Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Printed Americana, Ephemera and Photographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
146
 
[Bank Notes]. 44 pieces, includes Confederate notes, notes issued by the Independent Hungarian Government including uncut strip of three printed by Toppan, Carpenter, 1872 South Carolina $5, $10, $20 & $50 Revenue Bond Scrip in four sheets of 4, etc., also CSA 4% Registered Bond (unused), Fine lot

E. 300-400
550
147
 
[Billheads]. 30 different, all illustrated, 1880s-1907, Fine lot

E. 100-150
0
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148
 
[Broadside]. 8 x 10 in., "To Passengers OUTWARD BOUND. Datelined "City and County Treasury, San Francisco, July 16th, 1858" notifying passengers that Passage Ticket stamps have been fraudulently re-used and instructing them to cancel stamps affixed to their tickets, Very Fine

E. 100-150
65
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149
 
[Broadsides]. Two, each with ship illustration, first is 1877, GRAND PICNIC EXCURSION TO CLEVELAND AND LAKE ERIE (6-1/2 x 10-1/4 in.), other 1896, PUT-IN-BAY for a Cleveland-New York State round trip, first has nice woodcut of side-wheel steamer, last with wear along folds, Fine pair

E. 100-150
80
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150
 
Sale 779, Lot 150, Printed Americana, Ephemera and Photographs[Circus]. The 1920s archive of John Pluta of the Globe Sale Co., a businessman who bought out or held stock in various various circuses. The lot includes contracts, programs, photos, stationery (numerous multicolor examples from various circuses), telegrams, tickets, letters (many from Floyd King and other owners), financial statements, large group of route cards, a 1924 broadside for Cole Bros., a wholesale price list for monkeys, elephants, tigers, etc., all tied in with such names as Walter L. Main, Rignway's Wonderland Shows, Christy Bros., Harley Long's Blue Diamond Shows, Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Real Wild West, etc. Approx. 800 pieces, fascinating lot

E. 2,000-2,500
2,800
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151
 
Claiborne County, Mississippi Papers. Hundreds of pieces, all from the Gordon and Calhoun families, 1830s to the late 1860s (no CSA), mostly court papers and receipts including a large engraved letterhead of a New Orleans office, mostly Fine, interesting lot

E. 300-400
1,350
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152
 
[Columbian Exposition]. 13 pieces from the scrapbook of Wm. Curtis, including a letter of introduction from the Dept. of State, describing Curtis as "the official representative at Washington of the World's Columbian Exposition," for the purpose of visiting Europe "to secure if possible the loan of certain relics in connection with the discovery of America, for exhibition at the Chicago Exposition," etc. The lot also includes tickets, special passes and invitations, mostly Very Fine

E. 300-400
220
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153
 
[Correspondence]. 55+ letters from various correspondents to a Mrs. Burke in St. Louis, Mo., 1840s-60s, intelligently written with some interesting contents, Fine lot

E. 100-150
130
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154
 
[Ephemera]. Many hundreds of items in two boxes, everything from a Hollywood scrapbook to several Arizona Terr. sharpshooter certificates, also numerous interesting 19th century letters, a Model T instruction manual, scarce 1916 pamphlet, "THE CUSTER BATTLE" by White Eagle, photos, postcards, etc., very interesting lot

E. 500-750
1,900
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155
 
[Ephemera]. Many hundreds of pieces in three boxes, includes billheads, letterheads, broadsides (incl. an 1734 illustrated Italian piece), postal history, letters, an attractively decorated 18th century hand-made mathematics book, early 1800s hand-drawn map of Massachusetts, comic ad cards (DeWitt's Little Early Risers, Jas. Kirk & Co. Soap), engravings, autographs, books & periodicals including the famous 1946 "Hiroshima" issue of the New Yorker, etc. Fine, excellent lot

E. 600-800
2,600
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156
 
[Ephemera]. X camp pieces, mostly unused coloring books and cut-out dolls books from the late 1940s-early 1950s - Roy Rogers, Howdy Doody, Tom Corbett Space Cadet, Jaine Powell etc., generally two of each, also "The Jolly Jump-Ups Vacation Trip" Book with jump up sets of the Grand Canyon, Washington D.C., etc. - Very Fine

E. 200-250
550
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157
c
[Hand-Drawn Cover]. 1845 stampless folded letter from England to New York, lettersheet with watercolor of church, contents filled with fervent religious advice and family news, wear at folds, still Fine, very pretty

E. 250-350
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158
c
The McClintock Family Papers. 105+ letters, 1829-1850. John McClintock was a prominent Methodist clergyman from Philadelphia, publishing numerous textbooks, sermons, translations, etc. The letters are to & from family members and close friends, a number being long and personal: "Poor Robert is a raving maniac, dreadful, dreadful, to think that my brother is confined in the madman's cell, he who, notwithstanding all his vicous propensities and bad traits of character, possessed many good qualities...there is not in our family, so far as I know, any hereditary tendency to mania, what then could have occasioned his derangement? has his mind lately been troubled about anything temporfal, or spiritual...oh how much rather would I have heard of his death...poor miserable drivelling idiot," etc. There are also comments on homeopathy, abolitionism, and an interesting description of a itinerent artist. A number of the letters were hand-carried but many have Philadelphia or Carlisle postmarks, Fine lot

E. 250-350
325
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159
 
[Masonic]. Sixth plate daguerreotype of bearded young man, with gilded square & compass pin on his shirt, ca. late 1840s, resealed, in whole case, scarce

