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  These pages form a catalogue of existing stamps, continuing the work of Steve Hiscocks.  
It attempts to give an idea of values. It is not a pricelist of stamps for sale.
I have made some additions and given them 'RH' (Revised Hiscocks) numbers to
preserve the original Hiscocks numbers.
The RH number is the same as the Hiscocks number if not otherwise specified.

I have also brought the prices up to date and added currency selection.  
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There is now a wide range of screen sizes available for computers. Most images on this site are 300dpi.
I wanted to show a reasonable degree of detail, but if the images are an unsuitable size for your screen, be aware that it is adjustable.

The Wilson Born Collection of United States Telegraph Stamps
This was recently (June 23, 2015) Auctioned by Siegelauctions.com and contained some extreme rarities.
My email to them went unanswered, but their site contains a 'Rarities Sales Archive' with the words
"As America’s premier stamp auctioneer since 1930, we believe we have an obligation to make our archives available to
philatelists. As professionals, we understand how information helps bidders make informed judgments about quality, rarity and
value, and we see the benefits in higher realizations for our consignors."
I thus take it that they are happy for their images to be used for educational purposes, and I am happy to help with that.
Some of the items here are therefore attributed to this source. Images unfortunately are not to scale.

In most browsers now you can press Control-Plus to magnify your screen and Control-Minus to make it smaller.

 

All values quoted here, as in Steve Hiscocks' 1982 book, are in GB£.
That can be changed by selecting the currency at the top of the page.
Also British English is used.

 

United States of America

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
With the exception of the Telegraph Tax stamps of 1862 all USA telegraph stamps and franks have been those of private companies. These are listed
in alphabetical order below and, so far as possible, a little background information has been included in each case. While most earlier catalogues and
listings have confined themselves to those companies whose stamps are known to have been issued, the following list also includes other companies
whose stamps have been reported but are of doubtful status. Where the status is unclear this has been noted in the introduction. In these borderline
cases the stamps have not been available for illustration and it has been necessary to draw on earlier illustrations with a corresponding loss of quality.
American users will note that prices tend to be rather higher than those with which they are familiar. This reflects both the scarcity of these stamps
outside the USA and my opinion that US prices do not reflect their true scarcity within the USA.


My note:
I have been able to replace many of the original black and white images with better colour images, often with the generous help of others.
There are still many images required though. Additionally many companies and stamps have been added that Steve Hiscocks was unaware of.
It illustrates that there is probably still unknown items to be discovered by the vigilant, knowledgeable collector.
For my part, I welcome all comments and criticisms, as well as new images for which acknowledgement will be given.
In an effort to make this more accessible, language and currency are selectable at the top.

 

Directory:

1. American District Telegraph Company
2. American Rapid Telegraph Company
3. American Telegraph Typewriter Company
4. Atlantic Telegraph Company
5. Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph Companies
6. California State Telegraph Company
--- Canadian Pacific Railway's Telegraphs
--- City and Suburban Telegraph Company
7. Colusa, Lake and Mendocino Telegraph Company
8. Commercial Union Telegraph Company
9. Connecticut River Telegraph Company
10. Continental Telegraph Company
--- Great North Western Telegraph Company of Canada
11. Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Railroad
12. Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company
13. Mercantile Telegraph Company
14. Mutual Union Telegraph Company
15. New York City and Suburban Printing Telegraph Company
16. North American Telegraph Company
17. Northern Mutual Telegraph Company
18. Northern New York Telegraph Company
19. Pacific Mutual Telegraph Company
20. Pacific Postal Telegraph-Cable Company
21. The Postal Telegraph-Cable Company
22. The Telepost Company
23. Tropical Radio Telegraph Company
24. United Fruit Company Wireless Service
25. United States Telegraph-Cable-Radio Carriers
26. United Wireless Telegraph Company
27. Western Union Telegraph Company
Stationery of other companies.
Telegraph Tax Stamps
Telephone Stamps

There is a helpful newsletter at lcpshome.org as a PDF download that provides useful information, including some of the Scott catalogue (Specialised) designations for these.
Interestingly, the Scott Catalogue apparently only listed (in 2007) 17 Private Telegraph Companies in the USA.

If you are interested in the stationery of companies that are not known to have issued telegraph stamps, see Other Companies.

 

Private Companies

 

1. American District Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company operated a service in New York in the 1880's to 1900's period whereby messages were
received by telephone at company offices and conveyed to recipients by messenger.
The status of the stamps bearing the company's name is not clear.
A few mint copies came to the attention of philatelists in the 1930's but there appears to be no earlier
record of their use or even existence. The design of the 'frank' is typical of that of the 1880 period while
the 'special delivery' design seems rather later in style. Further information would be most welcome.

My note:
Stationery shown below indicates that the company also operated in San Francisco.


(late 1870’s or early 1880’s ?) Soft white wove paper. No watermark reported. Perf 12.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1001
Signed by the President Harry Fisher.
Image from the Wilson Born Collection Lot 1001.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 No value, pale lilac rose, control in blue 350.00 -

Look here for an explanation of the tables.

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. I have only found reference to one copy of this stamp.

My note:
Hiscocks illustration of this stamp has control number A51.

 

(Date ?) Thick soft white paper. No watermark reported. Roul. 8. Control in red.

As in Hiscocks Book page 288
H2 courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH2 H2 5c blue, control in red 500.00 -
RH3 - 10c colours unknown - -
RH4 - 12c colours unknown - -

The the Wilson Born Collection lot 1002 listed these three denominations, but without an image.


There is also these that Hiscocks did not list. Possibly essays:

American District
American District
  courtesy of Eric Jackson click on images for listings.

These have a reference of 'Springer' - printer, designer ?
I have created the list below:

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH5 - 5c black / pink 100.00 -
RH6 - 10c blue / grey 100.00 -
RH7 - 10c red / grey 100.00 -
RH7a -         tete-beche vertical pair 250.00 -

 

Stock Exchange Messenger Service, 5c black coupon with heart shape punch cancel
American District
  courtesy of Eric Jackson click on image for listing.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1002
Image from the Wilson Born Collection.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH8 - 5c, black on white, control in red 500.00 -

Stationery.

Sale 33 Lot 1353
Form 51,   courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

2. American Rapid Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This company was set up in 1879 and had lines from New York to Boston and to Cleveland.
It was amalgamated with the Banker's and Merchants' Telegraph Co. in 1890 or 1891 and was
then, as a result of financial difficulties, taken over by Western Union in 1894.
The procedure involved collecting boxes (emptied every 15 minutes!) in New York and stamps were issued to the public for prepayment.
Alternatively messages could be sent 'collect' and appropriate stamps were produced vertically se-tenant with 'duplicate' stamps of the same value.
Presumably the procedure was that 'collect' stamps were attached to the message while the 'duplicates' were attached to the office record and cancelled
when the message had been duly paid for. The stamps were line engraved by the American Bank Note Co. in sheets of 100 — 100 'telegram' stamps for
prepayment or 50 each of the 'collect' and 'duplicates' in alternating rows. It is not clear whether the 'collect' stamps were cancelled in use*: the 'telegram'
and 'duplicates' certainly were although they are not common cancelled. Cancellation was by hand-stamp with various letters, words and symbols and was
usually in purple although black, brown, magenta and red are known.

With the failure of the company all stocks of stamps were sold to a New York dealer after being cancelled with a small hole punched somewhere near the centre.
Mint stamps so cancelled are by far the most common.



* I show an example of one below, so apparently they were.



1881 'Telegram' stamps. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

American Rapid - Telegram
Hiscocks H1 to H8 Punched with 2.25mm hole   courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click on image for listing).

Hisc. Description Mint Punched Used
H1 1c black 3.00 0.25 3.00
H1a         dark grey 4.00 0.40 4.00
H2 3c dull orange (see Note. 2 below) 15.00 1.50 12.00
H3 5c deep brown (shades) 2.00 0.25 2.00
H4 10c violet 6.00 0.30 5.00
H5 15c deep blue-green 3.50 0.30 3.00
H6 20c orange-red 3.00 0.30 3.00
H7 25c brown-lilac (shades) 4.00 0.40 3.00
H8 50c steel blue (shades) 12.00 1.50 12.00

 

1881 'Collect' stamps. As above.

USA ARTC Collect 1c USA ARTC Collect 5c USA ARTC Collect 15c USA ARTC Collect 20c
1c Hiscocks H9 punched (disguised) 5c Hiscocks H10 punched 15c Hiscocks H11 mint 20c Hiscocks H12 used

For these vertically se-tenant with duplicate labels, see H13a, H14a, H15a and H16a below.

Hisc. Description Mint Punched Used
H9 1c deep brown 3.75 1.20 -
H10 5c steel blue 3.00 1.20 -
H11 15c lake-brown 3.00 1.20 -
H12 20c brown-olive 3.00 1.20 -

 

1881 'Duplicate' labels. As above.

USA ARTC Duplicate 1c USA ARTC Duplicate 5c USA ARTC Duplicate 15c USA ARTC Duplicate 20c
1c Hiscocks H13 punched 5c Hiscocks H14 used 15c Hiscocks H15 punched 20c Hiscocks H16 punched

 

Hisc. Description Mint Punched Used
H13 1c deep brown 5.00 2.50 5.00
H13a         vertically se-tenant with No.9 - 7.50 -
H14 5c steel blue 5.00 2.50 5.00
H14a         vertically se-tenant with No.10 - 7.50 -
H15 15c lake-brown 7.50 3.75 6.00
H15a         vertically se-tenant with No.11 - 10.00 -
H16 20c brown-olive 10.00 3.75 6.00
H16a         vertically se-tenant with No.12 - 10.00 -

 

On the right is a pair of H15a showing an imprint at the bottom.
This also demonstrates that associated pairs would normally
have the duplicate at the top. That is not always how they are found.

Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

The supposed method of use makes it unlikely that se-tenant pairs, H13a, H14a, H15a and H16a would normally be available to the public, prior to them being punched and remaindered. These were previously listed at about twice the punched price, but there are doubts about their existence and scarcity if they do exist.
I would like to hear from anyone that has knowledge of this, particularly if they can provide any images.

 

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. The three columns of prices above are, from left to right, mint,
                punched mint (i.e. remainder), and used.
Note 2. No. 2, the 3c dull orange, is susceptable to attack by atmospheric
                sulphur and its shade can vary almost to black.
Note 3. I have indicated "shades" where the variation is particularly marked
                but all the above stamps are variable to some extent.
pair of USA ARTC se-tenant pair - 15c

USA ARTC se-tenant pair - 1c USA ARTC se-tenant pair - 5c USA ARTC se-tenant pair - 15c USA ARTC se-tenant pair - 20c
1c Hiscocks H13a punched 5c Hiscocks H14a used 15c Hiscocks H15a punched 20c Hiscocks H16a punched
Images courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

 

 

3. American Telegraph Typewriter Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company was set up, probably in the early 1900's, to exploit a system whereby a message typed on one machine was reproduced in 'real time' by
another connected to it by cable. The system was subsequently acuired by Western Union. Stamps were produced in sheets of four with straight outer
edges. All known copies lack control numbers and there is no evidence that they were ever issued or used.

1910 White paper. No watermark reported. Perf 14 between stamps.

ATT Co.
Courtesy of Siegelauctions.com.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 No value, pale orange 180.00 -

 

 

4. Atlantic Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company ran a service from 1884 between Portland, Maine and Boston where it connected with the Baltimore and Ohio system (q.v.).
It was eventually taken over by the Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph Co. Stamps were issued after the B&O take over which is why their design is based,
as are those of the B&O, on the Maltese Cross. Since the B&O was itself absorbed by Western Union in 1887 the Atlantic Telegraph Co. stamps were
probably issued in 1887 and they are perforated 12½ as were the B&O stamps of that year. They were in booklet panes of six with straight outer edges.
Control numbers were printed in dull violet usually at the base of the stamps although they are known at the top of  'top row' stamps. Unnumbered stamps
are remainders which were sold to a Boston dealer after the Western Union take over and released some 45 years later. Cancelled *used copies are not
known and the stamps were either destroyed after use or not cancelled in use.



* I show an example below, of one stamped 'TREASURER.'. Status uncertain.



1887 White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12½ between stamps. Controls in black, violet or purple at top or bottom, remainders without.
The face values appear to have been added individually by hand and are often at a slight angle.

USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 1c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 5c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 10c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 25c
1c with violet control, Hiscocks H1 mint 5c with purple control, Hiscocks H2 mint 10c with purple control, Hiscocks H3 mint 25c with purple control, Hiscocks H4 mint
Images courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

USA Atlantic Tel.Co. with control USA Atlantic Tel.Co. with control
5c with violet control, Hiscocks H2 mint 5c with black control, Hiscocks H2 used ?
Courtesy of Eric Jackson Courtesy of Eric Jackson (click image for listings.)

USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 1c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 5c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 10c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 25c
1c Hiscocks H1 remainder 5c Hiscocks H2 remainder 10c Hiscocks H3 remainder 25c Hiscocks H4 remainder
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey. Images courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H1 1c bluish green 18.00 - 3.00
H2 5c dull blue 12.00 - 3.25
H2a         imperf. between horizontal pair 48.00 - -
H2b         imperf. between vertical pair 48.00 - -
H3 10c purple-brown 12.00 - 3.25
H3a         imperf. between horizontal pair 48.00 - -
H4 25c rose-red 18.00 - 4.00

The remainders have no control number.

Sale 28 Lot 1610
Booklet,   courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).
Consisting of 4 x 1¢,   6 x 5¢,   5 x 10¢  &  4 x 25¢ panes of 6. Eric Jackson is offering one for $275.00

Sale 55 Lot 1198
Atlantic and Ohio Telegraph, Philadelphia, cameo style corner card,  
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

 

5. Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph Companies

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
These companies were set up in, eventually, 27 states by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company to take over the lines established by various earlier
companies along its right of way. The original 1882 coverage of Pennsylvania to Missouri was extended by the aquisition of other existing lines but
the companies did not show a profit and were absorbed in 1887 by Western Union.

Prepayment stamps were issued in books with panes of six stamps perforated between except where indicated below, and with straight outer edges.
Stamps were cancelled with a heavy grid of thick black or grey lines and the prices below are for relatively lightly cancelled copies. Complimentary
'franks', showing no value, were also issued in 1885 and 1886: they are not known cancelled. The control numbers were the same for all stamps in
a single book, were in black, blue, or, most often, red and were mostly preceded by letters. These are indicated below by the letters and colours in
brackets after the stamp colours. The printers' names are on the bottom margins of all stamps except those of the American Bank Note Co. where the
name appears only below the centre bottom stamp of each pane. Remainders are not known.

 

A. Prepayment Stamps

Prepayment Stamps were issued in books containing panes of 6 with straight outer edges.

1885 (14 April) Line-engraved by the American Bank Note Co. of New York, with imprint under central bottom stamp of each pane.
Soft wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12 between stamps. No control numbers.

USA B&O Prepayment 5c - no control USA B&O Prepayment 1c USA B&O Prepayment 10c
H2 (without control) H5 H7
Courtesy of Eric Jackson Image courtesy of Phil. (rebenic25 on ebay) Image courtesy of Gregg Nelson
(gnmexstmps on ebay.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c dull vermilion 48.00 27.00
H1a         with printers name beneath 64.00 36.00
H2 5c dull ultramarine 40.00 20.00
H2a         with printers name beneath 60.00 28.00
H3 10c red-brown 32.00 16.00
H3a         with printers name beneath 44.00 24.00
H4 25c orange to brown 48.00 24.00
H4a         with printers name beneath 64.00 32.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The true colour of No. 4 is orange. Brownish stamps have reacted with atmospheric sulphur and are worth rather less.

 

1885 (1 June to 25 September) As above but with control numbers (either plain or preceded by capital letters as indicated below).

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H5 1c dull vermilion (plain, A, D, blue-black) 24.00 13.50
H5a         with printers name beneath 32.00 18.00
H6 5c dull ultramarine (plain, A, D, red) 20.00 10.00
H6a         with printers name beneath 30.00 14.00
H7 10c red-brown (plain, B, D, blue) 16.00 8.00
H7a         with printers name beneath 22.00 12.00
H8 25c orange to brown (plain, D, blue-black) 24.00 12.00
H8a         with printers name beneath 32.00 16.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 8 is again prone to discolouration by atmospheric sulphur.

 

1886 Line-engraved by the Kendall Bank Note Co. of New York, with imprint under each stamp. Soft thick wove paper or harder thinner wove paper.
No watermark. Perf 14 between stamps.

