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Oldest American Stamps

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samuel tan
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Posted 04/13/2011  3:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add samuel tan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message

Can somebody tell me what is the oldest American Stamps.
What year are they? One of the contractor I know found mint Stamps collection in the attic when he rebuild his house. They doesn't look like stamps, I meant it was very rough printed.

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Posted 04/13/2011  4:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add quigngt to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

The first US issue was a 5 cent Ben Franklin that is brown to reddish brown and a number of color variations of these colors. It was issued in 1847. There were provisional stamps such as one from New York City but the 5c Ben is the oldest and first US Postage stamp.

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wt1
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Posted 04/13/2011  4:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Here's a link that may help:

http://www.usps.com/postalhistory/s...andPostcards

To speed things up, this is taken right off the US Postal Service website, which should answer your question:


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Alexander M. Greig's City Despatch Post, a private New York City carrier, issued the first adhesive stamps in the United States on February 1, 1842. The Post Office Department bought Greig's business and continued use of adhesive stamps to prepay postage.

After U.S. postage rates were standardized in 1845, New York City Postmaster Robert H. Morris, among others, provided special stamps or markings to indicate prepayment of postage. These now are known as Postmasters' Provisionals.

On March 3, 1847, Congress authorized United States postage stamps. The first general issue postage stamps went on sale in New York City, July 1, 1847. One, priced at five cents, depicted Benjamin Franklin. The other, a ten-cent stamp, pictured George Washington. Clerks used scissors to cut the stamps from pregummed, nonperforated sheets. Only Franklin and Washington appeared on stamps until 1856, when a five-cent stamp honoring Thomas Jefferson was issued. A two-cent Andrew Jackson stamp was added in 1863. George Washington has appeared on more U.S. postage stamps than any other person.

Until government-issued stamps became obligatory January 1, 1856, other payment methods remained legal.


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quigngt
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Posted 04/13/2011  4:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add quigngt to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

And btw, we would have to see a scan of the stamp to identify it.


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jamesw
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Posted 04/13/2011  4:08 pm  Show Profile Check jamesw's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jamesw to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Hi Samual
The first US postal stamps were printed in 1847. But before that local postmasters often printed what were called postmasters provisionals for local use. Also local courier or carrier companies often printed their own as well. You can find a lot of them on eBay (among other places) but a lot of those are reproductions or forgeries, so care is needed if you are buying. But it might be a good place for you and your contractor to go for reference.
I'm sure others on this site have lots of other good websites to check out too.
It'd be great if you could scan some of them so we could see them. Pleeeeeeeeeese?

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samuel tan
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Posted 04/14/2011  01:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add samuel tan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Thanks guys,
I thought, what I saw was older than that, as far I remembered. Now I am not too sure anymore.
I definitely going to shoot a photo to show to you guys. it looks like "rubber stamped" quality (bad monochrome print)in different color each stamps.
It was in a booklet with a set of stamps on it and description besides it. I remember Andrew Jackson in blue ink. I am going to meet him this coming Saturday.

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palaniappan
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Posted 04/14/2011  9:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add palaniappan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Ben franklin 5cent and George washington 10 cent stamps were released in the same year. I think Ben franklin 5 cent stamp is the oldest stamp in U.S. The oldest in the world being the penny black from U.K.

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samuel tan
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Posted 04/15/2011  1:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add samuel tan to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Any idea what is the value?

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Max_Power
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Posted 04/15/2011  2:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Max_Power to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

yes

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I think Ben franklin 5 cent stamp is the oldest stamp in U.S.


correct-- the value of these can go from 400- 700 used and even more mint


Edited by Max_Power - 04/15/2011 3:01 pm
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Russ
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Posted 04/15/2011  11:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Russ to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

The Greig's City Despatch Post stamp mentioned by wt1 is posted below


Scott 40L1 1842 (Siegel Auctions)

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Max_Power
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Posted 04/16/2011  01:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Max_Power to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

thats a local-- not really an "official" stamp. it is--but not officially

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