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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 #C11 [1928 5c Airplane and Beacon airmail] (F-VF) on 1930 CRASH COVER, AAMC #300110UT, 1930 January 10. AAMC 6th Edition states: "Cedar City, Utah -- 2:35 A.M. -- Western Air Express -- CAM-4. Los Angeles to Salt Lake City. Pilot Maurice Graham KILLED [my emphasis]. Plane crashed into mountain of Wabash Range and was not found until June 24. All 648 lbs. of mail was salvaged undamaged [!!] and returned to Los Angeles, where it received "Return to Writer / Unclaimed" machine cancel [with pointing hand, which are actively collected] in green [!!] ink, dated June 28, 1930, 10:00 A.M. and a cachet [2-line handstamp reading "Delay due to wrecked mail plane / January 10, 1930."] in purple, magenta or black." This example bears the PURPLE version of the handstamp. (Since there are three colors, presumably all applied on the same day(s) by at least three postal workers, this marking may have at least three sub-types that go beyond just the color differences.) Very neat and attractive small-sized decorative cover from an E.F. Robbins in Pasadena, CA to a Jas. T. Kilbreth in New York, NY. Remarkably good condition considering it crashed into a mountain and was out (in a mail bag) in the elements for over five months. It is also ironic that the stamp pictures a beacon built for the purpose of guiding mail planes, but apparently there was no such beacon in the area that this plane crashed. This particular stamp issue is very actively pursued by many collectors and such an interesting use of it makes it worth far more than the modest $45 1998 value staged in the most recent, but 22 year old, edition of AAMC 6th edition.
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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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Scott #725 [1932 3c Daniel Webster] (VF) on 1 June 1933 NAVAL U.S.S. BREESE light minelayer 2nd anniversary of recommissioning. Canceled at "PEARL HARBOR / HAWAII". Nice pictorial cachet with outstanding artwork. Light wrapper band line. Nice Hawaiian Territorial use.
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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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1935 "THE CAMEL EXPRESS" cover and stamp. Stamp-like labels used in 1935 for the re-enactment of the 1856 use of camels for carrying the mail (which they actually did). I am aware of the "stamps" existing in three colors, all on white paper, but with a dark design color on a rectangle of pastel color: Violet on Lilac, Green on Yellow, and Red on Orange. Covers seem to sell for around $16 and mint stamps (which seem to be scarcer) for around $20 each. THIS OFFERING consists of 1) A violet stamp on cover with GREEN cancellation (the cancel also exists in at least magenta and black), and a GREENISH BLUE "LOS ANGELES, CALIF. / NOV / 5 / 230 PM / 1935" 4-bar postal cancellation. (The Los Angeles 4-bar postal postmark exists in at least two types [for example, note shape of "5" compared to other examples you may see] and in at least this Greenish Blue and a Blue. There may be other postmark types and colors as well.) 2) NH VF single stamp, Green on Yellow. Accompanied by a photocopy (the original was badly yellowed and fragile) of an extensive, full-page February 1, 1982 Linns article. See also this illustrated website article. Yes, camels really did transport mail in the U.S. in the mid-1800s, and again in 1935.
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1935 "THE CAMEL EXPRESS" cover and stamp. Stamp-like labels used in 1935 for the re-enactment of the 1856 use of camels for carrying the mail (which they actually did). I am aware of the "stamps" existing in three colors, all on white paper, but with a dark design color on a rectangle of pastel color: Violet on Lilac, Green on Yellow, and Red on Orange. Covers seem to sell for around $16 and mint stamps (which seem to be scarcer) for around $20 each. THIS OFFERING consists of 1) A violet stamp on cover with GREEN cancellation (the cancel also exists in at least magenta and black), and a GREENISH BLUE "LOS ANGELES, CALIF. / NOV / 5 / 230 PM / 1935" 4-bar postal cancellation. (The Los Angeles 4-bar postal postmark exists in at least two types [for example, note shape of "5" compared to other examples you may see] and in at least this Greenish Blue and a Blue. There may be other postmark types and colors as well.) 2) NH VF single stamp, Green on Yellow. Accompanied by a photocopy (the original was badly yellowed and fragile) of an extensive, full-page February 1, 1982 Linns article. See also this illustrated website article. Yes, camels really did transport mail in the U.S. in the mid-1800s, and again in 1935.