E. 75-100
55
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160
 
[Military]. Sword/scabbard, by J.A. Joel & Co., N.Y., undated, attractively etched blade, scabbard shows wear and exposure to weather

E. 100-150
85
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161
 
[Montana]. Accumulation of approx. 170 photos, many mounted in large album containing mining images by an employee of the Bi Metallic Mining Co. in the late 19th century, includes formal shots of equipment and buildings but also interesting images of miners, their families, several cyanotypes, etc. In addition there are a number of portraits with imprints of various Montana photographers, an intriguing picture of a primitive biplane with pilot, mechanics and onlookers, etc., pair of early auto portraits, also a second box containing numerous books and pamphlets including "The Charter and Ordinances of the City of Helena, Montana" (1890) and publications on parks, Indians, etc., also a wall map for Montana Territory, Fine lot, from a new find

E. 400-500
1,350
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162
 
The Papers of William Henry King. A wealthy Newport, R.I. businessman, King was confined to the McLean Insane Asylum from 1870 until his death. The many hundreds of items include letters, petitions, indentures, mortgages, deeds, receipts, etc. Before showing signs of schizophrenic behavior, he was a commission merchant in China in the 1840s - several interesting letters are present (these were used in 1897 as exhibits in a court case). There are also letters from women friends, business acquaintances and doctors. In the 1880s, King briefly found himself free of McLean, when a southern con artist, Eugenia Webster Ross, posed as his niece and obtained his release (her family's papers are the subject of Lot 151). Fascinating lot

E. 300-400
350
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163°
 
[Periodical]. Vol. I, No. 1 of THE NEW YORKER, dated Feb. 21, 1925, light soiling to covers and some wear on spine as to be expected, Fine, a seldom offered rarity

E. 600-800
500
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164
 
[Periodicals]. 31 issues of MAD incl. several "Worst Of", 1960s, Fine lot

E. 50-60
115
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165
c
[Philadelphia]. Illustrated U.S. Post Office card celebrating mail service in the city of Philadelphia, 1787-1887, postmarked Sep. 15, 1887, Wm. Penn and post rider on face, locomotive and mail car on back, small creases, Fine and scarce

E. 100-150
50
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166
 
[Photographs]. 115 items, includes 17 daguerreotypes (nearly all sixth plate size), 15 ambrotypes, 16 tintypes and 68 CDVs, all U.S. photographers, many with children or infants, includes several holding toys, one dying infant (propped up at bottom of image by adult's hand), etc., a number of the first two groups in full cases, Fine lot

E. 300-400
675
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167
 
[Photographs]. 200+, includes CDVs, tintypes, cabinet photos, etc., all U.S., many with midwest imprints, mostly portraits including two Brady circus images, but includes nice photo of couple sitting on early motorcycle with Indian logo clearly displayed, etc., Fine lot

E. 250-350
280
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168°
 
Sale 779, Lot 168, Printed Americana, Ephemera and Photographs[Postal History]. A unique sheet of paper, 9-1/4 x 12 in., created by the postmaster of Haverstraw, N.Y. (or one of his children), showing various canceling devices of this post office including a circle date stamp struck six times, "Paid 30" in circle (five times), "Paid 24" in arc (twice), also "Free," "Paid," "Missent," "Forwarded," and most intriguing - a woodcut of a laughing face, never seen on a cover, but presumably meant as a fancy canceler. In addition there is a faint calligraphic drawing of a bird on front and back in blue pencil; accompanying this is a second sheet of paper, with two dates, 1851 and 1856, with the Haverstraw struck three times, Fine, this was from an original find in Rockland County by Ezra Cole

E. 500-600
525
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169
 
[Railroad]. From the files of the New York, New Hampshire & Hartford R.R. Co., includes large group of blue prints of engines and motor cars ("Diagram Mikado Type Loc. with Superheater," Diesel Elecric Locos," Sante Fe Type Loco," etc.) 1916-1951, also letters, pamphlets ("Bureau of Explosives - Tragedy Lurks!" etc.), charts, maps, etc., hundreds of pieces, Fine lot

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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170
 
[Spanish-American War]. Log book (8-1/2 x 14 in.) of Chris Roesel of Brooklyn, who was on board the USS Gloucester from May 23, 1898 to Nov. 4th - 164 entries in all. He was an eyewitness to the attack and capture of Santiago and recorded it in two lengthy entries. In 1948, at the age of 77, Roesel was featured in a article (included) in the Brooklyn Daily Press ("Spanish-American War's Key Battle Recorded by Richmond Hill Sailor") which shows a photo of him holding the ledger offered here

E. 400-500
650
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171
c
Sale 779, Lot 171, Printed Americana, Ephemera and Photographs[Valentine]. Beautiful illustrated lettersheet by Turner & Fisher with hand-colored vignette of cupid in his carriage being pulled by two doves, outersheet addressed "To the Beautiful Julia Joy At Levy's Fancy Staple Store" on Chestnut St., blue Philadelphia Pa. Feb. 13" cds, no rate expressed, ca. 1830s, Extremely Fine and choice

E. 250-350
375
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172
 
[Verse Addresses]. Two, each with 3c Dull Red (26), one is Civil War Flag & Cannon patriotic ("Please put in mail & send this on/to Mr. S.B. Champion" etc.), other from Illinois ("Here is three cts, Uncle Sam, for that is the charge" etc.), some faults, Fine appearance

E. 75-100
90
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