VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED ALBANY N.Y. FIRST DAY USE OF THE FIRST POSTAL CARD ISSUE.
The May 1, 1872 and May 1, 1873 Trow's New York directories list James M. Austin at 224 Centre St. (residence) and at Centre & Grand Streets in the Masonic Grand Lodge listing (he is also listed at the subordinate lodge "Odd Fellows Hall" at 274 Grand). The May 1, 1874 Trow's Directory lists James M. Austin at a new address for the Masonic Grand Lodge at 75 West 23rd Street. It also lists his residence as changed to 380 6th Ave. This evidence, which accompanies the lot, makes it clear that the May 13 use of this UX1 postal card from Albany must have been 1873.
VERY FINE. A RARE NEW YORK FIRST DAY USE OF THE FIRST POSTAL CARD ISSUE.
According to the United States Postal Card Catalogue, for at least the first 50 years of postal card use, little attention was paid to observance of "first-day use" as we now know it. Even if an official first day of issue was announced, few cards, if any, were actually made available to the public on that day. In the case of the UX1, this was issued in Springfield Mass. on May 12, 1873 (one is known used on that day). Supplies reached Boston, Hartford, New York and Washington on the following day, which is the earliest known use from those cities. Fewer than ten are known to exist cancelled on May 13.
With 2014 P.F. certificate as genuine First Day use but declining opinion on the origin of the notation at bottom left "1873. May 13th"
VERY FINE. A RARE BOSTON FIRST DAY USE OF THE FIRST POSTAL CARD ISSUE.
Fewer than ten cards are known to exist cancelled on May 13. They were postmarked in Boston, New York and Washington D.C. One is known cancelled on May 12 in Springfield Mass. (sent by an official of the Morgan Envelope Co.) but has never reached the market.
With 1992 P.F. certificate with the opinion "genuine usage of a postal card docketed May 13, 1873, with an undecipherable postmark" -- obviously it is May 13