25 July 2016
Rushstamps have revealed details of 45 editions of the London-based The Daily News, which were mailed to the USA using an 1862 3d stamp.
Hampshire-based stamp dealers Rushstamps have revealed details of 45 editions of the London-based The Daily News, discovered in the attic of a Brownstone property in Manhattan during renovation work, which were mailed to the USA using an 1862 3d stamp.
Dated between 1863 and 1864, the newspapers were mailed to Messrs Brown Brothers & Co, a firm of Investment Bankers in New York. Unusually three of the same paper were mailed from the port of Liverpool to New York using the very first Great Britain 3d Queen Victorian stamp, issued in 1862.
Allan Grant of Rushstamps said: ‘The stamp is stuck to the top of the newspaper and is cancelled with the numeral 466 postmark which denotes Liverpool. The rate for mailing newspapers at that time was one penny and therefore it is very rare to find a newspaper with the 3d denomination. The stamp has a catalogue reference of SG 76 and is catalogued as used on cover at £600, however this rare usage for newspapers must be limited to only a few against many many thousands of normal letters.’
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