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Telegraph stamps of the World

I started with just British Private Telegraph stamps, but I have decided to
attempt to update more of Hiscocks' book.

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  These are still Hiscock's original 1982 prices in GB£  
I plan to update them some time in the future.
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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All values quoted here are currently those quoted in Steve Hiscocks' 1982 book and are therefore in GB£ and well out of date, but useful for comparison.
I plan to update them at some point in the future.

 

United States of America

 

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 that provides useful information, including the Scott catalogue (Specialised) designations for these.
Interestingly, the Scott Catalogue apparently only lists 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

Operated in New York in the 1880's to 1900's and San Francisco.

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

Wilson Born Collection lot 1001
Image from the Wilson Born Collection.

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

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.

 

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

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

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H2 5c blue, control in red 100.00 -
H3 10c colours unknown - -
H4 12c colours unknown - -

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


I have not yet seen any of the above, but I have seen the ones below:

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:

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H5 5c black / pink - -
H6 10c blue / grey - -
H7 10c red / grey - -
H7a         tete-beche vertical pair - -

 

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.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H8 5c, black on white, control in red - -

Stationery.

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

 

2. American Rapid Telegraph Company

Set up in 1879 and had lines from New York to Boston and to Cleveland.
Amalgamated with the Banker's and Merchants' Telegraph Co. in 1890 or 1891.

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

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

Hisc. Description Mint Punched Used
H1 1c black 0.75 0.25 3.00
H1a         dark grey 1.00 0.40 4.00
H2 3c dull orange (see Note. 2 below) 4.00 1.00 12.00
H3 5c deep brown (shades) 0.75 0.25 3.00
H4 10c violet 1.50 0.30 5.00
H5 15c deep blue-green 1.00 0.30 4.00
H6 20c orange-red 0.75 0.30 3.00
H7 25c brown-lilac (shades) 1.50 0.40 5.00
H8 50c steel blue (shades) 3.00 0.50 10.00

 

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

 

Hisc. Description Mint Punched Used
H9 1c deep brown 0.75 0.30 -
H10 5c steel blue 0.60 0.30 -
H11 15c lake-brown 0.60 0.30 -
H12 20c brown-olive 0.60 0.30 -

 

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 1.00 0.50 5.00
H13a         vertically se-tenant with No.9 3.00 1.50 -
H14 5c steel blue 1.00 0.50 5.00
H14a         vertically se-tenant with No.10 3.00 1.50 -
H15 15c lake-brown 1.50 0.75 6.00
H15a         vertically se-tenant with No.11 4.00 2.00 -
H16 20c brown-olive 2.00 0.75 6.00
H16a         vertically se-tenant with No.12 5.00 2.00 -

 

On the right is H13a taken from Wikimedia Commons

 

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.
USA ARTC se-tenant pair

 

 

3. American Telegraph Typewriter Company

Set up probably in the early 1900's.
Stamps were in sheets of 4 with straight outer edges, but there is no evidence that they were ever used.

1910 White paper. No watermark reported. Perf 14.

American Telegraph Typewriter
  Image courtesy of Eric Jackson (click for listing).

Wilson Born Collection lot 1003
Image from the Wilson Born Collection.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 No value, pale orange 30.00 -

 

 

4. Atlantic Telegraph Company

Operated a service from 1884 between Portland, Maine and Boston where it connected with the Baltimore and Ohio system.

1887 White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12½.

USA Atlantic Tel.Co. with control USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 5c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 10c USA Atlantic Tel.Co. 25c
5c with control, Hiscocks H1 mint 5c Hiscocks H2 remainder 10c Hiscocks H3 remainder 25c Hiscocks H4 remainder
Courtesy of Eric Jackson (click image for listings.) Images courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H1 1c bluish green 3.00 - 1.00
H2 5c dull blue 2.00 - 1.25
H2a         imperf. between horizontal pair 8.00 - -
H2b         imperf. between vertical pair 8.00 - -
H3 10c purple-brown 2.00 - 1.25
H3a         imperf. between horizontal pair 8.00 - -
H4 25c rose-red 3.00 - 2.00

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 1¢, 6 5¢, 5 10¢ & 4 25¢ panes of 6

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

1882 to 1887 when it was taken over by Western Union. It finished up operating in 27 states that the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad ran through.

 

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 1c USA B&O Prepayment 10c
H5 H7
Image courtesy of Phil. (rebenic25 on ebay) Image courtesy of Gregg Nelson
(gnmexstmps on ebay.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c dull vermilion 6.00 3.00
H1a         with printers name beneath 8.00 4.00
H2 5c dull ultramarine 5.00 2.50
H2a         with printers name beneath 7.50 3.50
H3 10c red-brown 4.00 2.00
H3a         with printers name beneath 5.50 3.00
H4 25c orange to brown 6.00 3.00
H4a         with printers name beneath 8.00 4.00

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) 3.00 1.50
H5a         with printers name beneath 4.00 2.00
H6 5c dull ultramarine (plain, A, D, red) 2.50 2.00
H6a         with printers name beneath 3.50 3.00
H7 10c red-brown (plain, B, D, blue) 2.00 1.00
H7a         with printers name beneath 3.00 1.50
H8 25c orange to brown (plain, D, blue-black) 3.00 1.50
H8a         with printers name beneath 4.00 2.00

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) 3.00 0.80
H9a         thick oily paper 5.00 1.50
H9b         thin paper (plain, D, J, K, red) 2.00 0.50
H9c         imperf. between pair 10.00 -
H10 5c dull blue (shades)(plain, D, red) 3.00 0.80
H10a         thin paper (plain, D, E, F, J, K, red) 2.00 0.50
H10b         imperf. between pair 10.00 -
H11 10c brown (marked shades)(plain, D, red) 3.00 0.80
H11a         thin paper (plain, D, E, F, J, K, red) 2.00 0.50
H12 25c dull orange (shades)(plain, red) 4.00 1.20
H12a         thin paper (plain, J, K, red) 3.00 0.80

 

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.

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) 1.00 0.40
H14 5c blue (shades)(F, L, red) 1.50 0.40
H15 10c dark brown (L, red) 1.00 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) 4.00 2.00
H17 5c blue (shades)(L, red) 5.00 2.50
H18 10c dark brown (F, L, red) 4.00 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 25c USA B&O Prepayment 25c
1c Forbes Co. - H19 25c Forbes Co. - H22

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H19 1c dull green (shades)(J, red) 5.00 2.00
H20 5c deep grey-blue (shades)(J, red) 6.00 2.50
H21 10c dark brown (J, red) 5.00 2.00
H22 25c dull orange-yellow (shades)(J, red) 5.00 1.50

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

 

Hisc. 1885 Description Mint Used
H23 No value. Brown (shades)(C, red) 1.00 -
H23a         with (half) printers name beneath 1.00 -
*H23b         with blue control 1.00 -
*H23c         blue control and (half) printers name beneath 1.00 -

*The control on the H23 image above is clearly not red so I added H23b and H23c.

