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  This is an attempt to update the work of Steve Hiscocks.  
It attempts give an idea of values. It is not a pricelist of stamps for sale.

  I have re-number most of them with 'RH' numbers (for Revised Hiscocks).  
I anticipate having to add more items, and perhaps re-number again
as new information becomes available.

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United States of America

 

Telephone Stamps

Steve Hiscocks wrote in 1982:
As with the Telegraph stamps of the USA, all telephone stamps were issued by private companies — mainly the Bell Telephone Company and its
licencees and subsidiaries. No earlier listing of USA telephone stamps and franks apparently exists and it has , in fact, proved very difficult, operating
from the UK, to obtain information on them. Appeals through philatelic journals in both the UK and in the USA have brought virtually no response.
Such, very incomplete, data as has come to light has been through the good offices of AT & T in the USA, the Bell Telephone Co. of Canada and two
private collectors with whom Pacific T and T Company kindly put me in touch with and whose assistance is acknowledged elsewhere.

In general it seems that American Telephone and Telegraph (AT & T) operated long distance (trunk) lines throughout the USA from the 1880s
while a large number (there are currently 24) of "Bell" companies together with many smaller independent companies operated in various parts of the
country. In many cases the independent companies were subsequently absorbed by Bell Telephone which was itself, together with Western Union
on the telegraph side, part of AT & T.

The majority of telephone stamps and franks were issued by companies connected with AT & T and the reason for this seems to lie in part with
AT & T's policy, in the 1897—1907 period, of reaching reciprocal franking agreements with as many regional telephone companies as possible, and
of encouraging those companies to issue franks at a standard discount ranging from 25% on $100 books to 10% on $10 books. This was partly to
'lock customers in' and encourage the habit of using that particular company and partly to increase telephone usage since, as an AT & T official
of that time put it, "it is the universal experience that coupons or any other substitute for real cash conduces to a more profligate use of the same."

Franks are currently known to have been issued by some 30 companies although in some cases the only evidence lies in references to them in AT & T
files, and it is possible that no actual franks have survived.

All companies known to have issued franks are listed below. Information is reasonably complete for the Pacific Telegraph and Telephone Company,
but very patchy in most other cases. Unlike the Telegraph stamps of the USA the telephone stamps usually have the date printed on the reverse so
that in many cases it has not been possible to date stamps for which illustrations are available. Much more data will be required before it is
possible to ascribe realistic prices, and prices have therefore been omitted in this edition.

Needless to say, information to allow a more complete listing to be made in a future edition of this catalogue, will be most welcome.


My note:
Sadly Steve did not live to publish an update to his book. The internet has made new information
and images available with which I hope to continue his efforts. I have tentatively added prices where I can.


I am now replacing old images (2/3 scale B/W) with new ones when I can. I have been shown a lot of new ones so I ultimately had to completely re-number,
and will certainly need to re-number some more, so consider this list to be subject to change without notice. There is more yet to be discovered.

In the early days of the telephone, companies invested heavily in equipment and the laying of lines.
To protect their investment, they required subscribers to sign contracts preventing them from
'subcontracting' their phone to the whole neighbourhood.

An  1897 Official Directory  of the Delaware & Atlantic Telegraph and Telephone Company states:
"All persons, whether subscribers or not, must pay for the use of telephone at public stations.
The use of the telephone is limited to the subscriber, his family, or employee in his interest.
Subscribers have not the right to allow its use by other parties.
Instruments may be removed if this condition of the lease is disregarded.
Patrons who apply for telephone service at subscriber's stations should be directed to the telephone exchange or pay stations.
"

 

Update:
There is now an American book on this subject. For details, see TelephoneStamps.com
I do not usually buy books these days, but this book was also inspired by Hiscocks and does add considerably to it.
Unusually for Steve Hiscocks, he did not price the Telephone stamps of the USA. That was because of a severe lack of information.
He did however lay a framework on which to build.
William Rink has the advantage of living in the USA and has been a collector of both these and Telegraph stamps for some years.

  His numbering system includes a code for the company and the year, so it can be easily extended. He notes when the existence of an item  
requires confirmation and generally gives a single value since these are usually found mint.
In addition to the priced listing, there is an introduction to each company and its relationship with other companies.
There is an additional section of 15 pages for a priced listing of Telephone Company Covers, a list of Telephone Company Perfins,
Telephone Company postcards, passes, cards, credit cards and poster stamps. A total of 176 large full colour pages.
.

 

Directory:

1. American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT & T Co.)
2. Bell Telephone (Combination Coupons)
3. Bell Telephone Company of Buffalo
    Bell Telephone Company of Canada (listed under Canada).
4. Bell Telephone Company of Missouri
5. Bell Telephone Company of Philadelphia
6. Central District & Printing Telegraph Company
7. Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company
8. Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company and
          The Empire State Telephone and Telegraph Company

9. Central Pennsylvania Telephone and Supply Company
10. Central Union Telephone Company
11. Chicago Telephone Company ?
12. Cleveland Telephone Company ?
13.  Colorado Telephone Company
14. Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company
15. Delaware & Atlantic Telegraph and Telephone Company
16. Evansville Telephone Exchange
17. Gordon Telephone Company
18. Hudson River Telephone Company
19. International Independent Telephone Accounting Company
20. Inter Ocean Telephone & Telegraph Company
21. Iowa Telephone Company
22. Maine State Prison Cantine Telephone Ticket
23. Metropolitan Telephone and Telegraph Co.
24. Michigan Bell Telephone Company
25. Michigan State Telephone Company
26. Milwaukee Telephone Exchange
27. Minnesota Central Telephone Company
28. Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company
29. Monmouth Toll Line Company
30. Moore's Telephone System
31. Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company
32. National Bell Telephone Company of the State of Maine
33. New England Telephone and Telegraph Company
33a. New State Telephone Company (Michigan)
34. New York and New Jersey Telephone Company
35. New York and Pennsylvania Telephone & Telegraph Company
36. New York Telephone Company
37. New York Telephone Company and New York and
          New Jersey Telephone Company

38. Northeastern Telephone and Telegraph Company
39. Northwestern Long Distance Telephone Company
40. Northwestern Telephone and Construction Company
41. Northwestern Telephone Exchange
42. Ontario and Steuben Telephone Company
43. Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company and
          Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company

44. Pacific, Sunset, Inland and Oregon Telephone and Telegraph Companies
45. Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company
46. Pennsylvania Telephone Company
47. Providence Telephone Company
48. Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone Company
49. 'St. Louis Telephone Company' ?
50. Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
51. Southern Massachusetts Telephone Company
52. Southern New England Telephone Company
53. Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Company
54. Star Telephone Company
55 State Line Telephone Company
56 Sunset Telephone & Telegraph Company
57. United States Long Distance Telephone and Telegraph Company
58. United Telephone and Telegraph Company
59. Wausau and Merrill
60. Wausau Telephone Company
61. Wisconsin Telephone Company
62. Yreka, Scott Valley and Klamath Telephone System
63. Zanesville Telephone and Telegraph Company
64. Addenda - Unknown
-----> Back to USA Telegraph Stamps

I have added many new company names to the original 29, and could not preserved Hiscocks numbering. I have had to re-number them.

 

1. American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT & T Co.) Established 1885

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The AT & T Co. comprises Bell Telephone and Western Union, and it seems that the company ran the long distance (toll) lines which connected the
separate regional Bell companies. So called 'Message coupons' were issued to officials of AT & T and of assiciated companies and to others from
around 1895 until some date after 1945. Most Bell organisations in the USA and Canada seem to have discontinued the issuing of franks around 1960
and the issue of AT & T franks may have ceased then, but this is not certain. The term 'Message coupon' seems to have been used by the Company for
a variety of stamps, franks and small forms and something of this sort was still in use very recently (1977) according to company documents. One
suspects however that these last were small forms beyond the *scope of this catalogue.

It appears from such records as I have seen that AT & T franks were valid over all AT & T interstate lines throughout the USA but were not valid for
calls within the confines of any regional subsidiary. They could be used for calls to Canada but not to Mexico or other countries.

A page of sample franks, including those of AT & T with whom reciprocal arrangements existed, issued to staff of the Central Union Telephone Co. (q.v.)
in 1905 shows a 'one complimentary message pass', a one message coupon, a message coupon issued in connection with a pass, and two
different types of frank (or stamps as I would call them since they bear values.) The two franks are clearly within the *remit of this catalogue and the
small message coupon has been included subject to further information, although it is perhaps marginal. The two types of franks presumably served
different functions, but these are not known. It seems probable however that the small type, which apparently continued from some unknown date
around 1900 or earlier until some time after 1945, were those sold to the public at a discount. With no exact knowledge of when the series started or
finished, and details of only isolated issues, numbered lists have not been attempted. It is hoped that information brought to my attention following
the publication of this book will make this possible at a later date.


My notes:
* A web-page has less constraints than publishing a book. It is now possible to extend the scope,
though it is of course up to the collector to decide what to collect.
Sadly Steve did not live to publish an update to his book. The internet has made new information
and images available with which I hope to continue his efforts.

 

Shortcuts to different sections
Message Coupons Franks Type I Franks Type II Franks Type III

A. Message Coupon (Employee's Frank ?)

Though it seems very likely that Message Coupons were issued for all years from 1887(or before) until 1953(or later), a number of different types
were used over this period and examples are patchy. Scans of more examples are needed to determine the dates of change-over and colours used.
It is also likely that there are new types to be discovered. More scans welcome.

1887 ? Printed in black on green security background. 2.7mm Control number in red. Date printed on front.

1887 ATT Message Coupon
Type 1, RH1a courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black and green 19.60 -
1a           validated for 1892 17.50 -
1b           validated for other years - -

 

1894 ? Similar to last. 4.2mm Control number in red. Date hand-stamped on the front at bottom-left.

1894 ATT Message Coupon
Type 2

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 No value, black and green (1894) 17.50 -
2a           for other years - -
2b           undated - -

 

1904 Printed in black on tinted paper. Control number in red. Date on reverse.

Hiscocks Book page 337
Type 3 , taken from Hiscocks Book, page 337.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 3 No value, black / cream (1904) - -
3a           for other years - -
3b           undated - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. A few books of these franks were reported in 1905 to have been issued with.
                "Good over Central Union lines" stamped on the reverse.
                A very similar frank is known for 1921 and another similar frank on a
                security printed background is known for an unknown date.

 

1918 ? Similar to last, but with security markings like Type 5 below. No 'Tolls' line on form.

1894 ATT Message Coupon
Type 4

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 4 No value, black and green (1918) 16.00 -
5 4 No value, black and green (1921) 14.00 -
5a           for other years - -
5b           undated - -

 

1938 Printed in black on green security background. 3.5mm Control number in red. Date on back.

ATT Message Coupon
Type 5, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
6 5 1938 No value, black and green - -
6a           for 1941 13.50 -
6b           for other years - -
6c           undated - -
6d           stamped 'AUDITED' in red and punched (1941) 8.50 -

 

1953 ? Similar to last, but with 'OFFICIAL BUSINESS FRANK COUPON'. Perf. 12½
Issued in booklets having 25 pages with two per page.

1894 ATT Message Coupon
Type 6

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
7 6 No value, black and green (1953) 11.50 -
7a           for other years - -
7b           undated - -

 

B. Franks

1895 Small format, red controls, as Type 7 below.

WR-ATT1894D1 WR-ATT1895E1 Hiscocks Book page 337
5c To end of October 1894 - RH8 5c To end of January 1895 - RH9 5c To end of February 1895 - RH10
Image courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com One of mine Images courtesy of Eric Jackson

 

WR-ATT1899F1 1902 5c 1900 50c
5c To end of February 1895 - RH11 5c To end of January 1902 - RH12 50c To end of July 1900 - RH13
Image courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com A couple of mine

 

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
8 7 5c black, to end of October 1894 10.50 -
8a           end of October other years - -
9 7 5c red, to end of January 1895 9.80 -
9a           end of January 1896 8.40 -
9b           end of January 1897 7.70 -
9c           end of January 1898 - -
9d           end of January 1899 6.30 -
9e           end of January 1900 3.50 -
9f           end of January 1901 7.00 -
9g           end of January other years - -
9h           undated - -
10 7 5c light blue, to end of February 1895 - -
10a           end of November 1898 11.20 -
10a           end of December 1900 8.00 -
10b           other years - -
10c           undated - -
11 7 5c light green, to end of March 1899 6.30 -
11a           other years - -
11b           undated - -
11c           specimen, imperforate, undated - -
12 7 5c magenta, to end of January 1902 7.00 -
12a           blue control 8.40 -
12b           end of January other years - -
13 7 50c dark blue, to end of July 1900 12.60 -
13a           other years - -
13b           undated - -

These appear to be monthly. The colours of the 5c at least appear to indicate the month.
The 1899 green frank has a letter 'D' in the control number. This might have been used to stop franks that had expired
being used in a subsequent year, starting with 'A' in 1896.

 

1901 Similar design but larger format as below. Rouletted 7 between franks, blue controls.

WR-ATTK1s - 5 WR-ATTK2s - 50 WR-ATTK3s - 100
Type 8 - Blue SAMPLE - 5 Type 9 - Blue SAMPLE - 50 Type 10 - Blue SAMPLE - 100
Images courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

 

WR-ATTH1s - 5 WR-ATTJ1s - 5 WR-ATTJ2s - 50
Type 4 - Black SAMPLE - 8 Type 4 - Light green SAMPLE - 8 Type 9 - Light green SAMPLE - 50
Images courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

 

Hiscocks Book page 337
Hiscocks Book page 337
A range of Type 8 from 1901 to 1905 courtesy of Eric Jackson. The perforations seem to be about roulette 7 or very rough.

