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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 #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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Scott #UX16 [1898 2 cent black Liberty postal card] Used VF 1909 within HONOLULU, HAWAII HI with very sharp strike of DUPLEX w/"OAHU" in killer. Non-philatelic local use from an individual to a bank. Quite attractive -- any early U.S. stationery use in Hawaii Territory is unusual. This is a scarcer postal card.
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Scott #UX18 [1902 1 cent black left-facing large McKinley postal card] Used XF 1909 within HONOLULU, HAWAII HI with very sharp strike of DUPLEX w/"OAHU" in killer. Non-philatelic local use from an individual to a bank. Quite attractive -- any early U.S. stationery use in Hawaii Territory is unusual.
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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 #U640 [1996 32 cent Save Our Environment with waterfall showing through cut-out] Used VF, non-philatelic, within the Honolulu area, 3 July 1997 with black "SAND ISLAND HON HI 96819 / USPS" 2-ring cancel and additional HONOLULU sprayed cancellation. Used examples of these modern non-generic envelopes are much scarcer than most people realize, despite modest Scott values. Nice examples of postmarks from Hawaiian small post offices are also surprisingly hard to find.
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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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Scott #739 [1934 3c Wisconsin Tercentenary] (VF) on 10 October 1935 NAVAL U.S.S. BEAVER (a submarine tender) cancellation commemorating the Maui Count Fair with cancel text "COUNTY FAIR / KAHULUI MAUI". Nice pictorial cachet. Nice Hawaiian Territorial use. The stamp has natural upper left corner straight edges with guidelines; the upper left stamp in the lower right pane of the printers sheet -- I enjoy these sheet position stamps.
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Scott #903 [1941 3c Vermont Statehood] (VF) on 16 April 194x (looks like 1942) cover with "HONOLULU HAWAII / FT. KAMAEHAMEHA STA." duplex cancellation with horizontal bars in the killer. The fort was a military base at Bishops Point, but this appears to be a civilian post office cancellation. Very neat and attractive with every appearance of personal non-philatelic mail.
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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 #1241 [1963 5c Blue Jays, John J. Audubon] (VF) on 5 March 1964 NAVAL cover to the U.S. with violet handstamped cachet for "OPERATION SEA SCAN" carried about by the SUBMARINE USS ARCHERFISH. Initially to be a two-year mission it ended up running from 1960 to 1968 and was principally a research mission as the name suggests. According to the very interesting www.ussarcherfish.com website, the crew for the mission was the first all-bachelor crew in U.S. naval submarine history -- supposedly not because of the risks, but because of the very long deployment times. Canceled with "HONOLULU, HAWAII" machine cancel with 6 bars plus "SUBMARINE BASE". Very interesting with many thematic connections due to the mission.
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Scott #1453 [1972 8c Old Faithful, Yellowstone] (VF) on 18 July 1972 NAVAL cover with green handstamped cachet for the SUBMARINE USS PUFFER, with the return address of the commanding officer. The cover did pass through the mail (there is a sorter marking on the reverse) but it probably bore an address label which has been removed. Mailed from "HONOLULU, HAWAII / SUBMARINE BASE STA." with a 4-bar cancellation. Late use of this style of postmark.
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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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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 #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 #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 #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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Canal Zone U1 [1916 1 cent green/black, overprinted] Mint VF postal stationery envelope ENTIRE. Excellent and fresh on front; faint band mark on backside. Scarce envelope; Scott 2020 entire value $90.
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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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1846 "EASTON / Pa." Easton, Pennsylvania PA, VF red Feb 13 cds, and manuscript "5" rate marking. "WILMINGTON / [Del.]" Wilmington, Delaware DE, F-VF red Feb 15 cds on reverse as receiver. Folded letter with contents: Extensive 3-page letter from father (farmer at Greenwich?) to son (away at school), discussing family matters, health, the farming business, etc. A very interesting and personal glimpse into life at that time. It is unusual for such covers to bear a receiver, but in this case close examination shows that the address was corrected, likely resulting in a one day delay, thus Wilmington applied their postmark. Attractive and very interesting.
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1847 "MOBILE / Ala." Mobile, Alabama AL, F-VF red Apr 2 cds. Red "10" rate handstamp. Sent unpaid, on stampless folded letter with complete letter contents (business letter in which the writer complains bitterly about the sales of and prices for "bales", presumably cotton). Sent to Boston, Massachusetts MA. Fresh and neat, with interesting contents.
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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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ATOMIC BOMB TEST: Operation Crossroads; first test, Bikini Atoll; Bomb "Gilda" (MK III); Test Name: "Able". Plane: B-29 Superfortress, named "Daves Dream", number on plane 7354. (Plane name formerly "Big Stink", THIS WAS THE PHOTOGRAPHIC AIRCRAFT THAT FLEW ON THE NAGASAKI ATOMIC BOMB MISSION; from this plane the pictures were taken of the Nagasaki bomb drop.) Cover is a small-size airmail envelope with blue-printed cachet artist redition of a bomb test, with additional typewritten text. Mailed by William Larkin, Saff Cmdr. JTF-1, on the USS Albermarle. With additional typewritten text: "I hereby certify that this letter was flowin in B-29 #4427354 on the Atomic Bomb Drop July 1, 1946" and pen-signed John R. Sutherland ... Bomb Commander". Sutherland was the Air Force technical representative for the project as well as the bomb commander for "Able Mission". [A U.S. Air Force biography of Sutherland is encluded with this cover.] This cover is missing the back flap, but there were no markings on the reverse. Enclosed is a note from the sender Mr. Larkin, as well as a newspaper clipping related to his career in the nuclear field. Closely related, signed, philatelic items from this early atomic test are scarce. On December 13, 2017, Rumsey Auctions sold lot 245 for $800; it is a different type of item (from an Army Ground Unit that were there to experience the effects of the test) -- however, it indicates the scarcity and value of this material. The only significant Atomic Test item that I have been able to offer in 46 years.
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AAMC Crash Cover #290106, 1929 January 6: Fort Crook Nebraska (now near/at Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue), 12:48 AM; Boeing Air Transport, Boeing 40 aircraft; CAM-18 San Francisco to Chicago. The pane of pilot Norman Potter struck a tree as he was landing. The pilot was injured, but survived. The plane was destroyed by fire. 235 pounds of mail, burned and charred, was salvaged and forwarded from Omaha with 2-line cachet in purple. The mail was forwarded, usually in a official post office "penalty" envelope, with an included explanatory note from the Omaha post office (and/or [?] sometimes a Chicago post office note for mail they handled). This example is extremely nice and attractive with the violet handstamp, the stamps okay and away from the burned area, with the Omaha notice, and with the original "penalty" envelope. It is not often that all the components are present. The AAMC lists the crash cover and the notice with two different prices ($65 each); I do not know if those prices are additive, but I have assumed they are not. This example is remarkably complete and in remarkably nice quality, thus it deserves some premium.
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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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C26 [191944 March 21, 20 cent Transport airplane] (VF) pencil-addressed (lightly, neatly) FDC with Mellone #11 House of Farnum engraved cachet in green. VF+.
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C26 [191944 March 21, 20 cent Transport airplane] (VF) pencil-addressed (neatly) FDC with Mellone #14 Grimsland engraved cachet in brownish yellow on airmail envelope. VF+.
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5.00

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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.

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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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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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240315
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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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75.00

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