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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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Scott #210 [1883 2c Red Brown Washington] extremely damaged on 16 January 1887 cover from the "House of Representatives U.S." containing a complete handwritten letter from U.S. Representative (from New York 15th district) Henry Bacon to H.W. Chadeaque of Cornwall, New York. The Washington postmark is likely of a type used for Congressional mail. The reverse of the envelope bears a fancy scalloped blue oval receiving postmark "CORNWALL / Orange Co., N.Y. / Rec. JAN 17". The letter appears to be addressing a complaint from a constituent in regard to postal matters, apparently unsatisfactory mail carrier service. The letter is signed by Henry Bacon -- the signature matches known examples. There is a discoloration in the corner containing the signature (and the envelope was affected also), however, online autograph dealers offer this signature (undated, not on a full letter) at $170! The primary value is that of the autograph, however, the receiver postmark may be scarce as well.
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