USA B&O Prepayment 1c USA B&O Prepayment 5c USA B&O Prepayment 10c USA B&O Prepayment 25c
1c Kendall Bank Note Co. - H9 5c Kendall Bank Note Co. - H10 10c Kendall Bank Note Co. - H11a 25c Kendall Bank Note Co. - H12a

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H9 1c deep yellow-green (shades)(plain, D, red) 18.00 1.60
H9a         thick oily paper 30.00 3.00
H9b         thin paper (plain, D, J, K, red) 12.00 1.00
H9c         imperf. between pair 60.00 -
H10 5c dull blue (shades)(plain, D, red) 18.00 1.60
H10a         thin paper (plain, D, E, F, J, K, red) 12.00 1.00
H10b         imperf. between pair 60.00 -
H11 10c brown (marked shades)(plain, D, red) 18.00 1.60
H11a         thin paper (plain, D, E, F, J, K, red) 12.00 1.00
H12 25c dull orange (shades)(plain, red) 24.00 2.40
H12a         thin paper (plain, J, K, red) 18.00 1.60

 

1886 Lithographed by A. Hoen & Co. of Baltimore, with imprint under each stamp. Hard thin to medium wove paper.
No watermark. Perf 12 between stamps. (see lower down for watermarked stamps)

USA B&O Prepayment 1c USA B&O Prepayment 5c USA B&O Prepayment 10c
1c A.Hoen & Co. - H13 5c A.Hoen & Co. - H14 10c A.Hoen & Co. - H15

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H13 1c dull yellowish green (shades)(F, L, M, red) 4.00 0.40
H14 5c blue (shades)(F, L, red) 6.00 0.40
H15 10c dark brown (L, red) 5.00 0.30

Wilson Born Collection lot 1004
Image from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

1886 As above but on similar paper watermarked "A. Hoen & Co. Baltimore" in
18mm and 11mm double lined capital letters across the sheet.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H16 1c dull yellowish green (shades)(F, L, red) 10.00 2.00
H17 5c blue (shades)(L, red) 15.00 2.50
H18 10c dark brown (F, L, red) 12.50 2.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. It has been suggested that the watermarked and non-watermarked Hoen issues
                are not separate printings but from different parts of the same sheets.
                The latter are said to be about 5x as common as the former.
                If this is the case then the following control letters remain to be reported :-
                No. 15—F, No. 16—M and No. 17—F.

 

1886 Lithographed by Forbes Co. of Boston, with imprint under each stamp. Medium wove paper.
No watermark. Perf 12½.

USA B&O Prepayment 1c USA B&O Prepayment 5c USA B&O Prepayment 10c USA B&O Prepayment 25c
1c Forbes Co. - H19 5c Forbes Co. - H20
Courtesy of Everett Ramsey
10c Forbes Co. - H21
Courtesy of Everett Ramsey
25c Forbes Co. - H22

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H19 1c dull green (shades)(J, red) 25.00 4.00
H20 5c deep grey-blue (shades)(J, red) 30.00 5.00
H21 10c dark brown (J, red) 25.00 4.00
H22 25c dull orange-yellow (shades)(J, red) 25.00 3.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 General Notes:

General Note 1. The above used prices are for lightly cancelled copies or copies in which the
                cancellation covers only a small part of the stamp. Stamps having the normal heavy
                cancellation all over command prices about half those above.
General Note 2. Information the relative scarcities of the various control number letters has
                not come to my notice and it is doubtful whether sufficient material on which to study
                this subject is available in the UK. I would welcome any information on this subject.

 

B. Franks

Complimentary 'franks' showing no value, were issued in panes of 4. They are not known cancelled.

1885 Line-engraved by the American Bank Note Co. of New York. Panes of 4 with imprint under bottom 2 stamps of each pane.
Medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12. President D. H. Bates.

USA B&O Frank 1885 USA B&O Frank 1886
1885 H23b   1886 H24

 

RH# Hisc. 1885 Description Mint Used
RH23 - No value. Brown (shades)(C, blue) 3.00 24.00
RH23a -         with (half) printers name beneath 3.50 -
*RH23b H23         with red control (C) 6.00 -
*RH23c H23a         red control and (half) printers name beneath 7.00 -

*Hiscocks described the control on H23 as being red. I think this is an error, but include it in case it exists as H23b and H23c.

 

1886 As above.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH24 H24 No value. Black (G, red) 3.00 24.00
RH24a H24a         with (half) printers name beneath 3.50 -

 

Baltimore & Ohio — Connecticut River
See Connecticut River Telegraph Company.

 

 

6. California State Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This was the first company in the U.S. to issue telegraph franks and is claimed (wrongly) to be the first organization, private or public, to issue
stamps in booklets. One of eight forerunner companies, the California Telegraph Co. (second of that name) was established 17 June 1854 and took
over a private line strung on trees between Nevada and Auburn in the California goldfields. Further lines were built from San Francisco to San Jose
and to Stockton and later, to Marysville. In 1861 this and seven other companies were consolidated into the California State Telegraph Co. in which
Western Union had a controlling interest. Western Union leased the CST Co lines on 16 May 1867 and finally absorbed it in 1875 or 1876.

All stamps issued by the CST Co were in fact franks entitling the holder to a free telegram. The booklet covers all have railroad names implying use by
those conceding rights of way but they were possibly also used by company officers and other local dignitaries. The first issue was in booklets of 100
with eight panes of 12, each with a printed control number the same as that on the cover, and four loose stamps to make up the 100 with the same
number in crayon. Remainders, without control numbers, are reported. Later issues were lithographed in panes of six and remainders without control
numbers are again known in some cases. All issues are reportedly found with scraps of tin foil from the booklet interleaving adhering to the backs.

 

1870 Type-set in black on a lithographed background. Control numbers in red.
Thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf 13½ between stamps.

Calif. State 1870 Wilson Born Collection lot 1012
1870 H1a   Perf. all sides 1870 H1b   Control in crayon
Courtesy of Eric Jackson   click on image for listing. Lot 1012 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 No value, black and pale blue 160.00 -
H1a         perf. on four sides 200.00 -
H1b         control number in crayon 500.00 -
H1c         no control number 200.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The black lettering of the company name varies slightly from stamp to stamp
                having been cast straight and then bent into an arc.

My note:These were sold in booklets of 100 stamps, 16 panes of 6, plus 4 additional stamps.
The Kramer book speculates that the additional four were given serial numbers in red crayon. This would imply that they account for only 4% of the stamps.
An example realized $500 in a recent Schuyler Rumsey sale (Sale 67, Lot 2514).

Calif. State 1870 panes
Two panes of 6 making up a sheet, Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions.
Said to be one of only three recorded examples.

 

1870 Lithographed. Date in white on red centre oval. Control number in blue.
Medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12 on all sides.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1014a Wilson Born Collection lot 1014b Wilson Born Collection lot 1013
1870 H2   Control 140 unused 1870 H2   Control 100 used 1870 H2a   No Control, mint
Lot 1014 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1013 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H2 No value, black and red 320.00 -
H2a         no control number 220.00 -

 

1871 As above but with date 1871. No control number.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1015
Lot 1015 from the Wilson Born Collection.
Another imperf. example sold for $1450 recently.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H3 No value, black and red 500.00 -
H3a         imperf. 1500.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. It has been suggested that Nos. 3 and 3a were not in fact issued and
                should be regarded as essays.

 

1871 Lithographed from new stones. Date reading upwards in pink. Control numbers in blue.
Medium to thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12 on all sides.

Calif. State 1871 - new Calif. State 1871 - new Wilson Born Collection lot 1019
1871 H4   Control in blue. 1871 H4a   No Control No. flaw on "S" 1871 H4b   Inverted Control No. same flaws
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   click for listing. Lot 1019 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. 1871 Description Mint Used
RH4 H4 No value, black and brownish pink 300.00 -
RH4a H4a         no control number 240.00 -
RH4b -         inverted control number 500.00 -
Wilson Born Collection lot 1020
1871 “Business” Frank Booklet Cover (for 5T4).
manuscript endorsement to “P. & S.V. R.R. Co.” for
messages between “Sacramento & Shingle Springs”.
Lot 1020 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

1872 Lithographed from new stone (poor lettering). No year date. Control numbers printed downwards in red.
Thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12 between stamps.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1021 Wilson Born Collection lot 1022 Wilson Born Collection lot 1023
1872 H5   Control 103 1872 H5   Control 103, perf all round 1872 H5a   Blue Control 125
Lot 1021 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1022 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1023 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. 1872 Description Mint Used
RH5 H5 No value, dull blue-green (red control) 200.00 -
H5a -         Blue control 300.00 -

 

1873 Lithographed from new stones. Date reading upwards in pink. Control numbers in dark blue.
Thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf 13½ between stamps.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1025 Wilson Born Collection lot 1024
1873 H6a   Control 114 inverted 1873 H6b   Purple Control 131
Lot 1025 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1024 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. 1873 Description Mint Used
RH6 H6 No value, dull rose and brownish pink 360.00 -
RH6a -         Inverted control 500.00 -
RH6b -         Purple control 400.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The stone used for the 1873 to 1875 issues has been identified with that used
                in 1871 (No. 4). Such copies as I have seen differ from the 1871 stone in
                several respects, most obviously in the lack of ornamentation below
                the "Geo" of the President's signature.

 

1874 As above. Control numbers in black.
Thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf 13½ between stamps.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1027 Wilson Born Collection lot 1028 Wilson Born Collection lot 1029
1874 H7   Control 129 1874 H7a   Sideways Control 104 1874 H7b   Inverted Control 124 (trimmed at right)
Lot 1027 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1028 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1029 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. 1874 Description Mint Used
RH7 H7 No value, deep blue and brownish pink 240.00 -
RH7a -         Sideways control 280.00 -
RH7b -         Inverted control 600.00 -

 

 

1875 As above. Date in green.
Thick wove slightly brownish paper. No watermark. Perf 13½ on all sides.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1030 Wilson Born Collection lot 1032
1875 H8   Control 110 1875 H8a   No Control
Lot 1030 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1032 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. 1875 Description Mint Used
RH8 H8 No value, bistre-brown and yellow-green 240.00 -
RH8a -         No control 120.00 -

Hiscocks added the following General Note:

General Note. Used copies of Nos. 2 and 6 have been catalogued but
                evidence for their existence in this state is thin.
Calif. State 1875 pane
1875 booklet pane,
courtesy of Eric Jackson   click for listing.

 

Stationery.

Sale 62 Lot 224
Red embossed cameo corner card,  
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 225
Black embossed cameo corner card,  ex-Tatham.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 45 Lot 92
1854  (California State Telegraph) By Telegraph., Office, No 159 Clay St., San Francisco, Cal.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 60 Lot 561
Illustrated design on orange-buff cover,
The California State Telegraph envelopes are very scarce sent through the mails.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 229
Advertising office in San Francisco,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 21 Lot 100
Changed Logo,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 604
Cancelled by "Wells, Fargo & Co., San Jose, Dec 18"
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 228
"All parts of the State" with original Sept 1, 1860 enclosure.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 226
Form of May 16, 1866 Telegram.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

 

Canadian Pacific Railway's Telegraphs

The stamps of this Company are listed under Canada although they were valid in parts of the USA.

 

 

City and Suburban Telegraph Company

The full name of this company was the New York City and Suburban Printing Telegraph Company and its stamps are listed accordingly.

 

 

7. Colusa, Lake and Mendocino Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This company operated between 1873 and 1892 from Princeton, California, westwards through the three counties from which it was named and on into
Napa County. From 1873 to 1875 it was called the Princeton, Colusa, and Grand Island Telegraph Company. It seems to have been absorbed by
Western Union in 1892. Prepayment stamps were issued in 1876. The 5c is reported to have been issued in booklets with ten stamps to the pane.
These were hand stamped P.L.W. (P. L. Washburn — the supervisor) in blue but the initials are usually unreadable and/or incomplete. Copies
without initials have been reported. The two higher values, 10c and 25c, are very rare and little is knownof them. They may well also have been issued
in booklets but only single stamps are now known. Only two copies of the 25c are thought to have survived and one of those was apparently destroyed by
fire in 1922.

Forgeries of these stamps exist and care must be exercised in buying. The original stamps are on obviously old-type white wove paper while some
older forgeries are on slightly yellowed or more modern close grained papers....
No used copies of these stamps have been reported.

 

1876 Type-set. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.
2 rows of 5 stamps to the pane.
Said to be cancelled with Initials P.L.W. (P.L. Washburn, usually smudged and incomplete) hand stamped in blue.
However this looks like WLP to me.

Calif. State 1875 pane Wilson Born Collection lot 1065 Wilson Born Collection lot 1066
H1  5c H2   10c H3   25c
Courtesy of Eric Jackson   click for listing. Lot 1065 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1066 from the Wilson Born Collection.

Note: this 25c is the only known copy and the 10c may also be.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 5c black 600.00 -
H1a         without initials 800.00 -
H2 10c black 7200.00 -
H3 25c red (without initials) 8000.00 -

There are two types of the 5c.
Wilson Born Collection lot 1053
Positions 2 and 5 (2nd column) have a broken bottom to the '5' (Type B) the others are normal (Type A).
Positions 7 and 8, lot 1053 from the Wilson Born Collection.


Colusa block of 10
This large block shows the flaw on both stamps of the second column. Image courtesy of Siegelauctions.com.

 

Stationery.

Sale 62 Lot 230
Company envelope,   No. 7, Paid.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

8. Commercial Union Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company was incorporated on 31 March 1866 when it came under the control of the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company. Its pre-1886 lines ran from
Albany, N.Y. and Troy through Berlin, N.Y., to North Adams, Mass. It was then extended through Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
The company was absorbed by the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company (q.v.) some time after 1894. The company in 1891 issued two prepayment stamps
('commutation' — implying a reduced price for booklets bought in advance) and a frank (complimentary). Both were in panes of four with straight outer
edges. No used copies are known.



1891 Lithographed by A. C. Goodwin of Albany, N.Y. Thick, very white smooth wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.
In panes of four with straight outer edges.

A. Commutation (implying a discount for prepayment)

Commercial Union Type 1 Commercial Union Type 2 Commercial Union Type 3
H1 25c H2 25c/20 words H3 20 words

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 25c orange-yellow (carmine control No.) 20.00 -
H2 25c/20 words, myrtle green (vermilion control No.) 15.00 -
H2a         imperf. horizontal pair 100.00 -

 

B. Complimentary (Frank)

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H3 20 words, carmine (dark blue control No.) 50.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Some shade variation is met with in all the above and centering tends to be poor.

 

 

9. Connecticut River Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company ran a local line between New Haven and Hartford, Conn. and in 1885 entered into an agreement whereby they and the Baltimore and
Ohio Telegraph Companies had use of each other's facilities, The B and O prepayment system was adopted and B and O stamps were adapted by the
addition of words "Conn" and "River" to the standard design. Values of 1 and 5 cents were introduced to cover the existing line in 1885. In 1877 the
company extended its line to New Boston, Mass. and new stamps of the same values, but on blue paper as distinct from the yellow paper of the
earlier pair, were introduced to cover the extension. Whn the B and O Company was absorbed by Western Union in 1887 the Connecticut River Telegraph
Company became part of United Lines and the use of stamps ceased. At this time there were extensive stocks of stamps which were eventually
cancelled with a 3mm line in red and sold to a dealer. Unused stamps without the remainder cancellation are fairly rare and used copies even more so.
The cancellation used was similar to that used on the B and O stamps but usually in purple. Centering tends to be very poor. Imperf. and part-perf.
remainders of the 1885 issue are known. None appear to have a printer's name as do many of the B and O stamps. They were sold, presumably at
reduced price, in booklets with panes of ten.

 

1885 Lithographed. Medium wove coloured paper. No watermark. Perf. 11.

USA B&O Connecticut River 1c USA B&O Connecticut River 5c USA B&O Connecticut River 5c
1c H1. Remainder 5c H2. Remainder 5c H2a Remainder imperf. pair
Images courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click on image for listing). Courtesy of Everett Ramsey

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
RH1 H1 1c black / yellow 6.00 4.00 1.00
RH1a H1a         imperf. pair 45.00 - 20.00
RH1b H1b         imperf. between horizontal pair - - 30.00
*RH1c -         imperf. between vertical pair - - 50.00
RH2 H2 5c black / yellow 4.00 4.00 1.00
RH2a H2a         imperf. (pair) - - 45.00
RH2b H2b         imperf. between horizontal pair 75.00 60.00 45.00
RH2c H2c         imperf. between vertical pair - - 45.00
*RH1c added due to example on right.

These are known cancelled with a 'cresent Moon' in mauve.

Cresent Moon cancel  5c Remainder
Left image courtesy of Eric Jackson ( ericjackson on ebay). Horizontal orange bars indicate remainders.
Imperf between vertical pair
*RH1c courtesy of Eric Jackson ( ericjackson on ebay).

 

1887 (October). As above.

USA B&O Connecticut River 5c USA B&O Connecticut River 5c
1c H3. 5c H4.
Images courtesy of aldrichinc on ebay (click on image for listing).

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
RH3 H3 1c black / blue 10.00 9.00 5.00
RH4 H4 5c black / blue 4.00 4.00 2.50

 

 

10. Continental Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company opened a line between New York and Philadelphia in 1878 and this was aquired by Western Union in 1882. Stamps were prepared by
the American Bank Note Company but never issued. The stamps were triangular as illustrated below and panes of four were laid out as a diagonally
crossed square. The printer's name is included beneath one stamp per pane. They are not, of course, known used.


Steve Hiscocks was not aware of the earlier design.

 

1878(?) Printed on banknote paper with portions of currency designs on back.
Overprinted with year in large numerals in red, blue or orange.

“Will accept this coupon during the year stamped thereon,
or thereafter as equivalent to (Five Dollars) for said
Company’s proportion of tolls for telegrams over its lines”,

Wilson Born Collection lot 1070
Part of Lot 1070 from the Wilson Born Collection.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH1 - 1878, 50c ? on vermilion ? 200.00 -
RH2 - 1880, 50c ? on vermilion ? 200.00 -
RH3 - 1880, $5 ? on vermilion ? 200.00 -
RH4 - 1881, $2.50 ? on vermilion ? 200.00 -
RH5 - 1881, $5 blue on vermilion 200.00 -

 


Proofs in panes of 4 stamps. Some have the imprint of the American Bank Note Company but some do not.
Plate proofs exist on 'India' and on card.
Not known used.

1881(?) White wove paper. No watermark.

Continental Telegraph mint set
Reduced size set, courtesy of Eric Jackson ( ericjackson on ebay). Click for listing.

