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Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2016-05-05
U.S. and Confederate States Postal History
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Sale Number 1125, Lot Number 897, Local PostsThird Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4), Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4)Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4). Cut to oval shape as always, bold impression on blue paper, tied by "PAID" straightline handstamp on cover addressed to H. R. Searles at 57 White St., second strike to left with "U.S. Mail City Delivery 1 Sep. 5" circular datestamp, 1c due for government carrier service, small cover nick at lower left, backflap partly torn away

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THE THIRD AVENUE POST OFFICE STAMP ON BLUE PAPER TIED ON COVER. FROM A NEW DISCOVERY AND OFFERED TO THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

The origin of the Third Avenue Post Office was reported in 1872 by W. Dudley Atlee in Vol. X of the Stamp Collectors Magazine, and Atlee's account was quoted in Charles H. Coster's article in the August 1874 American Journal of Philately. It reads, in part: "According to Mrs. S. Allan Taylor, this post was established in 1855 or 1856, by one S. Rothenheim, carrier for Boyd's post. The stamps he made himself, with a handstamp of either brass or metal. He afterwards gummed and trimmed them carefully, and put them up in pill boxes for sale, on the principle that they got lost and destroyed better that way, and more were the sooner asked for. Street letter boxes being generally kept at groceries, the usual place for the stamps was the till or cash drawer, where they got greatly tossed about, and being separate, small and gummed, they were easily destroyed..." Dated covers corroborate the existence of the post in 1855 and 1856. Elliott Perry located four city directory listings for S. Rothenheim (Simon and Simeon), including a letter carrier named Simeon residing at 121 W. 28th Street in 1855, but none in proximity to Third Avenue. A more detailed summary of this information will be found in the Patton book (p. 241).

This is the third recorded example a Black on Blue paper stamp (139L4). Very few examples of any Third Avenue Post Office stamp are recorded tied on cover. The Patton book illustrates a Black on Green stamp tied on cover to Germany (ex Ferrary and Caspary). In our Needham photo files are a second example tied on cover to Germany and an example tied by a New York "PAID" straightline. Our Levi records illustrate a cover with two strikes of the same "PAID" handstamp as on the cover offered here, one tying the stamp, but the photo is cropped above where a Carrier Department datestamp might have been struck (1957 Heiman sale). In addition to the two tied covers just mentioned, we record an additional off-cover stamp with a "PAID" straightline (lot 1552 in our Golden sale).

The use of the U.S. Mail City Delivery datestamp on this cover is also most unusual. Similar covers are recorded with a Price's City Express stamp (see Kuphal collection, lot 1651) and a Boyd's adhesive (see Golden collection, Siegel Sale 817, lot 632, Rothenheim was also a former carrier for Boyd's). We speculate that perhaps Rothenheim did not cover White Street and he simply turned the envelope over to the City Carrier Department and gave them the fee he had collected.

Accompanied by approximately 15 inexpensive covers to H.R. Searles in New York from the same discovery, including stampless carrier and local post uses.

E. 3,000-4,000
5,750
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2006-11-15
The Edgar Kuphal Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 925, Lot Number 1713, Third Avenue Post OfficeThird Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4), Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4)Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4). Cut to oval shape as always, bold dark impression on bright blue paper, uncancelled, used with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, rich color, tied by "New-York May 19" (ca. 1856) circular datestamp on bright white cover to Brunswick Maine

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL THIRD AVENUE POST OFFICE COVERS. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 139L4 STAMPS -- THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE KNOWN ON COVER.

The Sloane records show a 139L4 on piece with a 3c 1851, both stamps tied by a "New-York Apr. 15" circular datestamp.

Ex Caspary, Lilly, Boker and Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1546, realized $7,000 hammer). With 1999 P.F. certificate

7,750
9,500
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
1999-11-15
The David Golden Collection of U.S. Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 817, Lot Number 1546, Third Avenue Post Office (New York NY) (Part II)Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4), Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4)Third Avenue Post Office, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Blue (139L4). Cut to oval shape as always, bold dark impression on bright blue paper, uncancelled, used with 3c Dull Red (11), ample margins to slightly in, rich color, tied by "New-York May 19" (ca. 1856) circular datestamp on bright white cover to Brunswick Maine

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF ALL THIRD AVENUE POST OFFICE COVERS. ONE OF TWO RECORDED 139L4 STAMPS -- THIS IS THE ONLY EXAMPLE KNOWN ON COVER.

The Sloane records show a 139L4 on piece with a 3c 1851, both stamps tied by a "New-York Apr. 15" circular datestamp.

Ex Caspary, Lilly and Boker.

E. 5,000-7,500
7,000
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