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Envelopes

1853 Head of George Washington to the left, value above, 'CENTS' below

  3 c red
  6 c green
  6 c red
  10 c green

1857 Head of Franklin

1 c blue

  1 c blue on yellow
  3 c red
  6 c red
  10 c green

I've been told that the next cuts are reprints, I have no further information:


(Reprints)

Forgeries exist, examples:


(Forgeries of the 3 c and 10 c produced in Germany)

There is even a forgery of the 10 c value in the wrong colour blue (see image above for example).

 

1861 Value at both sides, head of Jackson

2 c black
(Reduced size)

  2 c black on yellow (or brown), inscription 'U.S. POSTAGE'
  2 c black on yellow (or brown), inscription 'U.S.POST'

1861 Washington, inscription 'UNITED STATES' on top

6 c lilac
(Larger '6' left and right)

  3 c red
  3 c red (larger '3' left and right, 1864)
  3 c brown (larger '3', 1865)
  6 c red
  6 c red (larger '6' left and right, 1864)
  6 c violet (larger '6', 1865)

1861 Ellipse with head of Washington

10 c green

  9 c yellow 
  10 c green
  12 c brown and red on yellow
  12 c brown
  18 c red
  20 c blue and red on yellow
  24 c green and red on yellow
  24 c blue
  30 c green
  40 c black and red on yellow
  40 c red

1870

7 c red 90 c red

10 c violet 30 c black
(Reduced sizes)

  6 c brown
  7 c red
  10 c brown
  12 c violet
  15 c yellow
  24 c violet
  30 c black
  90 c red

1874

2 c red 5 c blue

  1 c blue
  2 c red
  3 c green
  5 c blue
  90 c violet (1887)

1876 Centenial cover, inscription '1776' horse on top, train below

  3 c green
  3 c red

Both values exist in two types: with single or double lines below 'POSTAGE' (the red one with double line being very rare).

Four different types of forgeries exist of this issue, the next one has the wrong colour (blue):

The red forgeries above (with the '8' cancel and the bar cancel) are known as the French or type II forgery. The green stamp is known as the English (or type I) forgery.

1882

4 c grey
(Reduced size)

  2 c red (1883)
  2 c brown (1884)
  4 c green (1883) 
  5 c brown

1887

  1 c blue
  2 c green
  4 c red
  4 c brown (1899)
  5 c blue
  30 c brown
  

1892 Columbus

  1 c blue
  2 c lilac
  5 c brown
  10 c brown

1903 Circular design, Franklin

  1 c green
  

1903

  2 c red
  4 c brown
  5 c blue

1907 Elliptic design

  1 c green
  2 c red
  4 c black
  5 c blue

1907 Circular design

  1 c green
  2 c red
  3 c violet
  4 c black
  5 c blue
  5 c black

Surcharged
  '2' on 1 c green
  '2' on 2 c red
  '2' on 3 c violet

The period from 1908 to 1920 is not yet listed by me.


(Later issue of 1920; 2 c on 1 c)


Other postal stationery

A lettersheet envelope was issued in 1887 (head of Grant):


(Lettersheet Envelope of 1887)

There exist some official postal stationery with inscription 'WAR DEPT' or 'POST OFFICE DEPT' (issued 1870), see under 'official stamps' for more details.

envelope 1 c red Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom

 

Another official envelope has the inscription 'UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE' in an ellipse, example:

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
(Reduced size, exists also in black, issued in 1877)

Envelope for the 'US POSTAL SAVINGS':

US POSTAL SAVINGS
(Reduced size, issued in 1911 in the values 1 c black, 1 c green and 2 c red)

Postcards

The first postcard was issued in 1871.

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom
(This postcard was issued in 1875)

Image obtained thanks to Christer Bergstrom
(A postcard issued in 1891 with the portrait of Grant)

Other designs exist.


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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