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Sale 950 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 19 December, 2007

Category — Special Delivery, Hawaii and Revenues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2465
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2465, Special Delivery, Hawaii and Revenues10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1), 10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1)10c Blue, Special Delivery (E1). Tied by well-struck "Altoona Pa. Oct. 1, 1885" duplex cancel on 2c Brown entire (U277) and used on the First Day of Issue to local address, with original enclosure which reads "My Dear Sam, As you were the purchaser of the first Postal Note issued at the Altoona Pa. Post office so you are in receipt of the first letter delivered by the messenger ? of the 'immediate Delivery Service' of the Post Office Department, which goes into effect, in cities and towns in the United States having a population of four thousand and over to begin on this date. I trust you may not only be first in these things, but in every thing which pertains to good" and signed by T. B. Patton, natural s.e at right

VERY FINE. POSSIBLY THE FINEST OF THE FIVE KNOWN FIRST DAY COVERS OF THE FIRST SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE. A GREAT RARITY AND ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER OF ALL BACK-OF-BOOK FIRST DAY COVERS.

Ex Todd and offered to the market for the first time since that sale.

20,000
21,000
2466
c
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2466, Special Delivery, Hawaii and Revenues8c Violet Brown, 5c Dark Blue (272, 281), 8c Violet Brown, 5c Dark Blue (272, 281)8c Violet Brown, 5c Dark Blue (272, 281). 5c s.e. at right, tied by "Spreckelsville H. Isles. Jun. 10, 1901" duplex cancels on registered cover with Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. corner card to Kediri, Java and forwarded to Sydney, Australia, originally endorsed "via Japan" at top left, purple "Registered, Honolulu, Hawaii Jun. 15, 1901" double-circle datestamp and Honolulu registry label, wide range of backstamps incl. Yokohama (July 3), Singapore (July 22), Batavia (July 25), Soerabaja (July 28), Colombo (Aug. 9) and Sydney (Aug. 28), slightly reduced at left, some slight toning and some wear, still Very Fine, a most unusual usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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2467
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2467, Special Delivery, Hawaii and Revenues$50.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R131), $50.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R131)$50.00 Blue & Black, Second Issue (R131). Two, used with $3.00 and $20.00 Third Issue, cancelled by May 1872 ms. cancels on large part of indenture agreement, usual small faults as found on such large documents, Very Fine, colorful and scarce usage of these high-value Revenues

E. 750-1,000
550
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2468
 
Sale Number 950, Lot Number 2468, Special Delivery, Hawaii and Revenues$20.00 Orange & Black, Third Issue (R150), $20.00 Orange & Black, Third Issue (R150)$20.00 Orange & Black, Third Issue (R150). Horizontal pair, tied by May 1, 1872 ms. cancels on part of indenture document, left stamp with wrinkle from red string, couple short perfs at top, appears Very Fine

E. 400-500
400
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