1908-1909 New Designs In 1908, the Post Office Department issued a new set of definitive (regular issue) stamps. While the 1¢ stamp carried a profile of Benjamin Franklin, all the rest bore a profile of George Washington. The border designs were identical, with a much cleaner and more modern look than previous issues. The uniformity and simpler design made preparation work easier and extended the life of the printing plates. The $2 and $5 denominations were discontinued. Demand for the stamps decreased as international rates fell and the weight that could be sent per package was increased. While 1908-09 designs remained in use for several years, there were several varieties of perforations and watermarks. See stamps listed below. Scott Number Mint Used Series of 1908-09 Double Line Watermark 331 1¢ green.................................. $11.00 $.50 332 2¢ carmine.............................. 11.25 .20 333 3¢ violet .................................. 50.00 3.50 334 4¢ orange brown..................... 57.50 1.25 335 5¢ blue.................................... 65.00 2.25 336 6¢ red orange ......................... 80.00 5.00 337 8¢ olive green ......................... 55.00 4.50 338 10¢ yellow............................... 95.00 1.95 339 13¢ blue green........................ 60.00 60.00 340 15¢ pale ultramarine............... 85.00 8.00 341 50¢ violet ................................ 395.00 29.00 342 $1 violet brown........................ 625.00 100.00 Imperforates Issued for Coil Makers The 1908-09 stamps were issued in imperforate form for private coil makers. These coil manufacturers joined the sheets, then cut them into strips, which were themselves joined to form very long coils. For example, the 2-cent carmine Washington was issued in 400-stamp sheets. These were divided into sheets of 100. Fifteen of these sheets were pasted together, and cut into coils of 3,000. Every twentieth stamp on the coils was pasted together. Long coils worked well in the new coil machines of the day. First BEP Speedy Stamps In 1894, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing began printing U.S. stamps, including Special Delivery or “Speedy” stamps. Using plates from the American Bank Note Company, the BEP added a line under “ten cents” to distinguish its stamps from other issues. #E5 was printed on double line watermark paper. 1894-95 10¢ Messenger Running Special Delivery Stamps E4 1894, Used ...........................................$65.00 E5 1895, Used ...............................................4.50 331, 352332, 349, 358333, 345, 359334, 346, 350, 354 Franklin Washington Washington Washington 335, 347, 351, 355336, 362337 338, 356 Washington Washington Washington Washington 339 Washington 340 Washington 341 Washington 342 Washington 343 344 348 Franklin Washington Franklin 357 Franklin 353 364 Washington Washington Scott Number Mint Used Scott Number Mint Used 1908-09 Double Line Watermark 1909 Coil StampsImperforate StampsPerforated 12 Vertically 343 1¢ green............ $12.50 $6.00 352 1¢ green............ $225.00 $375.00 344 2¢ carmine........ 20.00 4.75 353 2¢ carmine........ 225.00 395.00 345 3¢ deep violet ... 50.00 49.00 354 4¢ orange brown 425.00 450.00 346 4¢ orange brown 65.00 60.00 355 5¢ blue.............. 425.00 500.00 347 5¢ blue.............. 90.00 75.00 356 10¢ yellow......... 4,750.00 4,750.00 1908-10 Coil Stamps1909 Bluish Gray PaperDouble Line Watermark Double Line Watermark Perforated 12 Horizontally Perforated 12 348 1¢ green............ 105.00 140.00 357 1¢ green............ 200.00 190.00 349 2¢ carmine........ 190.00 250.00 358 2¢ carmine........ 200.00 190.00 350 4¢ orange brown 395.00 415.00 359 3¢ violet (I)........ 3,000.00 8,000.00 351 5¢ blue.............. 395.00 495.00 362 6¢ red orange ... 2,000.00 18,000.00 364 10¢ yellow......... 2,400.00 11,000.00 (#343-64 Same Designs as Preceding Issue) 12
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