VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE TELEGRAPH DESPATCH TWO-CENT STAMP. AN OUTSTANDING PHILADELPHIA LOCAL COVER AND ONE OF THE GREATEST LOCAL POST AND 1847 ISSUE COMBINATION COVERS EXTANT.
In his October 1993 Penny Post article on short-lived Philadelphia locals, Steven M. Roth described the prevailing state of knowledge about the Telegraph Despatch Post: "We have no idea who operated this Post from its office at 61 South 8th Street." Calvet M. Hahn, writing one year later on the T. Walters local (Collectors Club Philatelist, Nov.-Dec. 1994), noted an example of the Walters stamp on a piece with the two-line handstamp "Telegraph C. D. 2 Cts./Office, No. 61 Sth. 8th St." However, neither Roth nor Hahn mentioned that the 61 South 8th Street address -- stated on this unique 138L2 stamp and the two-line handstamp -- is the same address found on Brigg's Despatch 25L1-25L2 stamps. Brigg's and Telegraph Despatch covers are dated in the same period beginning in mid-1848, and the lettering style and printing characteristics (not designs) of both issues are also very similar. These factors could be coincidental -- that is, Brigg's and the Telegraph Despatch might have had separate offices in the same building without any other connection -- but further investigation is warranted, and it may uncover a more definite connection between Brigg's and the Telegraph Despatch (and, possibly, T. Walters).
Our records contain four 1c covers and this unique 2c on cover. This cover was acquired by the owner in our 1992 Rarities sale for $9,500 hammer, before the explosion in interest and prices for Carriers and Locals. The current Scott value is based on this 14-year old realization.
Ex Chapman, Caspary, Lilly and Kapiloff. Weill backstamp. With 1991 P.F. certificate.