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) .

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