 

RH# Type. 1901-5 Description Mint Used
14 8 5c blue to end of May 1901 10.50 -
14a           end of November 1901 11.20 -
14b           end of December 1901 - -
14c           end of August 1902 11.20 -
14d           end of May 1903 9.80 -
14e           end of March 1904 8.40 -
14f           end of December 1904 - -
14g           end of May 1905 - -
14h           end of July 1905 6.30 -
14i           end of December 1906 6.30 -
14j           end of February 1907 - -
14k           other dates - -
14l           undated 7.00 -
14m           imperforate SAMPLE - -
15 9 50c blue to end of December 1904 12.60 -
15a           other dates - -
15b           undated - -
15c           imperforate SAMPLE - -
16 9 50c green imperforate SAMPLE - -
17 10 100c blue imperforate SAMPLE - -

 

1906 As above but roulette 6.5

Hiscocks Book page 337  Hiscocks Book page 337
Type 8-1906 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

Hiscocks Book page 337
A (half-size) booklet pane courtesy of Eric Jackson.
 

 

 

RH# Type. 1901-5 Description Mint Used
18 8 5c green, red control to end of March 1905 - -
18a           end of May 1905 - -
18b           end of October 1905 5.25 -
18c           end of November 1905 7.00 -
18d           end of January 1906 8.40 -
18e           other dates - -
18f           undated - -
18g           imperforate SAMPLE - -
19 8 5c black, red control to end of February 1906 8.40 -
19a           end of November 1906 - -
19b           other dates - -
19c           undated Perf 12½ SAMPLE 8.40 -
19d           imperforate SAMPLE - -
20 8 1910? 5c brown with brown controls 25.00 -
20a           other dates - -

1907? Similar design but different bottom panel
missing scrolls in top corners.

Hiscocks Book page 337
Type 11 courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
21 11 5c blue with blue controls to end September 1907 8.40 -
21a           end of December 1907 7.00 -
21b           other dates - -

Hiscocks added the following two notes:

Note 1. In all cases the date given is that printed on the reverse which is in fact the expiry date (usually 31 January).
                They would actually have been issued in the previous year, and have been current for most of that year,
                but it seems less confusing to refer to them by the date printed on them.
Note 2. Presumably the higher values also existed in the earlier, smaller format but they have not been reported
                and no specimen is present in the AT & T files.

 

1900 New design as Types 8 and 9 below. Rouletted.

Type 8 Type 8
Type 8 used on 5c Type 9 used on 25c

Types 8 and 9, the first types, were engraved. Note the security patterns in the ticket number area.
These probably changed when the switch was later made to 'offset' plates. In a scan, it is easier to distinguish the security pattern than the printing method.

William Rink has pointed out that there are different plates used to produce these.
He has kindly supplied these images and supporting information:
WR-ATT-Red-Variations
The first issue of reds and the first column on left, were intaglio printed. The second type, second column were similar but offset printed, Offset Plate 1,
mostly noticeable by touch and the lines behind the words MESSAGE COUPON. The third type was Offset Plate 2,
which has different denomination numbers and no lines behind the words MESSAGE COUPON.

WR-ATT-Green-Variations
The greens had two types, Offset Plate 1 and Offset Plate 2.
Images and information courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com
Unfortunately these do not show the security background.

My note: All of the intaglio printings appear to be rouletted 11, and all of the offset printings appear to be Perforated.
I have a page explaining the differences of the printing techniques.

RH# Type. 1900 Description Mint Used
19 8 5c red on yellow - -
20 9 25c red - -

1901 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
21 8 5c red on yellow 6.00 -
22 9 25c red - -

1902 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
23 8 5c red on yellow 2.60 -
24 9 25c red 3.50 -

 

1903 Rouletted.
1903
This has "Expires Jan 31st 1903 on the back."
Image courtesy of Jerry Burkhart. Click image to see listing.

RH# Type. 1903 Description Mint Used
25 8 5c red on yellow 4.50 -
26 9 25c red 3.00 -

1904 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
27 8 5c red on yellow - -
28 9 25c red - -

 

1906 ATT booklet
Half-size 1906 Booklet courtesy of Eric Jackson,
Originally with 5 panes of 20 x 5c stamps.

1905 Different design in bottom panel as Type 10 below. Rouletted.

Hiscocks Book page 338 was type 7
This is still Intaglio printed, but the security design behind the ticket number has changed. I do not know if a similar change was made to the 25c.

RH# Type. 1905 Description Mint Used
29 10 5c red on yellow 2.00 -
30 9 25c carmine? 3.00 -

1906 as above
RH# Type. 1906 Description Mint Used
31 10 5c red on yellow 2.60 -
32 9 25c red 3.75 -

1907 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
33 10 5c red on yellow 3.75 -
34 9 25c red 7.50 -


1908 as above
5c Type 10 25c Type 9
Type 10 on 5c red Type 9 on 25c green

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
35 10 5c red on yellow 3.75 -
36 9 25c red 7.50 -

1909 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
37 10 5c red on yellow - -
38 9 25c red - -

1910 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
39 10 5c red on yellow - -
40 9 25c red 4.10 -

 

1911 Rouletted 11
Hiscocks Book page 338 was type 7

RH# Type. 1911 Description Mint Used
41 10 5c red on yellow 2.00 -
42 9 25c vermilion 2.60 -

1912 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
43 10 5c red on yellow 2.00 -
44 9 25c red 2.60 -

1913 some rouletted, some perforated.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
45 10 5c red on yellow, rouletted 3.75 -
46 11 5c red on yellow, Perf. 14 - -
47 9 25c red, rouletted 7.50 -
48 11 25c red. Perf. 14 - -

1914 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
49 10 5c red on yellow, rouletted 2.60 -
50 9 25c red, rouletted - -

1915 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
51 10 5c red on yellow 3.00 -
52 11 5c red on yellow. Perf. 14 3.75 -
53 9 25c red - -

1916 Perf. 14
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
54 11 5c red on yellow - -
55 11 25c red - -

1917 as above
5c Type 12 25c Type 12
Type 12 used on 5c red Type 12 used on 25c green

These are both perforated and have the same security background. I am pretty sure they are not the first offset types, so I will use Type 11 for the first type.
I will update things when I have more information/images.


RH# Type. 1917 Description Mint Used
56 11 5c green - -
57 11 25c green on pale blue 4.50 -


1918 some rouletted, some perforated.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
58 10 5c red on yellow rouletted - -
59 11 5c red on yellow. Perf. 14 1.50 -
60 11 5c green - -
61 9 25c red, perf. 14 2.60 -
62 11 25c green on pale blue 3.75 -

1919 perf. 14
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
63 11 5c green 3.75 -

1920 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
64 11 5c red on yellow - -
65 11 25c red - -
66 11 25c green on pale blue 4.50 -

1921 rouletted
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
67 10 5c red on yellow 2.25 -

1922 perf. 14
5c Type 12 undated
5c Type 12 undated (RH68a)
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
68 12 5c red on yellow - -
68a           Undated - -
69 12 25c red 3.00 -
69a           Undated - -

 

1923 Rouletted 10¾ or perf. 11¾
1923
Type 10 This looks like Intaglio to me, but it is different to Type 8. Image courtesy of Eric Jackson.

1923
Type 12, this is imperf between pair.
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson.
The red and green colours were both used from 1917 to 1931.

RH# Type. 1923 Description Mint Used
70 10 5c red on yellow rouletted. 10¾ - -
71 11 5c red on yellow. Perf. 14 - -
72 12 5c red on yellow. Perf. 14 2.25 -
73 12 5c green, Perf 11¾ - -
73a           Perf. 13 - -
74 11 25c red 3.00 -
75 12 25c green on pale blue, Perf 11¾ - -
75a           imperf between pair. - -


1924 perf. 14
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
76 12 5c red on yellow - -
77 12 25c red - -

1925 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
78 12 5c red on yellow 1.50 -
79 12 5c green 2.00 -
80 12 25c red 2.25 -
81 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1926 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
82 12 5c red on yellow Plate 2 1.50 -
83 12 5c green - -
84 12 25c red 2.25 -
85 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1926
These are stated to have "Expires 3 Jan 1926" on back of stamps. These have the same ticket background as the 1923 25c
Image courtesy of Dick Keiser. Click image to see listing.


1927 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
86 12 5c red on yellow - -
87 12 5c green 5.00 -
88 12 25c red - -



1927
This has "Expires Jan 31st 1927 on the back."
Image courtesy of Jerry Burkhart.



1928 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
89 12 5c red on yellow 2.00 -
90 12 5c green - -
91 12 25c red - -
92 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1929 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
93 12 5c red on yellow 3.00 -
94 12 25c red - -

1930 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
95 12 5c red on yellow 3.00 -
96 12 5c green. Perf 12½ 3.75 -
96a          Perf. 14 6.75 -
97 12 25c red - -
98 12 25c green on pale blue. Perf 12½ 4.50 -

1931 as above
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
99 12 5c red on yellow 3.00 -
100 12 5c green. Perf 12½ - -
101 12 25c red - -
102 12 25c green on pale blue. Perf 12½ - -

 

1932 Perf. 12½

1932-5c 1932-5c
1932 half-size images
courtesy of Phil (rebenic25 on ebay)
click on image for listing.
1932-5c
1932-5c

 

RH# Type. 1932 Description Mint Used
103 12 5c green 3.40 -
104 12 25c green on pale blue 4.50 -


1933 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
105 12 5c green - -
106 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1934 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
107 12 5c green 4.50 -
108 12 25c green on pale blue 5.50 -

1935 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
109 12 5c green - -
110 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1936 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
111 12 5c green - -
112 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1937 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
113 12 5c green 6.00 -
114 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1938 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
115 12 5c green 3.75 -
116 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1939 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
117 12 5c green 3.75 -
118 12 25c green on pale blue 5.50 -

 

1940 As above.

1940 5c
Images of type 11, 5c 1940

RH# Type. 1940 Description Mint Used
119 12 5c green 3.75 -
120 12 25c green on pale blue 5.50 -

1941 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
121 12 5c green 3.00 -
121a          Stamped 'AUDITED' 2.25 -
122 12 25c green on pale blue 3.75 -
122a          Stamped 'AUDITED' 3.00 -

1942 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
123 12 5c green - -
124 12 25c green on pale blue - -

1943 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
125 12 5c green 6.00 -
126 12 25c green on pale blue - -

 

1944 As above.

1944 5c  1944 25c
Images of type 7, 5c and 25c 1944 'AUDITED'.

RH# Type. 1944 Description Mint Used
127 12 5c green 3.00 -
127a          Stamped 'AUDITED' 2.60 -
128 12 25c green on pale blue 3.75 -
128a          Stamped 'AUDITED' 3.00 -

 

1945 As above.

1945 5c  1945 25c
Images of type 7, 5c and 25c 1945 'AUDITED'.

RH# Type. 1945 Description Mint Used
129 12 5c green 4.90 -
129a          Stamped 'AUDITED' 4.50 -
130 12 25c green on pale blue 4.50 -
130a          Stamped 'AUDITED' 3.50 -

1946 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
131 12 5c green 4.90 -
132 12 25c green on pale blue - -

 

1945 New design as Type 13 below. Perf.12½.

Hiscocks Book page 339 Type 8
Type 13,
courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com
25c on pale blue paper.

RH# Type. 1945 Description Mint Used
133 13 5c blue 3.00 -
134 13 25c blue / pale blue 4.90 -

1946 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
135 13 5c blue - -
136 13 25c blue / pale blue 12.00 -

1947 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
137 13 5c blue 9.40 -
138 13 25c blue / pale blue - -

1949 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
139 13 5c blue 5.25 -
140 13 25c blue / pale blue 7.10 -

1950 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
141 13 5c blue - -
142 13 25c blue / pale blue - -

1951 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
143 13 5c blue 4.10 -
144 13 25c blue / pale blue 6.00 -

1955 As above.
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
145 13 25c blue / pale blue - -

1957 As above.
RH# Type. 1945 Description Mint Used
146 13 5c blue 5.25 -
147 13 25c blue / pale blue 6.75 -

The missing years may also (still) exist.

 

My note: More images showing front and back would be most welcome.

 

 

 

2. Bell Telephone (Combination Coupons)

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, these were valid in a number of counties in the states of New York and Pennsylvania operated by:

The Bell Telephone Company of Buffalo,
The Empire State Telephone and Telegraph Co.
The New York and Pennsylvania Telephone and Telegraph Company
The Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company

A charactristic is that all (currently) known ones have the number '3' on the back, but it is not known what the significance of this is.

 

$25 Booklet - inside
$25 Booklet - outside
$25 Combination Booklet courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

1907 Combination Coupons as below. Rouletted 10¾

Type 1 "Combination Coupon".

Combination Coupon - 5c red Combination Coupon - 5c blue
Type 1 Front and back of two stamps, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

Hiscocks Book page 337
A (half-size) booklet pane courtesy of Eric Jackson.
 
RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c red, blue control - -
2 1 5c blue, red control - -

 

Type 2 "Subject to Ticket Number".

Combination Coupon - 5c blue
Type 2 Front and back courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 2 5c blue, red control - -

 

 

 

3. Bell Telephone Company of Buffalo

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The only known frank of this company dates from 1907. By 1910 "Employee Franks" were being issued by the New York Telephone Co.
(Buffalo Division) which suggests that the BTCB had been absorbed by the NYTC in 1908 or 1909. Franks may therefore have been issued
only for a few years, perhaps as a result of a reciprocal franking agreement with AT & T. One might expect at least one higher value also to exist.

My note:
More material has come to light since then, spanning from the 1890s to 1910 at least.

 

a. Stamps.

