U.S. Newspaper & Periodical Stamps

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  1. Molokai

    Molokai Well-Known Member

    I started studying and collecting these this past summer. Of course, my first step was to compile a resource list and learn as much as possible about them. FTR, I’ve offered my list below. I currently have about two-thirds of the items but I have scoured the online libraries of the APS, USCPS or USStamps and Google to a depth of 15 pages.

    N & Ps are not to be confused with revenue stamps. They were used for bulk mailing of newspapers and periodicals from 1865 to 1 July 1898 interspersed with reprints, specimen and special printings. There were three core series' of them - 1865, 1875 and 1895.

    During the relatively short life of the 1865 series, the stamps were affixed to the actual bundles of newspapers or periodicals. Since the packaging was almost always discarded, used copies are quite rare. From 1875 onwards, it worked like this: Material was presented at the post office and weighed. The postmaster calculated the cost and took the necessary stamps from his stock. These were paid for by the publisher (or, whoever brought the material to the post office). The stamps were affixed in a receipt book with the details of the transaction, then cancelled. These receipt books were then sent to Washington for verification. Often the costs were incorrectly calculated :rolleyes: by the postmaster and Washington requested further payment. Said requests occasionally went unfulfilled.

    Since N & P stamps went to very high dollar value and generally were not for sale to the public, there were quite a few facsimiles and forgeries. The late Frank Braceland, Jr, the most respected authority along with Doc Pepper and William Mooz, estimated there were more fakes in circulation than legitimate N & Ps. Yikes!

    Facsimiles were offered to the collecting public by private printers. The early Senf facsimiles are very difficult to distinguish from the actual stamps, save for the small 'falsch' printed on them. The stamps generally were not ‘issued’ or offered to the public except with two 'reprint' issues, the early ones at face value which were difficult to afford and the later ones of the 1895 issue which, in George Sloane's opinion, are indistinguishable from the actual stamps. Sloane also contended that the N & Ps were the most difficult of all United States stamps. IMHO, they may well be, in competition with the Washington-Franklins!

    It is quite a fascinating field, with the usual proofs, reprints, plate varieties, color variations, specimens, overprints and even precancels. The stamps are large relative to postage stamps (the first series are literally 2 x 4) and real miniature works of art! Many of the colors are not found on standard U.S. postage stamps. Not to mention the minefield of fakes out there.

    Mr. Braceland did a long series in the U.S. Specialist from 1966-1974, Richard Whitesell's book is a compilation of articles on the subject. (This is a book I would very much like to find!) and more recently Doc M. Pepper penned a series of four books on them - Regulars, Proofs, Facsimiles, Forgeries.

    There have been several outstanding collections over the years. Mr. Braceland's collection was sold in the late 1990s by the late Bill Weiss. The catalog is quite a good resource and a big 'thank you' to his daughter, Lori, for providing me with a copy. Other top N & P auctions were the Warm Griffith and Jim Kotanchik collections.

    Other countries also had newspaper stamps; perhaps someone will check in with information about those?

    (Image 2 is from The Chronicle of U.S. Classic Postal Issues, v65, #4, Newspaper and Periodical Stamps: Canceled, Uncancelled and Unused by William E. Mooz)

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    U.S Newspaper & Periodical Stamps - Resource Guide

    Catalogs

    Apfelbaum #295 – Ward Collection (80 NP lots)

    Matthew Bennett – Jim Kotanchik Collection #271

    Matthew Bennet - #300

    Christies Robson Lowe – Lynne Warm Griffiths Collections (Dec 14, 1990)

    Kelleher – 2-March 1974 – Lawrence S Fisher, et al

    Schuyler Rumsey #19

    Siegel #408 (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/1972/408/408.pdf

    Siegel – Joseph N. Schneider (#494, June 23-25 1976) (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/1976/494/494.pdf

    Siegel #625 (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/1983/625/625.pdf

    Siegel #652 (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/1985/652/652.pdf

    Siegel #676 (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/1987/676/676.pdf

    Siegel – Cole Collection #693

    https://siegelauctions.com/1988/693/693.pdf

    Siegel – Estate of Carl Mainberger-The Lake Shore Collection 905 (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/2005/905/905.pdf

    Siegel #977 - The Whitpain Collection

    https://siegelauctions.com/2009/977/977.pdf

    Siegel #1075 - Rarities of the World

    Siegel – George A Schwenk Collection of Newspapers & Periodicals #1079 (pdf)

    https://siegelauctions.com/2014/1079/1079.pdf

    Siegel #1094

    https://siegelauctions.com/2015/1094/1094.pdf

    Siegel –#1151 The Grant Inman Collection (Lots 1234-1290)

    https://siegelauctions.com/2017/1150/1150.pdf

    Weiss Auctions February 15, 2003 #147 - - Braceland Collection



    Internet

    http://www.linns.com/insights/stamp...ra--read-all-about-u-s--newspaper-stamps.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspaper_stamp

    http://unicornhall.com/NewsPaperStamps/

    http://www.nystamp.org/jim-kotanchik-first-newspaper-stamp-issue/

    http://www.ebay.com/gds/NEWSPAPER-STAMPS-AND-THEIR-HISTORY-/10000000004569262/g.html

    https://www.apfelbauminc.com/newspaper-stamps

    http://www.1847us.com/Newspapers1895.htm

    http://www.1847us.com/Newspapers1865.htm

    http://1847us.com/Newspapers1875.htm

    https://siegelauctions.com/exhibits/GINewspapers.pdf

    https://siegelauctions.com/lots.php?year=2014&sale_no=1075&page_no=17

    http://stampcollectingroundup.blogspot.com/2009/04/newspaper-and-periodical-stamps.html

