The Use of bisected stamps came to an ened on St.Thomas on the May 23 with an annoncement in the St.Thomas Tidende and on St.Croix on June 4 1903.
The Bisected stamps were in used for 135 days. A new supply of 1 cents stamps was received
in March bud the DWI Post Office contionuet allowing the use of the bisectedstamps for another tree months.
Some exciting questions - why was permission to use the bisected 4 cents continued until June ? Maybe the authorities in DWI didn´t know
that there were still enough 1 cents stamps in Copenhagen. Maybe they wanted to put pressure on Copenhapen to get the new 2 cents Coat of Arms stmaps.
An article by Vicctor Engstrom shows that St.Thomas received its new 2-cents stamp in May 23,
Christiansted June 5 and Frederiksted June 8. These dates correlate with the dates the bised stamps were descentinued. Copenhagen likely would have telegraphed the two postmasters as to when and how the shipments were made, and they would have known the ship
The final number of covers mailed will never be known. As previously mentioned estimates have been as low as 2500 and as high as 56.800. The monthly volume of mail having two cents postage was probaly close to 1000, so normal
use during this time should have been approximately 4.000, bud the philatelic demand likely added several tens of thuousand more.
Finally should be mentioned St.Thomas and St.Croix were separate postal districts, and St.Thomas had steam ship connections
with Germany, France and England, while St.Croix´s steam ship connection was via New York. This may be the reason the St.Croix shipment of two stamps did not concide with the St.Thomas shipment.