EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE RARE GLEN HAVEN DAILY MAIL 71L1 STAMP.
The Glen Haven Daily Mail differs from most local posts in that it served an area in which there was no post office by bringing mail to neighboring post offices. Beginning in the late 1840's, Glen Haven became a popular health resort and location of water-cure sanitariums. In 1848 Glen Haven also became the site of women's dress reform, led by Amelia Jenks Bloomer, for whom a particular type of ladies' undergarments were nicknamed. A post office was established in Glen Haven in 1859, which ended the Daily Mail operation. (Source: Patton book, pp. 320-322).
Beginning around 1854, typeset stamps were used on letters from Glen Haven, always in conjunction with United States postage. The one-cent supplemental fee paid for a letter to be brought to the post office at Scott, about three miles away, or, if the roads were favorable, to Homer, about ten miles from Glen Haven. The stamps remained in use until very early in 1859, probably stopping at the time the post office was established. Although the Scott Catalogue lists 71L1 as the first stamp in the series, it is almost certainly the last printed and used. Only five genuine 71L1 and one 71L1a covers are known to us. Four are dated in October-December 1858 or January 1859. This February usage is the latest known. The 71L2-71L4 types were used during the five years prior to 1859. The great rarity of 71L1 makes sense if it comes from a printing that occurred just before the service was terminated in 1859.
With 1995 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A VERY RARE TIED COMBINATION OF THE GLEN HAVEN DAILY MAIL STAMP AND 3-CENT 1851 ISSUE.
The Glen Haven stamps are almost always uncancelled. This rare tied usage of the early Type II adhesive is extremely rare and unlisted in Scott.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE GORDON'S CITY EXPRESS VERMILION STAMP. THREE ARE KNOWN ON COVERS.
Ownership of this post is attributed through city directories to Samuel B. Gordon at 302 Rivington Street in New York City. Gordon is listed as a "letter carrier" in 1848-49 and 1849-50, and his name appears in 1850-51 as a "despatch post", all at the same address. The dates of known covers fit into this 1848 to 1850 time frame. (Source: Patton book, p. 177).
The Gordon's stamp on Green paper (glazed or unglazed) is scarce, but the same design on Vermilion glazed paper is a great rarity. Patton stated that he knew of six examples, including three on covers. We have located three covers and one piece: 1) uncancelled, on cover to Daniel Ross, W. 22nd St., with New York Hotel oval and New York 2c drop-rate Sep. 11 datestamp, the cover offered here, ex Caspary, Lilly, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1094, realized $23,000 hammer); 2) faulty upper left corner, uncancelled, used on cover to C. P. Fasby, P.O. Box 1886, with red New York 2c Oct. 30 drop rate datestamp, ex Earl of Crawford, Needham, Middendorf; 3) uncancelled, small black "Paid" handstamp on Feb. 2, 1849 folded letter to Mess. Sparkman & Truslau, ex Caspary, Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 655, realized $10,000 hammer); and 4) tied by red New York datestamp on small piece of lady's embossed cover, ex Hollowbush, Golden (Siegel Sale 817, lot 1095, realized $6,250 hammer).
Ex Caspary, Lilly and Golden. With 1999 P.F. certificate