US 1939 Western Union Telegraph Company 'Samuel F. B. Morse' 2c. Scott. 16T100


US 1939 Western Union Telegraph Company 'Samuel F. B. Morse' 2c. Scott. 16T100


Series: Western Union Telegraph Company

Stamp details: Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872)

Issued date: 01-12-1939 (dd/mm/yyyy)

Face value: 2c.
Emission: Telegraph & Telephone
Watermark: No Watermark

Designer: Nathaniel Yontiff

Catalogue No:-
Scott (UK): 16T100
Barefoot (UK): WU100

Printer: Security Banknote Co.

Stamp Colors: Dark orange brown
Perforation: Perf 12-12
Paper: White, wove

Themes: Rich & Rich (1947) and Hiscocks (1982) give an issue date of 01-12-1939, while Sn (2006) and Barefoot (2013) give the issue year as 1940, without specifying the exact date.

Description:- Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) was an American inventor and painter. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Morse

Western Union Telegraph Company, enterprise created (1851) to provide telegraphic communications services in the United States. Originally known as the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company, Western Union (as it was renamed in 1856 after a series of acquisitions) built the nation's first transcontinental telegraph line in 1861. The company briefly entered the telephone field but, after losing a court battle with Bell Telephone in 1879, turned completely to telegraph communications. Western Union's telegraph business grew rapidly, reaching its height (more than 200 million telegrams) in 1929.
By 1943, after acquiring Postal Telegraph and some 500 other competitors, Western Union was easily the largest company in its field. During the 1960s, faced with steeply declining telegraph revenues and rising costs, the company moved into a number of other related services, such as time-sharing computer systems, teleprinters, and satellite communications. The Western Union Corp., formed in the 1970s, eventually sold off its communications businesses and emerged in the early 1990s as the New Valley Corp., a banking services and real estate company. Another part of the original company, Western Union Financial Services, became a subsidiary of First Data Corp. in 1995 and now specializes in electronic money transfers and business communications services; it continued to transmit telegrams until 2006.
Source: www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/social-science/economy/business/western-union-telegraph-company