Continental Telegraph 20c
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson ( ericjackson on ebay). Click for listing.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1069
Lot 1069 from the Wilson Born Collection.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1068
Lot 1068 from the Wilson Born Collection.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH6 H1 1c dull red-orange 750.00 -
RH6a H1a         with printers name beneath 800.00 -
RH7 H2 2c dull red 750.00 -
RH7a H2a         with printers name beneath 800.00 -
RH8 H3 5c deep green 750.00 -
RH8a H3a         with printers name beneath 800.00 -
RH9 H4 20c reddish brown 750.00 -
RH9a H4a         with printers name beneath 800.00 -
RH10 H5 25c grey-blue 750.00 -
RH10a H5a         with printers name beneath 800.00 -
RH11 H6 50c olive-brown 750.00 -
RH11a H6a         with printers name beneath 800.00 -

 

Half-size images.

Continental Telegraph 2c block of 4 Wilson Born Collection lot 1067
Courtesy of Eric Jackson ( ericjackson on ebay). Click for listing. Lot 1067 from the Wilson Born Collection.

A set of 6 in blocks of 4 like the 2 cents above, all but one with an imprint, sold for US$5500 in April 2016 (Schuyler Rumsey PA, Lot 2529).

 

 

Great North Western Telegraph Company of Canada

The stamps of this Company are listed under Canada although they were valid in parts of the USA.
Its operations extended through Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
In 1920 the U.S. lines became part of Western Union while the
Canadian lines became part of the Canadian National Telegraphs system.

 

 

11. Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Railroad

Hiscocks does not mention this and did not allocate a number for it. I renumbered companies to include it and others.
The company had a 21 mile line between L.A. and Duarte which was started in 1883 and completed in 1887.
The company was then sold to the Santa Fe Railroad.

1886 Perforated between, but I do not know the scale to work out the guage.
Signed by the President J. F. Crank.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1071
Lot 1070 from the Wilson Born Collection.
(only recorded example)

RH# Description Mint Used
RH1 1886, no value, black on buff 900.00 -

 

 

12. Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company

Hiscocks says "This company is reported to have prepared stamps or franks but not to have issued them."
Hiscocks did not allocate a number for it. I renumbered companies to include it and others.

1913 No information, but assuming my original scan was 600dpi, this is Perf.14.
Signed by the Vice President.

USA Marconi Wireless
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson
Click on image for listing.



USA Marconi Wireless pane
Lot 1072 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Description Mint Used
RH1 No value, brown (blue control) 70.00 -

 

 

13. Mercantile Telegraph Company

Hiscocks does not mention this and did not allocate a number for it. I renumbered companies to include it and others.
Incorporated in 1892 with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and St. Paul, leasing telegraph lines from other companies.
The company apparently was set up primarily for illegal bookmaking on horse races.

1892 Perforated between, but I do not know the scale to work out the guage.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1073
Lot 1073 from the Wilson Born Collection.

RH# Description Mint Used
RH1 1892, no value, blue on lilac 1600 -

 

 

14. Mutual Union Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company had a short, vigorous, but unhappy history. It was set up in 1879, incorporated in 1880 and in two years built 25,000 miles of line in 22
states. It failed through dishonesty and was absorbed into Western Union in or around 1884. Franks were issued for 1882 and 1883 to shareholders in
booklets containing panes of four separated by tinfoil. Only the 1882 is known used and a rubber stamp cancellation in purple on magenta was
employed. Control numbers are in blue but remainders without control numbers are known and these also exist imperforate or part-perforated.

 

1882 Line engraved by the Van Campen Engraving Company of New York.
Hard wove paper of uneven thickness. No watermark. Perf. 14 between stamps. Booklet panes of 4. Control in blue

USA Mutual Union H1 USA Mutual Union H2
H1 - 1882 H2 - 1883

 

Signed by John O. ?
RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 No value, blue 24.00 60.00
RH1a H1a         without control number (remainder) 30.00 -
RH1b H1b         without control number, imperf. (pair) 60.00 -
RH1c H1c         without control number, imperf. between (pair) 60.00 -
RH1d -         without control number, imperf. single 30.00 -
RH1e -         with manuscript control number - -

RH1d on right courtesy of Eric Jackson (ericjackson on ebay).
Click on image for listing.

An example of RH1e has been seen numbered 302.
Anyone have similar examples or information on these ?

 

1883 As above.
Signed by new President.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH2 H2 No value, rose-carmine             24.00 -
USA Marconi Wireless pane

 

 

15. New York City and Suburban Printing Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This company, often referred to as the "City and Suburban Telegraph Company" from the shortened name on its stamps, produced by far the earliest
telegraph stamps in the United States. The Company grew from a single private line linking the office and factory of a printing press manufacturer.
It was set up as a company in 1855 linking four terminals and a further seven, still all within Manhatten Island, were subsequently added. Later the
service was extended to Brooklyn. Prepayment stamps were used for an experimental period probably in 1859. The public could purchase stamps
and use them on message forms which were deposited in collecting boxes, emptied at set times, in various shops. For various reasons the experiment
failed and the system was apparently abandoned after a few months. The company was sold to the American Telegraph Company in or just before 1860.

The stamps were printed in sheets of 60 containing ten rows, each consisting of the three values arranged "2c, 1c, 1c, 1c, 2c, 3c", which lined up with
the rate of 10c for 10 words. There is apparently some doubt as to whether genuinely used copies exist. Pencil cancelled copies have been reported
but one might have expected a rubber stamp cancellation since this was used by a local post system run by the same man at the same time.
Forgeries certainly exist. Those printed in blue are obvious but good printing, white as distinct from yellowish paper or hardish to hard thin paper
should be viewed with suspicion. The patterns of white lines on the 2c & 3c are sometimes in error.

 

1859? Typographed on soft, thinnish slightly yellowed paper. No watermark. No gum. Imperf.

WBC lot 1034
WBC lot 1038
WBC lot 1035
Images from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c greyish black             300.00 ?
H2 2c greyish black 420.00 ?
H3 3c greyish black 800.00 ?
Forgeries
Forgeries of the 2 cents. Compare the first 'E' of 'TELEGRAPH' on these to the genuine 2c stamps.
Images from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

SR Sale 67 lot 2526   Genuine 2c Fake 2c
The largest known multiple, sold recently for $15,000. Image courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions.

Hiscocks added the following Notes:

Note 1. Se-tenant multiples command large premia.
Note 2. I have seen the 3c cut to shape. Perhaps 30-50% of the above prices.
                There is also a tendency for the end scallops to have been clipped on
                singles since the sheet spacing was very close.
Genuine 2c.
Letter 'E' has short, off-center middle bar,
the first has a sloping bottom bar.
Letter 'P' is tall and slender below the loop.
Fake 2c.
Letter 'E' has a longer, central bar with
all at right angles.
Letter 'P' is short and thick below the loop.

The genuine paper is described as soft, thinnish, slightly yellowed, but most of the
genuine ones above do not look yellowed. Perhaps some are toned. Modern forgeries
may well be on modern paper that has been bleached and reacts to Ultra-Violet.


 

16. North American Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company operated from Chicago to Minnesota and to North and South Dakota between 1885 and 1929 when it was taken over by the
Postal Telegraph-Cable Company. Franks were issued between 1899 and 1907 in panes of four. They are not known used.

1899 Hard medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf.12 between stamps. Control number in red.

North American Telegraph Franks North American Telegraph Franks 1901
1899 Hiscocks H1 1901 Hiscocks H2
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click image for listing). Lot 1078 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. 1899 Description Mint Used
H1 No value, reddish violet 100.00 -
H1a         imperf. 150.00 -

 

1901 As above.

Hisc. 1901 Description Mint Used
H2 No value, dull green 150.00 -
H2a         imperf. 210.00 -

 

1902 As above.

North American Telegraph Franks 1902 North American Telegraph Franks
1902 Hiscocks H3 1903 Hiscocks H4
Lot 1079 from the Wilson Born Collection. Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click image for listing).

 

Hisc. 1902 Description Mint Used
H3 No value, brown 190.00 -
H3a         imperf. 260.00 -

 

1903 As above.

Hisc. 1903 Description Mint Used
H4 No value, steel blue 100.00 -
H4a         imperf. 125.00 -

 

1904 As above.

North American Telegraph Franks 1904 North American Telegraph Franks - 1905
1904 Hiscocks H5 1905 Hiscocks H6
Lot 1081 from the Wilson Born Collection. courtesy Gregg Nelson (gnmexstmps on ebay)

 

Hisc. 1904 Description Mint Used
H5 No value, reddish violet (slightly paler than No.1) 75.00 -
H5a         imperf. 110.00 -
H5b         imperf. between vertical pair 375.00 -

 

1905 As above.

Hisc. 1905 Description Mint Used
H6 No value, red-brown 150.00 -
H6a         imperf. 375.00 -

 

1906 As above.

North American Telegraph Franks 1906 North American Telegraph Franks 1907
1906 Hiscocks H7 1907 Hiscocks H8
Lot 1084 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1075 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. 1906 Description Mint Used
H7 No value, rose 150.00 -
H7a         imperf. 375.00 -

 

1907 As above.

Hisc. 1907 Description Mint Used
H8 No value, bluish green 975.00 -
H8a         imperf. 1400.00 -

 

 

17. Northern Mutual Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company was set up on 20 June 1882 and sold to the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Company less than a year later. Its stamps were in
use for only a few days in April 1883. There were about 200 miles of line from Syracuse, N.Y., to Ogdensburg N.Y. along Lake Ontario. In 1887 a
New York stamp dealer acquired both the remainders and the plates and from the latter at least two lots of reprints were produced. The original
stamps were printed in sheets of 35 with all values on the same sheet: i.e. 2 rows of 5c, 10c and 25c and one row of 20c. No original blocks of four of the
20c therefore exist although they do of the reprints which were printed in sheets of 40 — 5x8 with two rows of each. The originals are perf. 14 as are
one of the reprints while other reprints are perf. 12 and thus easily identifiable. Distinguishing between the originals and the perf. 14 reprints is more
difficult. The originals are said to be on paper with a distinct greyish white hue which is unlike that of any of the reprints and the colours of the originals,
while variable, are darker. The perforations are less rough than the perf. 14 reprints. There is a tendency for the gum on reprints to be more yellow but
this is not a reliable guide since that on the originals can be markedly yellow. Used copies have been reported but are very rare.


Synopsis: Originals are clean-cut Perf.14 on greyish-white paper.
The fist reprints were rougher Perf.14 on white paper,
second reprints were Perf.12.

 

1883 Typographed on medium wove greyish white paper. No watermark. Perf. 14.
Booklet panes 7 rows of 5. This was 2 rows of 25c, followed by a row of 20c, then 2 rows of 10c followed by 2 rows of 5c.
The reprints did not follow this pattern, having two rows of each value.

 

USA Northern Mutual 5c USA Northern Mutual 25c
5c - 1.5mm diameter holes. 25c - 1.7mm diameter holes.
Perf 14. - I am not sure which is which, but I note that the perforations are smaller on the 5c.
The 5c has holes about 1.5mm diameter, whereas the 25c has holes about 1.7mm diameter.

 

USA Northern Mutual 5c USA Northern Mutual 10c USA Northern Mutual 20c USA Northern Mutual 25c
5c 10c 20c 25c
Perf 12 reprints.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H1 5c yellow-brown 15.00 - 4.00
H2 10c yellow-brown 15.00 - 4.00
H3 20c yellow-brown 40.00 - 4.00
H4 25c yellow-brown 15.00 - 4.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Various blocks and pairs of single or mixed values exist and attract the usual premia.

 

USA Northern Mutual Sheet

An original sheet Courtesy of Siegelauctions.com.
This is two thirds of my normal scale at 200dpi. Click on this image to open the 450dpi original image in a new window.
The colour of this in your browser should be quite accurate, as it has an embedded colour profile (Adobe PROPHOTORGB).
(Beware: the colour may look very different in image editors/viewers that do not recognise that profile)

 

 

18. Northern New York Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
There were three companies of more or less the same name which has led to some confusion. Two did not issue telegraph stamps: one which
operated 1879 to 1890 to the south-east of the Adirondack Mountains and another, the Northern New York Telophone and Telegraph Company which
was actually only a Telephone Company. The stamp issuing Company started in 1892 and linked some 300 farms north of the Adirondack Mountains.
It operated privately initially and then formed a public company under the name "New York Union Telegraph Company" because it found that its
'private' name had been pre-empted. In 1889 the Company changed over entirely to telephone operation. There is some argument over the status of
the known stamps. They were printed in panes of six by Charles H. Smith, Bruston, N.Y. who was also a founder and official of the Company. When
asked late in life the Company Manager of that time thought that the stamps and franks had been used in very small quantities. No used copies
are known however and it is possible that they never were used. It has been suggested that some or all are bogus but this seems unlikely.

A. Stamps

1894? Typographed on greyish white wove paper. No watermark. Rouletted 12.
Overprinted 'ONE' and '10' in colours indicated in brackets.

New York Union 1c New York Union 10c
H1 H2
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c yellow (black) 40.00 -
H2 10c dull blue (red) 45.00 -

 

B. Franks

1894 As above but overprinted 'FRANK/1894' in red.

New York Union 1894 frank New York Union 1894 frank without overprint New York Union 1895 frank
H3 *RH3a H4
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH3 H3 No value, yellow-olive 30.00 -
*RH3a -         remainder without overprint 50.00 -



1895 As above but overprinted 'FRANK/1895' in black.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH4 H4 No value, red 100.00 -

 

 

19. Pacific Mutual Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
In spite of the name which reflected hopes rather than actuality, the Company operated from St. Luis to Kansas City in 1884 and 1885. There were
fifteen offices and 1272 miles of line. It was part of the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Co. and later became part of the Postal Telegraph-Cable
Co. when in 1910, it changets name to the Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. of Missouri.

The stamps are thought to have been printed in 1883 but it is not clear whether they were ever sold or used. No used copies are known. They
were in booklet panes of ten. All were typographed in grey-black on a smooth surfaced paper which was surface-coloured for the three upper values.
The 1c black is rare and may be an error while the salmon paper of the 25c can show considerable darkening due to atmospheric sulphur.

1883? Typographed on surface-coloured lustre-surfaced thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.

USA Pacific Mutual 1c black USA Pacific Mutual 1c USA Pacific Mutual 5c
1c H1 courtesy of Everett Ramsey. 1c H2a. 5c H3 courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

USA Pacific Mutual 10c USA Pacific Mutual 25c
10c H4. 25c H5.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c black / white 15.00 -
H2 1c dark grey (shades) 1.50 -
H2a         slate 1.50 -
H3 5c dark grey / buff-yellow 2.00 -
H4 10c dark grey / bluish green 1.00 -
H4a         imperf. between horizontal pair 30.00 -
H5 25c dark grey / salmon 2.00 -

 

 

20. Pacific Postal Telegraph-Cable Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
Set up by the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company in 1886 this separate company had lines between San Francisco and New Westminster in British Columbia.
It connected with the rest of the Postal system through the Canadian Pacific Railways Telegraphs lines. It was absorbed into its parent company
with the completion of the latter's transcontinental line after 1894. The stamps were first reported in 1892 but the date of issue is not known.
They were issued in booklets in panes of five — vertical strips perforated between stamps such that all are imperforate on the two ends and the bottom stamp
of each pane is perforated only on the top edge. Used copies are quite common. These are usually hand stamped 'CANCELLED' in purple but red crayon
cancellations are known. Control numbers are in red and are of three types as indicated below. Unnumbered copies cancelled in red crayon are also known.


My note: I have found that there are at least four types of control numbers, details below.
The only unnumbered ones that I have scans of are canceled with a cross in red ink, not crayon.

 

Date? Lithographed on medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between vertical stamps.

Pacific Postal Telegraph-Cable
Examples courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, reduced size. Click on image for listing), the 40c has an inverted control number.
All of these control numbers are in the range 3.73 to 4.23 mm high, and all but the 25c have the digits well separated.
The 25c has a different '8' to the others, so there are different Types here.

USA B&O Prepayment 1c
Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 10c brown 100.00 100.00
H1a         without control number 100.00 100.00
H2 15c black 100.00 100.00
H2a         without control number 100.00 90.00
H3 25c rose-red 130.00 100.00
H3a         without control number 130.00 100.00
H4 40c deep green 100.00 100.00
H4a         without control number 100.00 100.00
H5 50c blue 120.00 100.00
H5a         without control number 120.00 100.00

H2a on the left courtesy of Phil
(rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing).

 

Here are some more examples courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

Pacific Postal 10c Pacific Postal 15c
Pacific Postal 40c  Pacific Postal 50c
The cancelled on these are very similar to that on the 15c above.
John Barefoot says "Examples with or without control numbers and cancelled with red crayon are cancelled remainders (scarcer than issued stamps)."
Steve Hiscocks says "Unnumbered copies cancelled in red crayon are also known". They are the only unnumbered ones that he mentioned,
the implication would seem to be that used examples of H1a, H2a, H3a, H4a and H5a are cancelled with red crayon. and are remainders.
These however do not look like crayon cancels, and Everett Ramsey confirms that they are cancelled with red ink and still have full gum, so they certainly seem like remainders.
The question then is, was the reference to crayon a mistake, or were some cancelled with crayon and others with ink. For the moment I will assume the latter,
I would be happy to hear from anyone that can shed any light on this.

 

 

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The three types of control number are indicated (arbitrarily) above as Type I, II and III.
                It is not clear whether all three types are found on each value.
                Type I has thin sharp numerals about 3.6mm high (illustrated);
                Type II has more ornate numerals of varying thickness about 4.1mm high, while
                Type III is similar but heavier in type and about 4.5mm high.

My note: I have found that there are more types than this. I have also found that pictures are better.
These are all to the same scale.

