#63-E13c – 1c Plate on pelure paper, gummed, red

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- Unused Stamp (small flaws)
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Seldom-Seen 1861 Bowlsby Coupon Essay

Set your collection apart with a stamp essay that many collectors don’t know about!  Essays are an often-overlooked area of collecting.  Essays are designs submitted to postal authorities for vignettes, borders or both that weren’t used in the final printing of a stamp. This finely engraved essay combines the talents of the National Bank Note Company with an idea patented by George W. Bowlsby.  Bowlsby – a Civil War soldier, railroad depot operator and inventor – developed this unique concept to prevent the reuse of postage stamps two full years before grills were introduced.

Bowlsby’s idea called for a normal-sized stamp with a horizontal perforation through its center and gum on the lower half. The stamp was invalid without the coupon, which was to be removed by the postmaster. Neat postal history!

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Seldom-Seen 1861 Bowlsby Coupon Essay

Set your collection apart with a stamp essay that many collectors don’t know about!  Essays are an often-overlooked area of collecting.  Essays are designs submitted to postal authorities for vignettes, borders or both that weren’t used in the final printing of a stamp. This finely engraved essay combines the talents of the National Bank Note Company with an idea patented by George W. Bowlsby.  Bowlsby – a Civil War soldier, railroad depot operator and inventor – developed this unique concept to prevent the reuse of postage stamps two full years before grills were introduced.

Bowlsby’s idea called for a normal-sized stamp with a horizontal perforation through its center and gum on the lower half. The stamp was invalid without the coupon, which was to be removed by the postmaster. Neat postal history!