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.

Varieties (Scott catalog number):

Common Uses:

Solo Uses:


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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1906 Pago Pago, American Samoa to England

Pago Pago, American Samoa to London, England.

A lovely small envelope franked with a 1st Bureau 1-cent stamp and a pair of 2nd Bureau 2-cents Washington Flag stamps to make up the UPU letter rate for a 1/2 ounce.  Sent from the U.S. Possession, American Samoa in 1906 to London, England.  By 1906 newer versions of the 1¢ and 2¢ stamps had been issued, the 2nd Bureau and 2¢ shield stamps were available in 1903 in the States’ as well as American Samoa.


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