 

1886 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H24 No value. Black (G, red) 1.00 -
H24a         with (half) printers name beneath 1.00 -

 

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

 

 

6. California State Telegraph Company

1854 to 1875 The first company in the USA to issue stamps which were franks for free telegrams.

 

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 8.00 -
H1a         perf. on four sides 10.00 -
H1b         control number in crayon 25.00 -
H1c         no control number 10.00 -

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 2515).

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 50.00 -
H2a         no control number 30.00 -

 

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 100.00 -
H3a         imperf. 100.00 -

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.

 

Hisc. 1871 Description Mint Used
H4 No value, black and brownish pink 20.00 -
H4a         no control number 20.00 -
H4b         inverted control number - -
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.

 

Hisc. 1872 Description Mint Used
H5 No value, dull blue-green (red control) 30.00 -
H5a         Blue control - -

 

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.

 

Hisc. 1873 Description Mint Used
H6 No value, dull rose and brownish pink 50.00 -
H6a         Inverted control - -
H6b         Purple control - -

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.

 

Hisc. 1874 Description Mint Used
H7 No value, deep blue and brownish pink 20.00 -
H7a         Sideways control - -
H7b         Inverted control - -

 

 

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.

 

Hisc. 1875 Description Mint Used
H8 No value, bistre-brown and yellow-green 30.00 -
H8a         No control - -

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

Operated between 1873 and 1892 from Princeton, California, westwards through the 3 counties from which it was named, and into Napa County.
Forgeries exist on slightly different paper. This image, and the image in Scott's have been altered slightly to avoid copying.
Stamps matching either should be viewed with suspicion.

 

1876 Type-set. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.
2 rows of 5 stamps to the pane.
Initials P.L.W. (usually smudged and incomplete) hand stamped in blue.

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 1028 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1029 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 5c black 65.00 -
H1a         without initials 75.00 -
H2 10c black 500.00 -
H3 25c red (without initials) - -

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.

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

 

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

In panes of four with straight outer edges.

1891 Lithographed by A. C. Goodwin of Albany, N.Y. Thick, very white smooth wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 between stamps.

A. Commutation (implying a discount for prepayment)

Commercial Union Type 1 Commercial Union Type 2 Commercial Union Type 3
Type 1 25c Type 2 25c/20 words Type 3 20 words

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 25c orange-yellow (carmine control No.) 2.00 -
H2 25c/20 words, myrtle green (vermilion control No.) 1.50 -
H2a         imperf. horizontal pair 10.00 -

 

B. Complementary (Frank)

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H3 20 words, carmine (dark blue control No.) 5.00 -

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

In 1885 entered into an agreement with the Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph Company whereby they could use each other's facilities.
Sold in booklets with panes of 10 stamps.

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 USA B&O Connecticut River 5c
1c H1. 5c H2. 1c H3. 5c H4.
Images courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click on image for listing). Images courtesy of aldrichinc on ebay (click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H1 1c black / yellow 1.00 3.00 0.30
H1a         imperf. pair 15.00 - 3.00
H1b         imperf. between horizontal pair - - 5.00
*H1c         imperf. between vertical pair - - 5.00
H2 5c black / yellow 1.00 3.00 0.30
H2a         imperf. (pair) - - 15.00
H2b         imperf. between horizontal pair - - 15.00
H2c         imperf. between vertical pair - - 15.00
*H1c 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
*H1c courtesy of Eric Jackson ( ericjackson on ebay).

 

1887 (October). As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H3 1c black / blue 1.50 5.00 0.50
H4 5c black / blue 1.50 5.00 0.50

 

 

10. Continental Telegraph Company

Opened a line between New York and Philadelphia in 1878, aquired by Western Union in 1882 .
Stamps 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.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c dull red-orange 4.00 -
H1a         with printers name beneath 6.00 -
H2 2c dull red 4.00 -
H2a         with printers name beneath 6.00 -
H3 5c deep green 4.00 -
H3a         with printers name beneath 6.00 -
H4 20c reddish brown 4.00 -
H4a         with printers name beneath 6.00 -
H5 25c grey-blue 4.00 -
H5a         with printers name beneath 6.00 -
H6 50c olive-brown 4.00 -
H6a         with printers name beneath 6.00 -

 

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.

 

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

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

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H7 1878, 50c ? on vermilion ? - -
H8 1880, 50c ? on vermilion ? - -
H9 1880, $5 ? on vermilion ? - -
H10 1881, $2.50 ? on vermilion ? - -
H11 1881, $5 blue on vermilion - -

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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)

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H7 1886, no value, black on buff - -

 

 

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 (ericjackson on ebay).
Click on image for listing.
USA Marconi Wireless pane
Lot 1072 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 No value, brown (blue control) 4.00 -

 

 

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.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1892, no value, blue on lilac - -

 

 

14. Mutual Union Telegraph Company

Set up in 1879, incorporated in 1880 and in two years built 25,000 miles of line.
Failed and absorbed into Western Union around 1884 due to dishonesty.
Booklet panes of 4. Control numbers in blue, but remainders exist without controls which may be part perforate or imperf.

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. ?
Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 No value, blue 4.00 -
H1a         without control number (remainder) 5.00 -
H1b         without control number, imperf. (pair) 10.00 -
H1c         without control number, imperf. between (pair) 10.00 -

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

 

1883 As above.
Signed by new President.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H2 No value, rose-carmine 4.00 -
USA Marconi Wireless pane

 

 

15. New York City and Suburban Printing Telegraph Company

Set up in 1855 within Manhatten Island, later extending to Brooklyn. Sold to the American Telegraph Company in or just before 1860.
Stamps were in un-gummed sheets with 10 rows of 6 stamps, the 6 being: 2c, 1c, 1c, 1c, 2c, 3c. Thus a sheet cost $1.
Forgeries exist, on wrong paper, or sometimes printed in blue.

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

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

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c greyish black 50.00 ?
H2 2c greyish black 75.00 ?
H3 3c greyish black 150.00 ?

SR Sale 67 lot 2526
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.

