2-cents Washington Stamp (Scott #301)

Like the 1¢ issue, the 2¢ Washington sought use on a variety of mail and was issued in January 1903. The public immediately disliked the ornate design claiming the first president appeared weak. Later in 1903 the stamp was redesigned and reissued. There are several common solo franking possibilities from 1st class letters to twice the weight 3rd and 4th class mails. The stamp also sought use on foreign destined postcards and postal treaty covers to Mexico and Canada. Varieties include booklet panes and the Philippines overprint.

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azores

UPU rate to the Azores

  • Foreign destined postcard
  • 1st class letter (< 1 ounce)
  • 2nd class (< 8 oz newspaper or magazine)
  • 3rd class (< 4 oz printed matter )
  • 4th class (< 2 oz samples or merchandise)

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1-cent Franklin Stamp (Scott #300)

Issued in February 1903, the 1¢ stamp was one of the workhorse stamps of the 2nd Bureau issue. During the turn of the 20th century, the boom in the popularity of the penny postcard created considerable demand for the 1¢ franking. The stamp sought use on every form of mail paying virtually every rate.

Several Franklin varieties were produced including booklet panes, imperforate stamps, and coils.

There are numerous solo franking possibilities, including the penny domestic postcard, unsealed newspapers or magazines (2nd class mail, 1¢ / 4oz.), circulars (3rd class mail, 1¢ / 2oz.), and samples or merchandise (4th class mail, 1¢ / 1oz.).

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gabon cover

Postal card to Gabon, Africa

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