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Interesting, but usually non-philatelic, paper items relating to interesting aspects of history, art, graphics, etc.
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1946 Allentown Philatelic Society LIBERTY BELL U.S. Philatelic Exhibition Labels. Set of three small imperforate souvenir sheets, Mint hinged VF, with black text/center and colored stamp frames in blue, green, and red. The text explains and the vignette pictures the 1777 force of 200 American calvary transporting the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown for safekeeping under the floor of the Zion Reformed Church where it remained until the British evacuated Philadelphia. A scarce set of stamp show labels and a wonderful set for a thematic collection of Liberty Bell, American Revolution, American History, etc.
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Northwestern Lithographing Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, demonstration card probably from the 1880s. Though looks engraved, is indeed lithographed (that is the point of the demonstration). A sales aid to presents the skill of this company.
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WWI-era 1919 Honorable Discharge from the United States Army for Marion A. Sisk. Some discoloration and folds, but generally better than usual quality.
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1857 New York and New Orleans Magnetic Telegraph Company "The Only Direct Southern Line..." telegraph message form dateline Selma, Alabama, December 23, 1857. No indication of recipient address. A few brown spots that appear to be stains, NOT foxing. Otherwise, remarkable condition. Interesting PRE-CIVIL-WAR artifact emphasizing the connections between North and South. 5 3/8 x 8 5.8 inches (136 x 220 mm), nice size for mounting or framing.
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Philatelic History: Group of three uncashed checks from/to famous American philatelists. 1922 from G.A. Mackay (?) publisher of the little-known and short-lived Dirigo Philatelist of Maine, to William R. Ricketts the compiler of the Ricketts index (now held by the APRL); Ricketts did the absolutely enormous and thankless job of indexing early philatelic literature. [In late 2014, Bonnie and I were able to view part of what remained of Ricketts library, at the Atkins sale; the volume of material of just that part was breathtaking.] Two 1919 checks from the aforementioned Ricketts: to August Dietz, the "Father of Confederate Philately" and an important philatelic publisher; and to A.C. Roessler, the famous and infamous early dealer and creator of many of the early airmail and Zeppelin covers. Without Roessler, many aerophilatelic events may have no philatelic documentation. To make one of his Zeppelin covers more interesting, Roessler overprinted a U.S. stamp with a Zeppelin overprint; because of this, he was convicted of issuing counterfeit stamps and was given probation with the requirement that he leave the stamp business. He died a few years later in a mental institution. Perhaps that is what happens to stamp dealers if they are not permitted to be in the stamp business? [Thanks to http://www.siegelauctions.com for some details.]
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