Type A Type A-numbers Seen on 10c, 15c, 25c and 50c
This equates to Barefoot Type A
and Hiscocks Type I.
Type B Type B-numbers Seen on 40c
This equates to Barefoot Type B
and (I think), Hiscocks Type II.
Type C Type C-numbers Seen on 40c
This equates to Barefoot Type C
and (I think), Hiscocks Type III.
Type D Type D-numbers Seen on 10c, 15c, 40c and 50c
This does not appear to be listed.

I have only 14 scans at the moment. As I get more I will fill in the blanks.
Who knows, there might even be more types.
Scans to help in completing this table would be appreciated.

 

 

21. The Postal Telegraph-Cable Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The 'Postal' as it is often called was first incorporated on 21 June 1881 as the Postal Telegraph Company and reorganised early in 1884 as the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company.
It changed its name yet again in 1938 to Postal Telegraph Inc. and was finally absorbed by Western Union in 1943. Along the way it absorbed a number of smaller companies
including the Bankers' and Merchants' Telegraph Co. and the United Lines. Stamps and franks, not necessarily bearing the correct company name of the time, were issued
between 1885 and 1942. They may be divided for convenience into Prepayment Stamps, General Franks and Official Franks. The last were exactly the same as the general franks
in use but bore the name of the company to which they were issued. Other details will be found in notes associated with the listings below.

Shortcuts to other Postal Telegraph-Cable Co. sections
B. General Franks. C. Official Franks. D. Personal Franks. E. Complimentary Franks. F. Executive Franks.


A. Prepayment Stamps

1885(12 February) Line engraved by the Hamilton Bank Note Company.
Sheets of 100 on medium-thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14 on all sides.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 10c USA Postal Tel-Cable 10c remainder USA Postal Tel-Cable 15c remainder
10c deep green H2 10c deep green H2 remainder. 15c reddish orange H3 remainder.
Courtesy of Everett Ramsey The purple star was used on remainders, it is not a normal cancel. See note below.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 25c USA Postal Tel-Cable H4b USA Postal Tel-Cable H5a USA Postal Tel-Cable 50c
25c deep blue H4 remainder. 25c light ultramarine H4b perf. 16 50c black H5a perf. 16 50c deep brown H5 remainder.
H4b and H5a (courtesy of Everett Ramsey) are thought to be essays (see note 1, below) they are referred to as perf.16 but actually measure about perf. 15¾

It has been called into question as to whether H1b actually exists.
Can anyone verify, ideally with a scan.
Similarly, does anyone know if the 15c had a similar essay ?
Can anyone provide a scan of H1 ?

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H1 10c green 4.50 - 1.50
H1a         imperf. between horizontal pair 50.00 - 30.00
H1b         perf. 16 (see note below) 80.00 - -
H2 10c deep green 3.00 - 0.90
H3 15c reddish orange 3.00 - 1.50
H3a         imperf. between horizontal pair 50.00 - 30.00
H4 25c deep blue 3.00 - 1.20
H4a         imperf. between horizontal pair 60.00 - 45.00
H4b         light ultramarine (perf. 16, see note 1 below) 40.00 - -
H5 50c deep brown 4.50 - 4.50
H5a         black (perf. 16, see note 1 below) 20.00 - -

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1893 Frank
Block of 4 x H5a (perf 15.8)

Hiscocks added the following 3 Notes:

Note 1. Nos. 1b, 4b and 5a are earlier than the issued stamps and were probably
                essays and not issued although fully perforated and gummed.
                No. 5a has also been reported perf. 14. It is not clear whether
                this is a separate variety or an error.
Note 2. Most were unsold and later bought by a dealer. These remainders were
                cancelled with a purple shaded star and are quite common in this condition.
                they are priced above under 'Rem'.
Note 3. The existence of genuinely used copies is doubtful. Remainders have
                been offered as used copies, the overprint being confused with a cancellation.

 

1907 Typographed in panes of four on medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 1c USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 2c USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 5c USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 25c
1c H6 2c H7 5c H8 25c H9a
Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). One of mine. Images courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click image for listing)

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H6 1c deep slightly reddish brown 20.00 -
H7 2c deep lilac 20.00 -
H8 5c deep green 24.00 -
H9 25c vermilion 24.00 -
H9a         light red 24.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. These were introduced as an experiment and their sale to the public was
                extended through 1908. However sales were small and I am not aware
                of any used copies.
Note 2. Two distinct shades of No. 9 are reported. My own copy is vermilion and I am
                not sure of the true colour of the other version (No. 9a) not having seen one.

These are listed as without watermark, but there is a paper makers watermark on some.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 2c Watermark
'DENNIS' ? with a few letters backwards.

 

B. General Franks
Given to shareholders and others who rated free services.

1892 Typographed by Moss Engraving Company. Signature of A. B. Chandler.
Thick wove paper. No watermark. Perfs. various as indicated between stamps. Control numbers in red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1892 Frank USA Postal Tel-Cable 1892 Frank
H11 courtesey of Everett Ramsey. H11a with imprint at bottom left.

 

Hisc. 1892 Description Mint Used
H10 No value, darkish violet (perf. 14½) 30.00 30.00
H10a         perf. 13½ 30.00 30.00
H10b         perf. 13½ x 14 30.00 30.00
H11 No value, grey-blue (perf. 13½) 18.00 18.00
H11a         perf. 13½ x 14 18.00 18.00
H11b         imperf. (pair) 60.00 -
H12 No value, slate purple (perf. 13½) 30.00 30.00
H12a         perf. 13½ x 14 30.00 30.00

Hiscocks added the following 3 Notes:

Note 1. The above colours are all variable in shade. I have listed Nos. 10 and 12 separately
                because in my copies the colours seem quite distinct and studies have suggested
                that No. 10 exhibits the lowest control numbers, No. 12 the highest and No. 11, the
                colour of which is quite distinct from the other two, intermediate numbers, which may well
                reflect the order of printing and issue. This view would be supported if there are
                no violet/purple franks with control numbers above say 1000 perforated 14½.
Note 2. Imperf. specimens in brown red and grey-green, without control numbers are reported.
                These are presumably colour trials.
Note 3. Used copies were cancelled in pencil or crayon.

 

1893 As above.

USA Postal Tel-Cable H13  USA Postal Tel-Cable H14
H13 and H14 with imprint at bottom left.

Hisc. 1893 Description Mint Used
H13 No value, brown-lake (shades)(perf. 14½) 10.00 10.00
H13a         perf. 14 10.00 10.00
H13b         perf. 14 x 14½ 10.00 10.00
H13c         perf. 13½ 10.00 10.00
H14 No value, rose red (shades)(perf. 14½) 18.00 18.00
H14a         perf. 14 x 14½ 18.00 18.00
H14b         perf. 14½ x 14 18.00 18.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. I have reversed the usual order of Nos. 13 & 14 to correspond to the control numbers
                on the assumption that high numbers were printed and issued later than low numbers.

 

1894 As above. Perf. 12

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1894 brown Frank  USA Postal Tel-Cable 1894 green Franks
H15a,courtesy of Mike (mr31248 on ebay) together with H16 and H16 imperf.

Hisc. 1894 Description Mint Used
H15 No value, purple-brown (shades) 600 -
H15a         control number in purple 15.00 -
H16 No value, pale grey-green (purple control number) 15.00 -
H16a         no control number 6.00 -
H16b         imperf. with no control number (pair) 25.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. The control numbers on Nos. 15 & 16 are close-spaced.
Note 2. No. 16 is perforated on all four sides. It is more common imperf. than perf.
                and it has been suggested that this frank was prepared for use but not issued.
                Used copies are not, of course, known.

 

1895 Altered design. Perf. 12 (rough)

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1895 Frank USA Postal Tel-Cable 1895 Frank
1895 Frank
courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click image for listing).
1905 Frank - courtesy of Gregg Nelson
(gnmexstmps on ebay, click image for listing)

 

Hisc. 1895 Description Mint Used
H17 No value, blue (control number in dark blue) 30.00 -
H18 No value, carmine (control numbers in crimson) 150.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. No. 18 is perforated on all sides.

 

1896 As above but Company name altered. Perf. 12 (clean or rough). Control numbers in red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1896 Frank
H19 Image courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing).

Hisc. 1896 Description Mint Used
H19 No value, grey-green (shades) 6.00 -
H20 No value, brown (perf. on all sides) 150.00 -

 

1897 As above but signatures altered. Perf. 12 (clean or rough). Control numbers in red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1897 Frank USA Postal Tel-Cable 1897 Frank
1897 Frank, H21 H22 courtesy of Gregg Nelson (gnmexstmps on ebay)

 

Hisc. 1897 Description Mint Used
H21 No value, brown 6.00 -
H22 No value, reddish orange (perf. on all sides) 120.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. The control numbers of No. 22 are in a much larger fancy type.
Note 2. It has been suggested that No. 22 together with Nos. 20, 18 and 16.
                were colour trials or essays and never in fact issued.

 

1898 Typographed by Thos. Knapp & Co. Control numbers in red.
Medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1893 Frank
H23 Courtesy of Mike (mr31248  click image for ebay listing)

Hisc. 1898 Description Mint Used
H23 No value, pale blue (clean or rough perfs.) 4.00 -
H24 No value, rose (clean perfs. on all sides) 125.00 -

 

1899 Typographed by the Moss Engraving Co. of New York. Control numbers in blue.
Medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 (rough or clean) between stamps.
USA Postal Tel-Cable 1899 Frank
H25

Hisc. 1899 Description Mint Used
H25 No value, orange brown 3.00 -

 

1900 As above but perf. 11 (rough or clean) between stamps. Control numbers in red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1900 Frank H27
1900 Frank - H27

 

Hisc. 1900 Description Mint Used
H26 No value, dark blue 5.00 4.00
H27 No value, dark blue ('COMPLMENTARY) 4.00 3.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. No. 27, in which the 'I' is missing from 'COMPLIMENTARY', is the more
                common and is from a different plate which differs in many other respects
                including the fact that it is lithographed rather than typographed like No. 26.

 

1901 As above but perf. 14 (rough or clean) between stamps. Control numbers in blue or red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1901 Frank USA Postal Tel-Cable 1901 Frank
1901 Frank, blue control Red control, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

 

Hisc. 1901 Description Mint Used
H28 No value, greyish green (shades)(blue control) 3.00 3.00
H28a         imperf. (pair) 60.00 -
H29 No value, greyish green (shades)(red control) 12.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. No. 29 has not previously been reported to my knowledge but I have a copy.

 

1902 As above, Perf.14, but signature of John W. Mackay.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1902 Frank
.
USA Postal Tel-Cable 1903 Frank USA Postal Tel-Cable 1904 Frank USA Postal Tel-Cable 1904 Frank
1902 Frank 1903 Frank 1904 Frank 1904 Frank
Images courtesy of Thomas
(tommyboy1967 on ebay, click on image for listing)
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey Image courtesy of Phil
(rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing)

 

Hisc. 1902 Description Mint Used
H30 No value, brown (red control) 2.00 4.00

 

1903 As above (Perf.14, clean perfs. only) with signature of Clarence H. Mackay.

Hisc. 1903 Description Mint Used
H31 No value, blue 4.00 2.00
H31a         thin paper 4.00 2.00

 

1904 As above but perf. 12 (clean only) and thicker, slightly bluish paper.

Hisc. 1904 Description Mint Used
H32 No value, dark blue / bluish white 4.50 3.00

 

1905 As for 1904, Perf.12, but on thin cream paper.
USA Postal Tel-Cable 1905 Frank   USA Postal Tel-Cable 1906 Frank
Franks of 1905 and 1906

Hisc. 1905 Description Mint Used
H33 No value, dark greyish blue / cream 5.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Has been reported used on forms but not cancelled.

 

1906 As above, Perf.12, but on thicker paper more strongly blued than in 1904.

Hisc. 1906 Description Mint Used
H34 No value, darkish blue / light blue 4.00 -
H34a         imperf. between vertical pair 50.00 -

Sale 52 Lot 2198
Booklet with panes of 4.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

1907 Change of design and usage (see not below). Typographed in dark blue on coloured laid paper.
No watermark. Perf. 12 (clean). Numbered in red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 - 10 words yellow USA Postal Tel-Cable 1907 - 10 words pink
H35 courtesy of Eric Jackson. H36 courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay.)
Click images for listing

 

Hisc. 1907 Description Mint Used
H35 No value, very dark blue / yellow 27.00 -
H36 No value, dark blue / pink 22.50 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The wording of Nos. 35 and 36 imply a contract between the Telegraph Company and the user,
                as do those of the following years, but no user company is specified.
                These and the following stamps up to 1920 differ from those commonly but misleadingly
                referred to as 'Officials' only in that the user company is specified on the latter.

 

1908 Lithographed in panes of four or eight on medium or thick wove paper without watermark unless otherwise stated.
Perf. 12 between stamps.
Two basic types inscribed "One Telegram of 10 words" or "One Telegram". Control numbers in red unless stated otherwise.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - One Telegram of 10 words USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - One Telegram of 10 words USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - One Telegram
1908 Hiscocks H37 — 10 Words 1908 Hiscocks H38 — 10 Words 1908 Hiscocks H41 — One Telegram
One of mine. Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click image for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
RH37 H37 'One Telegram of 10 words', blue (shades) 22.50 -
*RH37a -         imperf. between horizontal pair, no control 90.00 -
RH38 H38 'One Telegram of 10 words', black 22.50 -
RH39 H39 'One Telegram of 10 words', yellow (rose-red control) 120.00 -
RH40 H40 'One Telegram of 10 words', yellow-brown (blue control)(see note below) 800.00 -
RH41 H41 'One Telegram', blue (shades) 30.00 -

*RH37a added due to example below.
USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - imperf between, no control
H37a (imperf between) courtesy of Eric Jackson.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. No. 40 is in fact an error from the last printing of the 1909 issue of that colour (No. 42).
                It ocurred on the upper right of the booklet pane of four and may thus be found.
                se-tennant with the 1909 franks.
                The error was apparently corrected quickly and the stamp is rare. - see below.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1094
H42b   from lot 1094 of the Wilson Born Collection.
- see below


1909 As above.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1909 - H42 USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - H42a USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - H43 USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - H44
1909 Hiscocks H42   —   frame break under 'Y' 1909 Hiscocks H42a   —   Compare with the
frame-breaks below 'COMPANY' on the stamps each side.
1909 Hiscocks H43   —   frame break under 'Y' 1909 Hiscocks H44 — One Telegram
Image courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay). One of mine. Image courtesy aldrichinc on ebay. One of mine.

 

RH# Hisc. 1909 Description Mint Used
RH42 H42 'One Telegram of 10 words', brown (shades) (blue control) 16.00 -
RH42a H42a         yellow-brown (see note 1 below) 40.00 -
*RH42b -         yellow-brown in pair with No. 40 1500.00 -
RH43 H43 'One Telegram of 10 words', olive-green (see note 2 below) 16.00 -
RH43a H43a         watermarked 32.00 -
RH44 H44 'One Telegram', pale reddish lilac 24.00 -

For 1909 on yellow paper, see 1910 below.
* - See my note lower down below 1910.

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. No. 42a is a true variety and from a different stone from that used for No. 42.
                The lettering is thinner and clearer and there are less minor flaws than in No. 42.
Note 2. My copy of No. 43 appears to have part of a watermark — 'SS' in 13mm single
                line capitals.

 

1910 As above, Control numbers smaller and printed.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1910 - 10 words USA Postal Tel-Cable 1910 - One Telegram USA Postal Tel-Cable 1910 - One Telegram Wilson Born Collection lot 1107
1910 'One Telegram of 10 words' , H45 1910 'One Telegram of 10 words' , H46 1910 perf. 12 on all sides, H47a
1909 in error for 1910   H47b  
One of mine. Courtesy of Mike (mr31248 on ebay). Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Click image for listing. Lot 1107 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
RH45 H45 'One Telegram of 10 words', dark blue 20.00 -
RH46 H46 'One Telegram of 10 words', brown 20.00 -
RH47 H47 'One Telegram', blue-black / yellow laid paper 80.00 -
RH47a H47a         perf. on all sides 100.00 -
RH47b H47b         perf. Dated 1909 in error 1600.00 -
*RH47c -         H47a and H47b in pair - -
RH48 H48 'One Telegram', reddish violet (shades) 16.00 -
RH48a H48a         perf. on all sides 20.00 -

My note: To me it seems inconsistent to list the 1909 stamp erroneously dated as 1908 under 1908 (H40), and then
list the 1910 stamp erroneously dated as 1909 under 1910 (H47b). I would like to make this consistent. Any votes on preferences ?
*For consistency with RH42b, I have added RH47c. I presume that some must exist.

It looks like the first printing of 1909 was a modified 1908 stone with H42a being missed out.
Then, after the H42a error was discovered, a new stone was created for later 1909 printings, with a
frame-break below the 'Y' of 'COMPANY'. 1910 (10 words) was a new stone again, since they don't have that frame-break.


Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Nos. 47 and 48 were issued in panes of eight (and possibly in panes of four as well)
                which allowed for some franks being perforated on all sides.
                See also Nos. 54 and 56.

 

1911 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1093
1911 H49  
Part of lot 1093 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. 1911 Description Mint Used
H49 'One Telegram of 10 words', reddish violet 100.00 -
H50 'One Telegram', dark blue 24.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1096 Wilson Born Collection lot 1097 H52
1912, H51 1912, RH51a 1912, H52
Part of lot 1096 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1097 from the Wilson Born Collection. One of mine.