 

 

16. North American Telegraph Company

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 10.00 -
H1a         imperf. 15.00 -

 

1901 As above.

Hisc. 1901 Description Mint Used
H2 No value, dull green 25.00 -
H2a         imperf. 35.00 -

 

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 25.00 -
H3a         imperf. 35.00 -

 

1903 As above.

Hisc. 1903 Description Mint Used
H4 No value, steel blue 12.00 -
H4a         imperf. 18.00 -

 

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), click on image for listing

 

Hisc. 1904 Description Mint Used
H5 No value, reddish violet (slightly paler than No.1) 10.00 -
H5a         imperf. 15.00 -
H5b         imperf. between vertical pair 50.00 -

 

1905 As above.

Hisc. 1905 Description Mint Used
H6 No value, red-brown 10.00 -
H6a         imperf. 15.00 -

 

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 10.00 -
H7a         imperf. 15.00 -

 

1907 As above.

Hisc. 1907 Description Mint Used
H8 No value, bluish green 50.00 -
H8a         imperf. 75.00 -

 

 

17. Northern Mutual Telegraph Company

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.
In 1887 a New York stamp dealer acquired both the remainders and the plates which subsequently produced at least two lots of reprints.
The 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 1.50 25.00 0.50
H2 10c yellow-brown 1.50 25.00 0.50
H3 20c yellow-brown 4.00 25.00 0.50
H4 25c yellow-brown 1.50 25.00 0.50

Hiscocks added the following Note:

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

 

18. Northern New York Telegraph Company

This company started in 1892, linking some 300 farms north of the Adirondack Mountains.
It formed a public company under the name 'New York Union Telegraph Company' because the name it was using had already been used
by one of the several other similarly named companies. Printed in panes of 6 by Charles H. Smith, Bruston, N.Y.

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) 20.00 -
H2 10c dull blue (red) 20.00 -

 

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 *H3a H4
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H3 No value, yellow-olive 20.00 -
*H3a         without overprint - -

*H3a added due to example above.

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

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H4 No value, red 20.00 -

 

19. Pacific Mutual Telegraph Company

The name was rather wishful thinking, as they only operated in Kansas City, 1884 and 1885.
The stamps are thought to have been printed 1883 but it is not clear if they were used or even sold. Printed in booklet panes of 10.

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

USA Pacific Mutual 1c USA Pacific Mutual 5c USA Pacific Mutual 10c USA Pacific Mutual 25c
1c H2a. 5c H3 courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay) 10c H4. 25c H5.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c black / white 5.00 -
H2 1c dark grey (shades) 0.75 -
H2a         slate 0.75 -
H3 5c dark grey / buff-yellow 1.00 -
H4 10c dark grey / bluish green 0.50 -
H4a         imperf. between horizontal pair 10.00 -
H5 25c dark grey / salmon 1.00 -

 

20. Pacific Postal Telegraph-Cable Company

Set up by the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company in 1886 with lines between San Francisco and New Westminster in British Columbia.
The stamps were issued sometime before 1893. Printed in booklet panes of 5 vertical stamps. Control numbers are of 3 types in red, or without control.

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

Pacific Postal Telegraph-Cable
Examples courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing).

USA B&O Prepayment 1c
Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 10c brown (III) 5.00 5.00
H1a         without control number 15.00 15.00
H2 15c black (I) 4.00 4.00
H2a         without control number 15.00 15.00
H3 25c rose-red (II) 5.00 5.00
H3a         without control number 15.00 15.00
H4 40c deep green (III) 8.00 8.00
H4a         without control number 15.00 15.00
H5 50c rose-red (II) 6.00 6.00
H5a         without control number 15.00 15.00

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

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.

 

21. The Postal Telegraph-Cable Company

First incorporated on 21 June 1881 as the Postal Telegraph Company, changed its name to the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company in 1884
and in 1938 became Postal Telegraph Inc. In 1943 it became part of Western Union.

A. Prepayment Stamps
Shortcuts to other sections
B. General Franks. C. Official Franks. D. Complimentary Franks.

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 15c USA Postal Tel-Cable 25c USA Postal Tel-Cable 50c
10c H2 remainder. 15c H3 remainder. 25c H4 remainder. 50c H5 remainder.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used Rem.
H1 10c green 1.50 - 0.50
H1a         imperf. between horizontal pair 10.00 - 10.00
H1b         perf. 16 (see note below) 15.00 - -
H2 10c deep green 1.00 - 0.30
H3 15c reddish orange 1.00 - 0.50
H3a         imperf. between horizontal pair 10.00 - 10.00
H4 25c deep blue 1.00 - 0.40
H4a         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 - 15.00
H4b         light ultramarine (perf. 16, see note 1 below) 15.00 - -
H5 50c deep brown 1.50 - 1.50
H5a         black (perf. 16, see note 1 below) 15.00 - -

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 5.00 -
H7 2c deep lilac 5.00 -
H8 5c deep green 6.00 -
H9 25c vermilion 6.00 -
H9a         light red 6.00 -

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
H10 with imprint at bottom left.

 

Hisc. 1892 Description Mint Used
H10 No value, darkish violet (perf. 14½) 5.00 5.00
H10a         perf. 13½ 5.00 5.00
H10b         perf. 13½ x 14 5.00 5.00
H11 No value, grey-blue (perf. 13½) 3.00 3.00
H11a         perf. 13½ x 14 3.00 3.00
H11b         imperf. (pair) 10.00 -
H12 No value, slate purple (perf. 13½) 5.00 5.00
H12a         perf. 13½ x 14 5.00 5.00

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) 2.00 2.00
H13a         perf. 14 2.00 2.00
H13b         perf. 14 x 14½ 2.00 2.00
H13c         perf. 13½ 2.00 2.00
H14 No value, rose red (shades)(perf. 14½) 3.00 3.00
H14a         perf. 14 x 14½ 3.00 3.00
H14b         perf. 14½ x 14 3.00 3.00

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) 2.00 -
H15a         control number in purple 5.00 -
H16 No value, pale grey-green (purple control number) 5.00 -
H16a         no control number 2.00 -
H16b         imperf. with no control number (pair) 8.00 -

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) 5.00 -
H18 No value, carmine (control numbers in crimson) 25.00 -

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) 2.00 -
H20 No value, brown (perf. on all sides) 25.00 -

 

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 2.00 -
H22 No value, reddish orange (perf. on all sides) 20.00 -

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.) 2.00 -
H24 No value, rose (clean perfs. on all sides) 20.00 -

 

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 1.50 -

 

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 1.50 1.50
H27 No value, dark blue ('COMPLMENTARY) 1.00 1.00

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) 1.00 1.00
H28a         imperf. (pair) 20.00 -
H29 No value, greyish green (shades)(red control) 5.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

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

 

1902 As above but signature of John W. Mackay.

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

 

Hisc. 1902 Description Mint Used
H30 No value, brown (red control) 1.00 4.00

 

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

Hisc. 1903 Description Mint Used
H31 No value, blue 2.00 2.00
H31a         thin paper 2.00 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 1.50 1.50

 

1905 As for 1904 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 2.50 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

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

 

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

Hisc. 1906 Description Mint Used
H34 No value, darkish blue / light blue 2.00 -
H34a         imperf. between vertical pair 20.00 -

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 6.00 -
H36 No value, dark blue / pink 5.00 -

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 1908 Hiscocks H38 1908 Hiscocks H41
One of mine. Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click image for listing).

