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UX3 82 - Apr 7 to Hempel - EKU

A 3¢ Hawaii postal card sent from Honolulu to Funchal, in the Madeira Islands.  The Honolulu Post Office applied its postmark on April 7, 1882, making this card the earliest documented us of the Hawaii 3¢ postal card. Transit marks show the card was received at Funchal on May 8, 1882.

PS-26 UPSS 6 - 90 - Jul 24 - to England uprated with 43 x 4 - 600 - color off

A 2¢ Hawaii postal envelope sent to England, uprated with four 2¢ Hawaii postage stamps to pay the 10¢ rate.  This envelope was printed in 1889 with a pale pink indicia, causing the Honolulu Postmaster General to complain because the indicia "faded away".   Carmine rose was specified for subsequent orders.  The cover was posted at Kahului, Maui, and postmarked July 24, 1890, then at Honolulu on July 26.  A receipt mark on the reverse shows it arrived at Brighton, England on August 18. 

Postal Cards of 1¢, 2¢ and 3¢ values were introduced in Hawaii in 1882. Hawaii's first postal cards were engraved. Later printings of the 1¢ and 2¢ cards were lithographed. Lithographed message and reply cards of 1¢ and 2¢ values were also issued. When Hawaii's monarchy was overthrown and replaced by the Provisional Government in 1893, postal cards were overprinted to show Provisional Government: / 1893 on two lines. Under the Republic of Hawaii, the 1¢ and 2¢ values were printed in new designs.

Postal Envelopes of 1¢, 2¢, 4¢, 5¢ and 10¢ values were issued in 1883. The 1¢, 2¢ and 5¢ values were printed in sizes 5 (small) and 6 (regular). The 4¢ value was printed in only size 6. The 10¢ value was printed in sizes 6 and 10 (large). All values except the 4¢ were printed with different "knives," referring to the cut or shape of the backflaps. As with the postal cards, those envelopes on hand when the monarchy was replaced by the Provisional Government in 1893 were overprinted with Provisional Government: / 1893. No additional printings were made under the Republic of Hawaii. Quantities of the 5¢ and 10¢ values were sold to Wells Fargo & Co. and imprinted with the Wells Fargo & Co. Express frank. A number of the 2¢, 4¢, 5¢ and 10¢ values were printed with a blue inside.

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