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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1168
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1168, Local and Private Posts (Crosby thru Douglas)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3), Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3)Cummings' City Post, New York N.Y., 2c Black on Yellow Glazed (55L3). Cancelled by "Free" in frame, second strike to left of stamp, used on folded letter to local street address, red "City Despatch Post P.O. Mar. 22 4 O'Clock" circular datestamp, stamp with faults, lifted and replaced, cover cleaned

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED COVERS SHOWING USE OF THE CUMMINGS' CITY POST STAMP IN CONJUNCTION WITH POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH MARKINGS, WHICH OCCURRED AFTER CUMMINGS AND WRIGHT TOOK OVER THE CITY DESPATCH FROM ABRAHAM MEAD.

Abraham Mead operated the "Post Office City Despatch" only briefly after buying it from the New York carrier department on November 30, 1846. A "P.O. City Despatch" receipt dated May 15, 1847, is signed by "Cummings & Wright, Proprietors", so we know for certain that Alfred H. Cummings and Robert Wright bought out Mead by that date. The two covers offered in this sale with Cummings' City Post stamps used with Post Office City Despatch markings dated in March 1847 are evidence that Cummings and Wright took over by then.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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