US postal - Philatelic Research

    book project: The US 1851-57 3¢ Washington Issue

          (book by J. P. Cohen)


  3¢ 1851 stamp project 

JPCohen - 3¢ 1851 issue book project: J P Cohen is currently conducting philatelic research on the 3¢ postage stamp of 1851-57, printed by Toppan, Carpenter,Book Cover Casilear & Co and it’s postal historic usage. We continue Dr. Chase's work on the 1851 3¢ Washington issue; offering a fresh look at this important US postal issue. This is perhaps the most collected US stamp ever issued. The study is providing data for J P Cohen to author a book that that builds upon the work of Dr. Chase and his book the 3c Stamp of the United States 1851-1857 Issue” copyright 1929-1942 as revised. Our study and writing includes the accumulation and research of the imperforate stamps Scott numbers 10, 11, 11A and the perforated varieties 25, 26, 26A and includes related proofs, essays, reprints, Cinderella, other related postal ephemera to the release. Currently we have over 3000 reference items (singles, covers, proofs and other related artifacts) in our research/collection library, with a  goal  to make a lot of them available here at this site.

 

We help with understanding the difference in a number 10 vs number 11, today this stamp is miss identified on eBay sales more often than any other issue. On eBay an average of 6 out of 10 listings for a number 10 are actually number 11s. My book will include certified examples, color guides and information to ensure that you have the latest technical details to ID the differences the number 10 is rare for a reason.

 

I have two plate reconstructions in progress plate 2 (88% complete) and plate 3 (84% complete). If you have any singles from these plates contact us today, we would like to consider an acquisition or your gift in kind. Study topics in the book include color varieties, plating characteristics, and a hobbyists’ fascination that has lead to this stamp being the most collected stamp since its release. The study includes the "human" touches that went into engraving the master dies, touching up the plate imperfections and even mixing the inks and the papers it is printed on; all these traits are clearly evident in the stamps today, 140 plus years after they were printed.

 

With everything we have learned over the years, we still are only in the early stages of discovering everything this stamp can shed on postal history and stamp making. There's a wide array of interests and unique findings that this stamp introduces to the philatelic world, it carried the mail during Americas most turbulent times. Discoveries are happening daily in the exciting world of stamps, come join in on the hunt and discover why this the best hobby for any interest; weather your a researcher, painter, pilot, solder or an engineer it can offer an exciting time to use your skills.

 

Book Index page:

 

 

The U.S. 3¢ postage Stamp of 1851-61

#P40 proof on card stockThe 3¢ Washington postage stamp of 1852-61, printed by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. is the most commonly found stamp from the series. This archive uses my personal collection as reference material; however when examples are not readily available other collection material is referenced. All credit to those collections, images, text copy remain that of their respective owners and we stake no claim to their work, copy right or ownership in any way. They are only included for study and educational references.

 

List of Contents

o   Varieties of 1851-57 issue

o   Introduction, Philately the art of postage stamp collecting / exhibiting

o   History and stamp background#11 ith manusript fancy drawing cancel

o   Printer contracting and stamp design

o   Color History & Shade Variances

o   Essays & Proofs

o   Well Known Platters

o   The 3 Relief’s

o   Parts of the design

o   Plating Guide

o   Statistics

o   Color

o   Color Details

o   Perforations

o   Paper

o   Experimental Perforations

o   US 3¢ 1851 Essays and Proofs

o   Identifying Scott #10 (Orange Brown vs. 11)

o    Dr. Carroll Chase (plater, researcher)

o   References

o   Exhibits

 

 

It is estimated that over one billion 1851 3¢ Washington stamps were printed during its 10 year life.

 

Download our sample of the book  (Adobe Reader required). We will update this section to share the project progress and get your feedback. Our publish date is currently set for summer of 2012 (July - Aug). You will be able to purchase the book directly from this site once it is released. 

Limited Edition w/ CD

 

Click here for the download. (requires Adobe Reader or compatible .pdf viewer)

 

about the author:

 

Joe has spent a lifetime growing up around stamps. His personnel collections include a US (canceled) singles collection  from 1847 to date (97% complete), a German collection to 1965, Inauguration covers from 1920 to date that includes several one-of-a-kind items, and a specialized collection of Richard Nixon philatelic artifacts. He has combined his love of history and art into his specialized collections. Whether it's painting water colors for cachet's on FDCs or researching an addressee' names on old envelopes to understand their origins; Joe has spent countless hours working with his philatelic treasures that are displayed in his collections and on philatelic research.

 

Joe's book is a testament to many scholarly years of fun with one special stamp, the US 1851 3¢ Washington, it is truly the king of his collection numbering over 3000 artifacts (singles, covers, essays and ephemera). Growing up in rural Virginia has developed into a passion in American history and politics. It's no wonder Joe would join the countless collectors who discovered specialized collecting of US postal classics and postal history. In this book Joe explores design, print making and the details that went into manufacturing this  classic stamp. He will share some of the secretes that specialized collectors have spent a lifetime to learn like plating and color identification. Whether you are new or old to stamp collecting you will soon consider this book to be a treasure in your philatelic library. Almost every facet of the hobby can be explained using the 3¢ Washington issue, no wonder it is considered perhaps the most collected stamp in all of Philately. Joe will take you from start to finish and help us all to better understand the diverse and timeless popularity of the fascinating hobby known as stamp collecting.

about our projects and company:

About JP Cohen Publishing:  We are a Richmond Virginia based start-up small business, a proprietorship owned and operated by J. P Cohen Jr. consisting of two primary business divisions that manufacture and sell “craft made” products for philatelist and Model Train Hobbyists. J P Cohen Enterprises is our “Model Train” division, with a focus on “layout ready” products and J P Cohen Publishing which is currently focusing on our “Philatelic” publishing line.

About JP Cohen Publishing Projects: JP Cohen Publishing is currently conducting philatelic research on the three Cent 3¢ postage stamp of 1852-61, printed by Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co and it’s postal historic usage. The study is providing data for JP Cohen to author a book that that builds upon the work of Dr. Chase and his book the 3¢ Stamp of the United States 1851-1857 Issue copyright 1929-1942 as revised. Our study and writing includes the accumulation and research of the imperforate stamps Scott numbers 10, 11, 11A and the perforated varieties 25, 26, 26A and includes related proofs, essays, reprints, Cinderella, other related postal ephemera to the release. Study topics include color varieties, plating characteristics, and hobbyists fascination that has lead to this stamp being the most collected stamp since its release. The study encroached the "human" touches that went into engraving the master dies, touching up the plate imperfections, and even mixing the inks are clearly evident in the stamps 140 years after they were printed, and yet we still are only in the early stages of our findings and the wide array of interests and unique findings that this stamp introduces to the philatelic world.


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