Tuesday, January 20 18
January 21 44
Thursday,January 22 20
Friday, January 23 16
Satyrday, January 24
First week total 111
Monday,Januar 26 9
Tuesday, January 27
Wednesday, January 28 7
Thursday, January 29 1
Friday, January 30
Saturday, January 31 0
Second week total 39
February - 1-14
February 15-28 13
February total 44
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.