Kevin Blackston
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MacWhyte Parcel Tag

Although the 14¢ American Indian stamp is most often found used with other values on registered covers, the stamp was also used with other higher denominated stamps on heavier items. Such was the case on this undated parcel tag, which was presumably attached to something quite heavy indeed.

Front of parcel tag bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp and 50-cent Arlington Amphitheatre stamp
14¢ American Indian parcel tag mailed from Kenosha, Wisconsin
Reverse of cover bearing mailing address
14¢ American Indian parcel tag mailed from Kenosha, Wisconsin (reverse)

The tag from the MacWhyte Company of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was attached to a parcel shipped to Mr. Otto Jessel of Hanover, Germany. The MacWhyte Company produced wire rope, aircraft cables, and other supplies in Kenosha from 1912 until the company was sold in 1999.1 2

The American Indian and accompanying 50¢ Arlington Amphitheatre stamps are tied to the tag with an undated Kenosha oval cancellation; since the 14¢ stamp was issued in May 1923, we can conclude with absolute certain only that the parcel was mailed no earlier than that.3 It does appear that a third stamp may have originally been present between the 50¢ and 14¢ stamps, however, which provides some additional clues.

Collector Sören Andersson observes that if the missing stamp was an 8¢ stamp, the combined 72¢ would have paid postage on a 6-pound parcel prior to 1925; if it was a 6¢ stamp, the combined 70¢ would have paid postage on a 5-pound parcel after that date.4 Although both of those are possibilities, Andersson notes that it is more likely that the missing stamp was a 20¢ stamp, with the combined 84¢ paying postage on a 6-pound parcel mailed no earlier than 1925.



  1. MacWhyte Plant Exterior. Digital Collections. Accessed 23 Aug. 2017.
  2. History of Growth. WireCo WorldGroup. Accessed 23 Aug. 2017.
  3. Snee, Charles, ed. Scott 2012 Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps & Covers. Sidney, Ohio: Scott Publishing Co., 2009.
  4. Andersson, Sören. Email to Kevin Blackston. 29 Nov. 2021

Published 2018-06-17 Last updated 2021-12-24