DATES ON USE OF BISECTED STAMPS AT ST.THOMAS (242 ITEMS)

                                            Number:

Tuesday, January 20              18

Wednesday, January 21         44

Thursday,January 22             20

Friday, January 23                  16

Satyrday, January 24              3

First week total              111

 

Monday,Januar 26                  9

Tuesday, January 27               11

Wednesday, January 28          7

Thursday, January 29              1

Friday, January 30                  11

Saturday, January 31               0

Second week total           39

 

February - 1-14                        31

February 15-28                       13

February total                 44

 

March                               35

April                                 10

May                                  12

March-May total                57

 

As the table shows, the initial philatelic interest barely lasted one week. The bisects could by used at St.Thomas for 123 days, but the usage the first five days was 46 percent of the total. The new shipment of 1 cent stamps arrived March 1, and only 21 percent of the bisects were mailed at St.Thomas after that date an 11 week period.

 

Two different postmarks used at St.Thomas. 


The second day, January 21, was likely one of the busiest days ever at the St.Thomas Post Office. On that date two different handstamps were used, a fact no one seems to have noted before Arnold Sorensen wrote in The Posthorn August 2008.

They have minor differences, but the dominat difference is that one cancel has a period after ST (ST.) and the other skows a colon (ST:). The handstamp with the ecolon had replaced the "period" cancel in the early 1890s, and it is much more commen.

The likely reason multipe cancels were used is that the mail volume required two people, and the older cancel was placed in use on and off. Photo skows the two different postmarks.

The St.Thomas Post Office used two different hand cancels.
One with a period after St. (ST.) and one with a colon after St (ST:).