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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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733533
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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229796
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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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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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238403
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Scott #824 pair, 831, and 832 x3 [1938-1950s 19c, 50c, and $1 Prexies] (VF except one 19c has a small facial scuff) on April 9 1953 registered mail "bank tag" from SEARCY to LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. (Bank tags were placed into address windows of bank money bags.) The 19c is very scarce to rare as a single franking on cover, but even mixed uses such as this are unusual.
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Scott #C51 [1958 7c Jet Silhouette, sheet stamp] (VF) on February 14 1959 airmail cover from DENVER, COLO (machine cancel) to a U.S. Marine sergeant at "VMF (AW) 115, MAG 11", FPO San Francisco. This was the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron, the "Silver Eagles". The cover is ordinary and somewhat worn, except for an EXCEPTIONAL AIRMAIL ETIQUETTE (label) with a pointing arrow design and picturing a biplane! The label, which I have never before seen, bears the publisher information "COPR. 1928 U.P.P.CO." The uses of these airmail labels are highly collectible.
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U.S. Marines "The Reserve Marine" a 12x15.5 inch periodical folded for mailing down to 7.75 x 5.75 inches. Mailed with official Navy Department imprint. GROUP OF SEVEN ISSUES ranging from August 1959 to April 1960; All mailed to North Carolina (no postal markings) and all in great quality except for the first issue which has some minor staining. The contents, in this "inter-war" period range from the mundane to announcements of new weapons systems that in time became very important. Interesting official permit mail and even more interesting as U.S. Marine Corps history.
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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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ASTRONAUT Leroy G. "Gordon" Cooper autographed cover: 1963 4 cent Project Mercury x2 on 8-cent airmail rate cover used May 15 1963 with CAPE CANAVERAL machine cancellation, to Hawaii. Very neat and clear "Gordon Cooper" autograph on left side of cover. The date of the cover is significant, during the first day of his Faith 7 flight; Cooper obviously signed it after that date. Cooper was one of the original Mercury Project astronauts. He piloted the Faith 7 spacecraft, the last Project Mercury flight, on a 22-orbit mission (May 15-16, 1963), becoming the first American in space more than one day (34 hours, 19 minutes). In 1965, Cooper and Charles Conrad flew on Gemini 5, making the longest human flight in space (120 orbits in 190 hours) up to that time. Cooper autographs are offered in various forms, seemingly ranging from $40 to $200, though signed covers are more unusual than the typical plain items typically seen.
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RATTLESNAKE ISLAND Local Post Cover: 1966 cover franked by Rattlesnake Island local post set of three, tied by blue diamond cancel, plus U.S. Scott #1316 canceled at Port Clinton, Ohio where it entered the U.S. postal service; sent to Cleveland, Ohio. A little bit of aging, but quite unusual.
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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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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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