1902 Design as Type 1 below. Perf. 12

1902 Frank
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c blue on cream, control in claret 11.50 -
2 1 10c claret on cream, control in claret 14.70 -

 

 

1903 Design as above but without date on bell . Perf. 12, red controls.

Hiscocks Book page 339  Hiscocks Book page 339
Hiscocks Book page 339
Type 2 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 2 5c dark blue to end of December 1903 11.20 -
3a          end of January 1907 - -
3b          end of January 1909 - -
3c          end of January 1910 8.40 -
3d          other dates - -
3e          remainder with vertical red line 6.30 -
4 2 10c deep red to end of December 1903 13.00 -
4a          other dates - -
5 2 10c brown to end of January 1910 11.20 -
5a          other dates - -
5b          remainder with vertical black line 9.50 -

 

b. Franks.

1893? Design as Type 3 below. Rouletted 6¾

1902 Frank
Type 3 courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(Nothing on the back)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
6 3 No value, black on cream - 22.40

 

1905? Design as Type 4 below.

1902 Frank
Type 4 courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(Nothing on the back)
Someone has written 1905 - 1908 on this (pencil ?), it may be the date range.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
7 4 No value, dark blue and light blue on cream - -

 

1903? Design as Type 4 below. Red controls. Perf. 10¾

1908 Frank
Type 5 courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(Front and back)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
8 5 1908, No value, black and pale blue to end of January 1903 15.40 -
8a          end of January 1908 12.00 -
8b          other dates - -
8c          undated - -

 

 

 

4. Bell Telephone Company of Missouri

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
A single "Employee's Message Coupon" is known. The date on the reverse is in general form — '189  ' — and '8' has been written in on the one known copy.


The company later became part of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

 

1898 Design as Type 1 below.

Hiscocks Book page 340
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 340 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi). Book number in red.
Type 2 is a smaller stub of similar design that was attached to this.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black on green - -
2 2 No value, black on green STUB - -

Hiscocks added the following two notes:

Note 1. There is a security background to this frank which has not survived reproduction.
                It seems to consist of a rear view of a woman seated at a telephone exchange.
Note 2. It is stated in a letter from AT & T to another company in 1903 that the
                Bell Telephone Co. of Missouri had then applied for a reciprocal franking.
                agreement with AT & T, and that it was expected that this would be agreed.
                This suggests that ordinary discount franks probably exist for this Company,
                but none has yet been reported.

 

 

5. Bell Telephone Company of Philadelphia

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
A very poor copy of one frank exists in the AT & T archives. Its date is not known but the design suggests the early 1880s. The illustration
below is poor because the original is stuck down with very old adhesive tape: It appears to be of two different designs, se-tenant, but, bearing
in mind the records of other franks, etc in that file, it is probably the two sides of the same frank. The wording on the upper reads
"The Bell/Telephone Co./Philadelphia." and on the other "Good for/one city message/at any/pay station."

 

Date ? Design as Type 1 below. Perf.12.

Hiscocks Book page 340
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 340 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, green front, pale red back - -

 

 

 

6. Central District & Printing Telegraph Company

This company was not listed by Steve Hiscocks, it was organized as the first telephone company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and existed from May 27, 1874 to at least 1903.
The design of the 'Message Coupon' resembles that of the AT & T Co. Telephone Franks of the time and according to Hiscocks (Pg.343) a letter of October 1897
from the Central Union Telephone Company (Indianapolis) tried to persuade them to join the AT & T 'Consortium'. They declined.

CU - CD
These two (printers ?) samples in the Central Union style, may reflect negotiations of the time.
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 Central District SAMPLE, black on yellow - -

 

1897?   Design as below, Rouletted 16½.

DPTC  DPTC
DPTC  DPTC
Type 1 front and back of 4 examples, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 5c green with green control to end January 1897 10.5 -
2a          end of December 1897 - -
2b          slate green, to end of May 1903 - -
2c          other dates - -
2d          undated - -
3 2 5c red-brown with brown control to end August 1900 10.15 -
3a          end of December 1902 8.4 -
3b          end of December 1903 - -
3c          other dates - -
3d          undated - -
4 2 5c black with red control to end December 1907 10.15 -
4a          end of December without year 12.60 -
4b          other dates - -
4c          undated - -

 

 

 

7. Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company

This company was not listed by Steve Hiscocks. This Utica based company bought the local Syracuse Telephonic Exchange on 1st June 1887.
The company built a new office and moved back to the Wieting Block in 1887 when there were 250 telephones connected.

 

189?   Design as below. Rouletted 7 at side.

CNYTT
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black on tan - -

 

Date ?   Design as below, for Utica. Rouletted 8 between.

CNYTT
CNYTT
Type 2   courtesy of Eric Jackson. (nothing on the back)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 10c, black on tan 14.00 -
3 2 15c, black on tan 17.50 -

 

 

1903 ?   New Design with year in red across face and red controls. Perf. 12

1894 ATT Message Coupon
Type 3

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 3 5c, black and red on pale grey (1903) 12.00 -
4a          other years - -
5 3 10c, black and red on yellow (1903) 13.30 -
5a          other years - -

 

 

 

 

8. Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company and The Empire State Telephone and Telegraph Company

This combination was not listed by Steve Hiscocks. The Central New York Telephone and Telegraph Company is described in an earlier section.
The Empire State Telephone and Telegraph Company had been one of their rivals, serving seven counties in Syracuse.
The Ontario and Steuben Telephone Company merged with the Empire State T&TC in 1907.

1905?   Design as below. Rouletted.

CNYTT
Type 1 (RH1a)  courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black on white, end of December 1905 5.25 -
1a          year only on back (1908) - -
1b          other dates - -
1c          undated - -

 

A promotional Frank good only for the month of April 1909 in selected Counties.
1894 ATT Message Coupon
Type 2

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 5c, black and red on pale grey (1903) - -

 

 

1911?   Complementary Frank. Rouletted 14 between

CNY-ES TT front  CNY-ES TT back
Type 3   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 2 No value, black and gold on white - -
3a          top stub - -

 

 

 

9. Central Pennsylvania Telephone and Supply Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
A single employee's frank with the manuscript date 1893 exists in the AT & T records. The wording is the same as that on later AT & T
equivalents, so this probably was another Bell company, although this is not implicit in the name. A virtually identical frank was issued by the
Pennsylvania Telephone Company (q.v.) bearing, in the only illustration available, an almost illegible date which could be 1898. These may be
different stages of the same Company.


My note:
Hiscocks illustrated an unused example with a hand written '1893' at top right. The used one below has a printed 1897 at bottom left.
Despite the '(q.v.)', Hiscocks did not list a 'Pennsylvania Telephone Company' and the examples I have seen for that company do not include anything like this.

 

(1893) Design as Type 1 below. Perf.11 on the sides.

Hiscocks Book page 341
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(Nothing on the back)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black and red on greenish grey - -
1a          undated (on cream paper) - -

 

 

10. Central Union Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This company was based in Indianapolis, Indiana, but also apparently operated from Cleveland, Ohio and from Chicago, Illinois. It seems to have
initiated, in 1897, the move towards reciprocal franking which finally evolved into a set of uniform agreements between AT & T and several
companies in 1904. Indeed the hope was that a "universal coupon" would "inevitably follow" but this ambition was never realised.

The CUTC issued no less than five different types of "message coupons" or franks in 1905 according to a set of specimen franks circulated to managers
and toll agents on 1 March 1905. All were in booklets and numbered to correspond to the booklet number. They were valid for a year to the expiry
date stamped on the reverse over Company lines only.

I. Limited Coupons

1905 Design as Types 1 and 2 below.

Hiscocks Book page 341
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 341 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c black ? (value figure in red) - -
2 2 10c black ? (value figure in red) - -

 

II. Trunk Line Toll Coupons

1905 Design as Type 3 below.

Hiscocks Book page 342
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 342 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 3 5c black / yellow (value figure in red) - -
4 (3) 10c black / yellow (value figure in red) - -
5 (3) 25c black / yellow (value figure in red) - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Both the Limited and the Toll coupons seem to have been intended for direct sale to the public.

 

III. Message Coupons of type 1

1905 Design as Types 4 and 5 as below. Controls in red unless otherwise stated. Rouletted 6.4

CU - CD

Hiscocks Book page 342
Type 4
from Hiscocks Book, page 342

 

Central Union 5c  Central Union 5c
Central Union 5c  Central Union 5c
Type 5   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
6 4 5c black on blue - -
6a          specimen - -
6b          blue control - -
7 5 5c black on peach (series Y) to end August 1905 8.40 -
7a          other dates - -
7b 4        specimen - -
8 4 5c black on yellow - -
8a          specimen - -
8b          SAMPLE 16.00 -
9 5 5c black on blue-green (series Z) to end May 1907 9.80 -
9a          other dates - -
10 5 5c black on white (series X) - undated imperforate specimen - -
11 5 5c dark blue on white (series Z) (blue control) specimen - -
12 5 5c green on white (series Y) to end August 1904 6.00 -
12a          to end September 1904 7.00 -
12b          other dates - -
12c 4        specimen (imperforate) - -

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. The reason for all these varieties of a single type and value is not known.
Note 2. Those of type 5 have the series letter printed in as part of the stamp design.
Note 3. There may of course have been other values.

 

IV. Message Coupons of type 2

1905 Design as Type 6 as below.

Hiscocks Book page 342
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 342 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
13 6 5c deep blue(?)('5' and control letter A in red) - -
14 6 5c deep blue(?)('5' and control letter B in blue) - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. There may again have been other values.

 

V. Message Coupon of type 3

1905 Design as Type 7 as below. Control in red. Rouletted.

Hiscocks Book page 343
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 343 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
15 7 5c black / light blue to end January 1905 6.30 -
15a          to end January 1906 6.30 -
15b          other dates - -
15c          specimen 7.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Other values may exist.
Note 2. This is the only frank of the CUTC so far reported other than in Company records.

 

11. 'Chicago Telephone Company' ?

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The true name of this company is not known and no details of its franks (if any) are known. It is referred to in a letter of October 1897 from the
Central Union Company to the Central District & Printing Telephone Company of Pittsburgh, Pa. trying to persuade the latter to join the 'consortium',
offering toll line franks at a discount, which then consisted of "the Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland and Central Union Companies" although others were
expected to join and did so later on. The Pittsburg Company, after much dithering, decided not to join. Presumably this company covered only part of
Chicago since the Central Union also operated in Chicago.

 

12. 'Cleveland Telephone Company' ?

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The case of this Company, of which the correct name is again not known, is exactly that of Chicago above. The existence of franks is inferred but no
details are known. It seems that the Cleveland Company also shared its territory with the Central Union Company.


This could have been the International Independent Telephone Accounting Company which was based in Cleveland from 1909 to at least 1932.

 

13. Colorado Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company was based in Denver and in the mid-1890s issued coupons, referred to as 'scrip', which must be considered marginal to this catalogue.
This scrip was effectively company money with which calls, but not rentals, could be paid for. In fact the Company maintained a small army of
messenger boys to collect payment for calls by business and domestic users the day following the calls (while the details were still fresh in
everyone's memory) and within half an hour in the case of calls from saloon bars! The scrip was sold in imperforate sheets at no discount, would not be
cashed by the Company, was transferrable and was reused until it wore out. One value of the scrip is illustrated below, but the collector must decide
what status he or she affords it. At some unknown but considerably later date ordinary toll franks were issued. These are very similar in type to the
Mountain States T & T Co. (q.v.) franks of 1957.


The company became part of the Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company in 1911.

A. Franks

1906 ? As shown below. Control number in red. Perforated 11¾

Hiscocks Book page 343
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1906 Description Mint Used
1 1 5c blue on green to end December 1906 8.40 -
2 1 10c black on green to end December 1906 8.40 -
3 1 25c colour ??? - -
4 1 50c pale blue on green to end December 1906 9.80 -
5 1 $1 orange on green to end December 1906 10.50 -

 

1907 As shown below. Control number in red. Rouletted 12.

Hiscocks Book page 343

RH# Type. 1907 Description Mint Used
6 1 5c dark blue to end December 1907 16.20 -
7 1 10c colour ??? - -
8 1 25c colour ??? - -
9 1 50c colour ??? - -
10 1 $1 colour ??? - -

 

1908 As shown below. Control number in red. Rouletted 12.

Hiscocks Book page 343
Hiscocks Book page 343
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1908 Description Mint Used
11 1 5c blue on yellow to end December 1908 7.00 -
12 1 10c green on yellow to end December 1908 7.70 -
13 1 25c colour ??? - -
14 1 50c colour ??? - -
15 1 $1 colour ??? - -

 

RH# Type. 1910 Description Mint Used
16 1 5c dark blue on yellow to end December 1910 6.30 -
17 1 10c green on yellow to end December 1910 7.70 -
18 1 25c red on pale blue to end December 1910 9.10 -
19 1 50c slate on pale blue to end December 1910 11.20 -
20 1 $1 colour ??? - -

 

RH# Type. 1911 Description Mint Used
21 1 5c blue on pale blueto end December 1911 6.30 -
22 1 10c colour ??? - -
23 1 25c colour ??? - -
24 1 50c colour ??? - -
25 1 $1 colour ??? - -

 

 

 

B. 'Scrip' Issue

1894 (and earlier). As shown below. Imperf.

Hiscocks Book page 344
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 344 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
7 (2) 5c colour unknown - -
8 (2) 10c colour unknown - -
9 2 15c colour unknown - -

 

 

 

14. Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., apparently joined the AT & T reciprocal franking consortium in 1903. The illustration below, taken from a
photocopy of a specimen in the AT & T files, has again suffered from the injudicious use of adhesive tape. As with those of the Bell Telephone
Company of Philadelphia
it is not clear whether the illustration shows a se-tenant pair or the two sides of the same frank: the latter seems more likely.

Date ? Rouletted.

Hiscocks Book page 344
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 344 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 25c dark blue - -

 

 

 

15. Delaware & Atlantic Telegraph and Telephone Company

This was not listed by Steve Hiscocks. The frank below is signed by W. T. Westbrook who according to their
1897 Official Directory was at the time Superintendent at the company's office at 406 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
The book also says "During thunder showers calls will not be answered."

Date ? Rouletted.

