Reception Stamps

EKKO and Bryant Reception Stamps

One of the big fads of the 1920s was the radio verification stamp.  With a letter to a station about their programs and a dime, a listener  could get a handsome  stamp with the  station’s call sign,  made for the  EKKO Company. The EKKO Company  made an album to  put the stamps in,  and the hobby blossomed into  a craze in  1924. For an  excellent guide to  EKKO stamps by czelbst, go here.

Radio  verification  stamps  fall  into  three  categories: EKKO stamps, Bryant stamps and  stamps produced for  individual stations. Most  EKKOs are relatively common,  as are many  of the individual  stamps (though a few are quite  rare). Bryants, on  the other hand,  are uncommon. Here’s why.

EKKO  stamps  were  selling  like  hotcakes  in  1925 when the PM Bryant Company decided to compete with  the EKKO Company. Bryant, based  in the Wrigley Building in Chicago, decided  to issue its own stamps  and stamp album. Bryant's  stamps and  first album  appeared September,  1925. The Bryant stamp was  smaller then the  EKKO version, and  required only two print passes  to manufacture  (EKKOs required  three). The  second pass, when the call  sign was applied,  was sequential (WBAA,  then WBAB, then WBAC, etc.),  which meant  that the  blanks remained  in the  press, and printing was more efficient. The stamp album for Bryants was smaller and less expensive to produce as  well. Those advantages were offset  by the fact that the EKKO Company  already had radio stations giving  out their stamps.  Although  there  is  some  limited  evidence that a few smaller stations gave out Bryant stamps, most if not all Bryants were  purchased directly from the  Bryant Company. This  may be one  of the reasons  the EKKO Company decided to sell directly to the public as well. 

The  EKKO  Company  decision  apparently  spelled  doom  for  the Bryant Company. They issued  at least two  different albums and  just under 600 different stamps, but were gone before 1927.

EKKO Stamp

Bryant Stamp



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