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VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY THREE EXAMPLES OF THE LARGE T. A. HAMPTON STAMP, SCOTT 77L2, ARE RECORDED, THE OTHER TWO ON COVER. THIS IS THE ONLY UNUSED EXAMPLE AND ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCALS.
Very little information about the T. A. Hampton post is known. Different students have located the same 1852-53 city directory listing for Thomas A. Hampton, a printer located at Marshall and 5th, but nothing earlier. In his CCP article on Philadelphia locals (Nov.-Dec. 1994), Calvet M. Hahn attaches special significance to the fact that tobacconists named Gilbert Harris and Benjamin Hampton occupied the same address at 11 North 10th Street during the relevant years. Although the first names do not match the local-post proprietors' names, Hahn believes that a family connection might exist that would link the two local posts. Steven M. Roth also noted the possibility of an association, based on the sequence of dated covers (Penny Post, Oct. 1993). Given the similarity of the stamps (77L1-77L2 and 79L1-79L2) and the association of names and addresses, another possibility is that the Despatch Post was neither Harris's nor Hampton's individually, but that they were partners -- the stamps with each partner's name could have been a convenient accounting method. Nothing is impossible, given the paucity of documentation. See Siegel Golden Sale 817, lot 1151 for detailed information on this stamp and its production
Accompanied by two stampless covers with the handstamp that is similar to the adhesive but with "2 Cts." in the middle instead of "Paid". Scott Retail as on cover $13,000.00