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United States Civil War Patriotic (North; U.S. Flags) Envelopes Collection: A spectacular collection of about 50 unused ALL-DIFFERENT Civil War era patriotic envelopes, all expressing Northern sentiments and all emphasizing the United States flag. Before I go any farther, it must be clearly stated that following the war, from the mid-1860s into the 1880s, collecting patriotic envelopes was popular and that reprints were made (usually by the original producers) to meet the demand. Also, immediately following the war, some new designs were created to promote the Union and the Northern victory; in some cases it can be hard to know if the design was originally created during the war or immediately following. It can be virtually impossible to know if an unused envelope dates from the war years or from the following two decades. For this reason, I have to assume that many, and perhaps most or all, of these envelopes are reprints from 1865-1880s. However, in my opinion, these envelopes all have the proper appearance of being from the 1860s-1880s. The collection can be divided into three major parts: 1) About 21 different designs, all in VF quality. They still show their proper age, but they have a minimum of aging from light exposure, etc. They are excellent, extremely attractive, and usually scarce in such nice quality. 2) About 28 different designs (and different from the 21), in Fine to F-VF quality, most showing some degree of aging caused by light exposure (i.e. if one envelope sticks out from a pile and is exposed to light, there will be a darkened stripe where the light hits it). Also the albums pages on which covers were sometimes mounted caused the envelope paper to darken. This lower quality is much more typical of what is usually seen. 3) One envelope with a PRINTING ERROR; printed in blue and red, the original design is present as it should be in the upper left corner, but the blue part of the design is doubled / inverted and thus the blue design is also present inverted in the lower right corner of the envelope. (Someone wrote "Error" on it in pencil which has since been mostly erased.) Such an error is RARE. Though every envelope includes the U.S. flag in some manner, there are a variety of designs and localizations (more likely to be immediately post-war). For example: "The blow at Sumter UNITED all the parties of the North, the blood at Baltimore CEMENTED them together." There are a few all-over designs (very unusual); a couple very small visiting-card size envelopes (very unusual); and a few colored-paper envelopes (very unusual). While such Northern envelopes have only a fraction of the monetary value of the much scarcer Southern designs, they are extremely attractive and interesting. That such envelopes (often printed on lesser quality paper) have survived to this day, in such variety, is amazing to me. This is by far the largest such group I have been able to offer in 46 years. If I offered these individually, there are some designs that would easily fetch $25 or more; even the most plain designs in lesser quality would fetch at least $8 each. I prefer to keep this collection intact with the hope that someone will continue to build it. Each envelope is in an archival Mylar-type crystal-clear cover holder. [The website image shows a sampling of more interesting designs.] Shipping cost is additional for this item.
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U.S. Scott #620 right-margin 4-BLOCK [1925 2 cent NORSE-AMERICAN Centennial, the ship (sloop) "Restaurationen"] (F-VF) on 5 January 192[5,6,8] flown AIRMAIL cover from CLEVELAND, OHIO to New Jersey, with "AIRMAIL FIELD, CLEVELAND, OHIO 4-bar cancellation. Partial (no date showing) receiver on reverse. The sending postmark year date is defective and does not show the complete final year digit. While this cover is philatelic, blocks of the Norse-American issue are quite unusual on cover. Very nice NORWEGIANIA item.
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1932-1933 group of five different covers with ship cancels, four with pictorial cachets, VF. Two from U.S. Frigate Constitution cancelled at Bremerton and Anacortes, Washington. Also U.S.S. Texas with humorous July 4th cachet at Bremerton; S.S. Washington U.S. German Seapost First Voyage; and U.S.T.P. Sea Post of S.S. President Jackson. All sent to North Carolina.
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United States 1932-1947 Special Event Covers Collection: Wide-ranging selection of 42 different cacheted special event and anniversary covers from 1932 to 1947, all in VF quality (plus a couple others not counted). Subjects include Will Rogers, surrender of Cornwallis, Assassination of President Garfield, Highway Post Office, Oklahoma Land Rush, American Legion, Admiral Byrd, Esperanto, and many others. The cachets include some by famous cachet makers of the early days. A widely diverse and interesting group! There are covers here that would be priced at up to $6 each and many would be $2-3 each. The whole lot for just $1 per cover! Shipping cost is additional for this item.

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U.S. Naval Covers, Mostly 1934-1941: An eclectic selection of 17 different U.S. Navy covers. 14 are cacheted covers of 1934-1941 with different ship cancels, including U.S.S. Gamble, Undaunted, Breese, Cormorant, Blackhawk, etc., and commemorating launching, commissioning, shakedown cruises, and other events. A couple have minor toning, but are otherwise F-VF or better -- the vast majority are VF and quite nice. Marked cover dealer retail prices (which based on the estate these came from, seem to be at least 20-30 years ago) ranged from $3 to $15 each, and totaled $199! Overall a very interesting and historical group! Shipping cost is additional for this item.

