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TASCO Booklets

Tatham Stamp Company of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The above image was taken from the catalog below and one could conclude that the Co. started in business in 1928 as the catalog was copyrighted in 1948 and was a 20th anniversary issue.


The Tatham Stamp & Coin Company had a passion for not only selling stamps, but also promoting the hobby during the 1920's. 1930's, 40's, and 50's. (Circa 1928 - 1956) They issued a series of 15 different volumes of Tasco Educational Booklets using actual stamps in all but two to explain the finer points of stamp collecting. .

As I find them and add them to my collection, I'll list them here with images. (2/3 actual size)

They are identified as T1 through T15.  However, not all have the "Txx" number on them.

If interested in their advertising items, approvals, etc. on stamps.   Go here

They also sold lots of coins and paper money. This is the image of the front cover of their 20 Anniversary catalog on coins dated 1948.

Copywrited 1948


Below is a page out of one of their Sales catalogs from 1946 advertising the booklets. They only advertised T1 - T14 so the T15 was after this issue.


T1Booklet
The one and two cent issues of 1890 to 1898
EXPLAIN!NG and illustrating the varieties due to watermarks. color. caps, and triangles. Contains the eighteen stamps properly classified.
COPYRIGHT 1938

Outside

Inside (three fold)
This is the only booklet I know of that is make from a shinny card stock, all others are dull and light yellow.


Second version has a picture of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on the front of the booklet (copyright 1938 by Tatham Stamp & Coin Co.)

Does not have "TOTAL--18 stamps Cat $3.54" at the bottom of the middle panel.

There are three envelopes: blue envelope ($1.50), blue envelope ($2.00), green envelope ($3.00)


T2 Booklet
The one cent issues of 1870 to 1888
Explaining and illustrating the varieties due to the awarding of the printing contract to various companies.  These issues are always confusing and this booklet should be kept intact for references. Contains four of the stamps properly classified and completely illustrated.

Three Types: 40c on front cover, Franklin Head on front cover: copyright 1938, copyright 1941.

COPYRIGHT 1938

COPYRIGHT 1938

Their is also one like above with Copyright 1941

Inside of booklets.
I have no envelopes on these..


T3 Booklet
The three cent issues of 1870 to 1887
Explaining and illustrating the varieties due to the awarding of printing contracts to varies companies. Contains the five stamps property classified as well as complete illustrations.
COPYRIGHT 1939 by Tatham Stamp and Coin Co.

This is the second issue with poem on cover. First issue has "PRICE 30C"
instead of the poem and image of Eugene Field.

Inside

Brown in color.

There is another envelope that has a price of 30C


T4 Booklet
The two cent issues of 1908 to 1920
COPYRIGHT 1940 by Tatham Stamp and Coin Co.

Outside of booklet (Three fold)

Inside of booklet

Green Envelope There is also a second envelope with price of $1.00


T5 Booklet
The Three Cents Issues of 1908 & 1920
Explaining and illustrating the varieties of types and printing methods employed in producing these issues. Contains specimens of four stamps properly classified to show engraved and offset printing methods as well as the types of design with complete illustration.
COPYRIGHT 1941 by Tatham Stamp and Coin Co.
 Outside
 Inside
Dark Yellow/Orange
There is also an envelope "15 CENT" envelope and another 25 center in different color.


T6 Booklet
Postage stamps of the Confederate states
A brief history and philatelic research on the general issues of the Confederate states Confederacy, containing facsimile reproductions of the fourteen general issues.
COPYRIGHT 1941 by H.E. MacIntosh

Outside of booklet. No name on front cover.

Yellow envelope the booklet came in.


Another version w/name "Avalon etc." on cover.

The above insert was included in a few of the booklets. Actual size 2 1/2 by 1 inch.

The envelope for the above booklet. Yellow/orange in color.

Inside - 6 pages in total.

There is another version that has the Seal of the CSA and flags on the front cover.


T7 Insert for the above Booklet
Blocks of four
Contains facsimile reproductions of the fourteen General Issues of the Confederate States of America in blocks of four. These blocks are mounted on pages that can be inserted between pages 4 and 5 of the T6 Tasco Booklet above, "The Postage Stamps of the Confederate States of America" which contains the single stamps.
Copyright 1941 by H.E. MacIntosh

The "stamps" were marked on the back "facsimiles" or "facsimile with the Scott catalogue No."


The blocks of 4 came in a blue or pink envelope.


T8 Booklet
The two cent issues of 1922 to 1938

Explaining and illustrating the two varieties of types of this stamp. Contains four of the actual stamps, two of which comprise the complete set of the scarce type.
COPYRIGHT 1941 by Tatham Stamp and Coin Co.

There are at least two varieties, maybe more. First two images are the (a) variety.