    https://digitalcollections.nypl.org...roots=21:d5d76010-c623-012f-738c-58d385a7bc34

    http://www.apnss.org/Newspapers.htm

    http://www.stampsmarter.com/1847usa/BOB/Newspapers1865.html

    http://lcpshome.org/newsletters/2007/nl_2007-03-p02.pdf

    https://fineartamerica.com/featured/the-newspaper-and-periodical-stamps-2-lanjee-chee.html

    http://www.philaseiten.de/cgi-bin/index.pl?ST=1911

    https://digitalcollections.nypl.org...tion-of-united-states-stamps#/?tab=navigation

    https://www.stampcommunity.org/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=23

    http://stampengravers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/chat-us-newspaper-stamps-or-headaches.html

    http://stampengravers.blogspot.com/2017/08/chat-us-newspaper-stamps-or-headaches_26.html?m=0

    https://books.google.com/books?id=OscyAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA76&lpg=PA76&dq=u.s. newspaper stamps&source=bl&ots=N0Cre_v8jL&sig=Ilh1fmatAD-5g_wl1eUHLPDTt50&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwijxuKixJvWAhXoyFQKHVc9A0c4KBDoAQgnMAA#v=onepage&q=u.s. newspaper stamps&f=false

    http://www.stampexpertizing.com/pdfs/1875_1894 Newspaper Stamps Easy Identification_ver1.pdf

    https://www.justcollecting.com/misc...-ultramarine-newspaper-stamp-valued-at-80-000

    http://www.nystamp.org/jim-kotanchik-first-newspaper-stamp-issue/

    http://catalogue.klaseboer.com/vol1/html/unitenew.htm

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/rec.collecting.stamps/achXTH5qSZ4/Ln63lvf49j0J

    https://books.google.com/books?id=v0Y2AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA293&lpg=PA293&dq=u.s. periodical stamps&source=bl&ots=MfPQF7XOo8&sig=69OR_oaC_rKyzPXZKW7NoJoXt9s&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjM1_qYyJvWAhUrsVQKHYjuC1I4FBDoAQgyMAI#v=onepage&q=u.s. periodical stamps&f=false

    http://www.linns.com/news/auctions/...ns-robert-siegel-grant-inman-collection.html#

    http://www.theswedishtiger.com/xnews1.htm



    Articles

    American Congress Book #31 (1965) – Combs: The Rarest United States Stamp

    American Congress Book #34 (1968) – Senf Forgeries

    American Journal of Philately - Anon. - Aug 1871

    American Philatelist - May 1942 - Young

    American Philatelist - W.E Mooz - Jun 1984

    American Philatelist - W.E Mooz - May 1984

    American Philatelist - W.E Mooz - August 1989

    American Philatelist - Apr 2008 - Straight

    Bull's Eye - 2001

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - Nov 1993 v. 45/No.4/#160

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - Aug 1994 v.46/No.3/#163

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - Aug 1995 - v.48/No. 3 (?)

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 1996/#171

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 2007/#216

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 2013/#239

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 2013/240

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 2014/#242

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 2015/#245

    Classics Chronicle - Mooz - 2016/#240

    Essay Proof Journal - Bakos - Ten-Cent Lady - 4Q 1991

    Essay Proof Journal - Brett - Q2/1994 v.49

    La Posta - Newspaper Stamps on Cover - Aug/Sep 2005

    Linn's - Newspaper Stamps on Bureau Cards - Anon. - Oct 6 1997

    Linn's - Tyler - Jan 3 2000

    Linn's - Miller - Feb 9 2004

    Linn's - Klug - Aug 26 2013

    Meekel’s – May, 1901

    Postage Stamp Club - Hippchen - Feb 1930 (Official Program Annual Convention)

    Stamp Collector - Anon. - Nov 12 1994

    Stamp Lover - Goodman - Newspaper Stamps - August 2011

    Stamps - Bartels - Feb 26 1938

    Stamps - York - Dec 2 1944

    Stamps - Usticke - April 18, 1959

    SPA Journal - Spying Eye - October 1946)

    U.S. Stamps & Postal History - Mueller - Winter 1994

    United States Specialist - Braceland – 1966-1974 (9-66, 10-66, 11-66, 12-66, 1-67, 2-67, 4-67, 5-67, 10-67, 11-67, 12-67, 2-68, 4-68, 9-68, 1-69, 2-69, 4-69, 6-69, 10-69, 2-70, 6-70, 2-71, 5-71, 4-72, 7-73, 7-74)

    United States Specialist - Cleland - Overprinted for Revenue - Jun 1993

    U.S. Specialist - Wallace - December 2000



    Books

    Luff - The Postage Stamps of the United States

    Melville – Special Services

    Mueller, B – United States Postage Stamps (Chapter 26)

    Doc M. Pepper – United States Newspaper Stamps – The Proofs

    Doc M. Pepper – United States Newspaper Stamps – The Regulars

    Doc M. Pepper – United States Newspaper Stamps – The Forgeries

    Doc M. Pepper – United States Newspaper Stamps – The Facsimiles

    Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps & Covers

    Sloane – Sloane’s Column (Pages 191-194)

    Whitesell – U.S. Newspaper & Periodical Stamps: A Compilation of Articles
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