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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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MacArthur, West Virginia, First Day Post Office Dedication cover. April 15, 1942, renaming of post office from Hollywood to MacArthur in honor of General Douglas MacArthur. Franked with 4-block of Sherman-Grant-Sheridan Army issue. Raised print (thermographed) cachet in red and blue, with applied photograph of MacArthur. The name of the cachet maker is not stated, but the style, other elements of the cachet, and the very same photo use indicate that this is surely made by Crosby -- it has his distinctive characteristics. I have not been able to find any exact matches of this being offered recently, however, I have seen some other cachet makers covers for this dedication sell for around $10 and being offered for up to $25. Crosby covers are avidly collected and are very much sought after.
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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 #C35 [1947 15c NYC, Statue of Liberty airmail] (VF) on October 2 1957, FIRST POLAR FLIGHT cover flown (FAM-27) by TWA from Los Angeles to Rome, over the North Pole. AAMC #F27-141 with green cachet. 3027 pieces of mail carried. While has only a modest catalog value, this North Pole overflight cover is seldom offered compared to those flown by SAS, which sell at a much higher price level.
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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 #C53 [1959 7c Alaska Statehood airmail] (two, VF) on March 20/21, 1959, DOUBLE FIRST FLIGHT cover flown (AM-2) by TWA from San Francisco to New York and back. TWA was the first to make this cross-country direct jet (Boeing 707) flight with no stops. AAMC #J-48f/49f. While normal envelopes on this flight are not unusual, this is an exceptional mailpiece made by TWA that flew BOTH DIRECTIONS and served as a promotional item for TWO. It is a large sheet, folded in half and then in thirds, with two of the third-panels serving as the address panels. It was re-folded, to put the other panel facing out, for the return trip. I have not previously seen this item, or even anything quite like it.
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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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Scott #1213 [1962 5c George Washington definitive] (VF) LOWER LEFT CORNER BOOKLET SINGLE on 14 May 1964 picture post card from HAWAII with excellent "U.S. NAVY 12919-BR" 4-bar cancellation. Addressed to a FEMALE MARINE (PFC), "WMD-2, MCAS" stationed at Cherry Point Marine Base in North Carolina. The unit was involved in countering weapons of mass destruction. The sender is also a female. The Marines used the Naval postal system so I do not know if the sender was a Marine or a Sailor (she seems to be in Hawaii by herself, not as a spouse). Fun message about Hawaii being better than Cherry Point [duh!]. Pearl Harbor, from a distance, scenic post card. Interesting and attractive as just the use of the booklet stamp on cover, or as a naval cover, but also as a Hawaii use, and thematically for women in the military or the WMD subject.
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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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1979 Susan B. Anthony DOLLAR COIN: Set of three covers, each canceled on July 2nd, the day of issue for the coin. One cover each from Philadelphia, Denver, and San Francisco, with matching coin mint marks. The coins are encased in plastic with both sides visible. While the coins have been protected since the month of issue, I do not think they can be officially termed as uncirculated, however, they are very fresh and bright with no visible wear. The covers themselves are fresh and bright, with matching engraved cachets (maker not indicated). I have seen such sets offered and sold in the $10 to $20 range. SHIPPING ADDITIONAL (will combine if possible to reduce or eliminate cost). Shipping cost is additional for this item.
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Scott #1604 [1978 28c Remote Outpost (fort), Americana Series] (VF) solo use for domestic 2-ounce rate on 25 October 1979 small-size cover (filing crease away from stamp) from HONOLULU, HAWAII HI with Superb 2-ring USPO 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. An exceptional Hawaii use -- this has to be very scarce used from Hawaii.
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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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Stampless (free) 7 September 2004 picture post card from IRAQ ("Operation Iraqi Freedom" various scenes) with excellent "ARMY POST OFFICE / APO AE 09375" 4-bar cancellation. A thank you note addressed to a U.S. person who donated books to the soldiers.
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