Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996
Category — Stampless Covers
A First-Trip Letter from the First Regular Steamboat Service on the Mississippi. Folded letter to Natchez, datelined "New Orleans Jany. 23d 1812", endorsed "p Steam Boat" in corner, some toning, minor internal separations, still Fine, the Orleans, the very first steamboat on the Mississippi, steamed into New Orleans on January 12, 1812, and less than two weeks later began regular service to Natchez - this is an historic first-trip letter - ex Simmons
PANAMA.%$ Red straightline handstamp clearly struck on cover to Baltimore with free frank of John C. Fremont ("Free J.C. Fremont/U.S. Senate") at upper right corner, bold "STEAM/SHIP" hs struck at upper right, cover addressed entirely in his hand, wax seal removed from back
A VERY FINE AND PROBABLY UNIQUE FREE-FRANKED COVER POSTED AT THE UNITED STATES POSTAL AGENCY AT PANAMA FROM AMERICA'S "PATHFINDER" TO THE WEST.
The controversial Fremont was the first senator elected from the newly admitted state of California
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