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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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U.S. Scott #637 [1927 5c blue T. Roosevelt, Perf 11 x 10.5] (VF) solo use on August 14, 1928, airmail cover from TOLEDO, OHIO to MASSACHUSETTS with BOSTON "AIR-MAIL SAVES TIME" transit machine postmark on reverse. Unusual large, bold, violet "AIR PLANE MAIL" handstamp. This is early use in the "simplified per ounce" era -- 31 July 1928 was the end of the more complicated "per zone, per ounce" era. This 5 cents rate ran 1 August 1928 through 5 July 1932 when it increased to 8 cents. Slightly roughly opened, but a very attractive example of this new rate and with an unsual handstamp.
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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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George Washington 1932 Cover Collection: A really neat and interesting collection of about 118 covers commemorating George Washington. Virtually all are franked with the 1932 Washington Bicentennial stamps, except a few Washington Bicentennial postal stationery envelopes (some scarcer items and uses); only a very few covers bear other stamps. None are first day covers, but they start on 22 February 1932, 200th anniversary of his birth. The rest, all in 1932, commemorate various significant events in his life and career. There are quite a variety of cachets, including some in complete matched sets! I am sure that some of these cachets must be scarce. There are a variety of handstamped and machine cancellations. Some covers, including some 22 February items, are canceled at "Washington" in various states -- and no I did not remove the Washington, North Carolina cover. (In my experience, the cancels in Washingtons around the country are more unusual.) The use of the stamps themselves is very nice -- with multiple 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 cent solo frankings -- you cannot go wrong with those! This collection appears to have been assembled decades ago -- these are not junky, shop-worn covers! This collection is already very nice as it is, but it could become the core of a large and very attractive and interesting collection on this theme. All of these would sell individually for at least $2 each and many at $3, with some certainly $5 or more. I estimate that the total individual retail value is at least $400. I am offering this collection at a very reasonable price in the hope that somebody will carry it on and build upon it. 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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Scott #637 [1927 5c blue T. Roosevelt, Perf 11 x 10.5] (VF) solo use on November 19, 1935, cover from TUCSON, ARIZONA (with Red Cross pictorial slogan machine cancellation) to Germany. An important BOTANTICAL and ECOLOGICAL THEMATIC item from the "Carnegie Institution of Washington / Desert Laboratory / Tucson, Arizona. The following from Wikipedia: The Desert Laboratory is a historic biological research facility at 1675 West Anklam Road in Tucson, Arizona. It was founded by the Carnegie Institution in 1903 to study how plants survive and thrive in the heat and aridity of deserts, and was the first such privately funded effort in the nation. Beginning in 1906, numerous long term ecological observation areas were set up by Volney Spalding and Forrest Shreve on the 860 acres (3.5 km2) scientific domain of Tumamoc Hill. Nine of these are the worlds oldest permanent ecology study quadrats. The facility and staff were key contributors to what is now considered the science of ecology, including participating in the creation of the Ecological Society of America in 1915 and the Ecology journal. Led by Spalding and Shreve, they also contributed innovations in conservation. Part of it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965. The rest was added in 1987. While the stamp use of this cover is normal for the era, the mailer is exceptionally important.
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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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Scott #720 [1932 3 cent violet Washington sheet stamp] (VF) with PERFIN "NLY" [oversized L] (New York Life [Insurance Company]) on August 20 1937 yellow window envelope mailed by the "Norfolk Branch Office" of the NYLIC, from NORFOLK, VIRGINIA VA. I note that the perfin includes three extraneous holes that I suspect may have been further controls as to what office the perfined stamps had been sent. Cover shows wear on the front; on the back somebody did their math calculations. I always enjoy PERFIN covers that show the proper user.
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Scott #UC3 [1934 6 cent orange Plane, Die 2a, Bicolored Border] Used F-VF 5 November 1942 from a sailor at "Section Base, Bishops Point, Oahu, T.H.", HAWAII with generic "U.S. NAVY" 3-bar cancel. "PASSED BY NAVAL CENSOR" violet handstamp. Small violet "Sailors Mail" handstamp below the indicia. Creased, but very attractive. Addressed to Dartmouth College, and with their receiving handstamp "Nov 9 - 1942".
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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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Scott #C64 [1962 8c Plane over Capitol] (VF) on 9 July 1964 cover to the U.S. from a Spec/4 with "A Btry, 1st Bn, 8th Arty, APO 125" (or 25?) and canceled with "WAHIAWA, HAWAII" machine cancellation, 6 lines with text "SCHOFIELD BARRACKS STA.". The stamp is a BOOKLET single. A Vietnam-era use on a nice all-over image of a Hawaiian dancer and related images, on the back as well. The back was sealed with tape, but the front looks spectacular. Interesting and attractive covers from this era are surprisingly hard to find.
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"225th ANNIVERSARY GEORGE WASHINGTON THE MASON" Masonic Stamp Club special cancellation on November 4, 1977, Fredericksburg, Virginia, 13c Liberty Tree postal stationery envelope. Unaddressed. Pictorial cancellation with Masonic symbol.
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Scott #1604 [1978 28c Remote Outpost (fort), Americana Series] (VF) solo use for domestic 2-ounce rate on 3 October 1978 small-size cover from SAN DIEGO, California CA with machine cancellation. This 28c 2-ounce domestic letter rate was ran from 29 May 1978 thru 21 March 1981. The stamp was specifically issued for this purpose. Over the years, I have sorted through hundreds of thousands of covers from this time period and have always been surprised how seldom this stamp was used solo for the intended rate. This was postally used (there are multiple sorter codes on the reverse) and came out of large correspondence that I purchased.
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Scott #1592 [1977 10c Contemplation of Justice, Americana series] (VF) on 5 August 1978 picture post card (beach scene) with 2-ring reddish-black "HONOLULU, HI WAIKIKI STA. / USPO" cancellation. "FALLS OF CLYDE" handstamped cachet, probably from a tourist visit to the tall ship at the museum in Honolulu ("Falls of Clyde is the last surviving iron-hulled, four-masted full-rigged ship, and the only remaining sail-driven oil tanker."). Personal non-philatelic tourist mail.
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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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