DATT 5c
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, black and red on brownish - -

 

 

16. Evansville Telephone Exchange

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Evansville (Indiana) Company was a subsidiary of the Bell Telephone Co. and it sought permission in May 1882 to sell the franks illustrated below
at the same set of discounts later agreed by the Central Union / AT & T group: 10% on $10, 15% on $25, 20% on $50 and 25% on $100.

According to a clipping from a local newspaper of the time, the franks were transferrable and valid for all Company lines until used: that is, they were
not, it appears, dated.

1882 Rouletted.

Hiscocks Book page 345
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 345 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c brown - -
2 1 10c red - -

 

17. Gordon Telephone Company

This was not known to Steve Hiscocks. It was incorporated in Charleston as a local telephone exchange and grew to
encompass South Carolina and West Virginia as an Independent Telephone Company.

 

1894 ATT Message Coupon
Type 1

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 $1 black and red on buff 33.60 -

 

 

18. Hudson River Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company, based in Albany, N.Y. entered a reciprocal franking agreement with AT & T in 1903. As always with these agreements the
franks were actually produced by AT & T at the expense of the Hudson River Company.

HRTC was also, in the same year, involved in an advertising and promotion campaign which resulted in the issue of franks by at least one customer.
The firm concerned was John J. White of Albany which was a large general store. Books of franks, as illustrated below and with a HRTC cover, were
distributed to at least 1000 customers who could order goods by telephone, and charge the cost of the call to the store by attaching the frank, with the
cost of the call written in, to the confirmation of order. A report on these promotion activities suggested that other firms — Henry Russell, E. M.
Carpenter & Co. and possibly S. C. Wooster (Wholesale Fish) — might adopt the same procedure, and also refers to the distribution of 20,000
booklets to Country Merchants by the Wholesale Merchants Association.

A. Company Frank

1901 Roulette 11¾ down side.

1901 coupon
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1901, no value, black on grey 15.40 -

 

1903 Roulette 14 x 6.3 ?

Hiscocks Book page 345
Type 2   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 5c black on blue to end September 1906 10.50 -
2a          to end January 1907 9.80 -
2b          other dates - -
2c          undated - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Other values may exist.

 

Date ? Rouletted.
Hudson River
I do not know the size, this is 'corrected' from a photograph.
Image courtesy of Jerry Burkhart. Click to see listing. I will call this Type 3.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 3 5c blue, red control for 1908 8.40 -
3a          other dates - -
3b          undated - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Other values may exist.

 

Undated horizontally rouletted coupon, imperf. at sides.
Message Coupon
Type 4

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 4 10c black on buff 12.60 -

 

 

B. Commercial Frank

1903 Perf.12 between franks.

Hiscocks Book page 345
Type 5 from Hiscocks Book, page 345 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
5 5 No value, colour unknown - -

 

 

 

19. International Independent Telephone Accounting Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, a company set up in Cleveland Ohio jointly by a number of independent
telephone companies to enable them to combine efforts in competing with the Bell Company.

Two small Message coupons, perforated or rouletted.

Message Coupon
Images Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 Red Perf.12 overprinted 'CONSOLIDATED' - -
2 2 5c blue, red rouletted control for 1932 13.30 9.80
2a          other dates - -
2b          undated - -

 

 

 

20. Inter Ocean Telephone & Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this independent company formed about 1900 and had an office at 536 Ellicott Square, Buffalo, New York.
It operated in New York and Pennsylvania.

 

IOTT
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c light blue - -

 

 

 

21. Iowa Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The sale of franks at a discount first took place in 1896 or 1897, and was still current practice in 1905, when the Iowa Company (based in Des Moines)
was approached by AT & T to join the 'consortium'. Franks were valid for one year, but no samples have come to light and no further details can be given.


One is now known.

1900? Rouletted 6.3

Hiscocks Book page 346
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c black on bright rose, red control 19.6 -

 

 

 

 

22. Maine State Prison Cantine Telephone Ticket

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, these were used in making telephone calls at the State Prison in Thomaston about 1987.

Looks rather like a bus ticket, dispensed from a roll, rouletted between, numbered in red.

Message Coupon
Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 20c black on buff 5.25 -

 

 

23. Metropolitan Telephone and Telegraph Co.

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. The Metropolitan Telephone and Telegraph Co. was formed in 1879
from the merger of the Bell Telephone Co. of New York and the Western Union subsidiary of Gold & Stock Telephone Co.
This then merged in 1896 with the Westchester Telephone Co. to form the New York Telephone Co.
The New York and New Jersey Telephone Company merged with this in 1909.

1895? Perf. 11¾ between.

Metropolitan - front  Metropolitan - back
Type 1 front and back courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, pink, black and red on cream 24.5 -
1a          other dates - -

 

 

 

24. Michigan Bell Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The pair of franks illustrated appear to have been issued for complimentary use. They were issued in books with a common control number,
and further numbered 1 to 4 down each pane.


Chartered on 4 June 1883 in Detroit, Michigan. More information is available at:
Company-Histories.com and DavidsiWik.net.

Date ? Rouletted between.

Hiscocks Book page 346
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 346 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, colour unknown - -

 

 

 

25. Michigan State Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was Incorporated in 1904 as the successor to the Michigan Bell Telephone Company, with control
over all Bell telephone exchanges in the state of Michigan. The name reverted back in 1924.

Date? Perf. 11¾ between.

MSTC
MSTC
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c black and red on blue-green, B series 7.70 -
1a          C series - -
2 1 15c black and red on pink, B series 10.50 -

 

 

 

26. Milwaukee Telephone Exchange

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
According to present knowledge the Milwaukee Telephone Exchange issued the first telephone franks or stamps in the USA, and were only a year
after France. There were two types — the ordinary stamps and the same overprinted (or rather handstamped) 'Subscriber'. The 'Subscriber' stamps
were sold to subscribers at face value, and could be used when using telephones other than their own. Those who received them for allowing the
use of their telephone could use them in payment of telephone charges or pass them on to other subscribers. The non-subscriber (i.e. ordinary)
stamps were sold to non-subscribers at 10 cents each to pay for calls at subscribers' telephones. They were redeemable with the Company at
5 cents each so that non-subscribers, in effect, paid double.
The Exchange was opened in 1879 and in 1881 had 656 subscribers. The possibility of purchase by Western Union was already under discussion in 1881.

1881 Perf.11 top and bottom.

Hiscocks Book page 346
Hiscocks Book page 346
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson. (Nothing printed on the back of the first
)

.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c greenish grey - -
1a           overprinted 'Subscriber' (capitals, front only) 33.60 -
1b           overprinted 'Subscriber' front and back - -

 

 

 

27. Minnesota Central Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this company was formed from the merger of the
Southern Electric Telephone Company, the Northern Electric Telephone Company and the Minnesota Central Telephone Company.
Located originally in Willmar, Minnesota, it moved later to Minneapolis.

Employees Message Ticket .

Message Coupon
Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 Black on green 18.2 -

 

 

28. Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was founded in 1882.
It later merged with other companies to become Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1917.

 

1911

Missouri and Kansas
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson.


RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c red to end January 1911 12.60 -
1a           imperf between pair - -
1b           pale red undated 10.50 -


New design.
Message Coupon
Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 Black on pink 9.80 -

 

 

 

29. Monmouth Toll Line Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was incorporated August 2, 1902 in Perth, Amboy, New Jersey.

Franks in panes of three rows of two stamps. Perf. 12.

Message Coupon
Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 Red 12.60 -

 

 

30. Moore's Telephone System

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was established in 1892 at Caro, Tuscola, Michigan.
WorthPoint.com refers to a $5.00 Toll Coupon Booklet (2 1/8" high by 5 1/8" long) issued November 19, 1906 containing coupons for 5, 10 and 25 cents,
each signed W. J. Moore General Manager. The booklet having ten 5 cent pages, five 10 cent pages and one 25 cent page at 4 coupons per page.

1900 ? Rouletted 12½.

Moore's 5c Message Coupon  Moore's 10c Message Coupon
Moore's 25c Message Coupon
5c, 10c and 25c. the backs are blank.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, black, green and red 4.20 -
2 1 10c, black, pink and red 5.60 -
3 1 25c, black, pale brown and red 9.10 -

 

 

31. Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks only knew of a single (1957) frank, he wrote:
The Company is based in Denver, Colorado, and is presumably the successor to the Colorado Telephone Company (q.v.)
which produced very similar franks.


In fact, it was formed in 1911 from the Colorado Telephone Co., together with Tri-State Telephone, and Rocky Mountain Bell.
I have not seen any dated earlier than 1913, although I would have expected 1912 to exist.


Franks in panes of five, rouletted between.
No ring around Bell.
Message Coupon
Image Needed


RH# Type. 1913 Description Mint Used
1 1 5c dark blue on green 5.60 -
2 1 10c deep green on green 7.70 -
3 1 25c deep red on green 9.10 -
4 1 50c light blue on green 11.20 -

RH# Type. 1914 Description Mint Used
5 1 5c blue on blue 5.60 -
6 1 10c green on blue 7.70 -
7 1 25c red on blue 9.10 -
8 1 50c slate on blue 11.20 -

RH# Type. 1915 Description Mint Used
9 1 5c dark blue on salmon 4.20 -
10 1 10c green on salmon 4.90 -
11 1 25c red on salmon 7.00 -
12 1 50c pale graan on salmon 7.70 -

1938 issue - back
A (half-size) booklet pane , courtesy of Eric Jackson.
 

1931 pale buff wove paper. Paper-maker watermark. Booklet panes of 5, rouletted 12½ between stamps.
Large value numerals encroaching on
"NOT GOOD IF DETACHED"
Ring added around Bell.

1938 - 50c
1938 - 50c
Type 1 (front and back)   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1931 Description Mint Used
13 2 5c dark blue 3.50 -
14 2 10c green 3.50 -
15 2 25c red 4.20 -
16 2 50c blue 7.00 -
17 2 100c orange 8.40 -

This example shows a paper-makers(?) watermark.
1938 issue - Wmk
(half-size) enhanced image, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

RH# Type. 1933 Description Mint Used
18 2 5c dark blue 4.20 -
19 2 10c green 4.90 -
20 2 25c red ? - -
21 2 50c blue 7.70 -
22 2 100c orange 9.10 -

RH# Type. 1937 Description Mint Used
23 2 5c blue ? - -
24 2 10c deep green ? - -
25 2 25c deep red ? - -
26 2 50c light blue - -
27 2 100c vermilion ? - -

RH# Type. 1938 Description Mint Used
28 2 5c dark blue - -
29 2 10c green - -
30 2 25c deep red ? - -
31 2 50c pale blue green - -
32 2 100c vermilion ? - -

RH# Type. 1939 Description Mint Used
33 2 5c dark blue 3.50 -
34 2 10c green 3.50 -
35 2 25c red 4.90 -
36 2 50c light blue 7.00 -
37 2 100c orange 8.40 -

 

 

1943 White wove paper. No watermark. Booklet panes of 5, rouletted 6¼ between stamps.
Clearer design with smaller lettering, value numerals clear of
"NOT GOOD IF DETACHED"

Hiscocks Book page 347
Type 2, 1943 set(less 5c) courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1943 Description Mint Used
38 3 5c blue ? 3.50 -
39 3 10c deep green 3.50 -
40 3 25c red 4.90 -
41 3 50c light blue 7.00 -
42 3 100c orange 8.40 -

RH# Type. 1947 Description Mint Used
43 3 5c blue ? - -
44 3 10c deep green ? - -
45 3 25c deep red ? - -
46 3 50c light blue - -
47 3 100c vermilion ? - -


1957 - 25c  1957 - 25c
1957 - 100c  1957 - 100c
Type 2 (front and back of 1957)   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1957 Description Mint Used
48 3 5c dark blue 3.50 -
49 3 10c deep green 3.50 -
50 3 25c red 4.20 -
51 3 50c turquoise 5.60 -
52 3 100c orange 7.00 -


1958 - 5c  1958 - 5c
1958 - 10c  1958 - 10c
1958 - 25c  1958 - 25c
1958 - 50c  1958 - 50c
1958 - 100c  1958 - 100c
Type 2 (front and back of 1958)   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1958 Description Mint Used
53 3 5c dark blue - -
54 3 10c deep green - -
55 3 25c red - -
56 3 50c turquoise - -
57 3 100c yellow - -


1959 - 5c  1959 - 5c
1959 - 10c  1959 - 10c
1959 - 25c  1959 - 25c
1959 - 50c  1959 - 50c
1959 - 100c  1959 - 100c
Type 2 (front and back of 1959)   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1959 Description Mint Used
58 3 5c dark blue 4.20 -
58a           good only in ... - -
59 3 10c deep green 4.20 -
59a           good only in ... - -
60 3 25c red 4.90 -
60a           good only in ... - -
61 3 50c blue 6.30 -
61a           good only in ... - -
62 3 100c yellow 7.00 -
62a           good only in ... - -

 

 

32. National Bell Telephone Company of the State of Maine

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
No background information is available on the Company, but two 'trunk line message coupons' are in the AT & T files.

Date ? Rouletted ?

Hiscocks Book page 347
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 347 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c colour unknown - -
2 (1) 15c colour unknown - -

 

 

33. New England Telephone and Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
Three types of frank are known from this company. The best known ran from around 1890 to at least until 1912, and are unusual in USA telephone
stamps in being dated on the face. A single copy of a completely different type with obvious 'Bell' connections and no date (except probably on the reverse)
is very poorly illustrated below after multiple photocopying. The lettering in the circle around the bell reads
"NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE & TELEGRAPH COMPANY : BELL SYSTEM".
It may have replaced the '1890—1912' type. Finally there is a much larger frank open-dated '189 ' and apparently valid in the 'Boston Division' only.


There is in addition an Employee's Frank. The company was founded in 1883.

Shortcuts to different sections
Type I Type II Type III Type IV

a. Type I

1887? Rouletted 8½. Control number in manuscript. General Manager Loren N. Downs. Undated.
'Ex-Territorial Lines.'