 

Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
H37 'One Telegram of 10 words', blue (shades) 5.00 -
*H37a         imperf. between horizontal pair, no control 20.00 -
H38 'One Telegram of 10 words', black 5.00 -
H39 'One Telegram of 10 words', yellow (rose-red control) 30.00 -
H40 'One Telegram of 10 words', yellow-brown (blue control)(see note below) 40.00 -
H41 'One Telegram', blue (shades) 8.00 -

*H37a added due to example below.
USA Postal Tel-Cable 1908 - imperf between, no control
H37a 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 1909 Hiscocks H42a   —   Compare the
frame-breaks below 'COMPANY' with the stamps each side.
1909 Hiscocks H43 1909 Hiscocks H44
Image courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay). One of mine. Image courtesy aldrichinc on ebay. One of mine.

 

Hisc. 1909 Description Mint Used
H42 'One Telegram of 10 words', brown (shades) (blue control) 4.00 -
H42a         yellow-brown (see note 1 below) 10.00 -
H42b         yellow-brown in pair with No. 40 100.00 -
H43 'One Telegram of 10 words', olive-green (see note 2 below) 4.00 -
H43a         watermarked 8.00 -
H44 'One Telegram', pale reddish lilac 6.00 -

For 1909 on yellow paper, see 1910 below.

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.

 

Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
H45 'One Telegram of 10 words', dark blue 5.00 -
H46 'One Telegram of 10 words', brown 5.00 -
H47 'One Telegram', blue-black / yellow laid paper 20.00 -
H47a         perf. on all sides 25.00 -
H47b         perf. Dated 1909 in error - -
H48 'One Telegram', reddish violet (shades) 4.00 -
H48a         perf. on all sides 5.00 -

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  
Lot 1093 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. 1911 Description Mint Used
H49 'One Telegram of 10 words', reddish violet 35.00 -
H50 'One Telegram', dark blue 12.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1096 Wilson Born Collection lot 1097 H52
1912, H51 1912, H51a 1912, H52
Lot 1096 from the Wilson Born Collection. Lot 1097 from the Wilson Born Collection. One of mine.

 

Hisc. 1912 Description Mint Used
H51 'One Telegram of 10 words', dark blue 40.00 -
H51a         No control - -
H52 'One Telegram', reddish violet 6.00 -

 

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)

 

Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
H53 'One Telegram of 10 words', reddish violet 40.00 -
H53a         No control - -
H54 'One Telegram', dark blue (perf.14) 5.00 -
H54a         imperf. between vertical pair 25.00 -
H54b         perf. on all sides (see note below No.48) 6.00 -
H54c         perf. 12 15.00 -

 

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) H56c courtesy of Eric Jackson. H56d
Lot 1100 from the Wilson Born Collection. Click images for listing One of mine.

 

Hisc. 1914 Description Mint Used
H55 'One Telegram of 10 words', deep purple (shades) 20.00 -
H55a         violet 20.00 -
H56 'One Telegram', dark blue (shades) 0.50 -
H56a         perf. on all sides 1.00 -
H56b         missing spurs (see note 3 below) 4.00 -
*H56c         missing spurs, perf. on all sides 5.00 -
*H56d         with spurs. Without control number. - -

* 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.

Hisc. 1916 Description Mint Used
H57 'One Telegram of 10 words', violet (?) 75.00 -
H57a         without controls - -

 

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

Wilson Born Collection lot 1109
Lot 1109 from the Wilson Born Collection.

Hisc. 1917 Description Mint Used
H58 'One Telegram', dark blue 100.00 -
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 100.00 -
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 30.00 -
H60a         perf. on all sides - -
H60b         missing spurs (?) - -

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 25.00 -
H61a         perf. on all sides - -
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 5.00 -

 

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 3.00 -
H65 25c pale blue 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) 0.75 0.75
H66a         perf. 12 0.75 0.75

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 on image for listing). Lot 1113 from the Wilson Born Collection.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H67 'One Telegram' scarlet 12.00 -

 

1909 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H68 'One Telegram' scarlet 20.00 -

 

1910 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H69 'One Telegram' scarlet 20.00 -

 

1911 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H70 'One Telegram' scarlet 16.00 -
H70a         brownish orange 16.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H71 'One Telegram' scarlet 12.00 -
H71a         orange-red 12.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H72 'One Telegram' red 20.00 -

 

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 0.75 -
H73a         perforated on all sides (from pane of 8) 1.00 -

 

E.P. — El Paso and Northeastern Railroad

1908
As above. Perf.12 between stamps.

USA Postal Tel-Cable El Paso
H74a courtesy of Eric Jackson (click for listing).

Wilson Born Collection lot 1115
Lot 1115 from the Wilson Born Collection

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H74 'One Telegram' orange-yellow 30.00 -
*H74a         perforated on all sides - -
*H74b         imperf between pair - -

*H74a and H74b 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 1914 - IC USA Postal Tel-Cable 1914 - IC no spurs
1908 Hiscocks H75 1914 Hiscocks H81 1914 Hiscocks H81c - missing 'spurs'
Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click image for listing)

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H75 'One Telegram' dull yellowish green 12.00 -
H75a         perforated on all sides 14.00 -

 

1909 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1116
Lot 1116 from the Wilson Born Collection

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H76 'One Telegram' pale yellowish green 5.00 -

 

1910 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H77 'One Telegram' dark green 12.00 -

 

1911 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H78 'One Telegram' dark yellowish green 12.00 -
H78a         perforated on all sides 14.00 -

 

1912 As above.

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

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H79 'One Telegram' dark yellowish green 25.00 -
H79a         perforated on all sides 28.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Wilson Born Collection lot 1117
Lot 1117 from the Wilson Born Collection

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H80 'One Telegram' green 30.00 -

 

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

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H81 'One Telegram' dark green 0.75 -
H81a         perforated on all sides 1.00 -
H81b         light green (ex. pane of 4) 1.00 -
H81c         without 'spurs' (cf No.56b) dark green 2.00 -
H81d         as 81c but perforated on all sides 2.50 -

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.

A note of my own, The ones 'without spurs' seem to be the more common.
I have only seen one with spurs, but plenty without and even have a horizontal pair of my own.

