Scarce and Historic 1844 Hale & Co. Local Stamps
Older than U.S. #1 – Still Affordable Nearly 180 Years Later
These old stamps are truly beautiful and mark an interesting chapter in American history…
Years before the United States Post Office Department issued US #1, independent private mail systems printed stamps and circulated mail in different parts of the country. In 1845, the United State Post Office Department put private mail services out of business enforcing government monopoly.
One of these independent mail companies was Boston’s Hale and Co. The company started their Independent Mail Service in Boston in December of 1843. The first office was located at 13 Court Street and then moved to 23 State Street. Boston was the most active of Hale's offices. Neat fact: The company’s 13 Court Street address was incorporated into its first 1844 stamps.
The stamps issued by Hale & Co. in 1844 had a number of firsts: the first stereotyped stamps, the first die-cut and mechanically separated stamps, and the first precanceled stamps. Initial printing on thin pelure paper, later printings on thicker wove paper. The blue stamp color shades range from light milky blue to deep indigo blue. Stamps were printed in a sheet of 20 (5x4 subjects) and sold for 6 cents each or 20 for $1.00.
These stamps are still a marvel to look at, especially considering they’ve survived nearly 180 years! They’re a stand-out in any collection. Now it’s your turn to get these neat old covers yours. But act soon, these covers get scarcer everyday. I don’t want you to miss your chance to enjoy one!
Please note: Hale and Co. covers will vary.