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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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Scott #136, 1870 3c Green Washington with grill, F-VF. Tied by blue target to cover from "Monroe Center, O." (Ohio) (light strike of blue date stamp has been enhanced with violet ink) to Cortlandville, NY. Cover has small tear at top (away from stamp and markings) from rough opening. (Scott 2010 $37.50)
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Scott #114, 1857 3c Ultramarine Locomotive, F-VF. Tied to 1871 cover by Boston datestamp. Sent to South Berwick, Maine. Original letter enclosed. Small part of lost in opening, but cover is otherwise VF.
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Scott #158, 1873 3c Green Washington on 1877 cover bearing nice Boston and New York R.P.O. cancel and bold "CARRIER" backstamp. Sent to Troy, New York NY. Nice early railway post office marking!
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Scott #184 [1879 3 cent green Washington, American Banknote, Soft Paper] (Fine) on 14 December ca.1879 cover from ALBANY, New York. Brilliant yellow envelope; very striking.
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Scott #UX6a [1879 2 cent DARK BLUE Liberty] Used VF with "NEW YORK / H" duplex "H" June 22 1881 cancellation to FUNCHAL, MADEIRA ISLANDS. On reverse, red LONDON transit postmark and very clear FUNCHAL 19 July 1881 receiving postmark. A very attractive example of this card, sent to an exotic destination. While Funchal was a significant sized city for the time, mail from the U.S. to Funchal is extremely unusual, especially this early. The Scott 2021 value of $25 is for the most common overseas destination such as England or Germany; exotic destinations command much higher values.
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Scott #207, 3c Blue Green Washington, F-VF. Tied to advertising cover from Mass. Agricultural College Nursery, J.W. Clark, Supt. by light North Amherst, Ms. duplex cancel. Enclosing an 1882 note on letterhead and a catalog of Nursery stock. Cover has minor mounting residue on back. Massachusetts Agricultural College became Mass. State in 1932. Clark Hall, the Horticultural Building, was named after Supt. J.W. Clark.
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Scott #U273 [1884 2 cent brown on white paper Washington (round O in TWO) envelope] Used with VF appearance on front. Backside with aging. From JAMAICA, NY, May 2, to NYC, with 1884 receiver. Very scarce envelope entire. (Scott 2015 $190 for entire.) The May 2, 1884, date is a month earlier than the "June 1884" date noted in stock. This may be an earliest known use? The die characteristics do match exactly with all features of Scott #U273 (image type U65) .
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210 (defective) on January 25 1887 cover with manuscript cancellation "Cub Hill / Jan 25 1887" (Baltimore County). Very neat and attractive, with contents. Maryland postal history is popular and manuscript cancellations (i.e. from very small post offices) from this late date are unusual. With contents, a neatly written personal chatty letter.
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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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Scott #220c, 1890 2c Carmine Washington with cap on both "2". Fine. Tied to VF 1893 cover from Washington to Ohio. Circleville backstamp. (Scott 2013 $32.50 off cover.) From the J.A. Farrington collection.
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Group of about 130 VERMONT picture post cards, plus about 20 miniature view cards. Mostly 1906-1919, an original trove from a family archive -- these have never been in a dealer stock. The cards either picture Vermont views/subjects and/or are postmarked in Vermont -- thus these could be useful for multiple types of Vermont collections. Mixed mint and used, with quality generally very nice. Includes quite a few early real photo cards, one leather Vermont card, some local town views, a number of working granite quarries, etc. Quite a few of these cards would retail in the $3 to $6 range, with a few even higher. This would be a great way to start or expand a Vermont picture post card or Vermont postal history / postmark collection. A super deal that would be terrific for a collector or a dealer!
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Scott #409 [1912 2c Carmine Washington, Type I] (VF) with Mailometer Type IV vending perforations, tied to January 23 1915 cover from St. Louis, Missouri to Norwalk, Ohio. The cover bears advertising front and back with the Shapleigh Hardware Company "Diamond Edge" trademark symbol. Stamp has adhesive marks in the left margin; I believe that this was a single from a paste-up and that the adhesive remains from the next stamp. (Scott 2019 $40.) Very attractive, with large margins and excellent perforations.
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