 

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 50.00 -

 

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 H83e 6mm control without letter 1908 H83f 3.5mm control with letter
Courtesy of Mike (mr31248  click image for ebay listing). Images courtesy of Eric Jackson (click image for listing).

 

Hisc. 1908 Description Mint Used
H83 'One Telegram' orange-brown 2.50 -
H83a         perforated on all sides 3.00 -
*H83b         imperf. between horizontal pair (no cont.) - -
*H83c         'wing' at bottom (no control) - -
*H83d         imperf. between horiz. pair, 'wing' at bottom (no cont.) - -
*H83e         6mm control without letter - -
*H83f         3.5mm control with letter - -

*H83b, H83c and H83d added due to example on right.

*H83e and H83f added due to examples above.
I have not yet seen any with controls as described by Hiscocks.

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 *H85b (No control)
Images courtesy aldrichinc on ebay (click image for listing). Courtesy of Mike (mr31248  click image for ebay listing).

 

Hisc. 1909 Description Mint Used
H84 'One Telegram' yellow-brown 9.00 -
H84a         perforated on all sides 11.00 -
H84b         control number in blue (?) 14.00 -

 

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

Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
H85 'One Telegram' orange-brown 4.00 -
H85a         perforated on all sides 5.00 -
*H85b         No control number - -

*I have added H85b 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 10.00 -

 

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

Hisc. 1912 Description Mint Used
H87 'One Telegram' orange-brown 10.00 -
H87a         without control number 12.00 -

 

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

USA Postal Tel-Cable 1913 - H88b USA Postal Tel-Cable 1913 - PR
1913 Hiscocks H88b (Perf.14). Without control. 1913 Hiscocks H88d (Perf.14 all round, no control).
Courtesy aldrichinc on ebay.

 

Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
H88 'One Telegram' orange-brown (Perf.12) 4.00 -
H88a         perforated on all sides 5.00 -
H88b         perf. 14 4.00 -
H88c         perf.14 on all sides 5.00 -
*H88d         perf.14 on all sides, without control - -

*I have added H88d due to the item above.

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 *H89b (No control)
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay) One of mine. Courtesy of Mike (mr31248 on ebay).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H89 'One Telegram' yellow-brown 3.00 -
H89a         perforated on all sides 3.50 -
*H89b         No control number - -

*I have added this due to the item above.

 

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. Description Mint Used
H90 'One Telegram' yellow-orange 20.00 -

 

1910 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H91 'One Telegram' orange-yellow 35.00 -
H91a         watermarked (triangle & letters) 45.00 -

 

1911 As above.

New York Union 10c New York Union 1c
*H92a H93
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H92 'One Telegram' yellow-orange 20.00 -
*H92a         perforated on all sides - -

*H92a added due to example above.

 

1912 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H93 'One Telegram' yellow-orange 15.00 -

 

D. 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.

Complimentary Frank 1888 front  Complimentary Frank 1888 back
1880's type, front and back at 150dpi.

 

Complimentary Frank 1890 front  Complimentary Frank 1890 back
1890's type, 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.

 

Complimentary Frank 1895 front  Complimentary Frank 1895 back
1895 type, front and back at 150dpi.

 

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

 

 

22. The Telepost Company

Set up in 1906 or 1907, but failed in less than 2 years. Both types of stamps were probably prepared in 1907 and
had instructions on the reverse which had a 6mm band of gum at the top, where the control number was repeated.

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.

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.

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 5c black 10.00 -
H1a         imperf between pair - -

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).

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H2 5c black (lithographed) 10.00 -
*H2a         without control - -

* I have added H2a 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

Operated in the 1920's and produced two stamps in 1926. It is not known for certain if they were ever used.

According to J. Barefoot, this company was set up in 1913 as a wholy-owned subsidiary of United Fruit.
This probably explains the design of the new *H1 below.

1914 Frank - not listed by Hiscocks so I have added it.
This is very similar to the 1913 issue of the United Fruit Co. below, including the signature !
I have therefore assumed it is the same size and scaled accordingly, but note that this then gives it a different perforation.
Printed by John A. Lowell Bank Note Co. Boston. Perf. 12½ ?

Tropical Radio 1914 Frank Wilson Born Collection lot 1135
1914 Frank *H1 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.

 

Hisc. was Description Mint Used
*H1 - No value, dark / blue - -

*I have added this as the first (H1) and re-numbered, due to the example above.

 

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

Tropical Radio 5c Tropical Radio 25c
5c H2 25c H3
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on them for listing).

 

Hisc. was Description Mint Used
H2 H1 5c red (control No. in blue) 8.00 -
H3 H2 25c green (control No. in red) 8.00 -

 

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

 

24. United Fruit Company Wireless Service

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 franks are reported to have been issued to fruit growers to enable them to inform the line when cargoes would be ready for loading.

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. Description Mint Used
H1 No value, black / yellow 10.00 -

 

1911 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H2 No value, deep grey-green / pale green (surface) 10.00 -

 

1912 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H3 No value, brown / orange-red (surface) 10.00 -

 

1913 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H4 No value, dark blue / blue 10.00 -

 

25. United States Telegraph-Cable-Radio Carriers

Hiscocks says :- "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  H1  5c   (click image for listing) 1947  H2  10c 1947  H3  50c
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay) Lot 1142 of the Wilson Born Collection. -

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 5c gold - -
H2 10c gold - -
H3 50c gold - -

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

This Company issued stamps from 1908 to 1912 and then failed.
Lithographed in panes of four, printer 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).

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1 No value, indigo 5.00 -

 

1909 As above.

United Wireless 1909 United Wireless - imperf between
H2 *H2c - courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H2 1 No value, brown (Galbraith) 5.00 -
H2a 1         horizontal pair 12.00 -
H2b 1         imperf. between horizontal pair 20.00 -
*H2c 1         No.2b without controls - -
H3 1 No value, brown (Wilson) 10.00 -
H3a 1         horizontal pair 20.00 -
H4 1 Nos. 2 and 3 in horizontal pair 25.00 -
H4a 1         horizontal pair 25.00 -

* 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.

United Wireless 1910 1910 - imperf between pair
1910 H5 (Galbraith) 1910 H5a (Galbraith)
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on images for listing).

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H5 2 No value, dark grey-green (Galbraith) 5.00 -
H5a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -
H5b 2         on yellow paper (single copies only) 10.00 -
H6 2 No value, dark grey-green (Wilson) 5.00 -
H6a 2         without control number 8.00 -

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).

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H7 2 No value, red (Galbraith) 5.00 -
H7a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -
H8 2 No value, red (Wilson) 5.00 -
H8a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -

 

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 *H9b (without control)
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay, click on image for listing). Images courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click on images for listing).

