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FILTER: All Sale Dates thru 2023/01/01, Catalogue = 149L1, Symbol IN ("COVER")
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2019-06-26
2019 Rarities of the World
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Sale Number 1205, Lot Number 2140, Carriers, Local Posts and Independent Mails, cont.W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Huge margins all around, just tied by manuscript "X", clear strike of red "Wm. Wyman's/Letter Offices/8 Court St., Boston/3 Wall St. N. York" four lines in wavy-line frame handstamp, small red "PAID" handstamp on Nov. 26, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City, some internal fold splits

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP TIED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE ROBBINS CORRESPONDENCE.

William Wyman was an agent for Harnden & Company in New York City and Boston prior to 1844, when he started his letter express. The period of operation was brief, from late July 1844 until the middle of December 1844, probably due to failing health. Wyman’s wife is listed as his widow in the 1845 Boston directory, so he must have died before May of that year. He published notices announcing the end of his “Letter Business” in Boston on December 14, 1844, and in New York City on December 17. Wyman’s last ads referred patrons to Overton & Company, explaining that his stamps could be “redeemed” at their offices. Covers exist with Wyman’s stamps and Overton & Co. markings.

The Wyman adhesive is the world’s first denominated stamp to depict a railroad locomotive. The design also gives the 8 Court Street and 3 Wall Street addresses in Boston and New York City, and the value “20 Stamps for One Dollar.” There is some debate as to the method used to print Wyman’s stamps -- engraving or lithography -- and the plate composition is unknown due to the total absence of multiples.

The updated census of Wyman stamped covers started by Gordon Stimmell and published in the Independent Mails book lists 37 covers. There are nine covers with stamps tied by manuscript cancels (or smudges from the cancel) and one cover tied by the Wyman handstamp (Sale 1124, lot 297)

Ex Foote. With 1986 and 2008 P.F. certificates

E. 1,500-2,000
2,100
United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2016-05-04
The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of U.S. Independent Mails
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 297, William Wymans Letter OfficesW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Large to huge margins, small scissors-cut at top left still leaves huge margin, cancelled by manuscript "X" and also tied by red "Wm. Wyman's/Letter Offices/8 Court St., Boston/3 Wall St. N. York" four lines in wavy-line frame handstamp on Nov. 20, 1844 folded letter written in blue from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE ROBBINS CORRESPONDENCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH THE STAMP TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

William Wyman was an agent for Harnden & Company in New York City and Boston prior to 1844, when he started his letter express. The period of operation was brief, from late July 1844 until the middle of December 1844, probably due to failing health. Wyman’s wife is listed as his widow in the 1845 Boston directory, so he must have died before May of that year. He published notices announcing the end of his “Letter Business” in Boston on December 14, 1844, and in New York City on December 17. Wyman’s last ads referred patrons to Overton & Company, explaining that his stamps could be “redeemed” at their offices. Covers exist with Wyman’s stamps and Overton & Co. markings (see lots 299-301).

The Wyman adhesive is the world’s first denominated stamp to depict a railroad locomotive. The design also gives the 8 Court Street and 3 Wall Street addresses in Boston and New York City, and the value “20 Stamps for One Dollar.” There is some debate as to the method used to print Wyman’s stamps—engraving or lithography—and the plate composition is unknown due to the total absence of multiples.

The updated census of Wyman stamped covers started by Gordon Stimmell and published in the Independent Mails book lists 37 covers. This November cover is listed as the only example tied by handstamp. There are nine covers with stamps tied by manuscript cancels (or smudges from the cancel).

Ex Hyzen and Schwartz

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2016-05-04
The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of U.S. Independent Mails
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 298, William Wymans Letter OfficesW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Huge margins all around, manuscript "X" cancel, used on folded cover to New York City street address, docketing indicates origin at Boston on Sep. 17, 1844, oval "Forwarded by John A. Newbould, New-York" handstamp on back

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED WYMAN STAMPED COVERS WITH THE NEWBOULD FORWARDING OVAL.

