City Dispatch Philadelphia

The City Dispatch Delivery existed for a few months in 1860. It’s service was confined to the
boundaries of the old city.
This is known to have belonged to a New York Company, and its proprietor is said to have been one Mr. Baldwin.
The plates contained 100 stamps arranged 10 x 10. There were two stones.
Lithographed on thick to thin wove paper, Black on white paper
Somewhat reminiscent of the Pomeroy and one of the collection favorites.
Reprints, and surplus stock, were apparently offered in large quantities.
This may account for being able to purchase a mint copy for $5

Genuine Sc 41L1

Pertinent features include
1. 4 fingers on the hand with shading on them
2. The background inside the oval is composed of horizontal shade lines with diagonal cross hatching
3. A small dash on both sides, the right one is higher
4. Thin frameline around the complete stamp
5. A large oval dot
6. A thin outer frameline
7. This “E” is malformed
8. Only horizontal shade lines here
9. The white dot is missing here or very faint on others

At least 5 forgeries are known.
Interestingly, in the The American Journal of Philately, Vol. 1, No 11 & 12, December 1, 1868) published by J.W.Scott, he notes that there are no known forgeries.
Scott was very quick to denounce the forgeries of “competitors” who were not associates in his dealings but he failed to do so here possibly as he was himself one of the forgers.


Forgery 1 & 2

Forgery1 (Scott)
The “frowning” liberty
Only 3 fingers on the top hand instead of 4
The background is made up of only horizontal broken lines
Forgery 2
The “socked in the eye” forgery
Horizontal lines only in the background
No outer oval border
Stamp the wrong color

2 examples of Forgery 3

There is full hatching between the forearm and “CITY”.
The 4 fingers are not shaded
The “H” and the “Y” are close together
There is no missing dot
This is a good forgery other than the wrong color, it is also known in black on white paper.
The black on yellow shown is not listed

Forgery 4 overall quite poor
This is a typical black on white Moens
Thick heavy letters
The dashes between words are more like dots
The stamp is oval instead of being elongated
The girl as a broad face