Sale 973 — 2009 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 13 June, 2009
Category — Local Posts
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONLY FIVE EXAMPLES OF THE NEW ORLEANS CITY DISPATCH POST OFFICE 5-CENT ON PINK STAMP ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING THREE GENUINE COVERS (NONE CANCELLED).
According to Huber's The Great Mail, the New Orleans "City Dispatch Post Office", as it was named, advertised in the Daily Picayune in 1847. The post was owned by J. Murray at 108 St. Charles Street at the corner of Poydras. It advertised four collections a day -- at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 3 and 5 p.m. -- and had 23 letter-drop boxes located throughout the city. Stamps were sold for 5c each, or 30 for a dollar. Prepayment was mandatory on letters to be delivered to the post office and optional on city-delivery letters. Unlike local-post operators in other cities, Murray enjoyed a cooperative relationship with the post office, evidenced by his notice that a box was located in the Post Office building and letters from the mails to correspondents in the city would be picked up and delivered by Murray's carriers. Given the peculiar politics of the city at the time, one wonders if the relatively higher letter rate of 5c included a small gratuity for the New Orleans postmaster.
The City Despatch P.O. stamps come in two colors of glazed paper: Green and Pink. Of the Green (43L1), three examples are known, including one tied on cover (see details in lot 286). Of the Pink (43L2), five are recorded, including three genuinely used on covers, one affixed to a cover and a stamp on piece. Details of these five examples are as follows: 1) comma after "Office", uncancelled (tiny corner creases), used on May 21, 1847 folded letter from Vera Cruz, New Orleans May 28 circular datestamp and "10", ex Hollowbush and Golden; 2) period after "Office", uncancelled (filing crease), used on 1847 folded letter to Adj. General, Washington D.C., New Orleans Apr. 29 circular datestamp and ms. "f" (free), ex Caspary, Boker, Lilly; 3) comma after "Office", uncancelled (filing crease), used on 1847 folded letter to Pres. James K. Polk, New Orleans Apr. 22 circular datestamp and ms. "f" (free), offered in lot 288, ex Caspary, Lilly; 4) period after "Office", uncancelled ("touched up at left"), ex Caspary on cover to which it did not belong, the example offered here; and 5) period after "Office", uncancelled (creases) on piece, ex Lilly.
From the Estate of Dr. Hubert C. Skinner. With 1967 and 2009 P.F. certificates