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Finland #170, 172 [1-1/2m Red and 2m Violet M-30] (F-VF) on 8 December 1936 cover from LAPPEENRANTA (nice machine cancel) to CHICAGO, U.S. Forwarded with various Chicago carrier markings.
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MacArthur, West Virginia, First Day Post Office Dedication cover. April 15, 1942, renaming of post office from Hollywood to MacArthur in honor of General Douglas MacArthur. Franked with 4-block of Sherman-Grant-Sheridan Army issue. Raised print (thermographed) cachet in red and blue, with applied photograph of MacArthur. The name of the cachet maker is not stated, but the style, other elements of the cachet, and the very same photo use indicate that this is surely made by Crosby -- it has his distinctive characteristics. I have not been able to find any exact matches of this being offered recently, however, I have seen some other cachet makers covers for this dedication sell for around $10 and being offered for up to $25. Crosby covers are avidly collected and are very much sought after.
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U.S. Merchant Marine Covers -- 150 Covers from a Mariners Life 1945-1955: The life of a Merchant Marine seaman (apparently a radio operator at least part of the time) shown through a group of over 150 covers. This is all from family correspondence, but without any letters. There are some "plain" domestic covers sent to his wife by other people, but the vast majority seem to be from him to his family. They start around April 1945 and run to the mid-1950s. The earliest covers are censored. Many are marked with his varying ship names in the return address. Some are completely domestic, presumably while in port in the U.S. or otherwise traveling in the U.S. But the majority appear to be from various overseas locations, some noted by the recipient as to where he was at the time. Many have U.S. military postmarks: U.S. Navy, Army APO, Army-Air Force APO, a few specific U.S. navel ship canceled, etc. Includes a few PAQUEBOT covers, a few Puerto Rico covers, one Virgin Islands cover. There are a few with foreign franking, but the vast majority are U.S. franked (none are stampless). While one could remove the "plain" covers, it would not change the value of the lot -- the value is based only on the interesting items. I thought it made the most sense to keep the lot completely intact. There are lots and lots of $1-2 covers, some $5 covers, and some $10 covers. A very interesting grouping directly from the family, intact as obtained. Shipping cost is additional for this item.

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Scott #834, 1042, 1050a, 1052 x2 [1938 $5.00 President Coolidge PREXIE; 1958 8c redrawn, 1958 40c dry printing, and 1955 $1 wet printing LIBERTY SERIES] (VF; one of the $1 stamps had a tear prior to being affixed) on April 1959 PARCEL POST complete tag from "U.S. NAVY 14006 Br. / Unit 2" with black undated (because of parcel post) 4-bar cancel and magenta 2-ring April 17 NY 14009 BR. cancel. Return address of a U.S. Marine sergeant at "VMF (AW) 115, MAG-11", FPO San Francisco; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron, the "Silver Eagles". The 1959 use of the $5 Coolidge Prexie is after the issuance of the Liberty $5.00 Hamilton, however, many post offices were still using up the $5 Prexies, thus it is still within a reasonable range. The Scott Catalog shows a low value for the $5 Coolidge on a registered bank tag, but even though that is the most accessible use, it is still not common (and the Scott value is too low). However, registered bank tags are almost impossible to correctly rate because neither the weight or indemnity is known. Parcel post tags such as this, for which a rate can be established a much, much scarcer (but not as scarce as a use on an envelope). Because this was from a military FPO address, the rate is based on Zone 8: 1st pound $0.32 (32c) and further pounds $0.1805 (18.05c). Franking of $7.48 minus 32c for the first pound leaves $7.16. Dividing 7.16 by .1805 is 39.67, close to 40 pounds additional. With a rate like .1805, it is very unusual to get an exact rate. (Thank you to Jim Forte of PostalHistory.com for his advice and information about this item. If you collect covers, Jim is one of the best postal history dealers around. I highly recommend him.) By way of provenance, I purchased this directly from a family member of the addressee. An very attractive example of an extremely scarce and desirable $5.00 Prexie use.
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1979 Pope John Paul II: U.S. Visit Covers Lot: Group of covers canceled at 9 different cities that Pope John Paul visited in October 1979, each with the special postmark from that city: Boston, New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Flushing, Washington, Philadelphia, Chicago, Des Moines. There are at least 6 examples in this lot from each city, with some variation in type of cover (but same postmark); some cities have more examples. Total of about 69 covers at less than 20 cents each! Great group for giving the duplicates as gifts or trading with fellow collectors.

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1979 Susan B. Anthony DOLLAR COIN: Set of three covers, each canceled on July 2nd, the day of issue for the coin. One cover each from Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco, with matching coin mint marks. The coins are encased in plastic with both sides visible. While the coins have been protected since the month of issue, I do not think they can be officially termed as uncirculated, however, they are very fresh and bright with no visible wear. The covers themselves are fresh and bright, with matching engraved cachets (maker not indicated). I have seen such sets offered and sold in the $10 to $20 range. SHIPPING ADDITIONAL (will combine if possible to reduce or eliminate cost). Shipping cost is additional for this item.
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U.S. Challenger Space Shuttle Flight 1983 Cover in Folder: 1983 Cacheted unaddressed cover franked by Scott #1909, the $9.35 Eagle, carried on the Eighth Flight of the Challenger Space Shuttle for 81 orbits of the Earth, August 30 - September 5, 1983. In the original souvenir folder showing spectacular photos of Challenger and an infrared image of the heating pattern of the wing during re-entry! A vital piece of Space topic postal history! These sold for $50-75 before the Challenger disaster, but this is not my specialty, thus I can offer at a low price. The pristine folder and cover. (If you wish to have in an original mailing envelope that was sent to an original purchaser, it may be available at the same price; just ask.) Shipping cost is additional for this item.
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