One US stamp dealer had the newspaper announcement printed on a US postal card - including it with each cover order. This Notice is for St. Croix on February 10.
The need to use a bisected stamp is best ilustrated in the above photo. It shows how few stamps denominations were available in the first half of 1903. The 1 cent stamps were sold out for approximately three weeks in February-March - and as mentioned
earlier - it was the depletion of the 1 cent stamp that resulted in the need to use bisected 4 cents stamps.
The first day of bisect usage was January 20 1903 - the St. Thomas postmaster published a notice in the local newspaper - the 'St Thomas
Tidende' - announcing that the bisects could be used on the two islands of St.Thomas and St. Jan. A similar notice authorizing their use on St.Croix was not publishedd for another three weeks - a mystery that defies logic - since covers were mailed from St.Thomas
to St.Croix in the letter box on January 20 - arriving there the next morning.
The publication in English in 'St.Thomas Tidende' on January 20, 1903 reads:
For the time being the Post Office will admit the use of 4 cents postage stamps
cut in half diagnonally for the prepayment of postage, say in those cases, where the amount of the postage is covered by the payment of two cents or less.
The correspondence thus prepaid should be handed in over the counter and not dropped
into a letter box. The use of postage stamps thus cut will be disallowed as soon as 2 cents stamp have been arrived, about which publication will be issued.
Government, St.Thomas th 20 the January, 1903