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The Post Office Departmental Stamp Designs of 1873
The 1¢, 3¢, and 6¢ stamps were printed on plates of 200 stamps and cut into two panes of 100 stamps
The 2¢, 10¢, 12¢, 15¢, 24¢, 30¢, and 90¢ stamps were printed on plates of 100 stamps
Perforated 12 - Issued July 3, 1873 - Printed by the Continental Bank Note Company on "thin, hard" whitish paper
Scroll over the image to get the Cat. # number of the stamp illustrated.

1¢ Post Office 2¢ Post Office 3¢ Post Office 6¢ Post Office 10¢ Post Office

12¢ Post Office 15¢ Post Office 24¢ Post Office 30¢ Post Office 90¢ Post Office

The Post Office Officials range in color from gray black to black. The 3¢ Post Office Departmental stamp was also issued in 1879 by the American Bank Note Company on soft porous paper. The stamps are distinguished by paper type, the Continental stamps are on thin hard paper and the American stamps on soft porous paper:

see: Bank Note Paper Types

Three Cent Post Office Official

Cat. # O49 - Continental Bank Note Printing of the Post Office Department 3¢ stamp
Cat. # O108 - American Bank Note Printing of the Post Office Department 3¢ stamp


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