The Alexandria provisional stamps were printed from a two-subject typeset form
on Buff and Blue papers. The two settings differ slightly and are catalogued as
Type I has 40 ornaments (called rosettes or stars) arranged in a circle, and
Type II has 39 ornaments.
Type I (40 rosettes) shows gaps between the asterisks and the two letter A’s at
the beginning and end of “Alexandria.” Type II (39 rosettes) does not have these
The six recorded stamps printed on Buff paper are evenly divided into Type I
(Scott 1X1) and Type II (Scott 1X1a). Only one example on Blue paper has been
recorded - the famous Alexandria “Blue Boy” provisional on cover - and it is
Type I (40 rosettes).
The identity of the Alexandria stamps’ printer has not been documented, but is
presumed to be Edgar Snowden (1810-1875), publisher of The Alexandria
whose office at 310 Prince Street was just a short distance from
Bryan’s post office at 400 Prince Street.
the Siegel Encyclopedia for a more detailed introduction to the Alexandria