Partial cancelled St. Thomas May 23 1903 - last day of use on St. Thomas.
The Use of bisected stamps came to an end on St.Thomas May 23 1903 - and on St.Croix on June 4 1903.
The Bisected stamps were in use for 135 days. A new supply of 1 cent stamps was received in March - but the DWI Post Office were allowing
the use of bisected stamps further three months.
This gives rise to an interesting question:
Why was the permission to use the bisected 4 cents on St. Croix extended till June?
- Maybe the authorities in DWI did not know
that there were still enough 1 cents stamps in Copenhagen(?)
- Maybe they wanted to put pressure on Copenhagen to get the new 2 cents Coat of Arms stamps(?)
An article by Victor Engstrom shows that St.Thomas received its new 2-cents stamp
on May 23, Christiansted June 5 and Frederiksted June 8. These dates correlate more or less with the dates the bisected stamps were discontinued. Copenhagen likely would have telegraphed the two postmasters on St. Croix as to when and how the 2 cents were
shipped and they would have known the arrival dates of 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 period of 4 months should have been approximately 4.000. The philatelic demand likely added several tens of thuousands 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 had steam ship connection via New York. This may be the reason why the St.Croix shipment of 2 cents stamps - did not coincide with the