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Scraps from Early U.S. Covers For Making Covers Repairs: This is a really odd offering. It comes from the estate of an old-time postal history dealer. These are covers and pieces of covers, all MISSING THE STAMPS, etc., that were saved by the dealer for the purpose of possibly making crude or temporary repairs on covers that were missing part of their paper. I can see examples from the 1870s -- and perhaps earlier -- to at least 1900 -- and perhaps a little later. There are different grades and colors of paper, but it looks like all the paper are parts of old envelopes. It looks to be a 1.75-inch stack of dozens of items, probably between 65 and 80 items. I do not promote repairing stamps and covers for the purpose of misleading anybody, but in the case of one-of-a-kind early covers, they may need restoration in the same way that paintings need restoration -- and old paper like this can be important to that process. Just one piece from such a group, in the hands of an expert restorer, could help to turn a damaged cover into an attractive piece of postal history that could have significant financial value! Shipping cost is additional for this item.

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Scott #J92 [1959 4c red and black Postage Due] (VF) on somewhat unusual August 1960 small-size business cover (window envelope) mailed locally within Kansas City, Missouri. Four folds on the envelope, none affecting the stamp. The envelope, probably containing an invoice or statement, was accidentally mailed without postage. According to regulations at the time, the post office correctly attempted delivery with postage due charged to the recipient. The 4c postage due stamp was affixed and canceled (undated roller device), as was the practice, before delivery was attempted. There is a penciled notation "no Resp" (no response) with carrier initials, and then a magenta handstamped date of "AUG 26 1960" again with the carrier initials (probably from a second attempt). The cover then received TWO DIFFERENT magenta "POINTING HAND" markings, one "RETURNED TO Sender / KANSAS CITY, MO." and the other "RETURNED TO WRITER / UNCLAIMED". At that time, a magenta "VOID" handstamp was applied to the 4c postage due stamp, indicating that the recipient did not pay the 4c due amount. Also with "KANSAS CITY / MO." September 6 1960 machine cancel on reverse. "9-6" was written in red in the lower right corner -- this was likely a filing system "trigger date" at which time the item would be returned to the sender if delivery was not successful. When returned to the original sender, current regulations stated that the original sender had to pay the postage due amount. However, the cover bears no indication of such payment by the original sender, resulting in (at least) one of four possibilities: 1) The original sender refused to accept the return and to pay the due amount; it is unclear to me if that was even possible. 2) A postal worker could have simply let it pass unpaid since the original sender was a "good customer". 3) A postal employee could have collected the 4c due amount and simply not put the canceled postage on the envelope, but perhaps gave the canceled postage directly to the original sender; 4) The explanation that I think is most likely: The original sender, a large business office, received several postage due items per day/week and the post office bundled them with a facing sheet that bore the total of all postage due stamps for the entire bundle. From time to time I encounter such facing sheets from this time period. While in many ways ordinary, this example illustrates the application of multiple regulations and processes. While such covers are not "rare" we do not often see them offered in the market.
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Scott #J93 [1959 5c red and black Postage Due] (VF) on December 17 1963 small-size greeting card size cover mailed locally within Spartanburg, South Carolina SC, with "PRAY / FOR / PEACE" machine cancellation. Accidentally mailed without postage. According to regulations at the time, the post office correctly attempted delivery with postage due charged to the recipient. The 5c postage due stamp was affixed and canceled (undated magenta double oval), as was the practice, before delivery was attempted. Also clearly handstamped in violet "POSTAGE DUE 5 CENTS". Neat and attractive example.
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Signers of the Declaration of Independence (Group of 53 Covers): Attractive group of 53 covers, representing 53 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence. The covers were prepared by Fleetwood in 1976 for The Philadelphia 76 Commission. Each cover is cancelled at an appropriate location and on the respective birthday of the signer. (There seems to be disagreement about the date for at least John Hancock; an Internet search reveals two different common dates for his birthday.) Each cover cacheted cover bears a portrait and an engraved reproduction of the signature. Interestingly, the type of postmarks, though they would have had to have been USPS authorized, appear to be unique to Fleetwood -- thus postmark collectors would only be able to find these particular postmarks on these covers! I have confirmed that a complete set did contain 56 covers, but apparently it is common for partial sets, such as this, to be offered. The covers, though now 46 years old, are very fresh and bright. Offered at a very low price compared to the prices I see elsewhere. Shipping cost is additional for this item.
