BIOGRAPHY: George W Babcock

George W Babcock was born in Providence, Rhode Island, US, on 21 April 1814. He worked as a watchmaker and was also an engraver for banks in his hometown Providence.

In the summer of 1846 Babcock got the opportunity to engrave the postmaster’s provisional stamp issue for Providence. It was a single design in two values, a 5c and a 10c, both printed in black. The printing plate included twelve stamps:  eleven copies of the 5c and a single 10c, in the top right corner. Unusually, Babcock engraved the complete printing plate, not just a single stamp design. This means that there are eleven individually engraved versions of the 5c stamp!

George W Babcock passed away in Providence, on 1 October 1883.

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