Philatelic Essay Census

The first time I saw  Essays  and  Proofs  from the archives of Bradbury Wilkinson, I thought they were magical. So clear, so crisp... and so interesting. I love stamps. I love the essays and proofs even more.

This website is devoted to creating a census of philatelic essays. I've started with United States, 1861 - 1870 because that's the area I collect. But I would welcome comments and contributions from others.


Newly uploaded: a census of rare grill essays annotated by information based on the Travers and Brazer-Finkelburg archives. Also new: an updated census of unique essays that includes 1c and 12c denominations.