A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar


A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Confederate States of America

A well worn copy of 1863-64 Scott 11 10c blue "Jefferson Davis" 
Quick History
South Carolina seceded December 20,1860, with the other southern states soon following. The Confederate States of America formed as a provisional government on February 4,1861. The postmasters continued to pay to the order of the U.S. government until the Confederate States assumed control of postal affairs. The Federal Government suspended operation in the Confederate States on May 31, 1861. The postmasters of the Southern States provided provisional issues from June 1 until October 16, when the general issues of the Confederacy began.

Note on the Civil War and the Postal system:  With the War sometimes dividing family and friends, a working postal system for communication was highly important. Letter writing increased significantly across the entire divided nation, especially between the soldiers and their families. The Confederacy had a very able postal system throughout the conflict. Mail was sent across lines under a "Flag of Truce". Mail from the North to the South went through City Point,Virginia where it was inspected before being sent further. Mail from the South to the North was opened and inspected at Fortress Monroe along the Virginia coast before entering the U.S. mail stream.

Big Blue Picture
Big Blue '97, on two lines of one page, has six stamp spaces for 1861-62 and 1863. The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized catalogue, for the General Issues, has fourteen major stamp descriptions. Coverage by Big Blue is 43% .

Many U.S. collectors specialize in the Civil war postage era.  Big Blue naturally only provides space for some of the general issues. But even then, filling the first 1861-62 illustrated stamp space for "Jefferson Davis" requires either the expensive Scott 4 ($120+), or the even more Scott 1 ($170+).

The Southern Postmaster Provisionals, issued between June 1, 1861 and October 16, 1861, are covered in nine pages of the Classic catalogue. Alas, the least expensive is the Memphis,Tennessee 2c blue ($100+), with most of the other Provisionals costing thousands.

Of the General Issues in Big Blue, many ( Scott 1,4,7,8,11,12,13) have minor numbers for shade colors, usually for somewhat more money. The General Issues not in Big Blue, of course, are more expensive; the least- for $60+ no gum-, the "never put in use" 1862 Scott 14 1c orange "John C. Calhoun".

Big Blue Checklist
1861-62 Imperf
Scott 1 ($170+) or 4 ($120+)
Scott 6 ($10+) or 7 ($10+)
Note: Scott 1 is 1861 A1 design 5c green "Jefferson Davis"; Scott 4 is 1862 A1 5c blue.
Note: Scott 6 is 1862 A4 design 5c light blue "Jefferson Davis" ; Scott 7 is 1862 A4 5c blue.

1863 Imperf
Scott 8 ($70+) 1863 A5 design 2c brown red "Andrew Jackson"
Scott 11 ($10+) 1863-64 A7 10c blue "Jefferson Davis"
Scott 12 ($10+) 1863-64 A8 10c blue "Jefferson Davis"
Scott 13 ($40+) 1863 A9 20c green "George Washington"

Kinds of Blue
The '97,'69,'47, and '41 are identical in content.
Big Blue Bottom Line
The bottom line for these issues- and their tangible significance- is that they represent much more than the stamps themselves.

Note: Map with the subscript appears to be in the Public domain. A Print without subscript is available at www.history-map.com.

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Note: You will need to consult a Scott catalogue for specific pricing. I only give a very "ball park" price, and never the actual catalogue value.
<$1= less than a Dollar
$1+= more than a Dollar
$2+= more than two Dollars
$5+= more than five Dollars
$10+= more than ten Dollars
$20+..and so on.

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