This is type (a) variety. 3rd page: 1st "B" is above arrow pointing to the scroll. 4th page: black boxes at bottom showing differences between Flat and Rotary printings.

Inside

Fourth page and front.


(b) variety. 3rd page: 1st "B" is in front of arrow pointing to the scroll. 4th page: NO black boxes at bottom, information added about Canal Zone overprints on last page.

Inside

Back page, Front


Yellow Envelope Buff Envelope

There is also a tan envelope (35c), and a yellow envelope (60)


T9 Booklet (With Small Images (B))
The two cent Colombian Exposition issue of 1893

A brief  historical and philatelic treatise of the issue explaining and illustrating the popular "Broken Hat" and "Broken Frame Line" varieties and including a copy of each for reference.
Copyright 1941 by Tatham Stamp &. Coin Co.

Buff in color. Outside of booklet

Inside of booklet (2 fold)


T9 Booklet (With Large Images (C)
Copyright1941 by Tatham Stamp &: Coin Co.

Outside of booklet.

Inside of booklet

 Envelope the booklet came in. (Salmon in color)


T10 Booklet
The Three Cent Issues of 1851 to 1860

Explaining and illustrating the two major types of this first 3cent stamp of the United States. Contains an actual stamp of each type for reference as well as complete illustrations.
Copyright 1943 by Tatham Stamp &. Coin Co.

Outside of booklet.

Inside of booklet
I have no envelope for this one.


T11 Booklet
Booklet Panes

Illustrating the layout of the special plates used to print booklet panes and including an actual copy of the most popular variety from the plate-the pane containing the plate number. (rare)
Copyright 1943 by Tatham Stamp &. Coin Co.

Outside of booklet

Inside off booklet

I have no envelope for this one.

Close up of plate block with plate number. 498e

They also issued one with a 2 cent plate block. Scott number 499e issued in March 31, 1917

Close up of block with plate number.


T12 Booklet
The Paper Used for Stamped Envelopes 1853-1943
Inside are 18 actual paper samples used to make stamped envelopes.
Copyright 1943 by Tatham Stamp &. Coin Co

 Outside

Inside

(Note: This is the only booklet, except the T14 where the stamps where stuck on using the glue on the stamps, where they used glue instead of hinges to attach the samples to the booklet.) This is the rarest of  all the booklets.


T13 Booklet
The Future Delivery Stamps of The United States
A brief research on the "Cotton and Grain Futures Act" including complete description of the Future delivery stamps. Contains twelve actual copies of stamps through the $10.00 denomination.
Copyright 1943 by Tatham Stamp &. Coin Co.

Outside of booklet.

Inside of booklet.

   

Buff colored enveloped                    Pink colored envelope

There is also a blue (50c) envelope.


T14 Booklet
The Potato Stamps of The United States
A brief research on these popular revenue stamps. Illustrated with actual copies of potato stamps.
Many of the booklets were sold to Spruceland Stamp & Coin Co. after Howard McIntosh died in September 5,1958. They trimmed the bottom copyright notice off and added a business label that covered the Tatham name and address. 
Outside

Inside

Yellow Envelope

There is also a pink envelope.

The actual letter/invoice and stamps that were left over after making up the above booklets.


T15
Boy Scouts of America

Explaining and illustrating the types and varieties of stamps needed to earn a Merit Badge in stamp collecting. This booklet does not constitute the entire requirements but gives an actual representation of certain stamps from which to expand.
Copyright 1956 by H.E. MacIntosh

Outside of booklet


Inside of booklet (3 fold)

 Envelope the T15 booklet came in.

This wrapper was used on the T15 envelope, A stamp hinge was used to tie it together.The only case I know of where a wrapper was used on an envelope.

The Boy Scout booklet was the last one printed.


TASCO Album Pages

Make your own.


There is now a handbook of TASCO products.

TASCO Educational Booklets Handbook w/Values.

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If you buy or sell TASCO items (Educational Booklets on US stamps) you need this handbook.

  • Handbook has 50 plus pages and 175 images. 8 1/2 X 11 inches in size. Comb binding so pages lay flat.

  • TASCO booklets are numbered T1 thru T15.  However their are actually 43 Types!

  • There are 59 varieties of envelopes!

  • Includes up to date values for listings.

  • Includes other items other then Booklets like Booster stamps, covers, catalogs, Supplies, tokens, coins and more.

  • Also included are pictures of TASCO employees, store fronts and more.

  • Also my comments on this edition. Find out what booklets haven't come on the market in two years

  • Many price changes from last edition.

  • Images in full color.

  • 8 1/2 X 11 inches

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After doing the research and writing the handbook I ended up with duplicate items. I only need one of each so I'm selling off the others.

If interested here they are.


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