Hiscocks Book page 347
Hiscocks Book page 347
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c black on yellow 11.20 -
2 1 15c black on green 14.70 -

 

1888 Rouletted. Control number in manuscript. General Manager Loren N. Downs. Dated on front.
'In Boston and Suburban Territory.' No value.

Hiscocks Book page 347
Type 2 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1888 Description Mint Used
3 2 No value, black / blue 16.10 -

RH# Type. 1889 Description Mint Used
4 2 10c black / yellow 9.80 -
5 2 15c black / green ? - -

 

1890? Rouletted 8½. Control number in manuscript. General Manager Loren N. Downs. Dated on Front.
'Ex-Territorial Lines.'

New England 1890
Image of 1890 type (1), courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1890 Description Mint Used
6 (1) 10c black / yellow 10.85 -
7 (1) 15c black / green ? 11.90 -

 

1891 New design. Perf.12 on three sides. General Manager Jasper N. Killir.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 3-1891 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1891 Description Mint Used
8 3 10c black on grey - -
9 3 15c black on pink - -

 

1892 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 3-1892 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1892 Description Mint Used
10 3 10c black on green - -
11 3 15c black on pink - -

 

1893 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 3-1893/4 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1893 Description Mint Used
12 3 10c black on green - -
12a         Overprinted '1894' - -
13 3 15c black on pink - -

 

1894 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 3-1894 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1894 Description Mint Used
14 3 10c colour unknown - -
15 3 15c black on peach 14.00 -

 

1895 As above.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
16 3 10c colour unknown 8.75 -
17 3 15c colour unknown 10.50 -

 

1896 As above.

New England 1896
Image of 1896 type 3, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1896 Description Mint Used
18 3 10c black / pale grey-blue 9.10 -
19 3 15c black / pink 10.50 -

 

1897 As above.

New England 1897-a

Images of 1897 types 3, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1897 Description Mint Used
20 3 10c black / pale grey-blue 10.15 -
21 3 15c black / pink 9.10 -

 

1897 New design, date thinner, value taller and without bar through 'c'.

New England 1897-a

Images of 1897 type 4, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1897 Description Mint Used
22 4 10c black / pale grey 10.85 -
23 4 15c black / pink 12.60 -

 

1898 New design, similar to type 3 but clearer date. Value still without bar through 'c'.

New England 1898
Image of 1898 type 5, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1898 Description Mint Used
24 5 10c black / pale grey-blue - -
25 5 15c black / pink 14.00 -

 

1899 As above.

New England 1899
Image of 1899 type 5, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1899 Description Mint Used
26 5 10c black on white 5.60 -
27 5 15c black on pink 5.60 -

 

1900 As above.

New England 1900
Image of 1900 type 5, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1900 Description Mint Used
28 5 10c black on white 9.80 -
29 5 15c black on pink 9.80 -

 

Hiscocks Book page 348
A (half-size) booklet pane imperf between.
courtesy of Eric Jackson.
 

1901 New design. Date in white. Perf.11¾
In panes with 5 stamps vertically or 2 x 5 stamps.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 6 (1902) courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. 1901 Description Mint Used
30 6 5c colour unknown - -
31 6 10c colour unknown - -

 

1902 As above.

RH# Type. 1902 Description Mint Used
32 6 5c colour unknown - -
33 6 10c black and brown on buff - -
33a           imperf between vertical pair - -

 

1903 As above.

RH# Type. 1903 Description Mint Used
34 6 5c colour unknown - -
35 6 10c black and red-brown on buff - -

An image of a 10c 1903 is on a $5 AmeriVox phone card.

 

1904 As above but date in colour. Red controls.

WR-NET1904J1   WR-NET1904J2
Type 7 from Hiscocks Book, page 348

RH# Type. 1904 Description Mint Used
36 7 5c green and grey 7.00 -
37 7 10c red-brown and grey 9.80 -

 

RH# Type. 1905 Description Mint Used
38 7 5c green and grey ? 8.40 -
39 7 10c red-brown and grey ? - -

Not seen, but now seems likely.

 

1906 As above but date in colour.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 7 from Hiscocks Book, page 348

RH# Type. 1906 Description Mint Used
40 7 5c colour unknown 8.40 -
41 7 10c colour unknown - -

 

1907 New design. Perf.12.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 8 - (1908) courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1907 Description Mint Used
42 8 5c green 8.40 -
43 8 10c blue 9.80 -

 

1908 As above.

RH# Type. 1908 Description Mint Used
44 8 5c green on white 7.70 -
45 8 10c blue on white - -

 

1909 As above.

New England 1909
Image of 1909 type 8, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1909 Description Mint Used
46 8 5c light yellow-green on buff - ? - -
47 8 10c blue on white 7.00 -

 

1910 As above.

RH# Type. 1910 Description Mint Used
48 8 5c light yellow-green on buff - ? - -
49 8 10c blue on white ? 12.60 -

 

1911 As above.

New England 1911
Image of 1911 type 8, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. 1911 Description Mint Used
50 8 5c light yellow-green / buff - -
51 8 10c blue / white - ? - -

 

1912 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 348
Hiscocks Book page 348
Type 8-1912 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1912 Description Mint Used
52 8 5c light yellow-green / buff 8.40 -
53 8 10c blue / white 11.60 -

 

RH# Type. 1913 Description Mint Used
54 8 or 9 5c light yellow-green on buff - ? - -
55 8 or 9 10c blue on white ? 9.80 -

 

1914 to 1918   New type, as above but no mention of a General Manager.

Hiscocks Book page 349
Hiscocks Book page 348
Hiscocks Book page 349
Hiscocks Book page 349
Type 9 images courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. 1914-18 Description Mint Used
56 9 1914 - 5c yellow-green - -
57 9 1914 - 10c blue - -
58 9 1915 - 5c yellow-green 13.30 -
59 9 1915 - 10c blue - -
60 9 1916 - 5c yellow-green - -
61 9 1916 - 10c blue - -
62 9 1917 - 5c yellow-green - -
63 9 1917 - 10c blue - -
64 9 1918 - 5c yellow-green - -
65 9 1918 - 10c blue - -

My note: Mention of a General Manager stopped 1913 or 1914.

 

b. Type II

1920 Red controls expiring on 31st January each year, though not all are known. Perf. 11½.
These were in booklet panes with two rows of five franks. Some were bound at the top and some at the side,
though it is unclear as to why and if there was a specific distinction.

New England Type 6 - 5c New England Type 6 - 10c New England Type 6 - 25c
Type 10     5c - Jan. 81st 1987? - I think this is Jan 31st 1937 Type 10     10c and 25c courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

 

RH# Type. 1920 Mint Used
66-1920 10 5c red 3.85 -
67-1920 10 10c blue - -
68-1920 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1921 Mint Used
66-1921 10 5c red 4.20 -
67-1921 10 10c blue - -
68-1921 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1928 Mint Used
66-1928 10 5c red 3.50 -
67-1928 10 10c blue - -
68-1928 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1931 Mint Used
66-1931 10 5c red 1.75 -
67-1931 10 10c blue 1.75 -
68-1931 10 25c green - -
RH# Type. 1933 Mint Used
66-1933 10 5c red 2.10 -
67-1933 10 10c blue 2.80 -
68-1933 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1935 Mint Used
66-1935 10 5c red 2.10 -
67-1935 10 10c blue - -
68-1935 10 25c green 6.30 -

RH# Type. 1936 Mint Used
66-1936 10 5c red - -
67-1936 10 10c blue - -
68-1936 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1937 Mint Used
66-1937 10 5c red 3.15 -
67-1937 10 10c blue 3.15 -
68-1937 10 25c green 4.20 -
RH# Type. 1938 Mint Used
66-1938 10 5c red - -
67-1938 10 10c blue - -
68-1938 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1939 Mint Used
66-1939 10 5c red 2.80 -
67-1939 10 10c blue 3.50 -
68-1939 10 25c green 5.25 -

RH# Type. 1940 Mint Used
66-1940 10 5c red - -
67-1940 10 10c blue - -
68-1940 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1941 Mint Used
66-1941 10 5c red 2.80 -
67-1941 10 10c blue - -
68-1941 10 25c green 5.60 -
RH# Type. 1942 Mint Used
66-1942 10 5c red - -
67-1942 10 10c blue - -
68-1942 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. 1943 Mint Used
66-1943 10 5c red 3.85 -
67-1943 10 10c blue - -
68-1943 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. Other Years Mint Used
66-date 10 5c red - -
67-date 10 10c blue - -
68-date 10 25c green - -

RH# Type. Undated Mint Used
66-0000 10 5c red - -
67-0000 10 10c blue - -
68-0000 10 25c green 9.45 -

 

c. Type III Boston Division

189- Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of three.

Hiscocks Book page 349
Type 11a courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
69 11 15c red and black on pink - -
70 11a       10c on 15c 36.40 -

 

190- Perf.11¾ between franks in panes (of three ?)

Hiscocks Book page 349 - new
Type 12 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
71 12 10c red and black on pink 41.30 -

 

 

d. Type IV Employee's Frank

190?   Perf. down edge. Not sure of scale.

Employees Frank
Type 13 courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com. Date pre-filled with '
190'

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
72 13 No value, black and red on tan - -

 

19??   Perf. 11¾ down edge.

Employees Frank
Type 14 courtesy of Eric Jackson. This one is overprinted for use by the Southern Massachusetts Tel. Co. but presumably it existed without the overprint.
Date pre-filled with '19'

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
73 14 No value, black and red on yellow 14.00 -

 

 

33a. New State Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, I know of it only from the catalogue of William Rink.
According to him, there there were multiple companies by this name in different parts of the USA. One known frank bears the signature of
their treasurer Charles Flowers which identifies it as being in Michigan with the parent company being the Detroit Telephone Company.
It may be that other companies of that name also issued stamps or franks.

1900? thick paper, rouletted.

Message Coupon
Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c black on buff. 50.00 -

 

 

34. New York and New Jersey Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was founded 5 June 1883 as a subsidiary of the Bell Telephone System, with headquarters
moving to Brooklyn in 1897. It became part of the New York Telephone Company in 1909.
This design is very similar to that of the New York and Pennsylvania Telephone & Telegraph Company shown below.

1892 ?   Message Coupon Perf. 11 at sides.

NY and NJ TT 1892
Type 1 image courtesy of Eric Jackson. (nothing on reverse)
Interestingly, the words "Good until ..." are missing from this.
The very similar frank of the New York and Pennsylvania Telephone & Telegraph Company below has it at the bottom.
Was it chopped off, or was there a requirement for the coupons to still be attached to their 'stub' which was dated ?

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black and blue - -


 

35. New York and Pennsylvania Telephone & Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was Incorporated on 7 December 1882 as a subsidiary of Bell operating in Southern New York State and Northern Pensyvania.

1892   Message Coupon Perf. 11 at sides.

NY and Pennsylvania TT 1892
Type 1 image courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(nothing on reverse)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black and blue 26.60 -

 

1893   As above but Bell removed. Perf. 11 at sides.

NY and Pennsylvania TT 1893
NY and Pennsylvania TT 1895  NY and Pennsylvania TT 1897
Type 1 images courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(nothing on reverse)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 1 1893, No value, black with red control 18.90 -
3 1 1894, No value, black - -
4 1 1895, No value, black with red control - -
5 1 1896, No value, black - -
6 1 1897, No value, black with blue control - -

 

1898 Message Coupon Rouletted 10¾ at sides.

NY and Penn TT 1898  NY and Penn TT 1900
Type 1 images courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(nothing on reverse)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
7 1 1898 - No value, black on brown. Red control 14.70 -
8 1 1899 - No value, black on brown. - -
9 1 1900 - No value, black on brown. Red control - -

 

 

1901 Message Coupon Rouletted 10¾ at sides. "For one conversation only."

NY and Penn TT 1901
Type 2 image courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(nothing on reverse)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
10 2 No value, black on brown - -

 

 

1901 Rouletted 10½ between franks.

NY and Penn TT  NY and Penn TT rev.
NY and Penn TT - black.
Type 3 images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
11 3 5c brown, red controls to end December 1901 6.30 -
11a          other dates - -
11b          undated - -
12 3 5c black, red controls to end December 1901 4.55 -
12a          to end December 1902 4.20 -
12b          1908 on reverse 3.50 -
12c          other dates - -
12d          undated 6.30 -

 

NYP 5c pane - front
A (half-size) booklet pane (front) courtesy of Eric Jackson.

NYP 5c pane - back
A (half-size) booklet pane (back) courtesy of Eric Jackson.
 

1908 As above.

NY and Penn TT
Type 3 - 1908 images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

 

1909 ? As above but no date on back.

NY and Penn TT  NY and Penn TT
Type 3 images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
13 3 Undated, 5c blue, red controls 6.65 -
14 3 Undated(1911), 5c green, red controls - -

 

Note that on the pane to the left dated June 1, 1910 to June 1, 1911
the "& Pennsylvania" and "& Telegraph" are both crossed out.
This would seem to imply the end of the relationship at this point in time. I don't see any perforations.

 

 

36. New York Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
Only employees' franks are known from this company, and these were issued by Divisional Centers of the Company — Buffalo, Central and
Metropolitan are known — between about 1910 and some date after 1924. Those of 1910 and 1911 have a heraldic rose motif, while in later issues the
rose is replaced by the usual Bell symbol. Very similar employees' franks were issued by the New York Telephone Company and the New York and
New Jersey Telephone Company jointly (next section) in 1902 and 1908, so it would seem that the NYTC franks replaced the NYTC and NY & NJTC joint
franks in 1909 or 1910.


Formed in 1909 from a number of other companies, some of which were also the result of mergers and/or were already operating jointly.
Other Divisional Centers now known are Hudson and Western. There were also 'Franking Zones'.

