EXTREMELY FINE STAMP AND IMMACULATE COVER. THE BALTIMORE GREEN CARRIER STAMP IS AMONG THE RAREST OF SEMI-OFFICIAL ISSUES.
Ex Hall and acquired by them in the Harmer, Rooke Oct. 26, 1949 sale.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF SIX RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE WILLIAMS' CITY POST CARRIER STAMP.
Beginning in late October 1854, C. C. Williams was appointed as superintendent of Cincinnati's carrier department, which had functioned sporadically since 1837 (in fact, there was no carrier service from October 1845 to February 1848). The earliest advertisements for Williams' City Post specified carrier fees for city delivery (2c) or delivery to the mails (1c). The announcements specifically required that carrier fees be prepaid with carrier stamps; that is, the official Eagle Carrier (LO1) or semi-official Williams' City Post (9LB1) stamps issued for this purpose. Research by Elliott Perry establishes that Williams left the carrier department and joined the post office as a clerk on April 1, 1855. However, the 9LB1 stamp remained in use, as evidenced by two genuine covers dated in May 1855 and June 1855.
The Williams 9LB1 stamp is extremely rare, with one unused pair and perhaps seven or eight singles known off cover (or added to covers). Our census of covers, revised since the Golden sale, contains just six that are now believed to be genuine: 1) 1854 docketing, tied by blue "City Post" in circle as found on Browne & Co. local post covers, to 112 Clinton St., ex Knapp; 2) May 29, 1855 (contents), tied by red square target, to 294 Plum St., ex Caspary, Middendorf; 3) Jun. 18 blue circular datestamp, 1855 content, tied by red square target, with 1c 1851 on printed circular to NYC, ex Meyersburg; 4) 1855?, tied by ms. lines, to Maj. Schley, no street designation, the cover offered in Golden sale, which the P.F. rejected but we still believe is genuine; 5) No date, ms. "X" cancel (not tied), to Susie M. Merrill, 8th St. below Carr, Costales photo files (same correspondence as the cover offered here); and 6) No date, red cancel ("Paid"?) and ms. "X", to Susie M. Merrill, 8th St. below Carr, the cover offered here (same correspondence as No. 5).
Ex Hall. With 2001 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. ONE OF FIVE REPORTED COVERS WITH THE "LS" PHILADELPHIA CARRIER STAMP.
This May 17 postmark on a clearly-dated 1849 letter is an appropriately early use of the "LS" stamp. The Philadelphia carrier service was reorganized in February 1849, and stamps were issued at that time.