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"Recalling A Major Event in the Nation's Birth" (Group of 58 Covers): Attractive group of 58 covers, each of which has a cachet picturing an important event in American history during 1779-1781, and postmarked at an appropriate location near the event on the 200th anniversary of the event. The covers were prepared by Fleetwood in 1979-1981. Interestingly, the type of postmarks, though they would have had to have been USPS authorized, appear to be unique to Fleetwood -- thus postmark collectors would only be able to find these particular postmarks on these covers! I have not been able to determine if this is a complete set, though I did find one reference to a group of 58 that was described as a partial set (but perhaps that was just because the person was not sure). These covers tend to be offered individually or in small groups at prices ranging from $1-2 per cover -- thus if there are others that were made, it should be possible to fill in this group to complete a set. The covers, though now more than 40 years old, are very fresh and bright. Offered at a very low price compared to the prices I see elsewhere. Shipping cost is additional for this item.
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Scott #654 [1929 2c Edison, Flat Plate Perf 11] (Fine) UNUSED stamp on a pre-stamped reply envelope with printed address to "THOMAS A. EDISON INDUSTRIES / PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT". The stamp has a natural straight edge at bottom, from the bottom row of an upper pane of the Flat Plate printing. Collecting these natural straight-edge stamps is a specialty itself. This was surely pre-franked by the Edison company itself. While never used, it is still quite interesting (or some might think even more interesting). There are not many companies that could use postage -- for mail back to itself -- celebrating the founder of the company! A fun item to dress up a stamp collection or an excellent item for several types of topical / thematic collections (from electricity and lighting, to sound recording, to inventors, etc.).
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1960 "VIII OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES" franking label with additional text "From U.N. Building to Squaw Valley / Franked in Accordance With / Title 39 U.S. Code Sec. 500" and illustration of a skier, blue typographed (letterpress) printing on off-white gummed paper, 103 x 38 mm. Affixed where stamp would go on a cacheted envelope issued by the Squaw Valley Olympic Committee as their first day cacheted envelope for the 4c Winter Olympic stamp. Typewriter addressed to "Prince Warren / Olympic Village, Cal". I have not been able to find solid information on the official postal / legal status of the franking label, or who issued it, etc. This is the first example of this item that I have had in 48 years. I was able to find one other for sale, and generally value references in the range of $17-$35. Both an interesting Olympic item and a UN postal history item and also an interesting use of this cacheted cover for U.S. Scott #1146. [I welcome specific details about the origin and background of this item.]
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U.S. 1979 Papal Visit Covers: Complete Set of Nine Pope John Paul II Postmarks: The complete set of nine different cities of John Paul II postmarks on covers from the 1979 Papal Visit to the U.S., October 2-7 1979. Each with a postmark image representing the visited city: Boston, New York City, Bronx, Brooklyn, Flushing, Philadelphia, Des Moines, Chicago, Washington. All are on matching U.S. postal stationery envelopes Scott #U581 [1978 15c Uncle Sam]. Unaddressed in perfect condition. I see these offered from time to time as random singles for about $3 each, but I have not been able to find any recent offers of the complete set.
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APO 810 (Baldurshagi) 4-bar hand cancel "OCT / 29 [INVERTED!!] / 1941 / A.M." with the 810 around the circle on right . Facit 2022 number: APO 810 H-3-1-4. Blue rectangular racetrack #612 censor handstamp. Non-philatelic cover from Earl Runkel, a member of the 10th Infantry Band, to a 2nd Infantry Band member back in the States. Franked with 3c "For Defense" Liberty Torch stamp. Roughly opened back flap, but looks very nice on front. Inverted dates in Icelandic APO postmarks are quite unusual. So far, this postmark type is the only recorded 810 postmark type in this time period. Non-philatelic covers of this postmark type are unusual.
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Scott #63 [1861 1 cent blue Franklin, Perf 12, No Grill] (F-VF) on very neat and attractive June 30 local drop-letter rate cover from "LEBANON /O." [Ohio, OH]. The stamp is has some edge toning caused by the person who licked the stamp. Very sharp and clear cancellation. Virtually all cancels of this period did not include year dates (and even more so on this category of mail), however the earliest recorded use of this stamp is in August 1861, and the 1c drop letter rate started March 3, 1865; this 1c stamp design was not replaced until the 1869 and 1870 new designs. Thus this cover dates from starting in 1865 to probably not later than 1869-1870. (Scott 2022 value on cover is $52.50, hardly more than the $45 for a single stamp.)
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Scott #65 [1862 3c rose shades Washington, Perf 12, No Grill] (VF-XF) on very neat and attractive May 16 1864 cover with a grid cancellation and a superb "GALLIPOLIS /O." [Ohio, OH] with year-dated side postmark. Beautiful contrasting orange envelope with very dark-colored stamp. Year-dated cancellations are scarce in this era.