Shortcuts to different sections
Buffalo Div. Buffalo Franking Zone Central Div. Metropolitan Div. Met. Franking Zone NY State Franking Zone Hudson Div. Western Div.

a. Buffalo Division - controls in red

1910 Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 350  Back
Type 1 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, black and red on pale pink 10.50 -

 

1911 As above.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 1 No value, black and purple on pale pink 11.20 -

 

Date 1912? Altered design, Litho. by International Bank Note Co. Otherwise same as above.

Hiscocks Book page 350  Back
Type 2 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 2 No value, black and yellow on white 13.00 -

 

Date 1914? Altered design in corners, J.C. & W.E. Powers, New York. Otherwise same as above.

Hiscocks Book page 350  Back
Type 3 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 3 No value, blue on white (1914) 8.75 -
4a          other years - -

 

b. Buffalo Franking Zone - controls in red

Similar to last, but poorer print quality .
No printers imprint at the bottom.
Message Coupon
Type 4 - Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
5 4 No value, blue on white issued 1 Januarey 1926 8.75 -
5a          other dates - -

 

c. Central Division - controls in red

1910 Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 5 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
6 5 1910 No value, green and black on white 13.00 -

 

1911 Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two. Litho by International Bank Note Co.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 6 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
7 6 1911 No value, black and pink 14.70 -

 

1914? Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two. New design. JC & WC Powers, New York.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 7 from Hiscocks Book, page 350.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
8 7 No value, blue ? - -

 

d. Metropolitan Division - controls in red

1910 Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two.

NY TelCo. Type 8  NY TelCo. Type 8 - back
Type 8 - December 31st 1910

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
9 8 1910 No value, black and yellow-orange 10.50 -

 

1911 Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two. Litho by International Bank Note Co.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 9 - 1911 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
10 9 1911 No value, black and orange-red 9.80 -

 

1914 Perf.11¾ between franks. Bell Logo. J.C. & W.E. Powers, New York.

Hiscocks Book page 350  Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 10 - 1914 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
11 10 No value, dark blue issued 1, January 1914 - -
11a          stamped for Stamford-NY City 7.70 -
11b          issued 1, May 1917 7.00 -

 

1921?-3 Perf.11¾ between franks in panes of two. Bell Logo, no date on front.
This is a poorer quality printing with no printers name at the bottom.

Hiscocks Book page 350  Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 11 - 1921 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
12 11 No value, green-blue issued 1, April 1921 7.00 -
12a          issued 1, April 1922 - -
12b          issued 1, April 1923 6.30 -

 

e. Metropolitan Franking Zone - controls in red

1924 Perf.14 between franks in panes of two. New design - 'Local and Long Distance'

Hiscocks Book page 350  Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 12 - 1925 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
13 12 No value, dark blue issued 1, April 1924 6.30 -
13a          issued 1, April 1925 8.00 -
13b          issued 1, April 1926 7.70 -
13c          issued other dates - -

 

1930?(between 1927-33) Perf.14 between franks in panes of two. - Logo change, 'Bell System'. Red controls.

Hiscocks Book page 350  Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 13 - 1947 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
14 13 No value, dark blue on greenish issued 1, September 1934 7.70 -
14a          issued 1, January 1942 - -
14b          RH14a with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red 7.00 -
14c          issued 1, February 1946 - -
14d          RH14c with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red 6.30 -
14e          issued 1, July 1947 - -
14f          RH14e with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red 7.00 -
14g          issued 1, February 1948 - -
14h          RH14g with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red 6.30 -
14i          issued 1, July 1948 7.00 -
14j          RH14i with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red - -
14k          issued other dates - -
14l          RH14k with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red - -

 

f. New York State Franking Zone - controls and hand-stamps in red

1949-58 Perf.14 at top.

NY state FZ 1949-f  NY state FZ 1949-b
NY state FZ 1958-f  NY state FZ 1958-b
Type 14 - 1949 and 1958 front and back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.
Scans of Jul 1 for 1950, 1951, and 1953 to 1957 show the same design. All with perforations only at the top.

all stamped with 'NOT GOOD FOR INTERSTATE MESSAGES' in red

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
15 14 No value, dark blue on greenish, issued 1 July 1949 7.00 -
15a          issued 1, July 1950 6.30 -
15b          issued 1, July 1951 5.25 -
15c          issued 1, July 1952 - -
15d          issued 1, July 1953 - -
15e          issued 1, July 1954 - -
15f          issued 1, July 1955 5.60 -
15g          issued 1, July 1956 - -
15h          issued 1, July 1957 4.55 -
15i          issued 1, July 1958 5.60 -
15j          other dates - -

 

g. Hudson Division - controls in red

1910 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 15 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
16 15 1910 No value, black and blue 11.20 -

 

1911 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two. Litho by International Bank Note Co.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 16 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
17 16 1911 No value, black and blue 10.85 -

 

h. Western Division - controls in red

1910 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 17 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
18 17 1910 No value, black and brown 12.25 -

 

1911 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two. Litho by International Bank Note Co.

Hiscocks Book page 350
Type 18 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
19 18 1911 No value, black and green 12.60 -

 

 

 

37. New York Telephone Company and New York and New Jersey Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The joint franks issued for employees of these companies were mentioned above. They seem to have been replaced in 1909 or 1910 by those of the
NYTC alone, possibly with the amalgamation of the two companies. There is no evidence of franks issued by the NY & NJTC alone.


There is now a frank (message coupon) known for the NY & NJTC.

a. Message Coupons.

1897 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 351  Back
Type 1 with half-size back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1897 No value, brown, black and red on yellow - -

 

Note: Franks were probably issued each year in different colours.
At some point there must have been a switch from Type 1 to Type 2, but as yet I do not know when.

 

1900 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 351
Type 2 (1900) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 1900 No value, green, black and blue on green 12.60 -
3 2 1901 No value, black and pale green - -

 

1902 Perf.12 between franks in panes of two.

Hiscocks Book page 351
Type 3 (1902) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 3 1902 No value, black, green and red on yellow 11.20 -
5 3 1903 No value, black, yellow and red on blue - -
6 3 1904 No value, black, pale olive and red - -
7 3 1905 No value, black, pale orange and red - -

 

Hiscocks Book page 351
Type 3 (1906) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
8 3 1906 No value, orange, black and red on pale pink 10.85 -
9 3 1907 No value Colours ? - -
10 3 1908 No value, black and red on white - -

 

b. Complimentary Franks.

1904? Perf.11¾ between franks.

Complimentary Frank
Type 4 - courtesy of Eric Jackson.
This is said to be marked on the back of each of the six valid coupons with the
Control number (337) in red and the date "Good Until Dec 31 1904" on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
11 4 1904 No value, black and gold on white - -
11a          other dates - -
11b          top stub (1904) - -
11c          top stub, other dates - -

 

 

 

38. Northeastern Telephone and Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this appears to be modelled on the style of the Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Company of circa 1906.
Beyond that I know nothing more about it.

1906?   Rough Perf. 11¾, red controls. Nothing on the back.

Northeastern TT - 10c
Northeastern TT - 15c
Type 1. It is possible that other values exist.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c, black on blue-green - -
2 1 15c, black and gold on white - -

 

 

 

39. Northwestern Long Distance Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. This Company operated in the Seattle area, Oregon and Washington.
It began operations in 1903 and Incorporated 1906. It merged with the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1922.

1906? - Rouletted between.
NWLD 5c
Type 1   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c blue and red on white - -

 

Date? - Rouletted.
NWLD 5c
Type 2   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
2 2 5c blue and red on yellow - -

I am very uncertain about this last, as there is so little to go on.
I have put this here because of being independent and the similarity of design, but even if this is the right company, I am not sure which was the earliest.
Alternatively, the frame is similar to 1909 stamps of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, so perhaps this is from a company absorbed by it.
Anyone have any information on this ?

 

 

40. Northwestern Telephone and Construction Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. Based in Detroit, incorporated in 1895, this later became the Michigan Bell Telephone Company.

 

Date ?   Rouletted 12½

NWTCC-5c  NWTCC-10c
NWTCC-20c  NWTCC-25c
Type 1 - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c black and red on brown - -
2 1 10c black and red on brown - -
3 1 20c black and red on brown - -
4 1 25c black and red on brown - -

 

 

41. Northwestern Telephone Exchange

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. The Company incorporated on December 10, 1878 in Minneapolis(?).
Merged into the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1921.

I have scans of Franks in two different values and four different types from 1897 to 1912.
There is likely to be other values, types and/or years. I will allocated numbers for two values from 1897 to 1912 for the time being and sort out
which types were used when, colours and any other additions, as and when I find out about them.

The design of the first two types is virtually identical to those of the Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Company so comparison has been informative.

1897   Perf.12

1897-15c

Type 1 - courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1897 - 10c black on pink ? - -
2 1 1897 - 15c black on grey - -
3 1 1898 - 10c colours not known - -
4 1 1898 - 15c colours not known - -
5 1 1899 - 10c colours not known - -
6 1 1899 - 15c colours not known - -
7 1 1900 - 10c colours not known - -
8 1 1900 - 15c colours not known - -
9 1 1901 - 10c colours not known - -
10 1 1901 - 15c colours not known - -

 

1902? Perf. 11¾

NTE-10c
NTE-15c
Type 2 (1905) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
11 2 1902 - 10c colours not known - -
12 2 1902 - 15c colours not known - -
13 2 1903 - 10c colours not known - -
14 2 1903 - 15c colours not known - -
15 2 1904 - 10c colours not known - -
16 2 1904 - 15c colours not known - -
17 2 1905 - 10c black on creamy grey - -
18 2 1905 - 15c black on yellow - -
19 2 1906 - 10c colours not known - -
20 2 1906 - 15c colours not known - -
21 2 1907 - 10c colours not known - -
22 2 1907 - 15c colours not known - -
23 2 1908 - 10c colours not known - -
24 2 1908 - 15c colours not known - -
25 2 1909 - 10c colours not known - -
26 2 1909 - 15c colours not known - -

Note: Although it is a safe bet that Franks were produced for all the interevening years, a lack of examples
make it uncertain as to when the design was changed. I will probably have to correct the guess.

 

1910 Rouletted 9½

NTE-10c
NTE-15c
Type 3 - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
27 3 1910 - 10c black and red on pale green - -
28 3 1910 - 15c black and red on pale yellow - -
29 3 1911 - 10c colours not known - -
30 3 1911 - 15c colours not known - -

 

1912 Smaller year without the side-bars. Rouletted

WR-NWE1912D1
WR-NWE1912D2
Type 4 - Without bars each side of year, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
31 4 10c black and red on buff 14.35 -
32 4 15c black and red on salmon 14.35 -

 

 

 

42. Ontario and Steuben Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. Organised in 1897 for a line connecting parts of Ontario and Steuben counties in New York State.
They merged into the Empire State Telephone and Telegraph Company on 15 March 1907.

Large simple franks. Rouletted 10.
Message Coupon
Type 1 - Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c black 11.20 -
2 1 10c black 12.60 -

 

 

43. Pacific States Telephone and Telegraph Company and Sunset Telephone and Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
A joint frank was issued in 1903 by the two above companies. The PST & TC was organised in 1900 from several earlier companies, while the
ST & TC was a toll-line company set up to link the numerous western states companies existing in 1883. The illustration below has been traced from a
very poor photocopy. There were 25 panes of 2 franks in a booklet. The colour is not known but, judging by its copying qualities, was probably blue.
The wording below the company name is not fully legible, but seems to read "Coupon for Message ???? on reverse hereof". No date is given on the
frank, but the expiry date is on the booklet cover.


The catalogue of William Rink has illustrations of 1903 and 1904. These have the years in large digits printed on the front and a security background similar to the
1897 New York Telephone Company and New York and New Jersey Telephone Company but with the year in blue. The date on the 1904 frank is larger.
The wording below the company name reads "Coupon for Message noted on reverse hereof". Book number in red, perforated top and bottom.

Hiscocks Book page 358
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 358 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 Undated No value, unknown colours - -
2 (1) 1903 No value, black and orange on pale orange. Perf. 14¼ - -
3 (1) 1904 No value, black and green on buff. Perf. 12 - -

 

New design, long format. Perf. 12 top and bottom.
Message Coupon
Type 2 - Image Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 2 1905 - 10c dark blue and olive green on slate - -
5 2 1905 - 25c black and red on orange - -
6 2 1906 - 10c green on pale green - -
7 2 1906 - 25c pale violet on buff - -

 

 

44. Pacific, Sunset, Inland and Oregon Telephone and Telegraph Companies

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, these three companies had different parts of territoy held by the Pacific Bell Telephone Company
under a franchise arrangement. The area covered was parts of Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Arizona.
It all became part of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1907.

 

1899 ?   Perf. 14.

PSIO - front  PSIO - front
Type 1 Images courtesy of Eric Jackson.
(Front and back)

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1889 black and red on brownish - -
2 1 1889 crossed out and 1900 added - -

 

 

 

45. Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company was formed on 31 December 1906 from several smaller companies, and franks were issued from 1906 to 1948. Each issue of
complimentary franks was valid for a calendar year and consisted at various times of 5c, 10c, 25c, and 50c values in panes of 12 in booklets of various
values as indicated below. They went to Company officers and certain employees, property owners over whose land lines passed and, until 1934,
railroads and telegraph companies in the Company's territory in exchange for their franks. There was the usual reciprocal arrangement with AT & T. All
complimentary franks had the expiry date on the reverse, usually printed but sometimes handstamped or inserted in manuscript on spare blank
booklets when occasion demanded. In addition to the complimentary franks, official franks were used for Company business. These were not
dated or subject to time limit.

