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History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America   By: (1843-1897)

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1. Passages in italics are surrounded by underscores . Passages in Decorative Fonts are surrounded by =equals=. Superscripted numbers are preceded by a ^carat. Multiple superscripted numbers are surrounded by curly brackets {1 2}.

2. Corrections from the "Errata" page have been incorporated into this e text.

3. Horizontal tables exceeding the width of this e text have been reformatted to fit vertically.

4. Additional Transcriber's Notes are located at the end of this e text.

[Illustration: PORTRAIT OF J. K. TIFFANY.]






Author of THE PHILATELICAL LIBRARY, President of the American Philatelic Association and of the St. Louis Philatelic Society. Honorary Member of the Philatelic Society of London. Corresponding Member of the Societe Francaise de Timbrologie, the Societies of Dresden, Wurtemburg, Etc.


Copyrighted by J. K. Tiffany. 1886. All Rights Reserved.


PORTRAIT OF J. K. TIFFANY (Frontispiece). PREFACE 9 INTRODUCTION 13 Chapter I, U. S. City Dispatch Post 19 " II, Uniform Postage 23 " III, Postmaster's Stamps 26 " IV, Stamp of the N. Y. Postmaster 29 " V, Stamps of the St. Louis " 36 " VI, Stamp of the Brattleboro " 48 " VII, Stamp of the New Haven " 51 " VIII, Stamps of the Providence " 54 " IX, Stamp of the Alexandria " 60 " X, Stamps of the Baltimore " 62 " XI, Stamp of the Millbury " 65 " XII, Stamped Env. of Wash'n " 67 " XIII, Stamps of the Phila'lphia " 69 " XIV, Stamp of the Worcester " 70 " XV, Stamp of the Pittsfield " 71 " XVI, Observations 72 " XVII, The Issue of 1847 74 " XVIII, The Issue of 1851 81 " XIX, The Issue of 1857 110 " XX, The Issue of 1861 122 " XXI, The Issue of 1867 9 137 " XXII, The Issue of 1869 144 " XXIII, The Issue of 1870 158 " XXIV, Postage Due Stamps 198 " XXV, Special Delivery Stamp 204 " XXVI, Newspaper and Periodical St'ps 209 " XXVII, Official Stamps 227 " XXVIII, Official Seals 249 " XXIX, Reprints 254 INDEX 267 PUBLISHERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS 275


Page 96, 3d line from top, for 25 c lilac read 24 cents.

Page 102 in lines 5, 6, 7 and 8 from bottom in last column for F^2 G^2 H^2 I^2 read F^4 G^4 H^4 I^4.

Page 103 in lines 16 to 20 in second column for S^2 T^2 U^2 V^2 W^2 read S^3 T^3 U^3 V^3 W^3.

Page 104 5th line from bottom, omit u in "prolongued."

Page 143, 9th line from top for " follows " read " above ."

Page 144, last line supply " test of " in the blank.

Page 196, 4th line from top for (") read " cochineal ."

Page 196, 6th line from top, for " 12 cents " read " 15 cents ."


In seeking for information concerning the postage stamps of the United States, we shall turn in vain to sources which have furnished, in other countries, such accurate details in regard to the stamps issued by their postal authorities, for the stamps authorized by the United States Post Office Department are not manufactured by the government, and there is no "stamp office" to authenticate each plate, and register the number of sheets made from it, and no edict, proclamation or law informs the public of the values authorized for use, or of the designs, or other peculiarities of the stamps to be employed... Continue reading book >>

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