U.S. Postage Stamps First Issued in 1879 – The American Bank Notes

Printed by the American Bank Note Co. on soft porous paper on 200 subject plates with 2 panes of 100 stamps each and perforated 12.
Many of the stamps had Secret Marks.

1¢ Franklin 2¢ Jackson 3¢ Washington  5¢ Taylor 6¢ Lincoln
10¢ Jefferson 10¢ w/secret mark 15¢ Webster 30¢ Hamilton 90¢ Perry

American Bank Note Stamps

President: Rutherford B. Hayes · Postmaster General: David M. Key.
Domestic Letter Rate: 3¢ per half ounce · Card Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 10¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

The following postage stamp varieties were first issued by the U.S. in 1879:

Scott 182 – One Cent Dark Ultramarine Franklin – EDU: Jan. 3, 1879 – 591,765,900 issued
Scott 183 – Two Cent Vermilion Jackson – EDU: Aug. 19, 1878 – 547,073,700 issued
Scott 184 – Three Cent Green Washington – EDU: July 2, 1878 – about 1.3 billion issued
Scott 185 – Five Cent Dark Blue Taylor – EDU: Jan. 16, 1879 – about 42 million issued
Scott 186 – Six Cent Dull Pink Lincoln – EDU: July 1, 1879 – about 21 million issued
Scott 187 – Ten Cent Brn.-Yellow Brown Jefferson – w/o secret mark- EDU: Sep. 5, 1879 – about 11 million issued
Scott 188 – Ten Cent Brn.-Yellow Brown Jefferson – with secret mark- EDU: Oct. 5, 1878 – about 22 million issued
Scott 189 – Fifteen Cent Red Orange Webster- EDU: Jan. 20, 1879 – over 14 million issued
Scott 190 – Thirty Cent Greenish Black to Full Black Hamilton- EDU: April 5, 1881 – over 4 million issued
Scott 191 – Ninety Cent Carmine Rose Oliver Perry- EDU: June 24, 1882 – about 280,760 issued
The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893
The first Special Delivery stamps were not issued until 1885

Postage Dues of 1879 – Brown

American Bank Note Company – Soft porous paper – 200 subject plates in 2 panes of 100 stamps each
A special printing of the new brown Postage Due stamps was printed on hard white paper in 1879
Postage Due stamps are bought and sold with the prefix “J”.

Postage Dues of 1879:

American Bank Note Company – Soft porous paper – 200 subject plates in 2 panes of 100 stamps each.

Scott J1 – One Cent Brown – EDU: July 5, 1879
Scott J2 – Two Cent Brown – EDU: July 27, 1879
Scott J3 – Three Cent Brown – EDU: June 18, 1879
Scott J4 – Five Cent Brown – EDU: July 7, 1879
Scott J5 – Ten Cent Brown – EDU: Oct. 7, 1879
Scott J6 – Thirty Cent Deep Brown 
Scott J7 – Fifty Cent Brown.

American Bank Note Co. Special Printings – Postage Due Designs of 1879: 

Scott J8 – One Cent Deep Brown Postage Due
Scott J9 – Two Cent Deep Brown Postage Due
Scott J10 – Three Cent Deep Brown Postage Due
Scott J11 – Five Cent Deep Brown Postage Due
Scott J12 – Ten Cent Deep Brown Postage Due
Scott J13 – Thirty Cent Deep Brown Postage Due
Scott J14 – Fifty Cent Deep Brown Postage Due.

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