I. Complimentary Franks

1906 Lithographed in dark blue on variously coloured wove papers. No watermark. Rouletted 14. Dates in greenish.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 1 (5c and 25c, 1908) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1906 Description Mint Used
1 H1 1 5c brown on brownish 12.70 -
1a -          undated 9.50 -
2 H2 1 10c dark blue on ? - -
2a -          undated - -
3 H3 1 25c green on greenish 11.50 -
3a -          undated 12.30 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. $10 and $20 booklets containing 5c, 10c and 25c, and 10c and 25c franks respectively.

 

1907 As above.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
4 H4 1 5c brown on brownish - -
5 H5 1 25c green on greenish 10.50 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. $10 booklets of 5c franks, and $25 booklets of 5c and 25c franks.

 

1908 As above.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
6 H6 1 5c brown on brownish 9.80 -
7 H7 1 25c green on greenish 10.50 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Only $25 booklets reported.

 

1909 New design. Perf. 14.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 2 (25c, 1910) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
8 H8 1 5c dark blue 1909 8.05 -
8a -          undated. Perf. 12½, no control 9.80 -
9 H9 1 25c dark blue / ? - -
9a -          undated - -
10 - 1 50c ??? - -
10a -          undated ??? - -

 

1910 As above. Perf. 14

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
11 H10 2 5c dark blue 4.90 -
12 H11 2 25c dark blue / cream 5.60 -
13 H12 2 50c dark blue / pink. Perf. 12 7.70 -

 

1911 As above. Perf. ?

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
14 H13 2 5c dark blue ? - -
15 H14 2 25c dark blue / ? - -
16 H15 2 50c dark blue / pink ? - -

 

1912 As above. Perf. 12. Dates in violet.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 2 (25c, 1912) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1912 Description Mint Used
17 H16 2 5c dark blue - -
18 H17 2 25c dark blue / green 5.25 -
19 H18 2 50c dark blue / pink ? - -
  Booklet pane 1910 - 25c
1910 (half-size) booklet pane, front above and rear below.
Panes of 20, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

Booklet pane 1910 - 25c back

 

1913 As above.

RH# was Type. 1913 Description Mint Used
20 H19 2 5c dark blue 4.90 -
21 H20 2 25c dark blue / green 5.60 -
22 H21 2 50c dark blue / pink ? - -

Hiscocks notes on booklets:

1909 Note. Booklets as for 1907.
[$10 booklets of 5c franks, and $25 booklets of 5c and 25c franks.]
1910 Note. $50 booklet containing all values introduced.
1913 Note. Records suggest that only a $10 booklet, containing only 5c franks,
was issued in 1913. This seems unlikely and the records may be incomplete.
However, Nos. 20 and 21 require confirmation.

 

1914 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Hiscocks Book page 352 - 50c
Type 2 (50c, 1914) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1914 Description Mint Used
23 H22 2 5c dark blue on pinkish 5.25 -
24 H23 2 25c dark blue on greenish 6.30 -
25 H24 2 50c dark blue on pink 8.75 -

 

1915
According to William Rink:
"Based on an article in Calcoin News Volume 37, No. 4, Fall 1983, and my personal findings,
there were no 50c denominations produced from 1915-1925."
I have therefore removed the, presumably presumptive references to 50c stamps in this period, from Hiscocks' list.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
26 H25 2 5c dark blue, Perf. 12 - -
27 H26 2 25c dark blue / green, Perf. 12 x 11¾ - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

1915 Note. The records suggest that only $50 booklets were issued.

 

1916 As above.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
28 H28 2 5c dark blue, Perf. 12 7.70 -
29 H29 2 25c dark blue / green, Perf. 12 x 11¾ - -

 

1917 Perf. 12

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Type 2 (5c, 1917) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
30 H31 2 5c dark blue 7.00 -
31 H32 2 25c dark blue / green - -

 

1918

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
32 H34 2 5c dark blue, Perf. 12 - -
33 H35 2 25c dark blue / green, Perf. 12 x 11¾ - -

 

1919 ?

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
34 H37 2 5c dark blue ? - -
35 H38 2 25c dark blue / green ? - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

1919 Note. Records quote only $25 booklets with no 50c franks. No.39 requires confirmation.

 

1920 Perf. 12

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Type 2 (5c, 1920) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 2 (25c, 1920) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1920 Description Mint Used
36 H40 2 5c dark blue 4.90 -
37 H41 2 25c dark blue / green 6.65 -

 

1921

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
38 H43 2/3 5c dark blue ? - -
39 H44 2/3 25c dark blue / green ? - -

 

1922

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
40 H46 2/3 5c dark blue ? - -
41 H47 2/3 25c dark blue / green ? - -

 

1923

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
42 H49 2/3 5c dark blue ? - -
43 H50 2/3 25c dark blue / green ? - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. A $100 booklet was introduced in either 1923 or 1924, and thereafter $100, $50 and $25 booklets were issued.

 

1924

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
44 H52 3 5c dark blue - -
45 H53 3 25c dark blue / green - -
Somewhere in this period a change was made from Type 2 to Type 3.

Type 3 has the wording on the bell changed to "BELL SYSTEM".

Type 4 is similar but with the wording of the top and bottom halves of the ring switched over.

front and back images of Type 3 would be very welcome.

 

1925 New design, 'BELL SYSTEM' moved onto the bell. Red controls. Perf. 12. Control letter D or F. Dates in violet or black.

Booklet cover
New booklet type(half-size) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (1925) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1925 Description Mint Used
46 H55 4 5c dark blue - -
46a -          undated - -
47 H56 4 25c dark blue on greenish - -
47a H56a         Date in violet - -
47b -          undated - -

 

booklet pane
New booklet type, panes of 12, (half-size, inside)
Image courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

1926 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (1926) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1926 Description Mint Used
48 H58 4 5c dark blue. - -
49 H59 4 25c dark blue on green - -
50 H60 4 50c dark blue on pink 6.65 -
50a -          undated - -

 

1927 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 50c
Type 4 (50c, 1927) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1927 Description Mint Used
51 H61 4 5c dark blue 5.25 -
52 H62 4 25c dark blue / green 3.50 -
53 H63 4 50c dark blue / pink. Control F - -

 

1928 As above. Perf. 12½.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (25c, 1928) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1928 Description Mint Used
54 H64 4 5c dark blue - -
55 H65 4 25c dark blue / green 4.90 -
56 H66 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1929 Perf 12½

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Type 4 (5c, 1929) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1929 Description Mint Used
57 H67 4 5c dark blue 4.55 -
58 H68 4 25c dark blue / green - -
59 H69 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1930 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c
Type 4 (5c, 1930) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1930 Description Mint Used
60 H70 4 5c dark blue 3.50 -
61 H71 4 25c dark blue on green - -
62 H72 4 50c dark blue on pink - -

 

1931 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (5c and 25c, 1931) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1931 Description Mint Used
63 H73 4 5c dark blue 3.85 -
64 H74 4 25c dark blue on greenish 3.15 -
65 H75 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1932 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c  Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (5c and 25c, 1932) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1932 Description Mint Used
66 H76 4 5c dark blue 3.50 -
67 H77 4 25c dark blue / green 4.20 -
68 H78 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1933 As above. Control letter D.

RH# was Type. 1933 Description Mint Used
69 H79 4 5c dark blue 3.50 -
70 H80 4 25c dark blue / green - -
70a H80a           date on reverse hand written - -
71 H81 4 50c dark blue / pink - -
71a H81a           date on reverse hand written - -

 

1934 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (25c, 1934) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1934 Description Mint Used
72 H82 4 5c dark blue - -
73 H83 4 25c dark blue / green - -
74 H84 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1935 As above. Perf. ?

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
75 H85 4 5c dark blue - -
76 H86 4 25c dark blue / green - -
77 H87 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1936 As above. Perf. 12.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 5c  Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (5c and 25c, 1936) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1936 Description Mint Used
78 H88 4 5c dark blue 2.45 -
79 H89 4 25c dark blue on cream - -
80 H90 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1937 As above.

Hiscocks Book page 352 - 25c
Type 4 (25c, 1937) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# was Type. 1937 Description Mint Used
81 H91 4 5c dark blue - -
82 H92 4 25c dark blue / green - -
83 H93 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1938 As above, but printed by Schwabcher-Frey Co., San Francisco. Wove paper.
No watermark, Control letters G, H, J. Perf. 12.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
84 H94 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
85 H95 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
86 H96 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1939 As above. Control letters K, L, M. Perf. ?

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
87 H97 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
88 H98 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
89 H99 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1940 As above. Control letters N, P, R. Perf. ?

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
90 H100 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
91 H101 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
92 H102 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1941 As above. Control letters S, T, U. Perf. ?

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
93 H103 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
94 H104 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
95 H105 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1942 As above. Control letters V, W, X. Perf. 12½.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
96 H106 4 5c dark blue / cream 2.45 -
97 H107 4 25c dark blue / green-blue 3.50 -
98 H108 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1943 As above. Control letters A, B, C. Perf. 12.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
99 H109 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
100 H110 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
101 H111 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1944 As above. Control letters D, E, F.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
102 H112 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
103 H113 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
104 H114 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1945 As above. Control letters G, H, J.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
105 H115 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
106 H116 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
107 H117 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1946 As above. Control letter A.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
108 H118 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
109 H119 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
110 H120 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1947 As above.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
111 H121 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
112 H122 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
113 H123 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

 

1948 As above.

RH# was Type. Description Mint Used
114 H124 4 5c dark blue / cream - -
115 H125 4 25c dark blue / green-blue - -
116 H126 4 50c dark blue / pink - -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Values of all years are reported to have been prepared without the date on the reverse,
                and to have either remained unissued in that condition (remainders), or to have been.
                hand-stamped with a date of expiry as the need for extra booklets arose.
                No new printings took place for 1947 or 1948, and old blank booklets were used
                (suitably overprinted ?).
Note 2. Three control letters given for each year, where known, correspond to the three booklet
                values, $100, $50 and $25, in alphabetical order, from 1938 to 1946.
                Attempts to extrapolate this system backwards do not fit with isolated control letters
                known for earlier dates.

Undated pane - 25c
Type 4 (25c) undated pane, imperf between, without control - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

II. Official Business Franks

No illustration of these is available. Those of around 1925 are said to measure about 63.5mm (2½ inches) square with
the name of the company and places for the date and other details of the call. The franks were not time-limited, were issued in booklets, and were perforated.

Date ? Collectors Stamp.

Collectors Stamp
Type 5 - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
127 5 No value, black - -

 

Date ? New type in 25 booklet panes of two.
The booklet below was signed by Vice President N. R. Powley. In 1939 he was the President with his address at 140 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California.

Official Business Booklet - outside
Official Business Booklet - inside
Official Business Coupon
Type 6 (with half-size booklet cover) - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
128 6 No value, black and green on white - -

 

 

 

46. Pennsylvania Telephone Company

This is not allocated a number in Hiscocks book, but merely mentioned in the description of
the Central Pennsylvania Telephone and Supply Company where it describes a similar type 1 frank for both companies.

 

1898 ?   Design as below. Rouletted.

ATT Message Coupon
I will call this type 2 (as Hiscocks describes a type 1 above), courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com
This has an expiry date in blue on the back of July 31st. 1898.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, colour unknown - -
2 2 5c, black / brown 5.60 -

 

 

1908   Design as below, for Schuylkill County. Rouletted.

PTL 5c
Type 3   courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
3 3 5c, black, red control. 39.20 -

 

 

47. Providence Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was established 27 May 1880 in Providence, Rhode Island.
It was formed from the consolidation of the Providence Telephone Exchange Company and the Providence District Telephone Company.


They used a series of coupons similar to those of the
New York Telephone Company and New York and New Jersey Telephone Company
More images needed. Perf. 12

PTC 1902  PTC 1902
Type 2 - 1902.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1900 black and pale blue on pale gray - -
2 2 1901 black on pale orange 12.25 -
3 2 1902 black on pale yellow - -
4 2 1903 black and pale green on yellow - -
5 2 1904 dark blue and pale green on blue 8.40 -
6 2 1905 brown and pale orange on yellow 9.45 -
7 2 1906 dark blue and buff on pale blue - -

 

 

48. Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Company based in Salt Lake City, Utah, issued booklets of four types in 1904. The franks inside them were apparently the same except in their
control letters A, B, C and D. They were sold at a discount — $6.00 booklets for $5.00, and $12 booklets for $10.00. The franks were valid on the toll
lines of the territories for which they were issued. The areas corresponding to the control letters were: A — the Montana System, B — the Utah System,
C — the Coeur D'Alene System (Spokane, Washington State, to the Montana border), and D — the Central Idaho System (Quartz Burg to Jordan Valley
and Silver City). It is not clear whether the 25c value illustrated was the only value in the booklets.

There is also reference in the AT & T files to an advertising "raid" in 1903 in Salt Lake City which involved the giving of "coupons" by stores to purchasers
of the advertiser's products much as modern trade stamps. These coupons would then be "received by the advertiser in payment for telephone service".
These coupons were apparently not produced by the Telephone Company and no more is known about them.

1904   Booklet panes of four, rouletted between franks.

WR-RMBS1-25c

WR-RMBG1-50c
Type 1, courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

Ticket stubs normally had the control number in red preceded by the letter in black.
These are repeated on the booklet cover together with the area covered.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 25c Sample. Black on grey - -
2 1 25c Control letter A (Montana) colour not known - -
3 1 25c Control letter B (Utah) colour not known - -
4 1 25c Control letter C (Washington) colour not known - -
5 1 25c Control letter D (Idaho) colour not known - -
6 1 Control letter E (?) - -
7 1 Control letter F (?) - -
8 1 25c Control letter G (Utah,Wyoming,Idaho & Montana) Black on grey 25.20 -
9 1 50c Control letter G (Utah,Wyoming,Idaho & Montana) Black on grey 29.40 -

 

 

49. 'St. Louis Telephone Company' ?

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The existence of franks from a telephone company of unknown name but based in St. Louis is implied by a letter from the
Central Union Telephone Company in 1897 — see 'Chicago' and 'Cleveland'. No details are known.

