Special Delivery Stamps Special Delivery stamps were pre-payments added to the regular “lawful postage” for an extra service – immediate delivery of a letter within one mile of any special delivery post office. These special post offices were those with free routine delivery service or in larger communities with 4,000 or more people. First issued in 1885, the Special Delivery service was extremely popular. At first, the service was available from 7 a.m. to midnight. The following year, the hours changed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The service was so successful that in 1886, every U.S. post office began to offer Special Delivery. A unique design feature of these Scott Number Mint Used Airmail Special Delivery stamps 1934 CE1 16¢ dark blue......................$1.40 $1.25 is the use of the Great Seal of the United States. The U.S. adopted the 1936 CE2 16¢ red & blue ...................... 1.25 .40 Great Seal in 1782. 1935 771 16¢ dark blue imperforate..... 4.25 3.95 CE1 771 CE2 Special Delivery Stamps Revolutionized Mail Delivery It was an act of Congress that created the Special Delivery Service on October 1, 1885. A second act extended the service to all post offices. E1 E2 Messenger Running Messenger Running Scott Number Mint Used 1885 E1 10¢ blue inscribed ........ $595.00 $85.00 “Secures Immediate Delivery at a Special Delivery Office” 1888 E2 10¢ blue inscribed ........ 595.00 14.00 “Secures Immediate Delivery at any Post Office” E3 E4, E5 Messenger Running Messenger Running 1893 Columbian Exposition E3 10¢ orange ................... 225.00 14.00 1894 E4 10¢ blue........................1,100.00 65.00 Same type as preceding issue, but with lineunder “TEN CENTS” Unwatermarked Double Line Watermark 1895 E5 10¢ blue........................ 235.00 4.50 E6, E8E7 Messenger on Bicycle Helmet of Mercury 1902 E6 10¢ ultramarine............. 240.00 4.50 1908 E7 10¢ green ..................... 85.00 52.50 The different size and design for E7 wasn’t popular and lasted only until 1911, when the old design returned. 1911 Single Line Watermark Perf. 12 E8 10¢ ultramarine............. 130.00 4.00 E9, E10, E11 Messenger on Bicycle Scott Number Mint Used 1914 Single Line Watermark Perf. 10 E9 10¢ ultramarine............. $225.00 $8.00 1916 Unwatermarked Perf. 10 E10 10¢ pale ultra................ 425.00 55.00 1917 Unwatermarked Perf. 11 E11 10¢ ultramarine............. 22.50 1.00 E12, E15E13, E16 Motorcycle Delivery Motorcycle Delivery E14, E19 Post Office Truck 1922-25, Perf. 11 E12 10¢ grey violet .............. 45.00 1.25 E13 15¢ deep orange .......... 30.00 3.25 E14 20¢ black ...................... 4.00 2.75 1927-51 Rotary Press PrintingPerf. 11x101/2 E15-19 10¢-20¢, 5 Stamps. Save 75¢ Mint, 20¢ Used...... 12.75 3.25 E15 10¢ grey violet .............. 1.65 .15 E16 15¢ orange ................... 1.65 .20 E17 E18 Motorcycle Delivery Motorcycle Delivery E17 13¢ blue........................ 1.30 .20 E18 17¢ orange yellow ........ 5.95 2.75 E19 20¢ black ...................... 2.95 .15 Did You Know… Dogs were used to haul mail carts in Sussex, England. Teams of dogs were used to haul the mail in Alaska as late as the 1950s. 148 E20 E21 Special Delivery Letter,Special Delivery Letter, Hand to Hand Hand to Hand Scott Number Mint Used 1954-71 E20-23 20¢-60¢, 4 Stamps, complete. Save 60¢ Mint, 5¢ Used........ $5.75 $1.00 1954 E20 20¢ deep blue............... 1.00 .20 1957 E21 30¢ lake ........................ 1.10 .15 E22 E23 Arrows Arrows 1969 E22 45¢ carmine & violet blue 2.75 .35 1971 E23 60¢ violet blue & carmine 1.50 .35 There are many intriguing aspects to Special Delivery stamps. Often, they feature methods of delivery or interesting symbols. The first five Special Delivery issues depict a messenger boy running with a parcel of mail, at one time a very common sight. Mercury’s winged helmet is used in the 1908 10¢ green stamp; in Greek mythology, Mercury served as messenger to the gods of Mount Olympus, and is often used as a symbol of speed. Stamp number E3 was printed in orange specifically to provide a more vivid contrast of colors when compared with the 1893 Columbian Exposition stamps. 1911 F1 10¢ Registration ............. $125.00 $6.501955 FA1 15¢ Certified Mail ........... 1.00 .50 F1 Eagle FA1 Letter Carrier
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