POSTMARK-CANCEL

Print 3 bisected stamp on cover mailed sealed and than opened. A ten year search located tree St.Croix first day covers.

As early mention the first day of biscect on St.Thomas/St. Jan was January 20 and on St.Croix February 11. 

Covers canceled on February 11 are scarce. The St. Croix post offices sold out of 1 cent stamps about that date. The initial phiæatelic reaction observed at St.Thomas did not repeat on St.Croix. Three weeks han passed, and many covers had been mailed from St.Thomas, so the interest had likely dwindled. 

Chrstiansted and Frederiksted both had smaller populations (approximately 1000 each) with lesser business activities, and only 20 percent of all the bisect covers were canceled there.

Two St.Croix families, Woods and Armstrong accounted for approximately one -half of all the St.Croix covers. They also han many covers mailed from St.Thomas.

A total of 51 (study material) covers with St.Croix postmarks were indexed, and eight were addressed to someone named Woods and 19 to someone named Armstrong.

 

 

 

The cover is send from St..Thomas to Christiansted. I have only located three covers dated January 23 with postmark Christiansted.

St.Croix cancels dated earlier  (February 11)

The early cancels are the result of the post office practics associated with the public´s use of letterboxes located on board mail-carryind ships. The earliest recorded cancels from St.Croix is Christiansted January, 23 and Frederiksted on February 7. Both were mailed from St.Thomas without being canceled there.

In making this statement it becomes important to detail certain DWI Post Office practices to verify the origin of letters mailed in 1903 and how the domestic mail routing is determined by examining the multiple postmarks on an envelope. 

Covers are commonly seen with the cancel from on post office on the stamp, and as many as two different cancels on the back of the envelope.  The stamp was canceled by the first post office to receive the letter, and the cancels on the back are a combination of transit and arrival cencels.

Mail from Frederiksted to St.Thomas will have the stamp canceled in Frederiksted. From there it went by mule-wagen to the Christiansted Post office that canceled the back, and then by ship to Charlotte amalie where the St.Thomas cancel was back-stamped. Alternately mail could have gone by ship directly to St.Thomas and the back would only have a St.Thomas cancel. 

EARLIEST REPORTED FREDERIKSTED POSTMARK, 7 Februry 1903
This letter was deposited in the letter boks on board the mail schooner “Vigilant” while it was a the Charlotte Amalie harbor, most likely after the close of the post office. It was delivered to Christiansted Post Office the next morning. There by mistake, it was only backstopped and sendt on to -frederiksted without the stamp being canceled. The Frederiksted Post Office also considered the stamp properly used since it was mailed in St.Thomas where bisect stamp use was authorized and canceled it.

Backstamped both Christiansted and Frederiksted 7 February