Signed Meyersburg. With 1991 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2016-05-04
The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of U.S. Independent Mails
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 299, William Wymans Letter OfficesW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Three huge margins, slightly in at bottom, tied by large manuscript "X" cancel on Dec. 31, 1844 folded letter written in blue from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City, red "Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street" oval handstamp, file fold

VERY FINE. EXTREMELY RARE USE OF WYMAN'S STAMP AFTER TAKEOVER BY OVERTON & COMPANY.

William Wyman established his "cheap postage" letter express in July 1844, with service between New York and Boston. On December 14, 1844, Wyman sold the business to Overton & Co. and announced that his distinctive Locomotive stamps -- the first stamps in the world to depict a train -- could be redeemed or used on mail given to Overton. Only three recorded covers show acceptance of Wyman's stamps by Overton (according to updated Stimmell census in Independent Mails book). In a postscript to the letter offered here, the writer informs us "I will use Wymans last stamp on hand today".

Ex Abt and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate

E. 3,000-4,000
2,000
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2016-05-04
The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of U.S. Independent Mails
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Sale Number 1124, Lot Number 300, William Wymans Letter OfficesW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Two, both have large margins and manuscript "X" cancel, left stamp tied, on blue folded letter datelined "Boston January 28, 1845" to New York City, clear strike of red "Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street" oval handstamp, light vertical file fold does not affect stamps, certificate nitpicks a very slight crease along the top left margin from placement near edge of letter

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH WYMAN'S STAMP USED AFTER THE TAKEOVER BY OVERTON & COMPANY AND THE ONLY DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING AMONG THEM.

William Wyman established his "cheap postage" letter express in July 1844, with service between New York and Boston. On December 14, 1844, Wyman sold the business to Overton & Co. and announced that his distinctive Locomotive stamps -- the first stamps in the world to depict a train -- could be redeemed or used on mail given to Overton. Only three recorded covers show acceptance of Wyman's stamps by Overton (according to updated Stimmell census in Independent Mails book). This is the only double-rate cover among them. There is one other double-rate franking, used during Wyman’s ownership.

Signed Costales. Ex Geisler. With 1987 and 2009 P.F. certificates

E. 5,000-7,500
4,250
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 626, Independent Mails: W. WymanW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Huge margins, tied by manuscript "X" cancel on Nov. 1, 1844 light blue folded letter from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City, red "Wm. Wyman's Letter Offices, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York" handstamp, stamp with nearly invisible pre-use diagonal crease

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP TIED ON COVER.

Approximately 18 covers with Wyman's stamp can be counted in our photo records.

3,500
1,200
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 627, Independent Mails: W. WymanW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Clear margins, tied by manuscript pen stroke cancel on Oct. 15, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Rev. Cook on Nassau Street New York City, manuscript "2" local delivery charge, stamp creased from a file fold, Very Fine appearance, approximately 18 covers with Wyman's stamp can be counted in our photo records.

3,500
550
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 628, Independent Mails: W. WymanW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Margins clear to slightly in at left, manuscript cancel (not tied), used on folded cover docketed August 28, 1844 from Boston to New York City, red Wyman's handstamp, bit of erosion in address and file fold well clear of the stamp, otherwise Fine, an attractive and rare example of the distinctive Wyman's locomotive stamp used on cover, only approximately 18 covers can be counted in our photo records

1,750
375
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U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2015-06-23
United States Carriers and Locals
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Sale Number 1101, Lot Number 629, Independent Mails: W. WymanW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Three folded letters, each with pen-cancelled stamp (not tied), one with two strikes of red Wyman boxed handstamp, letters dated Sep. 13 (very early use), Oct. 25 and Nov. 30, 1844, margins tight but clear on most sides, few minor cover flaws, Fine group of these scarce uses, fewer than 20 are recorded, Scott Retail for three covers not tied

5,250
650
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United States
U.S. Stamps
Back-of-Book
Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2013-12-19
United States Postal History
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Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 1718, 1844-45 Independent MailsW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1), W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1)W. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Large to huge margins, cancelled by ms. "X" on folded cover docketed Oct. 28, 1844 from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City, red Wyman's handstamp, small faint gum stain on stamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE ROBBINS CORRESPONDENCE.

Approximately 18 covers with Wyman's stamp can be counted in our photo records.

Ex Geisler. Scott Retail $1,750.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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