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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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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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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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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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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 #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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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 #96 [1868 10c F-Grill green (or dark green) Washington] solo use on July 14 1868 bright orange envelope from NEW YORK to VIENNA, AUSTRIA, via HAMBURG. The stamp is VF looking, remarkably well centered for this issue, but has an ironed out crease at the top where it was at the edge of the envelope (a typical situation). The cover had some minor damage on the back (lower flap) which was previously repaired. The cancellation is a brilliant red "circle of six wedges". Mailed at New York and with a circular red "NEW YORK PAID ALL / DIRECT" July 14th date stamp. There is a boxed red HAMBURG handstamp on the front, but the date is unclear. There is a black, octagonal-boxed, "WEIN" (Vienna) receiver. As with almost all U.S. mail of this era, there is no U.S. year dating. However, thank you to our friend and classic maritime mails expert Richard F. Winter, we know that the year of use has to be 1868: "[The] Hamburg marking means it was carried by a steamship of the HAPAG Line from New York to Hamburg. The Hamburg marking should be [it is] a boxed, three-line marking in red with the wording, HAMBURG / (date) / FRANCO. From the New York date, 14 July, the steamship that carried the letter was the HAPAG "Saxonia". The New York date was the New York departure date of the steamer. It arrived in Hamburg on 28 July. The year has to be 1868 because of the two possible years, 1868 and 1869, the only steamer to leave New York on 14 July for Hamburg was the "Saxonia". No other contract steamship lines carried mail between New York and Hamburg at this time." The 2020 Scott value of the used stamp, either yellow green or green is $240 -- but this may be the dark green valued at $320 for a used stamp. The 2020 Scott on-cover value for the most common color is $285 -- a surprisingly low premium for an on-cover grilled stamp issue. A beautiful and colorful cover to brighten up a collection!
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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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1849 "DETROIT / Mich." Detroit, Michigan MI, Superb red Aug 23 cds. Manuscript "20" rate marking. Sent unpaid, on stampless folded letter with complete letter contents (business letter with statement of accounts and in regard to paying taxes). Sent to Milwaukee, Wisconsin WI. Wisconsin was still "frontier territory" at the time, just having achieved statehood about 18 months before. To add further context, while Milwaukee was a good sized town by then, the "Little House in the Big Woods" frontier life story did not take place until 22 years later (farther north, in the woods). This postmark was valued at $30 in the 1997 stampless cover catalog. Fresh, neat, and attractive.
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1848 "LOWER SANDUSKY / O." Lower Sandusky, Ohio, OH, VF red Jan 28 cds. Manuscript "15" rate marking and manuscript "Paid" along with red handstamped "PAID". The year date comes from the court clerk docketing "Filed Jan / 29 / 48" vertically across the front. This is an envelope, one of the earlier I have seen from this part of the country. Addressed to the "The Clerk of the Court of Com. [common] Pleas of Erie County Ohio" and with extensive text stating the names of the parties in the legal matter and with the statement "Sealed up and addressed by me / Chester Ellgerton Notary Public". Sent to nearby Sandusky, thus a 5-cent single rate. The envelope obviously contained bulky / heavy papers. This TRIPLE RATE cover is quite unusual in several respects. Only a tiny fraction of mail at this time utilized envelopes and only a tiny fraction of extent domestic mail represents the heavier rates. The sealing statement by the notary is also very unusual. This cover is worn, as expected due to the weight, and someone (maybe the judge?) did math calculations on the reverse. While not a beauty in one respect, there is a different kind of beauty in the such an unusual combination of features.
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Scott #U18a [1853 10c pale green, on buff diagonally laid paper, Washington] Used VF entire. Sent from "CRESCENT CITY, Cal." with neat and fully readable circular date stamp cancellation, to a P. G. Weaver Esq of Tyrone, Stueben County, New York. A very nice early statehood period cover in good quality for this type of cross-country (or via Panama) use -- either way not an easy trip! (Scott 2020 $190 for typical use.)
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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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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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1893 Columbian Exposition picture postal card: "Womans Building" of series published by Girsch and Roehsler. Mint Fine with some bends and creases. Printed on U.S. postal card Scott #UX10 for which normal mint lists in 2020 at $47.50 each. This series seems to be fairly scarce; I have never seen an illustration of a complete set, nor do I know how many cards constitute a set. The Chicago Postcard Museum site only pictures one card from the series (a different one). At this moment, I do not see ANY cards of this series offered on eBay, which is a reasonable reflection of scarcity. Despite the quality problems, this is a desirable card. Genuine original card.