 

 

50. Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was based in Atlanta, Georgia from 1882 and grew to service the areas of
Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

1911   Rouletted

Southern Bell Ovpt   Southern Bell TT - 5c
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c red-brown - -
1a 1 overprinted 'Interstate' - -

William Rink points out that this illustration has an overprint that appears to be a cut-off Inter-state
It probably also exists without this overprint, and may exist with other oiverprints, values and dates.
Further information invited.

 

 

 

51. Southern Massachusetts Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, Incorporated 17 February 1880 in Boston, this company used franks of the
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company overprinted with "SO. MASS. TEL. CO."
  (as marked on their glass insulators.)
This is probably because New England T&T Co. bought So.Mass.Tel.Co around 1900 but continued to use the name until 1920.
That would imply that there should have been many more types overprinted.

1900 Perf. 11¾ on edge.

S0.Mass.Tel.Co.10c
S0.Mass.Tel.Co.15c
S0.Mass.Tel.Co.5c
Types 1 and 2 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1900 10c black on grey - -
2 1 1900 15c black on pink - -
3 2 1903 5c green and black - -

 

19?? Employee's Frank. Perf. 11¾ down edge.

Employees Frank
Type 3 courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 3 No value, black and red on yellow 22.50 -

 

 

 

52. Southern New England Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This company, which still exists under that name, is based in New Haven, Conn. Both stamps and franks (without specific value) were produced
although little is known of either of them. One assumes that the stamp (only a 5c value is known although others may well exist) was for discount sale,
possibly as part of the AT & T 'consortium' exercise, while the frank was for free distribution to senior employees etc. in the usual way.

a. Franks

1892 ? Die I — cross-hatch shading on bell and background. Perf. 14.
These appear to have had a colour-coded value and were sometimes bisected in use.

SNET-Die I  SNET-Die I
SNET-Die I  SNET-Die I  SNET-Die I

Type 1, images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 No value, yellow 16.90 -
2 1 1893, No value(10c), orange / buff 16.90 -
3 1 1893, No value(15c), red 15.00 -
4 1 1892, No value(25c), blue 12.50 -

 

1893 Die II — parallel line shading. Clearer design. Perf. 12.

SNET-Die II  SNET-Die II  SNET-Die II
Type 2, images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
5 2 1893, No value(15c), brown 19.90 -
6 2 1893, No value(25c), green 14.70 -
6a 2       No control, violet star 16.50 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Control numbers are hand-stamped in blue or purple on the bell.

The following (half-size) forms suggest that these had a colour-coded value since they paid for the specified amount:

1893 SNET 25c form 10 May 1893,
daytime 25c
Green Die II,
star control ?
1893 SNET 25c form 8 Jan 1893,
night-time 15c
Brown Die II,
L197 control
1893 SNET 25c form 26 May 1893,
night-time 15c
  1½ x Orange Die I,  
10c + 5c
1893 SNET 25c form 28 Feb 1893,
daytime 25c
10c Orange Die I
15c Red Die I
1893 SNET 25c form 8 May 1892,
daytime 25c
Blue Die I

Images courtesy of Eric Jackson.

 

b. Coupons

1891?   Extra-Territorial. Perf. 11¾ on edge.

1891 SNET coupon front  1891 SNET coupon back
SNET coupon front  SNET coupon front
Type 3 courtesy of Eric Jackson. 1891 front and back. Nothing on the backs of the other two.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
7 3 1891, No value, red and green on cream - -
8 3 Undated, No value, blue and gold on cream - -
9 3 Undated, No value, blue and gold on salmon - -

 

 

1899 Perf. 11¾ on edge.

1899 SNET coupon front
1899 SNET coupon back
Type 4 courtesy of Eric Jackson. front and back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
10 4 1899, 25c dark blue and green - -
11 4 1900, 25c dark blue and olive - -

 

c. Stamps

Date ? "SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND", perforated 12.

WR-SNEF2 WR-SNEF3 WR-SNEF4
Type 5 - Green Type 5 - Blue Type 5 - Claret
Images courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

Hiscocks Book page 359 Hiscocks Book page 359 WR-SNEF8 WR-SNEF6
Type 5 - Red Type 5 - Lilac Type 5 - Yellow-Green Type 5 - Brown
Images courtesy of Eric Jackson (Nothing printed on the back) Images courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

There is no date on the back of these. It seems likely that different colours were used for different years, in which
case, I may well have these in the wrong order.

Hiscocks Book page 359
Type 5 booklet pane, courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
12 5 5c blue-green, red control 6.75 -
13 5 5c blue, red control - -
14 5 5c claret, blue control 5.25 -
15 5 5c red, blue control 5.25 -
16 5 5c lilac, red control - -
17 5 5c black, red control 6.40 -
18 5 5c yellow-green, red control - -
19 5 5c brown, red control - -

 

1903 ? As above , Rouletted

Hiscocks Book page 359
Type 6 courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
20 5 5c brown on yellow 7.20 -

A booklet issued December 1903 contained 200 of these as 10 panes of twenty.
It is possible that these pre-date the series shown above.

 

Date ? "THE SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND", Rouletted

Hiscocks Book page 359
Type 6 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
21 6 5c blue-green, red control, letter A 10.10 -

 

 

 

53. Southwestern Telegraph & Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, it was founded in 1881 in Fort Worth, Texas, operating Exchanges in Texas and Arkansas.

On 1st. March 1912 it was merged with Missouri & Kansas Telephone Co. and the Pioneer Telephone Co. of Oklahoma and the
Bell Telephone Company of Missouri to create a single operational unit. These were legally merged in 1917 to become the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.

These stamps are almost identical to those of the Northwestern Telephone Exchange Company, so a comparison will help with values, colours and dates.

1897   Perf. 11¾

Southwestern TT - 1897 10c
Southwestern TT - 1897 15c
Type 1 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 1897 - 10c black on pink - -
2 1 1897 - 15c black on grey - -
3 1 1898 - 10c colours not known - -
4 1 1898 - 15c colours not known - -
5 1 1899 - 10c colours not known - -
6 1 1899 - 15c colours not known - -
7 1 1900 - 10c colours not known - -
8 1 1900 - 15c colours not known - -
9 1 1901 - 10c colours not known - -
10 1 1901 - 15c colours not known - -

 

1902   Perf. 11¾

Southwestern TT - 1902 10c
Type 2 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
11 2 1902 - 10c dark green and claret on pale yellow 12.40 -
12 2 1902 - 15c colours not known - -
13 2 1903 - 10c colours not known - -
14 2 1903 - 15c colours not known - -
15 2 1904 - 10c colours not known - -
16 2 1904 - 15c colours not known - -
17 2 1905 - 10c black on creamy grey - -
18 2 1905 - 15c black on yellow - -

 

Date ?   Perf. 11¾

Southwestern TT - 10c
Southwestern TT - 15c
Type 3 courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
19 3 10c black and red on green 10.50 -
20 3 15c black and red on light yellow-brown - -

 

 

54. Star Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was organised in Ashland Ohio, 1898 by Samuel H. Grabill who bought out the property of the
People’s Telephone Company and began operations on 1 January 1899. The company was incorporated January 11, 1899 by
George A. Ullman,  Joseph Schwartz,  Samual H. Grabill,  George R. Freer,  and Elias Groscup.

Records from 1915 show the following officers of the company:
S.H. Grabill, President
Ira A. Everhard, Vice President
George R. Freer, Treasurer
Howard Swartz, Secretary and General Manager
Chas. W. Good, Asst. General Manager

Records from 1939 show the following:
Charles Freer, President
George Freer, Treasurer
E. H. Ritter, Secretary

My thanks to Marsha Lash of the Ashland County Historical Society for this information.
She adds, in 1911, the cost of a “three minute conversation” from Ashland to Cleveland was 35 cents.

Elias Groscup (died 1906) has signed the frank below as Secretary and Treasurer.
The main exchange in Ashland, together with a smaller one in McConnellsville provided coverage for the counties of Ashland, Medina, Wayne and Morgan.
A 1921 auditors report says that at that time there was 7452 subscribers and 524 miles of poles. The company was still listed as a business in
the 1948 City Directory, but not in the 1951 edition, so they must have closed somewhere between.

 

1900 ?   Imperf.

Star
Strip of 5, courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the (red) back.

 

1898 Rouletted 12½ between.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, black and red on red - -

 

 

55. State Line Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. Apparently there were a number of different companies with this same name.
Luckily, the catalogue of William Rink illustrates a 1904 booklet of these. The booklet contains
six panes of 5c and seven panes of 10c, with each pane containing 5 stamps, adding to $5.
The booklet gives the address as 150 Broadway, New York City and quotes the Treasurer as being J. Owen Huchberger.

 

A very fine perforation with unusually ornate backs.
State Line Telephone Co - 5c front
State Line Telephone Co - 5c back

State Line Telephone Co - 10c front
State Line Telephone Co - 10c back
Type 1, 5c and 10c - front and back, courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, black on brown, no controls - -
2 1 10c, black on brown, no controls - -

 

 

56. Sunset Telephone & Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this was reincorporated in Seattle, Washington from Sunset Telephone-Telegraph Company (of 1883) on 27 April 1899.
It merged with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1917.

 

1898 Rouletted 12½ between.

Sunset TT - 5c front Sunset TT - 5c back
Sunset TT - 10c front Sunset TT - 10c back
Type 1, 5c and 10c - courtesy of Eric Jackson.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, black and red on brown, red controls 11.25 -
2 1 10c, black and red on brown, red controls 15.00 -

 

Sunset TT - Booklet
Booklet cover courtesy of Eric Jackson. Nothing printed on the back.

 

 

57. United States Long Distance Telephone and Telegraph Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This otherwise unknown company is mention in the records of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. as issuing franks acceptable by the
PT & T Co. for payment of charges incurred over the USLDT & T Co. lines. The company presumably linked the PT & T Co. with other territories.
No details of its franks are known.

 

 

 

58. United Telephone and Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, it was based in Philadelphia, this company was created in 1900
by combining many small independent telephone companies in Eastern Pennsylvania.
It was eventually absorbed by the American Union Telephone Company in 1907.

1905 Rouletted 12¾ between.

United T.T.
Type 1, 5c - courtesy of Eric Jackson.
These are quite similar to AT & T coupons of the time.

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, blue on white, blue controls 13.50 -
1a          undated 9.38 -
1b          undated, 'LIMITED' stamped on front - -

 

 

 

59. Wausau and Merrill

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks. A toll line was established in Wisconsin by the Merril Telephone Company between the cities of Wausau and Merrill.
These coupons appear to have been sold by both the Merril Company and the Wausau Telephone Company, though they do not seem to have merged.
All assets of the Merril Telephone Company were bought by the Wisconsin Telephone Company in 1911.

 

Date ? Rouletted. Italic face-values.
Booklets contain pages of 5 coupons.

Wausau and Merrill-1
Type 1 , courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 10c, black / grey - claret control 3.75 -
2 1 15c, black / peach - claret control 3.75 -
3 1 25c, black / green - claret control 3.75 -

 

Date ? As above, blue-black controls, thicker, clearer face values.

Wausau and Merrill-2
Wausau and Merrill-2a
Type 2 , courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
4 2 10c, black / grey - red control 5.25 -
5 2 15c, black / pink - red control 6.75 -
6 2 25c, black / yellow - red control 6.75 -

 

 

60. Wausau Telephone Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, the Wausau Telephone Company was incorporated in 1895 in Wausau, Wisconsin to provide
an affordable service to small businesses and individuals. It was in (successful) competition with the Wisconsin Telephone Company.

Two small stamps, sold in booklets having two rows of 5 stamps. Perf 11¾

Message Coupon
Images Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c black 9.00 -
2 1 25c black 12.40 -

 

 

61. Wisconsin Telephone Company

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
This company was based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and may have been the successor of the Milwaukee Telephone Exchange (q.v.). It joined the
AT & T discount 'consortium' in 1905, and the Company's information sheet announcing this states that expiry dates are stamped on the franks —
presumably on the reverse. Only one frank has been reported.

Date ? Rouletted.

Hiscocks Book page 360
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 360 (2/3 scale - 200 dpi).

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, colour unknown - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Other values may exist.

 

 

62. Yreka, Scott Valley and Klamath Telephone System

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The Y,SV & KTS operated in northern California, the main line connecting Yreka to Fort Jones, Etna and Sawers Bar with branch lines to Scott Bar,
Hamburgh, Seied Valley, Thompson Creek and Happy Camp. Booklets were issued in 1896 containing three panes, each consisting of three strips as
illustrated. The value of the booklet was thus $5.40, and there was apparently a discount.

 

1896 Imperf.

Hiscocks Book page 360
Taken from Hiscocks Book, page 360

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, colour unknown - -
1a           comma missing after 'Y' (one per pane) - -
2 1 10c, colour unknown - -
3 1 20c, colour unknown - -
4 1 25c, colour unknown - -

 

 

 

63. Zanesville Telephone and Telegraph Company

Not listed by Steve Hiscocks, this company operated in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio from 1899, in competition
with the Central Union Telephone Company. It was taken over by the Ohio State Telephone Company about 1916.

Two undated coupons, sold in booklets. Rouletted.

Message Coupon
Images Needed

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c black on green - -
2 1 15c black on orange - -

 

64. Addenda - Mystery Franks

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The frank illustrated below has been reported but absolutely nothing (except that it was apparently from a Bell Company) is known about it.
It exists in a pane of five perforated 14¼ between franks.

Hiscocks Book page 360
As in Hiscocks Book, page 360 - Image courtesy of William Rink of  www.telephonestamps.com
William points out in his catalogue that the bell has an unusually flat bottom and "Under close inspection, the V is on top and the G is in the rear,
clearly making it read VCG. I feel this is in question whether it is actually even telephone related."

RH# Type. Description Mint Used
1 1 5c, slate 3.00 -

 

 

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