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VERY FINE. A COLORFUL FRANKING AND ATTRACTIVE COVER SHOWING USE OF THE ANCHOR CANCEL EVEN AFTER THE REPLACEMENT "5118" DEVICES HAD ARRIVED DAYS EARLIER.
After the two "5118" cancel devices were destroyed in the Great Fire on November 26, 1866, the Yokohama post office used its datestamp to cancel stamps on mail. When the Messageries Imperiales Alphee arrived on January 13, 1867, the postal agent evidently gave one of his Anchor devices to the Yokohama postmaster to use until replacement numeral cancels arrived. The new "5118" devices arrived April 13, 1867, but the post office continued to use the Anchor device for a period of time (see Matsumoto pp. 34-35).
The three different denominations of this four-stamp franking add up to a non-existent 170-centimes rate to France. The single rate was 80c and the correct double rate was 160c. Therefore, the 10c stamp represents an overpayment.
VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS SENT BETWEEN UNITED STATES POST OFFICES IN JAPAN WITH THE 10-CENT RATE PAID BY 1861-68 ISSUE STAMPS. AN OUTSTANDING INTERCONSULAR POST OFFICE COVER.
This cover was carried on an eastbound Pacific Mail Steamship Co. branch-line steamer that originated in Shanghai and stopped at Nagasaki on its journey to Yokohama. Letters between U.S. post offices in China and Japan were carried under the blanket 10c rate until the 6c interconsular rate was introduced. Based on archival correspondence, the rate is thought to have been implemented in mid-April 1870 (see Laurence 10c 1869 book, p. 281). This rate is very rare, and only two covers sent between post offices in Japan have 1861-68 Issue stamps (both 10c). The other is illustrated in the Frajola-Perlman-Scamp book (p. 173)--it has a single 10c 1861 tied by the "HIOGO JAPAN" double-circle handstamp (December 7, 1869). The cover offered here is the only one originating in Nagasaki.
FRESH AND FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 1917 11-CENT PERF 10 AT BOTTOM. RARE WITHOUT A PRECANCEL.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED 2-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING TO GREECE.
This is an exceedingly rare cover to Greece with the 15c Lincoln and 1869 Pictorial Issue. It overpays by 1c the 18c rate by North German Union Direct Mail.
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VERY FINE. A FANTASTIC EXHIBIT COVER SHOWING ALL THREE TYPES OF VENDING MACHINE PERFORATIONS USED BY THE U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING COMPANY.
While pure "commercial" covers are desirable to many postal history collectors, we are grateful to stamp dealers for creating some of the most striking rarities in the area of vending and affixing machine perforations. W. H. Mackie, a stamp dealer from Bovey Minn., created this cover and was also the addressee on one of the three recorded 5c Lincoln U.S.A.V. Ty. I covers. This cover is almost certainly unique.