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1816 October 28 "GEORTN CA", Georgetown, District of Columbia DC, Fine black cds with "N" high. Manuscript "10" to Hagerstown, Maryland. VF pre-stamp folded letter, complete with banking correspondence, from the second term of the James Madison presidency. 1997 ASCC retail $60.
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1817 December 27 "GEORTN CA", Georgetown, District of Columbia DC, VF (for this) RED cds with "N" high. Manuscript "20" to Hagerstown, Maryland. VF pre-stamp folded letter, complete with banking correspondence, from the first term of the James Monroe presidency. 1997 ASCC retail $60. Interesting glints from metal particles in the ink of the address.
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ca.1850s "SAN FRANCISCO CAL" San Francisco, California CA, VF black cds plus "10" handstamp in black on stampless ENVELOPE to Clyde, Wayne County, New York. Envelope is slightly discolored from water damage (during the transit??), however the envelope itself is very interesting as it is a linen/cloth lined security envelope usually used for mailing money. While plain in appearance, this represents a lot of history!
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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 #C12 x6 (4-block and pair) [5 cent Globe and Wings, Perf 11 x 11 Flat Plate] (Fine, F-VF) on 1930 FAM Route 10 (actually listed in the catalog for FAM 6 carried under contract for FAM 10) first flight cover leg "ST. THOMAS / V.I. / #1 duplex" (U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS) to FRENCH GUIANA. AAMS FAM #F6-42a (5th edition, 1981); 581 pieces of mail carried on this leg. Originated and canceled 4 October 1930 at "PHILADELPHIA / GERMANTOWN STA.", via Miami, to ST. THOMAS where it was held for the 11 November flight -- and then RE-CANCELED at ST. THOMAS. Arrived "CAYENNE / GUYANE-FRANCAISE"; the arrival occurred on 12 November, but the mail was not backstamped until 20 November pending instructions from Pairs (according to AAMS 5th edition). The origination of the service was planned for 21 October, but was delayed due to a revolution in Brazil (the endpoint of the service). From Cayenne, instructions routed the cover back to Germantown instead of onward to Brazil, but there are no further postmarks. Two different airmail labels: international blue label covering an ornate domestic label. Very interesting and attractive. Early first flight covers involving St. Thomas are unusual -- this was just 12 years after the Danes sold DWI to the U.S.
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U.S. Scott #C9 [1927 20 cent Planes and Map] and C10 [1927 10 cent Lindbergh] (VF, F-VF) on 1931 FAM Routes 5 and 6 first flight cover leg "ST. THOMAS / V.I. / #1 duplex" (U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS) to MATURIN, VENEZUELA. AAMS FAM #F6-79 (5th edition, 1981). Originated and canceled 10 February 1931 at ST. THOMAS and with 11 November violet handstamp. Large and ornate, violet arrival undated handstamp on reverse. Attractive violet handstamped cachet picturing a plane in flight and outline of South America, with the text "COMPLETING THE LINDBERGH CIRCLE". (Lindbergh was involved in pioneering the Central and Northern South America routes.) Very interesting and attractive. Early first flight covers involving St. Thomas are unusual -- this was just 13 years after the Danes sold DWI to the U.S. A scarcer flight cover.
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39.00

733855
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.

42.00

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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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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 #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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Elvis Presley First Day Cover Collection: Cachets and Cancellations of the 3 Different U.S. Elvis Stamp Issues: A large collection of ONLY Elvis covers; a 14-inch stack covers -- approximately 650 covers (not counted). The vast majority are FDCs of the three different 1993 Elvis stamps, with a plethora of different cachets and/or cancellations. There are some (less than 10% I would say) that are not FDCs, but have other Elvis-themed cancellations. Though the cachets are not all different (there may be various different FD cancels for the same cachet; likely very low volume items), the overall variety is incredible. These were collected by an avid philatelist and Elvis fan who lived in the Memphis area at the time and he had contacts with local cachet makers, etc. -- some of them are surely very-low-quantity cachets. As a wonderful coincidence, the American First Day Cover Society has just (late 2020) published an Elvis FDC cachets catalog either as a downloaded PDF or as unbound printed pages that can be purchased here. With this collection and that catalog, you will have a huge head start on a terrific collection. Some of these covers are going to be scarce due to various factors, though not necessarily valuable. However, certainly there are covers present up to at least $5 in value, if not more. Priced as a collection at LESS THAN 50-cents per cover, this is a huge bargain. Keep in mind that the stamp itself cost 29 cents and the postage to obtain each one cost either 29 cents or 58 cents! I do not think you will find a better deal. Get him while Elvis IS In The Building! Shipping cost is additional for this item.

295.00

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