 

RH# Hisc. 1912 Description Mint Used
RH51 H51 'One Telegram of 10 words', dark blue 140.00 -
RH51a -         No control 320.00 -
RH52 H52 'One Telegram', reddish violet 21.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1092 Wilson Born Collection lot 1100 USA Postal Tel-Cable 1913 - One Telegram
1913, H53 1913, H53a 1913 perf. 14, H54
Lot 1092 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1100 from the Wilson Born Collection. Image courtesy of Gregg Nelson (gnmexstmps on ebay)

 

RH# Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
RH53 H53 'One Telegram of 10 words', reddish violet 570.00 -
RH53a -         No control 600.00 -
RH54 H54 'One Telegram', dark blue (perf.14) 30.00 -
RH54a H54a         imperf. between vertical pair 200.00 -
RH54b H54b         perf. on all sides (see note below No.48) 75.00 -
RH54c H54c         perf. 12 90.00 -

 

1914 As above but with no date. Perf. 14.
booklet panes of 8.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1101 USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - One Telegram USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - One Telegram - missing spurs H56d
1914, H55a H56 Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay) RH56c courtesy of Eric Jackson. RH56d
Part of lot 1101 from the Wilson Born Collection. Click images for listing One of mine.

 

RH# Hisc. 1914 Description Mint Used
RH55 H55 'One Telegram of 10 words', deep purple (shades) 80.00 -
RH55a H55a         violet 80.00 -
RH56 H56 'One Telegram', dark blue (shades) 1.50 -
RH56a H56a         perf. on all sides 3.00 -
RH56b H56b         missing spurs (see note 3 below) 0.50 -
*RH56c -         missing spurs, perf. on all sides 0.80 -
*RH56d -         with spurs. Without control number. 2.00 -

* Added due to examples shown above.

Hiscocks added the following 3 Notes:

Note 1. In both Nos. 55 and 56 the date has been replaced by 'open' wording to the
                effect that the franks are valid until withdrawn.
Note 2. It is not known for certain how long these were in use but it seems probable
                that they were used in 1915 & 1916 while No.56 was overprinted for
                use in 1917, '18, '19 and '20. No overprinted dates for 1915 have been
                reported while No.55 overprinted for 1916 has been listed.
Note 3. No. 56b is missing the blue spurs on the outer ornamental lines above the
                'OS' gap in 'POSTAL' and below the 'M' in 'COMPANY'.
                It is not clear whether this variety exists for other dates.

 

1916 No.55 overprinted '1916' in blue.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1108
Lot 1108 from the Wilson Born Collection.

RH# Hisc. 1916 Description Mint Used
RH57 H57 'One Telegram of 10 words', violet (?) 1000.00 -
RH57a -         without controls 1500.00 -

 

1917 No.56 overprinted '1917' similar in blue.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1109
Lot 1109 from the Wilson Born Collection Ex.Kramar (book page 96).
This is damaged, but may be the only known example.

Hisc. 1917 Description Mint Used
H58 'One Telegram', dark blue 1500.00 -
H58a         perf. on all sides (?) - -
H58b         missing spurs (?) - -

 

1918 No.56 overprinted '1918' similar to type 15 in blue.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1918 - Overprint
H59 courtesy of Eric Jackson. (click image for listing).

Hisc. 1918 Description Mint Used
H59 'One Telegram', dark blue 1500.00 -
H59a         perf. on all sides (?) - -
H59b         missing spurs (?) - -

 

1919 No.56 overprinted '1919' as type 15 in blue.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1919 overprint USA Postal Tel-Cable 1919 overprint
H60a courtesy aldrichinc on ebay. H60a courtesy of Eric Jackson.
Click images for listing

 

Hisc. 1919 Description Mint Used
H60 'One Telegram', dark blue 60.00 -
H60a         perf. on all sides (2 per pane of 8) 120.00 -
H60b         missing spurs (?) - -

My note: There is a complete pane of 8 sold as lot 1111 of the Wilson Born Collection (for $250, Est.$975)
All the stamps on it have spurs. By my reckoning the overprints on the illustrations measure about 22mm high.


Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The blue outline numerals of type 15 are described as 15mm high elsewhere.
                Those of my copy of No.60 are about 23.5mm high.

 

1920 No.56 overprinted '1920' in blue.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1920 - Overprint
H61a courtesy of Eric Jackson (click for listing).

Hisc. 1920 Description Mint Used
H61 'One Telegram', dark blue 45.00 -
H61a         perf. on all sides 90.00 -
H61b         missing spurs (?) - -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. The '1920' was hand stamped with an ordinary date stamp with the day and month blank.
                It is thus preceded by a dash and that by three thin parallel lines.
                In all these overprinted issues the overprinting is at variable angles and usually
                not within the confines of a single stamp.
Note 2. It is reported that the use of franks continued in 1921 and 1922 but what franks were
                used is not known; No.56 without overprint perhaps.
                No franks were then used until 1931.

 

1931 Typographed in panes of six on medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf.14 between stamps. Control numbers in red.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1931
Pair of H62

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H62 25c slate blue 0.50 -

 

1932 As above but overprinted '1932' in 3¾mm red numerals (12mm long).

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1932
H63

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H63 25c slate blue 60.00 -

 

1942 Lithographed in panes of eight on medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf.12½ between stamps. No control numbers.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1942 5c   USA Postal Tel-Cable 1942 25c
5c and 25c   courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click on images for listing)

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H64 5c pink 4.50 3.00
H65 25c pale blue 5.25 3.50

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. These were issued to company employees in the US armed forces for use within the U.S.
                They were discontinued on 7 October 1943 with the consolidation of the company
                with Western Union. They were pen cancelled in use.

 

C. Official Franks
These include initials of the name of the company authorized to use them.

 

1900 Lithographed in black on dull carmine medium wove paper. No watermark. Perf.11¼ or 12 between stamps. Black control numbers.

USA Postal Tel-Cable - SUPTS
H66
- SUPTS

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H66 No value, black / dull carmine (perf.11¼) 1.80 1.50
H66a         perf. 12 1.80 1.50

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. No.66 was printed in sheets and franks are commonly perforated on all sides.

 

C.G.W. — Chicago, Great Western Railroad

1908
Lithographed on thick wove paper. No watermark. Perf.12 between stamps. No control numbers.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - CGW Wilson Born Collection lot 1113
1908 Hiscocks H67 1913 Hiscocks H72
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click for listing). Lot 1113 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
H67 'One Telegram' scarlet 24.00 -

 

1909 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H68 'One Telegram' scarlet 50.00 -

 

1910 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H69 'One Telegram' scarlet 50.00 -

 

1911 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H70 'One Telegram' scarlet 32.00 -
H70a         brownish orange 32.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H71 'One Telegram' scarlet 48.00 -
H71a         orange-red 48.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H72 'One Telegram' red 250.00 -

 

1914 As above but without date. Perf.14 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - CGW
1914 Hiscocks H73

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H73 'One Telegram' red 1.00 -
H73a         perforated on all sides (from pane of 8) 2.00 -

 

E.P. — El Paso and Northeastern Railroad

1908
As above. Perf.12 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable El Paso
RH74a courtesy of Eric Jackson (click for listing).

Wilson Born Collection lot 1115
RH74b - Lot 1115 (damaged) from the Wilson Born Collection

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH74 H74 'One Telegram' orange-yellow 150.00 -
*RH74a -         perforated on all sides 300.00 -
*RH74b -         imperf between pair - -

*RH74a and RH74b added due to examples above.

 

I.C. — Illinois Central Railroad

1908
As above. Perf.12 between stamps. Panes of 4 or 8.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - IC USA Postal Tel-Cable Illinois Central Railroad 1909 USA Postal Tel-Cable Illinois Central Railroad 1910
1908 Hiscocks H75 1909 Hiscocks RH76a 1910 Hiscocks RH77a
Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Click image for listing.

 

Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
H75 'One Telegram' dull yellowish green 20.00 -
H75a         perforated on all sides 40.00 -

 

1909 As above.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1909 - IC Wilson Born Collection lot 1116
1909 Hiscocks RH76a - Courtesy of Everett Ramsey Part of lot 1116 from the Wilson Born Collection

RH# Hisc. 1909 Description Mint Used
RH76 H76 'One Telegram' pale yellowish green 8.00 -
*RH76a -         perforated on all sides 16.00 -

 

 

1910 As above.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH77 H77 'One Telegram' dark green 60.00 -
*RH77a -         perforated on all sides 120.00 -

 

 

1911 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H78 'One Telegram' dark green 40.00 -
H78a         perforated on all sides 80.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1118
Lot 1118 from the Wilson Born Collection

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H79 'One Telegram' green 500.00 -
H79a         perforated on all sides 750.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1117
Part of lot 1117 from the Wilson Born Collection

Hisc. Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
RH80 H80 'One Telegram' green 700.00 -
*RH80a -         perforated on all sides 1000.00 -

 

 

1914 As above but without date. Perf.14 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - IC USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - IC no spurs
1914 Hiscocks H81b 1914? Hiscocks H81c - missing 'spurs'
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click image for listing)

These two stamps have profound differences and must be from different stones.
Besides the missing spurs, there are numerous differences of detail, including 'PRESIDENT' getting underlined.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H81 'One Telegram' dark green 1.25 -
H81a         perforated on all sides 2.50 -
H81b         light green (ex. pane of 4) 1.50 -
H81c         without 'spurs' (cf No.56b) dark green 0.60 -
H81d         as 81c but perforated on all sides 1.20 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. All shades are somewhat variable.
Note 2. The existence of a 'perf. all round' variety indicates
                issue in panes of 8 in all company franks.

 

 

O.D. — Old Dominion Steamship Company
1908
As above. Perf.12 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable Old Dominion
H82 courtesy of Eric Jackson (click for listing).

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H82 'One Telegram' pale purple 1000.00 -

 

P.R. or P.R.R. — Pennsylvania Railroad
1908
As above. but with handstamped control numbers in 6mm blue-black, fancy numerals preceded by
a separately stamped 6mm thick block capital A or B in purple.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - PR USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - PR
1908 RH83e 6mm control without letter 1908 RH83f 3.5mm control with letter
Courtesy of Mike (mr31248  click image for ebay listing). Images courtesy of Eric Jackson (click image for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
RH83 H83 'One Telegram' orange-brown 20.00 -
RH83a H83a         perforated on all sides 24.00 -
*RH83b -         imperf. between horizontal pair (no cont.) - -
*RH83c -         'wing' at top or bottom (no control) 50.00 -
*RH83d -         imperf. between horizontal pair of RH83c - -
*RH83e -         6mm control without letter - -
*RH83f -         3.5mm control with letter in violet - -

*RH83b, RH83c and RH83d added due to example on right.

*RH83e and RH83f added due to examples above.

I think the ones without controls are remainders..

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - PR pane
1908 booklet pane with imperf between and bottom 'wings'.
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson (click image for listing).

 

1909 As above but with similar control numbers in blue-black without initial letter. Perf.12 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1909 - PR USA Postal Tel-Cable 1910 - PR USA Postal Tel-Cable 1910 - PR No Cont
1909 Hiscocks H84 (Perf.12) 1910 Hiscocks H85 (Perf.12) 1910 Hiscocks *RH85b (No control)
Images courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). Courtesy of Mike (mr31248  click image for ebay listing).

 

RH# Hisc. 1909 Description Mint Used
RH84 H84 'One Telegram' yellow-brown 25.00 -
RH84a H84a         perforated on all sides 35.00 -
HR84b H84b         control number in blue (?) - -

 

1910 As above but with similar control numbers in blue-black without initial letter.

RH# Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
RH85 H85 'One Telegram' orange 25.00 -
RH85a H85a         perforated on all sides 50.00 -
*RH85b -         No control number 30.00 -

*I have added RH85b due to the item above.

 

1911 As above but with similar control numbers in blue-black without initial letter.

Hisc. 1911 Description Mint Used
H86 'One Telegram' orange-brown 60.00 -

 

1912 As above but with similar control numbers in blue-black without initial letter.

Hisc. 1912 Description Mint Used
H87 'One Telegram' orange-brown 60.00 -
H87a         without control number 72.00 -

 

1913 As above but with similar control numbers in blue-black without initial letter.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1913 - PR USA Postal Tel-Cable 1913 - H88b USA Postal Tel-Cable 1913 - PR
1913 H88a 6mm control without letter. Perf.14
courtesy of Eric Jackson (click for listing).
1913 Hiscocks RH88d (Perf.14). Without control. 1913 Hiscocks RH88e (Perf.14 all round, no control).
Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay.

 

RH# Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
RH88 H88 'One Telegram' orange (Perf.12) - -
RH88a H88a         perforated on all sides - -
RH88b H88b         perf. 14 15.00 -
RH88c H88c         perf.14 on all sides 30.00 -
*RH88d -         perf.14 without control 10.00 -
*RH88e -         perf.14 on all sides, without control 20.00 -

*I have added these due to the items shown above.
I have not seen any Perf.12 stamps.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The 1913 issue is catalogued as Perf.14 elsewhere. My copy is perf. 12.

* A note of my own, I have seen 4 examples, all perf.14 and including the one illustrated,
without a control number, that I have added to Hiscock's list.

 

1914 As above but without date. Perf.14 between stamps. Smaller control numbers as for 1910 in black. Company initials changed to P.R.R. Panes of 8.

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - PRR H89 USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - PRR H89a USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - PRR H89b
1914 Hiscocks H89 (Perf.14) 1914 Hiscocks H89a (Perf.14 all round, same control) 1914 Hiscocks *RH89b (No control)
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay) One of mine. Courtesy of Mike (mr31248 on ebay).

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
H89 H89 'One Telegram' yellow-brown 18.00 -
H89a H89a         perforated on all sides 21.00 -
*RH89b -         No control number 17.00 -
*RH89c -         No control number, perforated on all sides. 20.00 -

*I have added these due to the item above and one seen.

 

S.W. — El Paso Southwestern Railroad

1909
As above. No control numbers. Perf.12 between stamps.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1126 Wilson Born Collection lot 1124
H90 H91
Lot 1126 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1124 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. 1909 Description Mint Used
H90 'One Telegram' yellow-orange 120.00 -

 

1910 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H91 'One Telegram' orange-yellow 490.00 -
H91a         watermarked (triangle & letters) 630.00 -

 

1911 As above.

New York Union 10c New York Union 1c
*RH92a H93
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. 1911 Description Mint Used
RH92 H92 'One Telegram' yellow-orange 150.00 -
*RH92a -         perforated on all sides 250.00 -

*RH92a added due to example above.

 

1912 As above.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH93 H93 'One Telegram' yellow-orange 150.00 -
*RH93a -         perforated on all sides 250.00 -

*RH93a added due to lot 1131 in the Wilson Born Collection.

 

D. Personal Franks
These are for a specific person authorized and have an expiry date.
Terms and conditions on the back.
These were not listed by Steve Hiscocks, but since they appear to be analogous to similar Message Coupons listed under Telephone stamps, I will list what I have.

Complimentary Frank 1895 front  Complimentary Frank 1895 back
Type 1 - 1895, front and back at 150dpi.

 

E. Complimentary Franks
These have a space for the name of the person authorized to use them and an expiry date.
Generally there were terms and conditions on the back.
These were not listed by Steve Hiscocks, but since they appear to be analogous to similar Message Coupons listed under Telephone stamps, I will list what I have.

Complimentary Frank 1888 front  Complimentary Frank 1888 back
Type 2 - 1880's, front and back at 150dpi.

 

Complimentary Frank 1890 front  Complimentary Frank 1890 back
Type 3 - 1890's, front and back at 150dpi.
The earlier frank said on the back "This frank is not intended to cover messages of a business or political character."
That has been dropped on this, though the clause on the front about ".. personal or social character" remains.
An interesting note on the back of this shows that when David B. Hill became Governor, his frank was returned.

 

F. Executive Franks

Complimentary Frank 1907
Type 4 - 1907 at 150dpi. This was for the Chairman of the Board. There was no terms and conditions on the back of this.

RH# Type Description Mint Used
RH1 1 1895 Frank - -
RH2 2 188x Complimentary Frank - 20 words - -
RH3 3 189x Complimentary Frank - 20 words - -
RH4 4 1907 Chairman of the Board Frank - -

 

 

22. The Telepost Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company was set up in 1906 or 1907 and failed about a year or eighteen months later. It was intended that rapid mechanical transmission would be
used and that there would be frequent collections from numerous post boxes. Telegrams would be prepaid and stamps for this purpose were prepared
but there is no evidence that they were ever actually used. They were probably prepared in 1907 for issue in 1908 with an intended validity of two
years. Both types of stamps had instructions on the reverse including the promise that they could be exchanged for '1910 stamps' if presented at
company offices during February 1910. Both were gummed only over a 6mm band at the top.


My note: An apparently used example is shown below.

 

1907(?) Typographed by the Globe Ticket Company of Philadelphia on white paper
totally covered by a security design of the word 'Telepost' in grey.
Rouletted 7 between stamps (earliest may have been imperf.) Two control numbers per stamp in red.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1134
Imperforate pair from lot 1134 of the Wilson Born Collection. Strange numbering !

Telepost Co. 5c Wilson Born Collection lot 1134
H1 - Ea H1 - Ek
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click it for listing). From lot 1134 of the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 5c black 150.00 250.00
RH1a -         imperf. - -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Control numbers preceded by E, Ea, (Eb), Ec, (Ed), Ee, Ef, Eg, Eh, Ei, Ej, Ek, or J where
                those in brackets have not been reported but probably exist.

 

 

Telepost Co. 5c
H2
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on it for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH2 H2 5c black (lithographed) 120.00 200.00
*RH2a -         imperf. without control 60.00 -

* I have added RH2a to accommodate the example shown below.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Control numbers preceded by J, Em, En, (Eo), Ep, Eq, Er, Es, Et or Eu where
                Eo has not been reported but probably exists. El probably also exists but
                it is not known for which stamp.

