Arago: Exhibits


Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co.

Four years after the first U.S. stamps of 1847, postal rates dropped and new stamps were needed. The Post Office hired the Philadelphia engraving firm of Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear & Co. (later, Toppan, Carpenter & Co.). Toppan, Carpenter continued printing U.S. stamps until it lost the stamp contract to National Bank Note in 1861.

Benjamin Miller had a special interest in plating stamps, meaning that he had different stamps for all or most of the positions on a given printing plate. He acquired many platings of the Toppan, Carpenter stamps from the collection of philatelist Carroll Chase.

1c Franklin single

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