City Despatch Post Die on Market
die of the 3¢ black, City
Despatch Post, of New York, and from which the stamps of 1842 were
is on the market -- for sale. It was recently offered for
It is a small, flat piece of steel, about 1 3/4 by 2 inches, and about
1/4 inch in thickness, but it is cleanly split in half horizontally
its face, caused many years ago when a number of reprints were made
it, and it looks rather worn down. The present owner, who is
a purchaser on the strength of the reprints which might be made from
maintains that a new transfer could be taken from it and retouched to
out the evidence of the break, "so that you couldn't tell the
Well, mebbe so, I dunno. I doubt that the retouching could be
People unfamiliar with the philatelic hobby fail to appreciate the
study collectors apply to their stamps.
The 1842, 3¢ Black of the City Despatch Post was the first adhesive stamp issued in the Western Hemisphere.
- George B. Sloane
November 9, 1935
Posted October 6, 1999
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