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H9 2 No value, darkish brown 6.00 -
H9a 2         imperf. between horizontal pair 15.00 -
*H9b 2         without control - -

* 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

This Company was established in 1856 and gradually acquired the competition. In 1943 it finally absorbed the Postal Telegraph Cable Company.
Since around 1910, Western Union has been owned or controlled by the Bell Telephone Company.

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

Type 1, courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay.)

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c yellowish green 0.50 -
H1a         imperf. (pair) 5.00 -
H2 2c dark orange-brown 0.75 2.00
H2a         imperf. (pair) 5.00 -
H3 5c deep greyish blue 0.75 -
H3a         imperf. (pair) 5.00 -
H3b         imperf. between pair 15.00 -
H4 10c dull orange 1.00 -
H4a         imperf. (pair) 10.00 -
H5 25c carmine 2.00 -
H5a         imperf. (pair) 15.00 -

 

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. The design was by Nathaniel Yontiff.

 

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.



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'.

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

 

Hisc. 1871 Description Mint Used
H6 No value, bluish green 6.00 -
H6a         perforated on all sides 8.00 -

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) 4.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. This franks 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) 6.00 -

 

1874 As above but controls in blue.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H9 No value, brown (shades) 9.00 -

 

 

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 10.00 -
H117 10c black / salmon 10.00 -
H118 25c black / salmon 10.00 -
H119 50c black / salmon 10.00 -

 

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

Western Union 1876 Western Union 1878
Type 3, 1876, *H11a courtesy aldrichinc on ebay. 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) 8.00 -
H10a         imperf. (proof?) - -

 

1876 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H11 No value, orange-red (letters: A, C, D, E) 5.00 -
H11a         blue-black printed controls (letter: A, *C) - -
H11b         manuscript controls in black (letters: B, C) 10.00 -
H11c         violet — imperf. (colour trial?) - -

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

 

1877 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H12 No value, dull violet-blue (letters: B, C, D, E) 5.00 -
H12a         manuscript controls in red (letters: C, D, E) 10.00 -
H12b         manuscript controls in black (letter: B) 10.00 -

 

1878 As above. Controls printed in blue.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H13 No value, deep greyish brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 9.00 -
H12a         manuscript controls (letters: B, C, D, E) 14.00 -
H12b         imperf. (proof?) - -

 

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

Western Union 1880 Western Union 1882
Type 4, 1880. H15 Type 4, 1882. H17

 

Hisc. 1879 Description Mint Used
H14 No value, deep blue (shades) (letters: B, C, D, E) 5.00 -
H14a         manuscript controls (letters: B, C, D, E) 10.00 -
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) 4.00 -
H15a         handstamped controls in blue (letter: C) 8.00 -
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.

Hisc. 1881 Description Mint Used
H16 No value, bluish green (letters: B, C, D, E) 4.00 -
H16a         handstamped controls in blue (letter: C) 5.00 -
H16b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: C, D, E?) 5.00 -
H16c         handstamped controls in purple[SIC] (letters: C, D, E?) 5.00 -
H16d         manuscript controls in red (letter: C) 10.00 -

 

1882 As above.

Hisc. 1882 Description Mint Used
H17 No value, deep blue (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 3.50 -
H17a         printed controls in vermilion (letter: E) 4.00 -
H17b         handstamped controls in red (letters: B, C, D, E) 5.00 -

 

1883 As above. Controls printed in blue.

Hisc. 1883 Description Mint Used
H18 No value, yellow-brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 4.00 -
H18a         letter A deleted in black and letter D substituted 25.00 -
H18b         handstamped controls in crimson (letters: B, C, D) 5.00 -
H18c         handstamped controls in purple (letters: C, D) 5.00 -

 

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.

Hisc. 1885 Description Mint Used
H20 No value, green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 2.00 4.00
H20a         handstamped controls in red (letters: B, C, D, E) 2.50 -
H20b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C) 2.50 -
H20c         handstamped controls in blue (letters: B, C, D) 2.50 -

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 1888 Western Union 1890 Western Union 1890
1888 - H23
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
1890 - H25
1890 - H25b
Courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay).
Type 4, 1879 - 1893 style (Norvin Green) (click images for listing)

 

1886 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1886 Description Mint Used
H21 No value, greyish brown (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 2.00 -
H21a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 2.50 -
*H21b         imperf. no control - -
*H21c         imperf. horizontal pair, no control - -
*H21d         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) 2.50 -
H22a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 3.00 -

 

1888 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1888 Description Mint Used
H23 No value, deep blue (shades)(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 2.00 -
H23a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 2.50 -
Western Union 1886 imperf pane

 

1889 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1889 Description Mint Used
H24 No value, olive green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.50 2.50
H24a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 2.00 3.00
H24b         manuscript controls (colour?) (letter: E) 25.00 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. Used copies are cancelled with pen strokes.

 

1890 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1890 Description Mint Used
H25 No value, deep purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.50
H25a         printed controls in black (letters: B, C) 1.00 2.00
H25b         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 1.25 2.00
H25c         handstamped controls in black (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.25 2.00
H25e         manuscript controls (colour?) (letter: B) 5.00 -
H25f         manuscript controls in black (letter: C) 5.00 -

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) 0.75 -
H26a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 -

 

1892 As above. Gothic control letters.

Western Union 1892 Western Union 1893
1892 H27 1893, H28 - courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967)

 

Hisc. 1892 Description Mint Used
H27 No value, deep vermilion (letters: B, C, D, E) 1.00 -
H27a         handstamped controls in dark purple (letters: A, B, C, D) 1.25 -
H27b         with no controls 10.00 -

 

1893 As above. Controls printed in red.

Hisc. 1893 Description Mint Used
H28 No value, deep blue (shades)(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 1.00
H28a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.50
H28b         handstamped controls in black (letters: B, C) 0.75 1.50

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 - red  Western Union 1894 - black
Type 5, H29 and H29a courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing)

Hisc. 1894 Description Mint Used
H29 No value, bluish green(shades)(letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 1.00
H29a         handstamped controls in black (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.25
H29b         handstamped controls in purple (letter: E) 1.00 1.50
H29c         no controls 5.00 -

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. 1896 Western Union 1897
1896 (H31) 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) 0.50 -
H30a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, C, D, E) 0.75 -
H30b         handstamped controls in black (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 -

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) 0.50 -
H31a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 -

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) 0.50 -
H32a         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 -
H32b         handstamped controls in black (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 -

Hiscocks added the following Note:

Note. See note under 1895 above.

 

1898 As above. Printed controls in red.

Western Union 1898  Western Union 1898
Type 6 1898 (H33) courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay) - and H33a.

