Missourri'


Staten Island Express Post (New York)

(Genuine, reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction: http://www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf817264.htm )

In 1849 a 3 c red and 6 c red were issued. These stamps are very rare (only 11 of the 3 c and 3 of the 6 c stamps are known to have survived according to the Siegel website), the next stamps are probably reprints:

(Reduced size)


(Reduced size)

St.Louis City Delivery

Issued in 1883 (1 c red only). This stamp is not very rare (both used and unused).

Stringer & Morton's City Despatch (Baltimore)

This stamp in gold on black was issued in 1850 and is very rare (sorry, no picture available yet).

I presume the next stamp is a bogus issue:

(Stringer & Morton's City Despatch Paid)

Sullivan's Dispatch Post (Cincinnati)

(Extremely rare green stamp, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

These stamps were issued in 1853 in the colours black on green, black (only two known to exist) and green (also only 2 copies known)

Swarts for U.S. Mail (New York)

1849 Zachary Taylor

(These are probably reprints or forgeries)

The colours issued are: black on green, lilac, red, lilac on blue, red on blue, black on grey and blue. I know that forgeries exist (I'm not sure if the above stamps are genuine).

1849 George Washington

The only colours issued are: red, lilac, red on blue and lilac on blue.

(Stamp in black; reprint or forgery?)


The most common colour is blue, though these stamps are known to exist in red and black. Though they are not very rare, I know that Taylor (a famous forger) made forgeries of the above stamps. I think they can be recognized by the absence of the dots behind 'SWARTS' and 'MAIL'. He made forgeries in blue, but also in the bogus colours: violet, red, red on yellow, black and green (and maybe other colours).

Forgery or reprint:

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