Telepost Co. 5c
Without controls, courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing).

 

 

23. Tropical Radio Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company operated in the 1920s and produced two stamps in 1926. It is not known for certain whether
they were ever used although the company president later said that "doubtless some were used".


My note: According to John Barefoot, it was actually set up in 1913 as a wholy-owned subsidiary of the United Fruit Company.

 

1914 Frank - not listed by Hiscocks so I have added it.
This is a rework of the 1913 United Fruit Co. issue below.

Printed by John A. Lowell Bank Note Co. Boston. Perf. 11¾

Tropical Radio 1914 Frank Wilson Born Collection lot 1135
1914 Frank *RH1 1914 Frank proof block of four, on darker blue paper.
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing). From lot 1135 of the Wilson Born Collection.

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
*RH1 - No value, dark / blue 250.00 -

*I have added this as the first (H1) and re-numbered, due to the example above.
Other years may also exist. I would be interested in hearing from anyone that has any.

 

1926 Lithographed on white wove paper by the American Bank Note Company. No watermark. Perf.12 between stamps.

Tropical Radio 5c Tropical Radio 25c Tropical Radio 5c - 1929
5c RH2 25c RH3 5c RH8 - 1929
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH2 H1 5c red (control No. in green) 100.00 -
RH3 H2 25c green (control No. in red) 130.00 -

The above stamps overprinted for use in later years.

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH4 - 5c red (1927) - -
RH5 - 25c green (1927) - -
RH6 - 5c red (1928) - -
RH7 - 25c green (1928) - -
RH8 - 5c red (1929) 200.00 -
RH9 - 25c green (1929) - -

I have only seen this 5c with diagonal overprint saying "GOOD FOR 1929" in black.
It seems likely that something similar was done for other years and for the 25c.
I would welcome images of any of these, or further information.

 

Tropical Radio pane
Specimen control '00000' with punch holes, taken from Wikimedia Commons

 


24. United Fruit Company Wireless Service

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The company operated the "Great White Fleet" in the Caribbean carrying freight and passengers. It operated its own telegraph service both for its
passengers and for business purposes. The stamps (franks) are reported to have been issued to fruit growers to enable them to inform the line when
cargoes would be ready for loading. It seems likely that the franks were actually used although no used copies have been reported.

1910 Engraved by the John A. Lovell Bank Note Company of Boston on coloured or surface coloured paper. Perf. 13? between stamps.
Very similar to Western Union stamps of the time.

United Fruit Co. 1910 United Fruit Co. 1911 United Fruit Co. 1912 United Fruit Co. 1913
1910 Frank H1 1911 Frank H2 1912 Frank H3 1913 Frank H4
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
H1 No value, black / yellow 50.00 -

 

1911 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H2 No value, deep grey-green / pale green (surface) 60.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H3 No value, brown / orange-red (surface) 60.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H4 No value, dark blue / blue 60.00 -

 

 

25. United States Telegraph-Cable-Radio Carriers

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This Company is reported to have prepared telegraph stamps or franks but I have not
yet been able to discover any details. Presumably they were not put to use.

Luckily I came across this newsletter at lcpshome.org that provides the information that these stamps that I had thought
should be under Western Union, in fact belong here. Scott lists them under 17Txx.

1947 This is not in Hiscocks book. I have scaled it on the assumption that it is Perf. 12½ as the previous stamps.

Western Union 1947, 5c Wilson Born Collection lot 1142 - 10c 50c
1947  RH1a  5c   (click image for listing) 1947  RH2  10c 1947  RH3a  50c
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay) Lot 1142 of the Wilson Born Collection. Anon.

 

RH# Description Mint Used
RH1 5c gold 2.00 -
RH1a         perforated on all sides 2.50 -
RH2 10c gold - -
RH3 50c gold 4.00 -
RH3a         perforated on all sides 5.00 -

The booklets contained one page with 8 x 5c and a single 10c making the 10c very scarce and pairs with 5c and 10c exist.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1142 Western Union 1947, 50c booklet pane
1947  8 x 5c, plus 10c 1947  50c booklet pane   (click image for listing)
Lot 1142 of the Wilson Born Collection. Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay

 

 

26. United Wireless Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This Company issued stamps from 1908 to 1912 in which year it presumably failed. The rather complex range of stamps reflect the changing
fortunes of the Company and were thus evidently printed each year rather than all in advance. It therefore seems highly probable that they were
used although evidence of actual use is lacking. All were lithographed in panes of four but the printer is unknown.

1908 Lithographed. Perf. 14 between stamps. Signature of C. C. Galbraith (Manager of Marine Dept.) Control numbers in red. Panes of 4.

United Wireless. 1908
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click image for listing).

RH# Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 1 No value, indigo 50.00 -

 

1909 As above.

United Wireless 1909 United Wireless - imperf between
H2 *RH2c - courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH2 H2 1 No value, brown (Galbraith) 25.00 -
RH2a H2a 1         horizontal pair 60.00 -
RH2b H2b 1         imperf. between horizontal pair 100.00 -
*RH2c - 1         No.2b without controls 50.00 -
RH3 H3 1 No value, brown (Wilson) 50.00 -
RH3a H3a 1         horizontal pair 100.00 -
RH4 H4 1 Nos. 2 and 3 in horizontal pair 125.00 -
RH4a H4a 1         horizontal pair 125.00 -

* I have added this to accommodate the example above.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Panes have been reported with all Galbraith signatures (most common), all Wilson
                signatures and Galbraith on the two left and Wilson on the two right hand franks.

 

1910 As above but slightly smaller. Thin paper.

United Wireless 1910 1910 - imperf between pair United Wireless 1910
1910 H5 (Galbraith) 1910 H5a (Galbraith) 1910 H6 (Wilson) very dark grey-green
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on images for listing). One of mine.

 

RH# Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH5 H5 2 No value, dark grey-green (Galbraith) 10.00 -
RH5a H5a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 35.00 -
RH5b H5b 2         on yellow paper (single copies only) 20.00 -
RH6 H6 2 No value, dark grey-green (Wilson) 15.00 -
RH6a H6a 2         without control number 24.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Combination sheets of Nos. 5 and 6 have not been reported and ordinary pairs
                thus have no special significance.

 

1911 As above but with the words 'of New York' introduced below 'Company'. Control numbers in blue.

United Wireless 1911- Galbraith United Wireless 1911- Wilson 1911 - imperf between pair
1911 H7 (Galbraith) 1911 H8 (Wilson) 1911 H8a (Wilson) imperf. between pair
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on images for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH7 H7 2 No value, red (Galbraith) 25.00 -
RH7a H7a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 70.00 -
RH8 H8 2 No value, red (Wilson) 25.00 -
RH8a H8a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 70.00 -

 

1912 As above but with the words 'of New York' removed and with the signatures replaced
by the words 'TRUSTEES IN BANKRUPTCY'. Control numbers in red(?).

United Wireless - Bankruptcy 1912 - imperf between pair United Wireless 1912
1912 H9 1912 H9a (imperf between) 1912 *RH9b (without control)
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing). Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on images for listing).

 

RH# Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH9 H9 2 No value, darkish brown 15.00 -
RH9a H9a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 45.00 -
*RH9b - 2         without control 35.00 -

* I have added H9b to accommodate the example above.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The shading below the control number is variable and may look like different dies
                if two copies at opposite extremes are compared.
                All gradations can be found however and it results only from poor printing.

 

 

 

27. Western Union Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
Western Union was established in 1856 and throughout its early history bought or otherwise acquired many smaller companies as will have been
noted on earlier pages. Finally in 1943 it absorbed the other main company, the Postal Telegraph Cable Company. Since around 1910 Western Union
has been owned or controlled by the Bell Telephone Company.

The issue of franks to company and railroad officials, politicians, major stockholders, pressmen, etc. began in 1871 and continued until 1946. In addition
there was one set of prepayment stamps issued as a not very successful experiment in 1939 and a curious set of what appears to be credit stamps
which appeared in the 1890s and which are of doubtful status. There was also what seems to be a *Messenger Service label used in the 1930s in
New York but this has not been included in the listing below since it was probably a publicity label rather than a prepayment stamp for special delivery.

While the Western Union franks are themselves fairly straight forward the control numbers used are not. The first book of any particular number had
its franks all printed with the same number preceded by a letter (the letter 'O' for 1871-4), usually in red. When these were used up a further book was
issued bearing the same number handstamped with, in some years, the letter after the number. For a few years the same numbers can again be found in
manuscript but it is not known whether these were issued before or after the handstamped varieties (although after seems more likely). For a
number of years the franks are known without control numbers — used in one case — while various varieties and combinations are known. Up to five
different letters (A - E) are known for most years up to 1903 and rather fewer were used thereafter. Up to 1913 the letter 'A' seems to be the least
common. I have listed below all varieties and letters reported but it is likely that others remain to be reported and further information would be welcomed.

Used copies are known for some years and the various cancellations are described in Notes at the appropriate places.

Prices quoted for varieties are necessarily somewhat arbitrary since the relative scarcities are not known accurately. Franks with printed control
numbers are always the most common in any given year while matched pairs, triplets, etc. with the same numbers in different forms would obviously
command a premium.


My notes:
* This may refer to the B.T.Co item that I have listed under Bell Telephone of Canada. Anyone know for sure ?
Personally I think it more likely that the manuscript was used first provisionally before a printed version was available.

 

Shortcuts to different sections
Prepayment Stamps Business Franks Complimentary Franks 'Credit' Stamps

 

Prepayment Stamps

1939(1 December) Engraved by the Security Bank Note Company of Philadelphia.
Booklets panes of 5 vertical stamps on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.

Western Union prepayment H1 Western Union prepayment H2
Western Union prepayment H3

Hiscocks added the following Note:
Note. The design was by Nathaniel Yontiff.
Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c yellowish green 1.00 -
H1a         imperf. (pair) 25.00 -
H2 2c dark orange-brown 1.50 5.00
H2a         imperf. (pair) 25.00 -
H3 5c deep greyish blue 1.50 -
H3a         imperf. (pair) 30.00 -
H3b         imperf. between pair 60.00 -
H4 10c dull orange 2.00 -
H4a         imperf. (pair) 50.00 -
H5 25c carmine 4.00 -
H5a         imperf. (pair) 75.00 -
Western Union prepayment H4 Western Union prepayment H5

 

Business Franks

These are for business use of named companies and for the designated year.
I have not seen these listed before and would be interested to hear of other examples.

Western Union Business Frank 1889
1889 for use on Ohio River Railroad business. Image courtesy of wilnoman of Triple-S-Postal-History. (click image for listing)

Western Union Business Frank - Conditions
Conditions of use given on the reverse. Image courtesy of wilnoman on ebay.


RH# Type Description Mint Used
RH1 1 1889 Green for individual of Business Partner - -

 

Complimentary Franks

1871 (No date in design) Engraved by the National Bank Note Company on white wove paper.
No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps. Signature of William Orton. Control numbers printed in red — initial letter 'O'.
Imprint at top and bottom of each pane.

Western Union 1871 Western Union 1872 Western Union 1873 Western Union 1874
Type 2, 1871 Hiscocks H6 Type 2, 1872 Hiscocks H7 Type 2, 1873 Hiscocks H8 Type 2, 1874 Hiscocks H9
Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing). Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). One of mine.

 

Hisc. 1871 Description Mint Used
H6 No value, bluish green 18.00 -
H6a         perforated on all sides 24.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The franks of 1871-4 are not dated and may be distinguished only by colour.
                Copies are occasionally found with dates inserted by humerous philatelists.

 

1872 As above but control number and letter in blue.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H7 No value, orange-red (shades) 28.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. This frank is known used on piece or complete form but not cancelled.

 

1873 As above but controls in red.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H8 No value, deep dull blue (shades) 38.00 -

 

1874 As above but controls in blue.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H9 No value, brown (shades) 24.00 -

 

 

1875 “New Form of Frank” Essays ?
According to Siegel Auction Galleries, these are discussed in the Kramer book on pages 138-139.
it is hypothesized that these were the “new form of frank” stamps essayed in 1875 but never put to into use.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1139
Lot 1139 from the Wilson Born Collection (ex Kramer). Four values, 5c, 10c, 25c and 50c.

From Hiscocks Book page 334
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 334.

 

Hiscocks listed these on page 334, without knowing the purpose of them.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H116 5c black / salmon 120.00 -
H117 10c black / salmon 120.00 -
H118 25c black / salmon 120.00 -
H119 50c black / salmon 120.00 -

 

1875 As 1871-4 but year date added in design. Controls in red.

Western Union 1876 Western Union 1876 Western Union 1877 Western Union 1878
Type 3, 1876, H10 Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Type 3, 1876, *H11a Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Type 3, 1877, H12 Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Type 3, 1878, H13 Courtesy Phil (rebenic25 on ebay)
Click on image for listing.

 

Hisc. 1875 Description Mint Used
H10 No value, deep grey-green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 24.00 -
H10a         imperf. (proof?) - -

 

1876 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H11 No value, orange-red (letters: A, C, D, E) 25.00 -
H11a         blue-black printed controls (letter: A, *C) 23.00 -
H11b         manuscript controls in black (letters: B, C) 50.00 -
H11c         violet — imperf. (colour trial?) - -

* I have added Control letter 'C' to H11a to accommodate the example shown above.

 

1877 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H12 No value, dull violet-blue (letters: *A, B, C, D, E) 24.00 -
H12a         manuscript controls in red (letters: C, D, E) 50.00 -
H12b         manuscript controls in black (letter: B) 50.00 -

* I have added Control letter 'A' to H12 to accommodate the example shown above.

 

1878 As above. Controls printed in blue.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H13 No value, deep greyish brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 27.00 -
H13a         manuscript controls (letters: B, C, D, E) 42.00 -
H13b         imperf. (proof?) - -

 

1879 As above but signature of Norvin Green. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1879 Western Union 1880
Type 4, 1879, H14a Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Type 4, 1880. H15

Hisc. 1879 Description Mint Used
H14 No value, deep blue (shades) (letters: B, C, D, E) 18.00 -
H14a         manuscript controls (letters: B, C, D, E) 30.00 -
H14b         imperf. (proof?) - -

 

1880 As above (see note below). Controls printed in blue.

Hisc. 1880 Description Mint Used
H15 No value, dull carmine (letters: C, D, E) 18.00 -
H15a         handstamped controls in blue (letter: C) 36.00 -
H15b         imperf. (proof?) - -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The printer for the issues of 1880-94 was the American Bank Note Co.
                but this reflects a consolidation of the National, Continental and
                American Bank Note Companies under the ABN Co name rather than a
                change of printer.

 

1881 As above. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1881 Western Union 1882 Western Union 1882
Type 4, 1881, H16a Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Type 4, 1882, H17 Courtesy of Eric Jackson. Type 4, 1882, H17

Hisc. 1881 Description Mint Used
H16 No value, bluish green (letters: B, C, D, E) 12.00 -
H16a         handstamped controls in blue (letters: C, *D) 15.00 -
H16b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: C, D, E?) 15.00 -
H16c         handstamped controls in purple[SIC] (letters: C, D, E?) 15.00 -
H16d         manuscript controls in red (letter: C) 30.00 -

* I have added Control letter 'D' to H16a to accommodate the example shown above.

 

1882 As above. Controls in purple.

Hisc. 1882 Description Mint Used
H17 No value, deep blue (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 10.50 -
H17a         printed controls in vermilion (letter: E) 12.00 -
H17b         handstamped controls in red (letters: B, C, D, E) 15.00 -

 

1883 As above. Controls printed in blue.

Western Union 1883 Western Union 1883
Type 4, 1883, H18 Type 4, 1883, RH18d Courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Hisc. 1883 Description Mint Used
RH18 H18 No value, yellow-brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 20.00 -
RH18a H18a         letter A deleted in black and letter D substituted 125.00 -
RH18b H18b         handstamped controls in crimson (letters: B, C, D) 25.00 -
RH18c H18c         handstamped controls in purple (letters: C, D) 25.00 -
*RH18d -         printed controls in red (letter: B) 27.00 -

* I have added 'H18d' to accommodate the example shown above.

 

1884 As above. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1884 Western Union 1884 Western Union 1884
1884 - H19
1884 - H19a
Taken from Wikimedia Commons
1884 - H19b
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
Type 4, 1879 - 1893 style (Norvin Green) (click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1884 Description Mint Used
H19 No value, deep grey-blue(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 0.75
H19a         handstamped controls in red (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.00
H19b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.00
H19ba         No.19b with letter D inverted 10.00 -
H19bb         No.19b with letter B changed to C in red manuscript 10.00 -
H19c         manuscript control in black (letters: B, C, D, E) 3.00 5.00
H19d         manuscript controls in red (letters: C, D, E) 3.00 5.00
H19e         No.19a se-tenant with No.19c (both letter C) 30.00 -
H19f         no control number or letter 10.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The 1884 issue is reasonably common used and is found cancelled in
                various ways — most commonly an 'X' in pen or pencil but
                handstamped cancellations with large blue letters, etc., are also known.

 

1885 As above. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1885
1885 - H20
Type 4, 1879 - 1893 style (Norvin Green)

 

Hisc. 1885 Description Mint Used
H20 No value, green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 4.00 8.00
H20a         handstamped controls in red (letters: B, C, D, E) 5.00 -
H20b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C) 5.00 -
H20c         handstamped controls in blue (letters: B, C, D) 5.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. I have what appears to be at first glance to be a D control in 'purple' but closer examination
                shows it to consist of patches of blue and red as if the handstamp had accidentally
                been inked on a blue ink pad and then re-inked on a red pad without being cleaned in between.
Note 2. Used copies are known cancelled with a large outline letter 'B' in magenta.

