Essex Letter Express, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Red Glazed (65L1).
Small margins with framelines showing on four sides, uncancelled, affixed to small cover to Jamaica Plains Mass., "New-York 5 Cts. May 2" integral-rate circular datestamp (ca. 1856), cover creased at top, stamp has slight crease and tiny tear at top, Fine-appearing example of this rare stamp, which may or may not have originated on the cover; the Patton book illustrates this cover (p. 173) and reprints Coster's story of the Essex Letter Express, which is basically that three or four ex-carriers of various city posts joined together in 1856 and issued the Essex Letter Express stamps to the public, then disbanded and kept the proceeds -- signed Colson, ex Caspary, Middendorf, Golden and Geisler, Scott Retail $1,250.00 as an off-cover stamp
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