US 1911 Postal Telegraph-Cable Company 'Frank - C.G.W.' 0c. Scott. 15TO5

US 1911 Postal Telegraph-Cable Company 'Frank - C.G.W.' 0c. Scott. 15TO5

Series: Postal Telegraph-Cable Company

Stamp details: Chicago, Great Western Railroad (C.G.W.).

Issued year: 1911
Expiry date: 31-12-1911 (dd/mm/yyyy)

Face value: 0c. (None - No Face Value)
Emission: Telegraph & Telephone
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (UK): 15TO5
Barefoot (UK): P104

Stamp Colors: Carmine
Perforation: 11
Paper: Thick, wove

Themes: Telegraph, Signature, Autograph, Railways

Note: Official frank for the Chicago, Great Western Railroad, inscribed "C.G.W."

Signature of the Company's President, Clarence H. Mackay.

Description:- Postal Telegraph Company (Postal Telegraph & Cable Corporation) was a major operator of telegraph networks in the United States prior to its consolidation with Western Union in 1943. Postal partnered with Commercial Cable Company for overseas cable messaging.

Postal was founded in the 1880s by John William Mackay, an entrepreneur who had made a fortune in silver mining in the Comstock Lode. Mackay's original purpose was to provide a domestic wire network to directly link with the Atlantic Cable. Mackay built the Postal network by the purchase of existing insolvent firms. The company was initially called The Pacific Postal Telegraph Cable Co.[2] Under president Albert Brown Chandler, the Postal network was able to achieve sufficient economy of scale to compete with Western Union, occasionally controlling as much as 20% of the business.

By 1893, the company's rate of growth had allowed it to become the only viable competitor to Western Union. It had grown so large that management had to move out of the company's New York City headquarters to accommodate more operations staff. Chandler oversaw the design and construction of the Postal Telegraph Company Building, a new headquarters at Broadway and Murray Street.