Hisc. 1898 Description Mint Used
H33 No value, green (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 1.00
H33a         handstamped controls in dark purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.50
H33b         handstamped controls in red (letter: C) (see Note 1 below) 1.00 -
*H33c         imperf between vertical pair - -
  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) 0.50 1.00
H34a         printed controls in blue (see above) (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.50
H34b         No.34a with no printed letter but manuscript C in black 5.00 10.00
H34c         handstamped controls in purple (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.75 1.50
H34d         with no control 2.00 10.00

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
One of mine. Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).

 

Hisc. 1900 Description Mint Used
H35 No value, crimson (red letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 -
H35a         No.35 with gothic (as distinct from Roman) 'D' 2.00 -
H35b     (type 8)     printed controls in blue (number first) (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.75 -
H35c         with no control 5.00 -

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
Here is H36 courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).

Hisc. 1901 Description Mint Used
H36 No value, dark orange-brown (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 -
H36a         printed controls in blue (number first) (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.75 -
H36b         as for 36a but letters (C, D) inserted separately 1.50 -
H36c         with no control 5.00 -

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.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
H38a, 1902 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control.
Courtesy of Eric Jackson.
Die proof on India sunk on card (44x40mm).
Courtesy Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions.
Click images for listings

 

Hisc. 1902 F. Eckert Description Mint Used
H37 No value, steel blue, type 6 (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 3.00 -
H37a         red controls of type 8 (letters: C, D, E) 5.00 -

 

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) 3.00 -
H38a         red controls of type 8 (letters: B, C, D, E) 4.00 -

 

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

Western Union 1903 Western Union 1903 Western Union 1903 Western Union 1903
H39, 1903 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control. H39a, 1903 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control. H40b, 1904 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 8 control. H40c, 1904 (R.C.Clowry) with No control.
For all but the H40b, courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1903 Description Mint Used
H39 No value, green (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.50 -
H39a         red controls of type 8 (letters: A, B, C, D, E) 0.50 -
H39b         with no controls 2.00 -

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.

Hisc. 1904 Description Mint Used
H40 No value, brown lake (letters: B, C, D) 0.50 -
H40a         red controls of type 8 (letter: D) 0.75 -
H40b         blue controls of type 8 (letters: C, D) 0.50 -
H40c         with no controls 2.50 -

 

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.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).
*H41c, 1905 (R.C.Clowry) with No control.

 

Hisc. 1905 Description Mint Used
H41 No value, carmine-red (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.40 0.75
H41a         blue controls of type 8 (letters: C, D) 0.50 1.00
H41b         imperf. (proof?) - -
*H41c         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) 0.50 0.75
H42a         red controls of type 8 (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.50 0.75

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
H43, 1907 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).

 

Hisc. 1907 Description Mint Used
H43 No value, dark orange-brown (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.50 1.00
H43a         blue controls of type 8 (letters: B, C, D, E) 0.60 1.00
H43b        as for No.43a but with letter C double 2.00 -

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: B, C, D) 1.00 1.50
H44a         red controls of type 8 (letter: B) 1.50 2.00

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) 1.00 -
H45a         controls of type 8 (letter: C) 1.50 -

 

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

Western Union 1910
H46, 1910 (R.C.Clowry) with Type 6 control.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay).

 

Hisc. 1910 Description Mint Used
H46 No value, brownish yellow (letters: B, C, D) 0.50 1.00
H46a         controls of type 8 (letters: C, D) 0.75 1.50

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 Western Union 1913
1911, Type 10, H47 1912, Type 10, H48a 1913, Type 10, H49
1911 - Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing). 1912 and 1913 (Theo. N. Vail) - Courtesy of Jie6127 on ebay (click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1911 Description Mint Used
H47 No value, deep bluish green (letters: B, C, E) 4.00 -

 

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

Hisc. 1912 Description Mint Used
H48 No value, purple (letter: C) 4.00 -
H48a         controls of type 8 (letters: B, C) 5.00 -

 

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 *H49d and *H49e - Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing).

Hisc. 1913 Description Mint Used
H49 No value, reddish brown (letters: B, C, D) 4.50 -
H49a         printed controls in blue, letter: (C) last 5.00 -
H49b         imperf. between horizontal pair 25.00 -
H49c         imperf. between vertical pair 25.00 -
*H49d         no control number - -
*H49e         imperf. between vertical pair (no control) - -

* I have added H49d and H49e 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 Western Union 1914
Type 11, 1914 style with roman 'B',
H50 courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
*Pair of H50b showing imprint,
courtesy of ibredguy.co.uk

 

Western Union 1914 Western Union 1914 25c
1914 - H51 1914 - H51a showing gothic 'B' control.
Courtesy of Jeff Meador (jeffm0518 on ebay).

 

Hisc. 1914 Description Mint Used
H50 5c deep brown (letters: A, B) 1.00 2.00
H50a         gothic 'B' in place of roman 'B' in control 1.00 2.00
H50b         letter after number (letters: *A, B) 1.50 3.00
H50c         imperf. between horizontal pair 8.00 -
H50d         imperf. between vertical pair 8.00 -
H51 25c bluish grey (letters: A, B) 2.00 -
H51a         gothic 'B' in place of roman 'B' in control 2.00 -
H51b         letter after number (letter: B) 2.50 -

* 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
Type 11, 1915 style, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1915 Description Mint Used
H52 5c red-orange (letters: A, B, C) 1.00 -
H52a         letter after number (letter: B) 1.50 -
H53 25c deep olive green(letters: A, B, C) 2.50 -
H53a         letter after number (letter: B) 3.00 -
H53b         imperf. between horizontal pair 10.00 -

 

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 Western Union 1916
Type 12, 1916-1932 style, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1916 Description Mint Used
H54 5c deep new blue, red controls (letters: A, B, C) 0.75 -
*H54a         blue control (letter after number) (letter: A) - -
H55 25c lake, blue controls (letters: A, B, C) 1.00 -
*H55a         letter after number (letter: A) 3.00 -

* 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 Western Union 1917
1917, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1917 Description Mint Used
H56 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B) 0.75 -
H56a         letter after number (letter: C) 1.00 -
*H56b         magenta control (letter: B) - -
H57 25c deep green (letters: A, B) 1.00 -
H57a         letter after number (letter: C) 1.50 -

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

 

1918 As above. Controls in red.
Western Union 1918   Western Union 1918
1918 (H58a and H59), courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1918 Description Mint Used
H58 5c olive green (letters: A, B) 0.50 -
H58a         letter after number (letters: A, C) 0.75 -
H59 25c chocolate (letters: A, B) 0.75 -
H59a         letter after number (letters: A, C) 1.00 -

 

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

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

 

Hisc. 1919 Description Mint Used
H60 5c orange-brown (blue controls)(letters: A, B) 0.50 -
H60a         letter after number (red controls)(letter: *B, C) 1.00 -
H61 25c dark blue (blue controls)(letters: A, B) 1.00 -
H61a         letter after number (red controls)(letter: C) 1.50 -

* 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 Western Union 1920
1920, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1920 Description Mint Used
H62 5c deep greyish green (letters: B, C) 0.30 -
H62a         letter after number (letters: B, C) 0.50 -
H63 25c deep olive (letters: A, B, C) 0.50 -
H63a         letter after number (letters: B, C) 0.75 -

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 Western Union. 1921 Western Union. 1921
1921 H64 control letter A before. 1921 H65 control letter A before. 1921 H65 control letter *C before. 1921 *H64a control letter C after.
Courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click for listing) Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing).

