VERY FINE. A HANDSOME EXAMPLE OF THIS RARE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL.
A VERY FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS DISTINCTIVE POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL STAMP. THE ONLY SOUND STAMP AMONG THE NINE USED EXAMPLES RECORDED ON PIECE OR OFF COVER.
This piece is illustrated and discussed in Philip T. Wall's article on the Millbury provisional (Chronicle 120 and 121), in which he records seventeen examples (an eighteenth stamp on cover has since been recorded). There are three stamps known on pieces, two of which are tied by the town marking. The stamps on the other two pieces are creased. All of the six used stamps off cover and not on piece have creases or more serious faults.
Backstamped W.H.C. (Warren H. Colson). With 1996 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITHOUT A PEN CANCELLATION.
With 1961 and 1998 P.F. certificates
EXTREMELY FINE AND CHOICE. ONLY 20-25 OFF-COVER EXAMPLES ARE KNOWN TIED EXCLUSIVELY BY THE RED ST. LOUIS DATESTAMP.
With 1974 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE GEM. VERY RARE CANCELLED SOLELY BY THE RED ST. LOUIS DATESTAMP.
Small "W.H.C." backstamp (Colson). With 1973 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE AND FRESH. A SUPERB STAMP ON A PRISTINE COVER -- ONE OF THE CHOICEST ST. LOUIS "BEAR" PROVISIONAL COVERS FROM THE FAMOUS CHARNLEY & WHELEN FIND.
This cover has not been available in the market for decades.