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UNITED STATES SEMI-OFFICIAL LOCAL ISSUES and CARRIERS

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Semi official local issues exist in the following towns: Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Louisville, New York and Philadelphia. WARNING: many of these stamps exist forged, some of the stamps shown here could be forgeries too! If I have note indicated that the stamp is genuine, then I'm not quite sure.


Baltimore

1851 Inscription 'GOVERNMENT CITY DISPATCH', horse and rider


Genuine stamp

  1 c black
  1 c red

Error: "ONE SENT"
('SENT' instead of 'CENT')

These stamps exist with inscription 'SENT' instaed of 'CENT' (see above).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c blackRRRRError 'SENT': RR
1 c redRRRRRError 'SENT': RRR

Forgeries, examples:

Forgery

The above forgeries can simpliest be recognised by the fact that the 'ONE CENT' label does not touch the upper label, in the genuine copies it always does. Also the tail of the horse is pointed, in the genuine copies it is not. Four types of forgeries exist at least (in the beginning of the 20th century according to Album Weeds).


(The 'G' of 'GOVERNMENT' has a large cross bar in this forgery)


Two other forgeries, made by the same forger

 

1852 Inscription 'POST OFFICE DESPATCH'


(Genuine stamps on letter, reduced sizes, images obtained from a Shreves auction)


(Genuine stamps obtained from a Siegel auction)


Genuine stamp

  1 c red
  1 c red on blue
  1 c blue
  1 c blue on blue
  1 c green

There exist several types of these stamps as well as forgeries (also genuine stamps put on letters on which they did not originate).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

Example of a forgery (I'm not sure if all the above stamps are genuine):

A stamp in a similar design with inscription 'ONE CENT L.M.B.' exists (only one copy known). For a picture of this stamp see: http://www.siegelauctions.com/1999/817/yf81724.htm. It is supposed to be issued in 1849 by a certain Mr. L.M. Bennett.

 

1856 Inscription 'CARRIER'S DISPATCH ONE CENT', eye-like design


Genuine stamps

Could be a forgery

  1 c blue
  1 c red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c blueRRRRRR 
1 c redRRRR 

Warning: the above shown stamps could very well be all forgeries or reprints. I have my serious doubts above the next stamps:


(Reduced sizes)


Boston

1850 Penny post


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)


Genuine stamp

Genuine, I presume

  'PENNY POST', 1 c blue
  'PENNY POST PAID.', 1 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'PENNY POST' RRRRRR 
'PENNY POST PAID' RRRRR 

Forgeries?:


(reduced size)


Semi-official stamps for Charleston


Cleveland

Bishop's City Post; two stamps were issued, they are both extremely rare:


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

 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
Both valuesRRRRRR 


Louisville

1857 Eagle, inscription 'U.S. DESPATCH'


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)


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

  2 c green (WHARTON)
  2 c blue (BROWN)
  2 c black (BROWN)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c green (Wharton) RRRR 
2 c blueRRRRRR 
2 c blackRRRRRROnly 13 unused stamps known

Forgery/reprint?:


(Reduced size, wrong colour)

I've also seen a forgery in the colour orange (Brown & Mc Gills).


Another forgery


New York

For issues of New York click here (head of Washington, inscription 'CITY DESPATCH POST', or 'US MAIL PREPAID' in a circle), examples:


(Reduced sizes, images obtained from a Siegel auction)

 


Philadelphia

1849 Inscription 'U.S.P.O PAID. 1 CENT'


(Genuine, images obtained from a Siegel auction)


(Reduced sizes, genuine, images obtained from a Siegel auction)

  1 c black on lilac
  1 c black on blue
  1 c black on red
  1 c black on yellow
  1 c black on brown

Of the 1 c black on lilac, several types exist with letters added in the design.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

Forgery:

The next stamps are probably forgeries or reprints:

1 c black on blue with letters, phantasy issue? 1 c black on lilac, letters LP added

 

1850 Inscription 'U.S.P.O. PAID 1. CENT.'


(Genuine? with red star cancel)


Genuine stamp with red star cancel


(Image obtained from a Siegel auction)

gold on black
(Reduced sizes, genuine, images obtained from a Siegel auction)

gold on black 1 c blue

  1 c gold on black
  1 c blue
  1 c black (very rare)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values RRRRRR 

Reprint, 1 c black
(Reprint)


(Forgery?)


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

The following label, with inscription 'P.O. PAID One Cent' was probably not a postage stamp (another label with inscription 'P.O. PAID 1 Cent' exists):


(Reduced size, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

 

1850 Eagle on top of ellipse, inscription 'U.S.P.O PRE-PAID DESPATCH'


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)


(Reduced size, genuine)

  1 c blue
  1 c blue on blue
  1 c black
  1 c red

Envelopes in the same design exist in the values: 1 c blue and 1 c red.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All valuesRRRRRR 

 

1850 Ellipse, inscription 'U.S.P.O. PRE-PAID ONE CENT DESPATCH'


(Genuine, image obtained from a Siegel auction)

 1 c black

Envelopes exist in the same design in the values: 1 c black, 1 c blue, 1 c black on blue, 1 c red and 1 c red on blue.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 cRRRRRR 


St.Louis

1849 Inscription 'U.S. PENNY POST' and fancy 2

Type I Type II
(Genuine, images obtained from a Siegel auction)

  2 c black

Older catalogues believe that this stamp was issued in Boston, for example my Senf 1938 catalogue (but they say that it might have been issued for St.Louis) or my Scott 1925 catalogue and Yvert et Tellier 1931 catalogue. Only 14 stamps are known to have survived (two types exist, note the different ornaments in the upper corners).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 c RRRRRR 

A forgery of this stamp, printed in red:


(Forgery in wrong colour: red)

 

1859 star


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

  2 c blue

This stamp is even rarer than the previous one; only five stamps are known to have survived.


Carriers

1851 Inscription 'CARRIERS STAMP', (1 c) blue on red

 (1 c) blue on red

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
(1 c)RRRRRR 

Reprints exist, some of them on the reddish paper of the genuine stamps, others on white paper. Also some perforated reprints exist (RRR: the perforation is 12).


(Images obtained thanks to William Stevens, probably reprints)

Some forgeries of the Carrier Stamp with the portrait of Washington facing the right hand side made by the forger Taylor.

 

1852 Eagle, inscription, 'U.S.P.O DESPATCH PRE-PAID ONE CENT', blue, imperforated

  1 c blue

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 c***R 

Perforated and imperforate reprints exist, example of a perforate reprint:

"Reprint"


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