1 CENT PRINTED MATTER RATE PER 50 GRAM

St.Thomas April 221, 1903 to Denmark. Photo postcard without message. Printed Matter -
overpaid with 1 cent. Arrival postmark Hellerup May 12,

Most DWI postcards mailed in the early 1900´s foreign destinations were from tourists and were mailed to Europa or the USA. 

The UPU had 2 cents foreign mail rate for postcards, and most foreign postcards with a bisected stamp had no massage and was philatelic. The printed matter rate was 1 cent for the first 50 gram and 2 cents for 51-100 gram. Postcard without  massage mailed overseas  -they were overpaid with one cent since they was qualified as printet matter and the only required 1 cent postage.

During the 1 cent stamp depletion period, senders had no choice but to overpay with a bisected stamp or pay 8 cents first class postage.

St.Thomas February 3, 1903 to Denmark. Photo postcard without message. Printed Matter -
overpaid with 1 cent. Arrival postmark København February 22, 1903.

This envelope to Germany was posted on the mail boat between St.Thomas and Christiansted At. St.Thomas it received a backstamp and C indicaring incoming fra Christiansted.

Arrival backstopped St.Thomas April 21 1903 and C. The envelope was unsealed and contained “printed matter”. The actual printed matter, consisting of a reprint af the newspaper authorization for use pf the 4 cent bisect postage. Se this scan section "DWI - BISECTED 4 CENTS” This suggests a philatelic motivation for
the maling.

PRINTED MATER - UNSEALED ENVELOPE TO KØBENHAVN, 1 CENT 0-50 GRAM RATE - NEWSPAPER WRAPPER , 2 CENTS RATE FOR 51-100 GRAM. -UNSEALED ENVELOPE TO TORTOLA - 1 CENTS RATE

Unsealed envolupe sent as printed matter from St.Thomas on 23 March. Printed matter mail usually did not receive arrival cancels, whereas most regular letter costing 8 cents did.

The printed rate could only be used if the envelope was unsealed and did contain printed matter. Printed matter could be somethin as simple as a wedding announcement. It is not likely the post office would have allowed empty envelope to be mailed with only a bisected stamp.

Backstamped København April 11. Note: unsealed envelope.

A newspaper wrapper containing a double rate printed matter sent from St.Thomas Maj 19 to Hobro. The stamp shows oval flaw - scrath over TIN in Vestindien.
This newspaper wrapper is the only recorded newspaper wrapper with a bisected stamp and backstamped. It was mailed four days before the practice ceased on St.Thomas

Backstamped Hobro June 5, Mailings frequently contained more than one newspaper, hence the 2 cents rate is appropriate.

Bisected stamp on a piece used for 2 Cents newspaper - postmark St.Thomas, January 26, print 4 - probable sent to foreign address..
I have only seen one bisected on a whole (complete) newspaper in Engstrom “Danish West Indies Mails” - it was sent from Frederiksted to New York.

St. Thomas February 20 1903 to British Virgin Islands. Unsealed envelope with Tortola FE 21 03 arrival cancel. It is sent in the 1 cent stamp depletion periods 10.2 to 1.3 1903 (St.Thomas)

St.Thomas March 3, 1903 to New York. No arrival cancel cancel. Flap is missing - the cover has never been closed. Print 3.
The printed matter rate was 1 cent for the first 50 gram and 2 cents for 51-100 gram. The cover is probably overpaid with one cent since it was qualified as printet matter 0- 51 gram and the only required 1 cent postage.

Wrapper from St.Thomas February 9, to London (the address is unik) - The wrapper has been reduced - print 4

Printed Matter sent from St.Thomas, February 6 to Baltimore, USA - A scarce usage on wrapper band.
(FRANK BANKE)

A newspaper wrapper containing a double rate printed matter sent from Frederiksted April 4, 1903 to Copenhagen.
(Jan Læby)