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Sale 958 — 2008 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 7 June, 2008

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
737°
c
Sale Number 958, Lot Number 737, Carriers and LocalsNorthern Liberties News Rooms, Sub Post Office, Northern Liberties News Rooms, Sub Post OfficeNorthern Liberties News Rooms, Sub Post Office. Type I circular mark impressed at lower left on folded cover to Miss Mary Evans at Kimberton Boarding School in Chester Co. Pa., faint red "Phila. 4 Jan.(?)" in octagonal frame, ms. "6" due rate, professionally cleaned and repaired along edges and file fold (minor cosmetic improvements with nothing added)

FINE. ONE OF 12-14 RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE NORTHERN LIBERTIES NEWS ROOMS MARKING, WHICH WAS APPLIED TO MAIL HANDLED BY THE SUB POST OFFICE OPERATED BY ANDREW McMAKIN.

Prior to 1854, the Northern Liberties area (north of Vine Street) was outside Philadelphia's city limits. Carriers were used to transport mail between outlying areas and the main post office in Philadelphia. The term Sub Post Office refers to a location where letters could be deposited for delivery to the main post office. The Northern Liberties News Rooms, which advertised its services as early as 1833, established a Sub Post Office in 1835. The proprietor at this time was Andrew McMakin. A news item appearing in the October 10, 1835, edition of the Philadelphia Saturday Courier states: "The enterprising, attentive and indefatigable proprietor of that popular establishment, the Northern Liberties Free Admission News Room, has found the business of his Sub Post Office so much on the increase, as to induce him to prepare a new and appropriate stamp, which we perceive is now imprinted upon all letters deposited at his office." (from research by Elliott Perry and J. William Middendorf). Later advertisements link the Sub Post Office in Northern Liberties with the main Philadelphia post office, which reinforces its status as an authorized drop point for mail. Calvet M. Hahn recorded between 12 and 14 examples of Type I (some duplication of items is possible).

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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