 

Western Union 1886 Western Union 1887 Western Union 1887 Western Union 1888
Type 4, 1886 - H21 Type 4, 1887, H2a. Type 4, 1887, H22a Courtesy of Eric Jackson. 1888 - H23
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
A couple of mine Type 4, 1879 - 1893 style (Norvin Green) (click images for listing)

 

1886 As above. Controls printed in red.

RH# Hisc. 1886 Description Mint Used
RH21 H21 No value, greyish brown (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 4.00 -
RH21a H21a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 5.00 -
*RH21b -         imperf. no control - -
*RH21c -         imperf. horizontal pair, no control 250.00 -
*RH21d -         imperf. vertical pair, no control - -

* I have added H21b, H21c and H21d to accommodate the example on the right.
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click image for listing).

 

1887 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1887 Description Mint Used
H22 No value, red-brown (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 3.00 -
H22a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 4.50 -

 

1888 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1888 Description Mint Used
H23 No value, deep blue (shades)(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 3.00 -
H23a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 4.00 -
Western Union 1886 imperf pane

 

1889 As above. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1889
Type 4, 1889 - H24a

Hisc. 1889 Description Mint Used
H24 No value, olive green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 2.00 2.50
H24a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 2.50 3.00
H24b         manuscript controls (colour?) (letter: E) 30.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies are cancelled with pen strokes.

 

1890 As above. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1890 Western Union 1890
1890 - H25
1890 - H25b
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay).
Type 4, 1879 - 1893 style (Norvin Green) (click images for listing)

Hisc. 1890 Description Mint Used
H25 No value, deep purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 2.00
H25a         printed controls in black (letters: B, C) 1.33 2.67
H25b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.67 2.67
H25c         handstamped controls in black (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.67 2.67
H25e         manuscript controls (colour?) (letter: B) 7.00 -
H25f         manuscript controls in black (letter: C) 7.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies are reported cancelled with purple handstamps (large letters or office names)
                or red hand stamps ("RECEIVED" and date).

My note: I do not know why H25d is skipped.

 

1891 As above. Controls printed in blue.
Western Union 1891  Western Union 1891
Type 4 1891, (H26 and H26a) courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1891 Description Mint Used
H26 No value, brown (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H26a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.33 -

 

1892 As above.

Western Union 1892 Western Union 1892 Western Union 1893
1892 H27 1892 H27a 1893 H28

 

Hisc. 1892 Description Mint Used
H27 No value, deep vermilion (letters: B, C, D, E) 2.00 -
H27a         handstamped controls in dark purple (letters: A, B, C, D) 2.50 -
H27b         with no controls 20.00 -

 

1893 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1893 Description Mint Used
H28 No value, deep blue (shades)(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 3.00
H28a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 2.25 4.50
H28b         handstamped controls in black (letters: B, C) 2.25 4.50

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies are cancelled with a purple handstamp.

 

1894 As above but with signature of Thomas T. Eckert.

Western Union 1894 Western Union 1894
Type 5, 1894, H29 Type 5, 1894, H29a
Type 5, signature of Thomas T. Eckert.

Hisc. 1894 Description Mint Used
H29 No value, bluish green(shades)(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 2.00
H29a         handstamped controls in black (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 2.50
H29b         handstamped controls in purple (letter: E) 2.00 3.00
H29c         no controls 10.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies are cancelled with a handstamped company inscription, place and date in blue.

 

1895 New design by the International Bank Note Co. of New York on slightly
brownish white wove paper. No watermark. Perf.14. Controls printed in red.

Western Union 1895 Western Union. 1896 Western Union 1897 Western Union 1897
1895 (H30) 1896 (H31) 1897 (H32) 1897 (H32b)
Type 6, International Bank Note Co. (Thomas T. Eckert)

 

Hisc. 1895 Description Mint Used
H30 No value, dark brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H30a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, C, D, E) 1.50 -
H30b         handstamped controls in black (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. There is conflicting evidence on whether this frank is known used or not.

 

1896 As above.

Hisc. 1896 Description Mint Used
H31 No value, deep lilac (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H31a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. See note under 1895 above.

 

1897 As above. Printed controls in blue.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H32 No value, scarlet (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H32a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 -
H32b         handstamped controls in black (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. See note under 1895 above.

 

1898 As above. Printed controls in red.

Western Union 1898-1 Western Union 1898-2 Western Union 1898-3
1898 (H33) 1898 (H33a) 1898 (*RH33c) - Courtesy of Rich Hansen.

*The purple controls can be quite feint, but there do seem to be stamps entirely without controls.

RH# Hisc. 1898 Description Mint Used
RH33 H33 No value, green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 2.00
RH33a H33a         handstamped controls in dark purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E)   1.50 3.00
RH33b H33b         handstamped controls in red (letter: C) (see Note 1 below) 2.00 -
*RH33c -         no control - -
*RH33d -         imperf between vertical pair. Controls as H33a. - -
  Wilson Born Collection lot 1140
*Imperforate between pair
from lot 1140 of the Wilson Born Collection.

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. The 'red' control of No.33b is said to look like a faded purple while the purple of No.33a tends to look almost black.
                It is not clear at present whether No.33b should be regarded as a separate variety or as a shade of No.33a.
Note 2. Used values are cancelled with a long red handstamp of letters and numbers, only as a small part of which falls
                upon the stamp.

 

1899 As above. Printed controls in red or blue. In the latter case, the letters follow the numbers.

Western Union 1899 Western Union 1899 Western Union. 1899
1899 H34a 1899 H34c with handstamped control Type 7 1899 H34d
One of mine. Courtesy ibredguy.co.uk (click image for listing). Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing).

 

Hisc. 1899 Description Mint Used
H34 No value, olive green red controls (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 2.00
H34a         printed controls in blue (see above) (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 3.00
H34b         No.34a with no printed letter but manuscript C in black 10.00 20.00
H34c         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 3.00
H34d         with no control 4.00 20.00

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. Care must be taken with No.34e since the purple handstamped controls can be
                very faint.
Note 2. Used values are cancelled with (a) a blue handstamp of office name in ornate rectangle,
                (b) red handstamps of office name and date in straight line or company name or initials
                in variously sized circles or (c) letters and numbers in pen.

 

1900 As above but Perf.13. Printed controls as for 1899. Red controls - letter first. Blue controls - letter last.

Western Union 1900 Western Union 1900 - type 8
1900 H35 1900 H35b with blue control type 8

 

Hisc. 1900 Description Mint Used
H35 No value, crimson (red letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H35a         No.35 with gothic (as distinct from Roman) 'D' 4.00 -
H35b     (type 8)     printed controls in blue (number first) (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.50 -
H35c         with no control 10.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. There is again doubt as to whether this year's issues are known used.
Note 2. The blue 'printed' controls of No.35b (type 8) are referred to by Rich as "manual printed" whatever that may mean.
                They are larger and more ornate than the red printed controls of No.35 (type 6) but markedly different in style from the
                'handstamped' controls (type 7).

 

1901 As above. Red and blue printed controls as for 1900.

Western Union 1901 - type 6
1901 - H36

Hisc. 1901 Description Mint Used
H36 No value, dark orange-brown (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H36a         printed controls in blue (number first) (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.50 -
H36b         as for 36a but letters (C, D) inserted separately 3.00 -
H36c         with no control 10.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. It is not clear whether C and D are found alternatively or together on No.36b.
                Information would, as always, be welcomed.

 

1902 As above but perf.14. Controls of the same types as for 1900 (6 and 8) but both in red. Signature of Thos. F. Eckert.

Western Union. 1902 Western Union. 1902 Sale 56 Lot 2392
H37, 1902 (Thos. F. Eckert) with Type 6 control. H38a, 1902 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control. Die proof on India sunk on card (44x40mm).
Courtesy Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions.

 

Hisc. 1902 F. Eckert Description Mint Used
H37 No value, steel blue, type 6 (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 6.00 -
H37a         red controls of type 8 (letters: C, D, E) 10.00 -

 

1902 As above but with signature of R. C. Clowry (following death of Col. Eckert early in 1902). Controls as above.

Hisc. 1902 R.C.Clowry Description Mint Used
H38 No value, steel blue (letters: A, B, C, D) 6.00 -
H38a         red controls of type 8 (letters: B, C, D, E) 8.00 -

 

1903 As above. All controls in red as for Nos.37 and 37a.

Western Union 1903 Western Union 1903
H39, 1903 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control. H39a, 1903 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control.
Images courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1903 Description Mint Used
H39 No value, green (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H39a         red controls of type 8 (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H39b         with no controls 4.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Opinions again differ on whether used copies exist.

 

1904 As above. Controls in red as for Nos.37 and 37a and also in blue as type 8.

Western Union 1904 Western Union 1904 Western Union 1904
H40, 1904 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control. H40b, 1904 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control. H40c, 1904 (R.C.Clowry) with No control.

Hisc. 1904 Description Mint Used
H40 No value, brown lake (letters: *A, B, C, D) 1.00 -
H40a         red controls of type 8 (letter: D) 1.50 -
H40b         blue controls of type 8 (letters: C, D) 1.00 -
H40c         with no controls 5.00 -

* I have added Control letter 'A' to H40 to accommodate the example shown above.

 

1905 As above. Controls in both above types in blue.

Western Union 1905 Western Union 1905 Western Union 1905
H41, 1905 (R.C.Clowry). H41a, 1905 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control. *RH41c, 1905 (R.C.Clowry) with No control.

 

RH# Hisc. 1905 Description Mint Used
RH41 H41 No value, carmine-red (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.80 1.50
RH41a H41a         blue controls of type 8 (letters: C, D) 1.00 2.00
RH41b H41b         imperf. (proof?) - -
*RH41c -         perf. No control - -

* I have added H41c to accommodate the example above.

Hiscocks added the following 2 Notes:

Note 1. Used copies are cancelled with a purple handstamp of large numerals.
Note 2. The letter C in No.41 is said often to resemble a 'G'.

 

1906 As above. Controls in both above types in red.

Western Union 1906 Western Union. 1906
H42, 1906 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control. H42a, 1906 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control.
Courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

Hisc. 1906 Description Mint Used
H42 No value, dark blue (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 1.50
H42a         red controls of type 8 (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 1.50

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies are cancelled with pen (red), pencil, crayon and various purple handstamps.

 

1907 As above. Type 6 controls in red, or type 8 controls in blue.

Western Union 1907 Western Union 1908
H43, 1907 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control. H44, 1908 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control.

 

Hisc. 1907 Description Mint Used
H43 No value, dark orange-brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 2.00
H43a         blue controls of type 8 (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.20 2.00
H43b        as for No.43a but with letter C double 4.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used cancelled with pencil strokes or office names in purple handstamps.

 

1908 As above. Controls of both above types in red.

Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
H44 No value, blackish lilac (letters: *A, B, C, D) 2.00 3.00
H44a         red controls of type 8 (letter: B) 3.00 4.00

* I have added Control 'A' to H44 to accommodate the example shown above.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Cancellation type not reported.

 

1909 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H45 No value, olive green (letters: A, C) 2.00 -
H45a         controls of type 8 (letter: C) 3.00 -

 

1910 As above. Controls in both above types in blue. Perf.12.

Western Union 1910
H46, 1910 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control.

 

Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
H46 No value, brownish yellow (letters: B, C, D) 1.00 2.00
H46a         controls of type 8 (letters: C, D) 1.50 3.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Cancellation type not reported.

 

1911 New design engraved by the American Bank Note Co. on wove paper.
No watermark. Perf.12. Signature of Theo. N. Vail. Red printed controls of type larger and more ornate than 6.

Western Union. 1911 Western Union 1912
1911, Type 10, H47 1912, Type 10, H48a
One of mine. Image courtesy of Jie6127 (click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1911 Description Mint Used
H47 No value, deep bluish green (letters: B, C, E) 9.00 -

 

1912 As above. Controls of types 10 and 8 in red.

Hisc. 1912 Description Mint Used
H48 No value, purple (letter: C) 8.00 -
H48a         controls of type 8 (letters: B, C) 10.00 -

 

1913 As above but engraved by Kihn Brothers Bank Note Co. of New York (imprint on lower 2 stamps of pane).
Whiter wove paper. No watermark. Perf.14. Printed controls in red (type 10) and blue (letter last).

Western Union 1913 Western Union 1913
1913, Type 10, H49 1913, Type 10, H49a
Courtesy of Jie6127 on ebay (click images for listing) One of mine.

Western Union. 1913  Western Union. 1913
1913 *RH49d and *RH49e - Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing).

RH# Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
RH49 H49 No value, reddish brown (letters: B, C, D) 9.00 -
RH49a H49a         printed controls in blue, letter: (C or *D) last 10.00 -
RH49b H49b         imperf. between horizontal pair 50.00 -
RH49c H49c         imperf. between vertical pair 50.00 -
*RH49d -         no control number - -
*RH49e -         imperf. between vertical pair (no control) - -

* I have added Control 'D' to H49a due to the example shown above.

* I have added RH49d and RH49e to accommodate the examples above.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Type 10 is actually, apart from the signature, a return to type 4.

Sale 52 Lot 2199
1913, Brown, 7 panes of four,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

1914 New smaller design, with values introduced. Engraved by E. A. Wright Bank Note Co. on wove paper.
No watermark. Perf.12. Same signature. Controls in red of same two types as in 1912.

Western Union 1914 5c Western Union 1914
Type 11, 1914 5c - H50 showing Roman 'A' *Pair of H50b showing imprint, courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

Western Union 1914 Western Union 1914 25c Western Union 1914
Type 11, 1914 25c - H51 with Roman 'B' 1914 25c - H51a showing Gothic 'B' control.
Courtesy of Jeff Meador (jeffm0518 on ebay).
1914 25c - H51b

 

Hisc. 1914 Description Mint Used
H50 5c deep brown (letters: A, B) 1.50 3.00
H50a         gothic 'B' in place of roman 'B' in control 1.50 3.00
H50b         letter after number (letters: *A, B) 2.25 4.50
H50c         imperf. between horizontal pair 12.00 -
H50d         imperf. between vertical pair 12.00 -
H51 25c bluish grey (letters: A, B) 3.00 -
H51a         gothic 'B' in place of roman 'B' in control 3.00 -
H51b         letter after number (letter: B) 3.75 -

* I have added 'A' to H50b due to the example shown above.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. There is confusion in my sources as to whether it is the 5c or 25c which is known used.
                I have seen neither and do not know the form of cancellation if any.

 

1915 As above. Controls in red. Signature of Newcomb Carlton.

Western Union 1915 Western Union 1915 5c Western Union 1915 25c Western Union 1915 25c RH53b
Type 11, 1915 - H52
courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
Type 11, 1915 5c - H52a with Roman 'B' Type 11, 1915 25c - H53 Type 11, 1915 25c - *RH53b
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

RH# Hisc. 1915 Description Mint Used
RH52 H52 5c red-orange (letters: A, B, C) 1.50 -
RH52a H52a         letter after number (letter: B) 2.25 -
RH53 H53 25c deep olive green(letters: A, B, C) 3.75 -
RH53a H53a         letter after number (letters: *A, B) 4.50 -
*RH53b -         control doubled - -
RH53c H53b         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -

* I have added this due to the example shown above.

 

1916 New design engraved by the American Bank Note Co. on white wove paper.
No watermark. Perf.12. Same signature (Newcomb Carlton). Printed controls in red and blue as indicated.

Western Union 1916 5c Western Union 1916 5c Western Union 1916 5c RH54b
Type 12, 1916 5c - *RH54a, courtesy of
Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
Type 12, 1916 5c - *RH54a Type 12, 1916 5c (Cancelled) - *RH54b
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

Western Union 1916 25c Western Union 1916 25c
Type 12, 1916 25c - H55 Type 12, 1916 25c - *RH55a, courtesy of
Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

RH# Hisc. 1916 Description Mint Used
RH54 H54 5c deep new blue, red controls (letters: A, B, C) 1.50 -
*RH54a -         blue control (letter after number) (letters: A, B) - -
*RH54b -         no control - -
RH55 H55 25c lake, blue controls (letters: A, B, C) 2.00 -
*RH55a -         letter after number (letter: A) 4.50 -

* I have added these due to the examples shown above.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Both are known overprinted 'specimen' in the same colour as the control and numbered '0000'.

 

1917 As above but engraved by the Security Bank Note Co. Perf.11. Controls in red.

Western Union 1917 5c Western Union 1917
Type 12, 1917 5c - H56 Type 12, 1917 - RH56b and H57, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

RH# Hisc. 1917 Description Mint Used
RH56 H56 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B) 1.10 -
RH56a H56a         letter after number (letter: C) 1.50 -
*RH56b -         magenta control (letter: B) - -
RH57 H57 25c deep green (letters: A, B) 1.50 -
RH57a H57a         letter after number (letter: C) 2.25 -

* I have added this due to the example shown above.

 

1918 As above. Controls in red.

Western Union 1918 5c Western Union 1918 Western Union 1918 25c
Type 12, 1918 5c - H58 Type 12, 1918 - H58a, courtesy of
Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
Type 12, 1918 25c - H59

Hisc. 1918 Description Mint Used
H58 5c olive green (letters: A, B) 1.00 -
H58a         letter after number (letters: A, C) 1.50 -
H59 25c chocolate (letters: A, B) 1.50 -
H59a         letter after number (letters: A, C) 2.00 -

 

1919 As above. Controls in blue or red as indicated.

Western Union 1919 Western Union 1919 Western Union 1919
1919 5c - H60 1919 5c - H60a 1919 25c - H61
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).

