Notice from St.Thomas Tidende January 20, 1903


First days cover from StThomas, inverted frame - printing 3 pos 51.
Double cancels are very unusual.
The inverted frame was first identified in 1917, so its use on philatelic mail was not deliberate.
The cover is philatelic.

The bisects were used from 20 January to 4 June 1903. The great majority of thousands of covers mailed are readily identifiable as philatelic, but normal commercial covers also were saved though they are very hard to identify. 

This two bisected stamps on a piece - is from a stamp dealer in St.Thomas. This piece of a bisected - is blatantly philatelic.
He sent unsealed letters to his local customers. The local rate would have been 1 cents - however the dealer used a bisected pair worth 4 cents. The bisected shows oval flaw : dot after the T in Vestindien. Print 3.

January 20 1903 First Day use - St.Thomas.
The cover is Philatelic - sealed and without content. This cover was sent the same day Thuesdag evening for an overnight trip to Christiansted Post Office and then directed to Frederiksted the day January 21. This is the only cover recorded canceled January 20 and sent to Christiansted the same day.

Back cancels are (Wednesday) January 21.
Christiansted and Frederiksted.

Christiansted - first day og use - February 11, 1903
After 11 year search this is the first bisected from Christiansted with a first day postmark I have seen. Print 3.

Print 3 bisected stamp on cover mailed sealed and than opened - Frederiksted February 11 1903 - St. Croix first day of use.

Print 4 bisected stamp on cover set to St.Thomas from Frederiksted February 11, 1993 - backstamped St.Thomas February 12. - first day of use.


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 arrival dates. 

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. 




St.Thomas Tidende MAY 23 1903 - announces the withdrawn of the bisected Note - in english and danish.

This is one of two recorded covers canceled on the last day of use of the bisected stamps on St.Croix.
It was mailed by Privat no. 12 who in place of the town name wrote “her” Danish for “Here” indicating local delivery.

Frederiksted June 4, the one and latest stamped letter - I've seen used in Frederiksted.