Postage Stamps of the United States First Issued in 1888

4¢ Carmine Jackson 5¢ Indigo Garfield 30¢ Brown Hamilton 90¢ Purple Perry

New Colors of 1888
American Bank Note Company – Soft Porous Paper – Perf 12 – 200 Subject Plates.
President: Grover Cleveland · Postmasters: Jan. 1-5: William F. Vilas · Jan. 6 – Dec. 31: Don M. Dickinson.
Domestic Letter Rate: 2¢ per oz. · Card Rate: 1¢ · Registry Fee: 10¢ · Foreign Rate: 5¢.

New Special Delivery Stamp Design
Note the curved letters of “POST OFFICE”.

The Special Delivery Stamp of 1888American Bank Note Company
Unwatermarked – Flat Plate – Perf 12100 Subject Plates.

Scott 215 – Four Cent Carmine Jackson – EDU: Jan. 18, 1889 – about 28 million issued.
Scott 216 – Five Cent Indigo Garfield – EDU: March 15, 1889 – about 59 million issued.
Scott 217 – Thirty Cent Tan Hamilton – EDU: Aug. 18, 1889 (9/7/88 on cover) – 710,720 issued.
Scott 218 – Ninety Cent Purple Perry – EDU: Oct. 29, 1889 – 103,130 issued.

10 Cent Blue Running Messenger – Issued Sept. 6, 1888 – EDU: Oct. 7, 1888 (APS 2010).

Commemoratives: The first Commemorative stamps were not issued until 1893.
No new Postage Due stamps were issued in 1888.

See also: Designs of the 1870-1888 Regular Issues.

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