 

Hisc. 1921 Description Mint Used
H64 5c deep rose red (carmine letters: A, B) 0.25 -
*H64a         red control (letter: C) after number (Type 8 ?) - -
H65 25c dark blue (letters: A, B, *C) 0.30 -
H65a         no controls 2.00 -

* 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 - 25c Western Union 1922 - 25c
1922 5c - H66 1922 25c - H67
courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)
1922 25c - H67a

 

Hisc. 1922 Description Mint Used
H66 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B) 0.25 -
H66a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.40 -
H66b         imperf. between horizontal pair 5.00 -
H67 25c crimson (letters: A, B) 0.50 -
H67a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.75 -

 

1923 As above. Controls as above.
Western Union 1923 5c  Western Union 1923 25c
1923, H68 and H69 courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1923 Description Mint Used
H68 5c olive green (letters: A, B) 0.25 -
H68a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.40 -
H69 25c plum (letters: A, B) 0.50 -
H69a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.75 -

 

1924 As above. Controls as above (see 1922).
Western Union 1924
1924, courtesy of Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay)

Hisc. 1924 Description Mint Used
H70 5c orange-brown (letters: A, B) 1.00 -
H70a         letter after number (letter: B) 1.50 -
H70b         with no control 3.00 -
H71 25c grey-blue (letters: A, B, *C) 2.00 -
H71a         letter after number (letter: B) 3.00 -

* I have added letter C 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) 0.25 -
H72a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.40 -
H72b         with no control 2.00 -
H73 25c bright carmine (letters: A, B) 0.50 -
H73a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.75 -

 

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) 0.25 -
H74a         letter after number (letter: B) 0.40 -
H75 25c light brown (letters: A, B, C) 1.00 -
H75a         letter after number (letter: B) 1.50 -

 

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

Western Union 1927 Western Union 1927 Western Union. 1927 pane
1927 5c with red control H76. 1927 5c with blue control *H76a. 1927 25c pane with blue control *H77a.
Courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing) Courtesy of Eric Jackson   (click for listing)

 

Hisc. 1927 Description Mint Used
H76 5c bright carmine (red control) (letters: A, B, C) 0.25 -
*H76a         blue control (letter after number) (letter: A) - -
H77 25c green (red control) (letters: A, B, C) 1.00 -
*H77a         blue control (letter after number) (letter: B) - -

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

 

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) 0.25 -
H79 25c dark blue (letters: A, B, C) 0.50 -

 

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
1929 5c - H80

Hisc. 1929 Description Mint Used
H80 5c dark green (letters: A, B, C) 0.25 1.00
H81 25c purple-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.50 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) 0.20 1.00
H83 25c deep carmine (letters: A, B, C) 0.20 1.00
H83a         imperf. between vertical pair 5.00 -

 

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) 0.20 1.00
H85 25c green-blue (letters: A, B, C) 0.20 1.00

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) 0.20 1.00
H87 25c carmine (shades) (letters: A, B, C) 0.20 1.00

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) 0.20 -
H89 25c bluish green (letters: A, B, C) 0.20 -

 

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) 0.20 -
H91 25c indigo (letters: A, B, C) 0.25 -

 

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) 0.20 -
H93 25c carmine (letters: A, B, C) 0.25 -

 

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) 0.25 0.75
H95 25c light green (letters: A, B, C) 0.20 0.75

 

1937 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H96 5c yellow-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.25 -
H97 25c carmine red (letters: A, B, C) 0.25 -

 

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) 0.25 0.75
H99 25c blue (letters: B, C) 0.25 0.75

 

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) 0.20 -
H100a         imperf. between horizontal pair 5.00 -
H101 25c bright purple (letters: B, C) 0.50 -

 

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.
Courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing) Courtesy Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic
Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

Hisc. 1940 Description Mint Used
H102 5c light blue (letters: B, C) 0.40 -
H103 25c light emerald (shades) (letters: B, C) 0.40 -

 

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, click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1941 Description Mint Used
H104 5c dull claret (letters: B, C) 0.30 -
H105 25c orange-red (letters: B, C) 0.30 -

 

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
Courtesy Thomas (tommyboy1967 on ebay, click images for listing)

 

Hisc. 1942 Description Mint Used
H106 5c light brown (letters: B, C) 0.25 -
H107 25c ultramarine (letters: B, C) 0.25 -

 

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) 0.25 -
H109 25c bright purple (letters: B, C) 0.20 -

 

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) 0.20 -
H111 25c dull yellow-brown (letters: A, B, C) 0.20 -

 

1945 As above.

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H112 5c blue (letters: B, C) 0.25 -
H113 25c yellowish green (letters: B, C) 0.25 -

 

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) 0.75 -
H115 25c red (letters: B, C) 1.00 -

 

 

'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

The Internal Revenue Act of 1 June 1862 levied a tax on telegrams of 1c for the first 10 words costing up to 20c,
or 3c for the first 10 words costing over 20c, effective from 1 October 1862.
The stamps are of similar design to other Revenue stamps of the time, but with the word 'TELEGRAM' inserted.
About the end of 1862, an urgent requirement led to some 1c being sent out imperf. and some 3c partially perfed. to save time.
After 26 December 1862, Revenue stamps no longer had to be of the designated type and the Telegraph Tax stamps could be used for other things.
The Tax on telegrams was dropped on 1 August 1864. Used copies are unlikely to have been used telegraphically.

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

 

Hisc. Description Mint Used
H1 1c red (16.10.62) 3.00 1.00
H1a         imperf. between horizontal pair 30.00 5.00
H2 3c green (21.11.62) 2.00 1.00
H2a         imperf. 10.00 3.00
H2b         imperf. horizontally, perf.12 vertically 5.00 2.00
H2c         on thicker softer paper 8.00 3.00
H2d         on paper containing silk threads 25.00 10.00
*H2e         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.


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

 

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