 

Hisc. 1919 Description Mint Used
H60 5c orange-brown (blue controls)(letters: A, B) 1.50 -
H60a         letter after number (red controls)(letter: *B, C) 3.00 -
H61 25c dark blue (blue controls)(letters: A, B) 3.00 -
H61a         letter after number (red controls)(letter: C) 4.50 -

* I have added letter B due to the example shown above.

 

1920 As above but engraved by E. A. Wright Bank Note Co. Perf.12. All controls in red.

Western Union 1920 5c Western Union 1920
1920 5c - H62 1920 25c - H63
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).

Hisc. 1920 Description Mint Used
H62 5c deep greyish green (letters: B, C) 0.60 -
H62a         letter after number (letters: B, C) 1.00 -
H63 25c deep olive (letters: A, B, C) 1.00 -
H63a         letter after number (letters: B, C) 1.50 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. My copies of No.63 have the normal size A and B but much larger numbers than in surrounding years.

 

1921 As above but engraved by the Security Bank Note Co. Perf.12. Printed controls in carmine.

Western Union. 1921 Western Union. 1921 5c Western Union. 1921 5c RH64b
1921 H64 control letter A before.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).
1921 *H64a control letter C after. 1921 5c - *RH64b
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

Western Union. 1921 Western Union. 1921 25c
1921 H65 control letter *C before.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).
1921 *RH65a control letter C after

RH# Hisc. 1921 Description Mint Used
RH64 H64 5c deep rose red (carmine letters: A, B) 0.75 -
*RH64a -         red control (letter: C) after number - -
*RH64b -         no control - -
RH65 H65 25c dark blue (letters: A, B, *C) 0.90 -
*RH65a -         red control (letter: C) after number 1.00 -
RH65b H65a         no control 6.00 -

* I have added these due to the examples shown above.

 

1922 As above. Letter-first controls printed in red. Number-first controls printed in blue.

Western Union 1922 - 5c Western Union 1922 - 5c RH66c Western Union 1922 - 25c Western Union 1922 - 25c
1922 5c - H66 1922 5c - *RH66c
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey.
1922 25c - H67
courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
1922 25c - H67a

RH# Hisc. 1922 Description Mint Used
RH66 H66 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B) 0.75 -
RH66a H66a         letter after number (letter: B) 1.20 -
RH66b H66b         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -
*RH66c -         no control - -
RH67 H67 25c crimson (letters: A, B) 1.50 -
RH67a H67a         letter after number (letter: B) 2.25 -

* I have added this due to the example shown above.

 

1923 As above. Controls as above.

Western Union 1923 5c Western Union 1923 25c Western Union 1923 - 25c RH69b
1923 5c - H68
courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
1923 25c - H69
courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
1923 25c - *RH69b
Image courtesy of Everett Ramsey.

RH# Hisc. 1923 Description Mint Used
RH68 H68 5c olive green (letters: A, B) 0.75 -
RH68a H68a         letter after number (letter: B) 1.20 -
RH69 H69 25c plum (letters: A, B) 1.50 -
RH69a H69a         letter after number (letter: B) 2.25 -
*RH69b -         no control - -

* I have added this due to the example shown above.

 

1924 As above. Controls as above.

Western Union 1924 - 5c Western Union 1924 - 25c Western Union 1924 25c
1924 5c - H70 1924 25c - H71 1924 25c - H71
courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1924 Description Mint Used
H70 5c orange-brown (letters: A, B) 1.50 -
H70a         letter after number (letter: B) 2.25 -
H70b         with no control 4.50 -
H71 25c grey-blue (letters: A, B, *C) 3.00 -
H71a         letter after number (letter: B) 4.50 -

* I have added control letter C to H71 due to the example shown above.

 

1925 As above. Controls as above (see 1922).
Western Union 1925  Western Union 1925
1925, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1925 Description Mint Used
H72 5c olive green (letters: A, B) 0.75 -
H72a         letter after number (letter: B) 1.20 -
H72b         with no control 6.00 -
H73 25c bright carmine (letters: A, B) 1.50 -
H73a         letter after number (letter: B) 2.25 -

 

1926 As above. Controls as above (see 1922).

Western Union 1926 - 5c Western Union 1926 - 5c Western Union 1926 - 25c
1926, 5c   H74 1926, 5c   H74a 1926, 25c   H75
Courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1926 Description Mint Used
H74 5c blue (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -
H74a         letter after number (letter: B, C) 1.20 -
H75 25c light brown (letters: A, B, C) 3.00 -
H75a         letter after number (letter: B) 4.50 -

 

1927 As above. (Hiscocks says "Controls printed in red only" but here are examples with blue.)

Western Union 1927 5c Western Union 1927 Western Union. 1927 pane
1927 5c with red control H76. 1927 5c with blue control *RH76a.
Courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay
1927 25c pane with blue control *RH77a. Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing)

 

RH# Hisc. 1927 Description Mint Used
RH76 H76 5c bright carmine (red control) (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -
*RH76a -         blue control (letter after number) (letter: A) - -
RH77 H77 25c green (red control) (letters: A, B, C) 3.00 -
*RH77a -         blue control (letter after number) (letter: B) - -

 

 

1928 As above but engraved by the E. A. Wright Bank Note Co. Perf.12. Controls as above.

Western Union 1928 5c Western Union 1928 25c
1928 5c - H78. 1928 25c - H79.

 

Hisc. 1928 Description Mint Used
H78 5c brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -
H79 25c dark blue (letters: A, B, C) 1.00 -

 

1929 As above but engraved by the Security Bank Note Co. Perf.12. Controls printed in large red letters and numbers.
Western Union 1929 5c   Western Union 1929 5c
1929 5c - H80 and H81

Hisc. 1929 Description Mint Used
H80 5c dark green (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 1.00
H81 25c purple-brown (letters: A, B, C) 1.50 3.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies of these and subsequent franks are mostly cancelled with the word 'CANCELLED' three
                times in a divided box — usually in blue but also known in green (1931) and purple (1932).
                The date is also sometimes stamped on in purple.

 

1930 As above.
Western Union 1930  Western Union 1930
1930, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1930 Description Mint Used
H82 5c green (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 3.00
H83 25c deep carmine (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 3.00
H83a         imperf. between vertical pair 15.00 -

 

1931 As above.

Western Union 1931 5c Western Union 1931 25c
1931 5c - H84. 1931 25c - H85.

 

Hisc. 1931 Description Mint Used
H84 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 3.00
H85 25c green-blue (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 3.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. See note below 1929.

 

1932 As above.

Western Union 1932 5c Western Union 1932 25c
1932 5c - H86. 1932 25c - H87.

 

Hisc. 1932 Description Mint Used
H86 5c bluish green (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 3.00
H87 25c carmine (shades) (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 3.00

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. See note below 1929.

 

1933 New smaller design lithographed by the Oberly and Newell Co. on white wove paper.
No watermark. Perf 14 x 12½ between stamps in panes of 9 (2 per pane with perfs. all round). Small controls in red.

Western Union 1933 Western Union 1934 Western Union 1934
1933 Type 13 (Newcomb Carlton) 1934 5c, Type 14 (R. B. White) 1934 25c, Type 14 (R. B. White)

 

Hisc. 1933 Description Mint Used
H88 5c pale pinkish brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 -
H89 25c bluish green (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 -

 

1934 As above but lithographed by the Security Bank Note Co. on wove paper.
No watermark. Perf 12 between stamps in panes of 9. Signature of R. B. White. Large red controls.

Hisc. 1934 Description Mint Used
H90 5c rose-carmine (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 -
H91 25c indigo (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -

 

1935 As above, letters larger than numbers.

Western Union 1935 Western Union 1935
1935 5c - H92 1935 25c - H93

 

Hisc. 1935 Description Mint Used
H92 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 -
H93 25c carmine (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -

 

1936 As above.

Western Union 1936 Western Union 1936 Western Union 1937 Western Union 1937
1936 5c, H94 (R. B. White) 1936 25c, H95 (R. B. White) 1937 5c, H96 (R. B. White) 1937 25c, H97 (R. B. White)
Type 14 - a couple of mine Type 14 - Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

 

Hisc. 1936 Description Mint Used
H94 5c blue (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 2.25
H95 25c light green (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 2.25

 

1937 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H96 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -
H97 25c carmine red (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -

 

1938 As above.

Western Union 1938 Western Union 1938
1938 5c Type 14 (R. B. White) - H98 1938 25c Type 14 (R. B. White) - H99

 

Hisc. 1938 Description Mint Used
H98 5c grey-olive (letters: B, C) 0.75 2.25
H99 25c blue (letters: B, C) 0.75 2.25

 

1939 As above. Control letters changed to smaller type.

Western Union 1939 Western Union 1939
1939 5c, Type 14 (R. B. White) 1939 25c, Type 14 (R. B. White)
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1939 Description Mint Used
H100 5c orange (letters: B, C) 0.60 -
H100a         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -
H101 25c bright purple (letters: B, C) 1.50 -

 

1940 As above.

Western Union 1940 5c Western Union 1940 25c Sale 45 Lot 1945
1940 5c, Type 14 (R. B. White), H102 1940 25c, Type 14 (R. B. White), H103 1940 $5 booklet.
A couple of mine Courtesy Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic
Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. 1940 Description Mint Used
H102 5c light blue (letters: B, C) 1.20 -
H103 25c light emerald (shades) (letters: B, C) 1.20 -

 

1941 As above. Perf. 12½.

Western Union 1941 Western Union 1941
1941 5c, Type 14 (R. B. White) 1941 25c, Type 14 (R. B. White)
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay

 

Hisc. 1941 Description Mint Used
H104 5c dull claret (letters: B, C) 0.90 -
H105 25c orange-red (letters: B, C) 0.90 -

 

1942 As above. Signature of A. N. Williams.

Western Union 1942 5c Western Union 1942 25c
1942-46 Type 14 (A. N. Williams), H106 1942-46 Type 14 (A. N. Williams), H107

 

Hisc. 1942 Description Mint Used
H106 5c light brown (letters: B, C) 0.75 -
H107 25c ultramarine (letters: B, C) 0.75 -

 

1943 As above.

Western Union 1943 Western Union 1943
1943 5c, Type 14 (A. N. Williams) - H108 1943 25c, Type 14 (A. N. Williams) - H109

 

Hisc. 1943 Description Mint Used
H108 5c orange (letters: B, C) 0.75 -
H109 25c bright purple (letters: B, C) 0.60 -

 

1944 As above.

Western Union 1944 5c Western Union 1944 25c Western Union 1945 5c Western Union 1945 25c
1944 5c, Type 14 (H110) 1944 25c, Type 14 (H111) 1945 5c, Type 14 (H112) 1945 25c, Type 14 (H113)
All except H112, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

 

Hisc. 1944 Description Mint Used
H110 5c light yellowish green (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 -
H111 25c dull yellow-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.60 -

 

1945 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H112 5c blue (letters: B, C) 0.75 -
H113 25c yellowish green (letters: B, C) 0.75 -

 

1946 As above. Control letters larger (same size as number).
Western Union. 1946 5c   Western Union. 1946 25c
1946 H114 and H115 showing control sizes - Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, (click for listing).

Hisc. 1946 Description Mint Used
H114 5c dull yellow-brown (letters: B, C) 2.25 -
H115 25c red (letters: B, C) 3.00 -

 

 

'Credit' Stamps

From Hiscocks Book page 334
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 334.

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The status and purpose of these stamps is quite unknown — 'credit' stamps is
                a pure guess based on the wording.

These are now listed at 1875 Essays.

 

Stationery.

Sale 55 Lot 1200
Western Union Telegraph, imprint with small Zeus and Lightningbolt illustration,
on cover to Salisbury Center, N.Y., franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red tied by Huron, Ohio cds
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 38 Lot 2313
Western Union Telegraph Co. from the 1860's
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 45 Lot 383
1867 New York, N.Y. To Langon, France. Western Union Telegraph cover sent unpaid with "New York, 9, Mar 27" cds
debit to France (3¢ U.S. inland and 6¢ sea) and "8" decimes due handstamp. scarce transatlantic telegraph cover. 
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 232
Sale 62 Lot 232
San Francisco envelope and Pacific Division letterhead enclosure datelined "San Leandro, Jun 15th 1871".
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 22 Lot 28
Western Union telegram cover with original enclosure datelined "Apr 20, 1906"
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

 

Stationery of other companies that are not known to have issued telegraph stamps.

 

Sale 60 Lot 559
Alta California Telegraph Company, California, 1855, with contents.
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 222
Alta California Telegraph Company, California, 1856,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 223
Alta Telegraph Company, Office: 153 Montgomery St., Corner of Merchant,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 62 Lot 231
Northern California Telegraph, compare to previous.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 61 Lot 871
"American Telegraph CompanyWashington D.C." cover with 1861, 1c blue.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 30 Lot 413
American Telegraph Company. Illustrated embossed corner card with eagle and lighting bolt,
on local telegram cover, with manuscript Fifty three charge (50¢ telegram + 3¢ revenue).
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 52 Lot 2335
United States Military Telegraph, imprint on cover to Canton, Ohio, franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by blue Louisville, Ky., Jan 16, '64 cds and target duplex.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 59 Lot 4395
Sale 59 Lot 4395
1865 (Jul. 21) American Telegraph Co. (South) under the control and supervision of the U.S. Military Telegraph.
In the weeks after final Confederate collapse, this was the best means of communication within the South.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 58 Lot 1202
American Telegraph Company, New York, all-over illustrated envelope design in light blue.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

Sale 57 Lot 4325
Cincinnati & Louisville Steamer Telegraph No. 3, ornate blue embossed cameo corner,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 60 Lot 708
Gilroy and Havilah Telegraph Line, U.S. Mail Stage Via Firebaugh's…and Havila, with 1869, 3¢ ultramarine
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 55 Lot 1181
Great Albany Telegram, all-over ad cover, 12 June 1892 backstamp,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 23 Lot 181
House's Printing Telegraph. Illustrated design showing Telegraph Machine & Telegraph Lines on 1852 cover,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 44 Lot 1243
Magnetic Telegraph Office/Phila. Oval handstamp on locally addressed cover, matching "2" rate handstamp,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 30 Lot 410
Electro-Chemical Telegraph, Vermont and Boston Line. 1856 telegram from New York to Boston.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

Sale 30 Lot 411
Vermont & Boston Telegraph Company. 1856 telegram.
Courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

 

Telegraph Tax Stamps

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Internal Revenue Act of 1 June 1862 imposed on each telegram a tax of 1c for the first 10 words costing up to 20c and of 3c for the first 10 words
costing over 20c with effect from 1 October 1862. Revenue stamps bearing the word 'TELEGRAPH' of values 1c and 3c were prepared and delivered on
16 October 1862 (1c) and 21 November 1862 (3c). A month or so later an urgent requirement for more stamps resulted in some of both values being
sent imperforate or, in the case of the 3c, perforated in only one direction to save time.

The stamps were stuck to the original telegram which was retained by the company and normally destroyed so these stamps are virtually unknown
telegraphically used. However after 26 December 1862 the requirement for the use of specific stamps for specific purposes was dropped and Telegraph
Tax stamps were also used for all sorts of revenue purposes while conversely, other stamps were also used for telegraph tax payment until
the tax on telegrams was dropped on 1 August 1864. Used copies of the Telegraph Tax stamps have virtually all been used for other purposes and I
do not know any way in which 'properly' used copies may be distinguished.

 

1862 Engraved by Butler and Carpenter of Philadelphia on thin hard brittle wove paper.
No watermark. Perf.12.

Tax Stamp 1 Tax Stamp 2
Type 1 Type 2

 

RH# Hisc. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 1c red (16.10.62) 30.00 4.00
RH1a H1a         imperf. between horizontal pair 300.00 50.00
RH2 H2 3c green (21.11.62) 10.00 10.00
RH2a H2a         imperf. 100.00 30.00
RH2b H2b         imperf. horizontally, perf.12 vertically 25.00 10.00
RH2c H2c         on thicker softer paper 80.00 30.00
RH2d H2d         on paper containing silk threads 250.00 100.00
*RH2e -         imperf between vertical pair - -

*It seems sensible to add this as I have seen a number of examples,
though not all as good as the one on the right.
Image courtesy of Stanley M. Piller trading as stmpdlr on ebay.

From Hiscocks Book page 335

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies may be found with printed stamped cancellations (regarded as most desirable by US revenue stamp collectors),
                pen stroke cancellations (the most usual), or cancelled with a series of cuts in a herring bone pattern.
                The last are not well regarded and sell for well below catalogue prices.

Telegraphically used examples are virtually unknown since they would normally have been destroyed after use.
After 26 December 1862 however, it was no longer required to use a revenue stamp for the specific purpose it was designated for.
This made available Telegraph stamps that had been used for other purposes, such as the (half-sized) example below:
1864 Marriage Certificate
An Ohio marriage Certificate of 1864. 5c well spent hopefully.

 

 

Here is a new link to USA Telephone Stamps.


Telegram Seals.
Seals-pg-57aa
There is a vast array of advertising stickers produced by these companies, but very few that were actually intended to seal telegrams.
Another of Hiscocks works was to compile a list of such Telegram Seals, But he only knew of two types for the USA, this and a Marconi one used in Hawai.
I only have this one. I would be interested to hear if anyone knows of more.


If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.

 

Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.

Contact:     Emale

Please include the word 'Telegraphs' in the subject.

 

Alternatively Yahoo Group Yahoo-Group is a forum.

 

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