Home     ·     Literature

All of 1847us
The U.S. Special Delivery Postage Stamps · 1885-1971

Cat. # E1 - 10¢ Running Messenger - No Dashes under "OFFICE" - 10/1/1885 - EDU: 9/29/1885 Cat. # E2 - 10¢ Dashes under "POST OFFICE"
Issue Date: 9/6/1888  - EDU: Oct. 5, 1888
Cat. # E3 - Orange 10¢ Running Messenger
Issue Date: 1/24/1893 - EDU: 2/11/1893
Cat. # E4 - 10¢ Messenger - Line Under "CENTS" 
No Wmk - 10/10/1894 - EDU: 10/25/1894

Cat. # E5 - 10¢ Double-line Watermark Cat. #PS
Issue Date:8/16/1895 - EDU: 10/3/1895
Cat. # E6 - 10¢ Bicycle Messenger - perf 12
D/L Wmk - 12/9/1902 - EDU: 1/15/1903
Cat. # E7 - 10¢ Helmet of Mercury
Issue Date: 12/12/1908 - EDU: 12/14/1908
Cat. # E8 - 10¢ Single-line Watermark USPS
Perf 12 - 1/14/1911 - EDU: 1/?/1911

Cat. # E9 - 10¢ Messenger on Bicycle - Perf 10
S/L Wmk - Sep. 1914 - EDU: 10/26/1914
Cat. # E10 - 10¢ Unwatermarked - Perf 10
Issue Date: 10/10/1916 - EDU: 10/24/1916
Cat. # E11 - 10¢ Messenger on Bicycle - Perf 11
Issue Date: 5/2/1917 - EDU: 6/12/1917
Cat. # E12 - 10¢ Gray violet Motorcycle Messenger
Issue Date/FDC: 7/12/1922

Sc E13 - 15¢ Deep Orange Motorcycle Messenger
Flat Plate Printing - First Day: April 11, 1925 
Cat. # E14 - 20¢ Messenger by Truck
Flat Plate Printing - First Day: April 25, 1925
Cat. # E15 - 10¢ Motorcycle - Rotary Press
First Day: November 29, 1927
Cat. # E16 - 15¢ Motorcycle - Rotary Press
Issue Date: 8/13/1931 - EDU: 8/6/1931

CE1 - 16¢ Great Seal Air Mail Special Delivery
First Day: August 31, 1934 
CE2 - 16¢ Great Seal Air Mail Special Delivery
First Day: February 10, 1936 
E17 - 13¢ Motorcycle Delivery - Rotary Press
First Day: October 30, 1944 
E18 - 17¢ Orange Yellow Motorcycle Delivery
Rotary Press - First Day: October 30, 1944

E19 - 20¢ Truck Messenger - Rotary Press Printing
First Day: November 30, 1951 
E20 - 20¢ Carrier Delivering Letter
First Day: October 13, 1954 
E21 - 30¢ Carrier Delivering Letter
First Day: September 3, 1957 

E22 - 45¢ Arrows
First Day: November 21, 1969 
E23 - 60¢ Arrows
First Day: May 10, 1971 


Bibliography and suggested additional reading:

Basic Information:
A special thank you to Bob Markovits for providing edu dates for the special delivery stamps.
The Speedy: A History of the United States Special Delivery Service, by Henry M. Gobie (1976)
The First Bureau Special Delivery Service, by Robert L. Markovits (28th American Philatelic Congress 1962)
The Rise and Fall of the Merry Widow, a Comprehensive Study of Cat. #'s E7, by Robert L. Markovits (41st American Philatelic Congress - 1975)


Websites of interest to the Special Delivery collector: 
A website for special service stamps (by Bob Markovits) at www.usspecialdelivery.com


1847 us.com