Tuesday, January 20 18
January 21 44
Thursday, January 22 20
Friday, January 23 16
Saturday, January 24
First week total 111
Monday, Januar 26 9
January 27 11
Wednesday, January 28 7
Thursday, January 29 1
Friday, January 30
Saturday, January 31 0
Second week total 39
- 1-14 31
February 15-28 13
March-May total 57
As the table
shows, the initial philatelic interest barely lasted one week. The bisects could be used at St.Thomas for 123 days, but 46% of the total usage was in the first 5 days. The new shipment of 1 cent stamps arrived March 1 - and only 21% of the bisects were mailed
on St.Thomas after that date (an 11 week period).
TWO DIFFERENT POSTMARKS USED AT ST. THOMAS
The second day of bisected use - 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 brought that to attention in The Posthorn August 2008.
The cancels have minor differences, but the main difference is
that one cancel has a period after ST (ST.) and the other skows a colon (ST:). The handstamp with the "colon" had replaced the "period" cancel in the early 1890s - and is much more common.
The likely reason multipe cancels were used - is that the mail
volume required two people to handle - and the older cancel was put into use on a need to basis. Photo skows the two different postmarks.