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Sale 965 — The Alan Geisler Collection of Carriers and Locals

Sale Date — Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

Category — Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1081
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1081, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2), Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2)Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Green, Retouched Die (12L2). Large margins, tied by purple bars cancel, 2c Carmine (220) tied by oval grid with duplex "Fresno Cal. Jul. 12 8:30PM 1894" circular datestamp on blue cover to Fresno Cal., backstamped with Jul. 12, 1894 "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, slightly reduced at left, small tear at top left, Very Fine, this inter-city service was established during the railroad union strike in 1894 by the Fresno agent for Victor bicycles, Arthur C. Banta -- service commenced on July 6 and was discontinued on July 18 when the strike ended -- only 380 letters were carried during the brief period of operation -- with 1988 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $2,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
1082
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1082, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU1), Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU1)Bicycle Mail Route, Cal., 25c Brown Entire (12LU1). On 2c Green (U311) entire to Fresno Cal., Overman Wheel Co. handstamp, "Fresno Cal. Jul. 15 4:30PM 1894" datestamp and duplex oval grid cancel, backstamped with purple Jul. 15, 1894 "Victor Bicycle Messenger Service" Fresno office datestamp with bicycle illustration, vertical fold, otherwise Extremely Fine, immaculate condition, Scott Retail $1,850.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,100
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1083
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1083, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Red (15L1). Octagonal margins just barely into letters "IL", bright white paper and remarkably clear impression of "Phila. Despatch Post P.M." handstamp, ms. "R & Co." control mark, perfectly clear strike of small red outline "3" cancel (not tied), used on folded letter addressed in blue to the local printing firm of Carter & Scattergood, dated Nov. 1, 1843, from a former employee telling them he has obtained financial backing and started a new venture of his own, red "Phila. Despatch Post -- P.M." circular timestamp

A VERY FINE, COLORFUL AND REMARKABLY FRESH COVER. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FOURTEEN RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST RED 15L1 STAMP. A WONDERFUL "PRIMITIVE" AMONG PHILATELIC RARITIES.

A census of Philadelphia Despatch 15L2 stamps may be found in Sale 830, page 167, or at our website: www.siegelauctions.com/2000/830/y83082.htm.

Ex Schwartz and Gordon N. John. With 1983 P.F. certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
7,500
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1084
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1084, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Black (15L2), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Black (15L2)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., 3c Black (15L2). Cut to shape clear of circle almost all around, every letter of "Phila. Despatch Post" unusually well-defined, black "Paid" handstamp struck clearly and "R & Co." ms. control, affixed with wax seal, cancelled by red "3" handstamp on large part of folded cover front only to Mr. Shrack & Co. at local address, datelined "Philadelphia 4/20"

VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY FIVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST CIRCULAR BLACK STAMP.

The Philadelphia Despatch Post is documented in an advertisement in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Dec. 8, 1842) and in an expanded version with some differences (see Sale 825, p. 293, or go to www.siegelauctions.com/enc/carriers/robertson.jpg for an image of the revised ad). In the later ad, the stamps are priced at 3c individually, 31c per dozen and $2 per hundred. Valuable-letter registration for 6-1/4c and a 6c rate on letters beyond two miles are quoted (no examples of either special service are known). The firm's address is 93 Chesnut Street, not 83 South Second Street as in the earlier advertisement.

The five recorded examples of the Black circular stamps 15L2, which was actually the first issued, are as follows in chronological order: 1) 1842 folded letter (docketed "1842" on back, must be December) to Treasurer American Sunday School Union, ex Caspary (lot 561), Hollowbush, Schwartz, Gordon N. John (Siegel Sale 868, lot 2046, realized $29,000 hammer); 2) Jan. 13, 1843 folded letter to Rev. George Boyd, stamp cancelled by red "T"-shaped handstamp, red "Paid" and "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp (on flap), ex Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 428, realized $10,500 hammer); 3) Mar. 20 (1843) folded letter to N. R. Potts, stamp cancelled by dots in small circle, red "Phila. Despatch Post 3 P.M." timestamp (ms. "20" below time) and "Paid", ex Hall (Siegel Sale 830, lot 427, realized $22,000 hammer); 4) Apr. 20, 1843 folded letter to Shrack & Co., stamp cancelled by small red outline "3", no timestamp or postmark, ex Gibson, Middendorf, the cover offered here (Siegel Sale 927, lot 1058, realized $9,000 hammer), and 5) May 19, 1843 folded letter to Booth, stamp cancelled by large red "3", red "Phila. Despatch Post 10 A.M." timestamp, discovery example (1889), ex Caspary, Boker.

Ex Gibson and Middendorf. This is the stamp illustrated in the Scott U.S. Specialized Catalogue. With 1997 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
6,000
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1085
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1085, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish, "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Ample to large margins incl. left sheet margin, touched at top left, tied by ms. "#" cancel on folded cover to local addressee

VERY FINE. A RARE TIED EXAMPLE OF THE ROBERTSON & CO. STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ON COVER. ISSUED IN 1843, THIS IS THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP.

The first Striding Messenger issue (15L3) is very scarce on cover, and only a few tied examples are known.

Scott Retail $5,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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1086
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1086, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish , "R & Co." Initials (15L3), Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish , "R & Co." Initials (15L3)Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish , "R & Co." Initials (15L3). Thin paper showing clear background lines, two full margins to slightly in, tied by ms. "X" cancel on 1845 folded letter to Huntington Pa., blue "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 2" circular datestamp, red ms. "6" rate crossed out and re-rated "18-3/4", stamp has small fault at lower right corner, otherwise Fine, outbound covers with the Striding Messenger 15L3 stamp are rare (approximately eight located in our records), ex Hollowbush, Schwartz and Gordon N. John, Scott Retail $5,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1087
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1087, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L5). Uncancelled and used on cover to Providence R.I., blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. May 7" integral-rate circular datestamp, Very Fine, ex Hyzen

E. 300-400
325
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1088
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1088, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black (15L6). Cancelled by neat strike of 7-bar grid on folded letter datelined "Tuckahoe June 1st 1848" to Philadelphia, ms. "Paid 5" at top left, light vertical file fold does not affect stamp, the stamp with light corner creases, Very Fine appearance

E. 400-500
350
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1089
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1089, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7). Large margins to in and showing part of adjoining stamp at left, cancelled by large ms. "X" on blue folded letter to Howard P.O. Penn., blue "Philada. Pa. 5cts. Dec. 7" integral-rate circular datestamp, stamp with few toned spots not mentioned on accompanying certificate, otherwise Fine, with 1981 P.F. certificate, Scott Retail $750.00

E. 300-400
800
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1090
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1090, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L7). Cut to shape except in at top right, tied by blue "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 22" circular datestamp with matching "10" handstamp on folded letter datelined "Clermont June 20th 1846" to Milton Hill Mass., Fine, Scott Retail $1,100.00

E. 200-300
120
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1091
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1091, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L8). Cut to shape and just touched in spots, tied by blue "Philad. Pa. 5cts. Oct. 14" integral-rate circular datestamp to Germantown, Very Fine, ex Duckworth, Scott Retail $950.00

E. 300-400
325
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1092
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1092, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9), D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9)D. O. Blood & Co., Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black, "For the Post Office" (15L9). Large margins to just touched, affixed over top edge of cover and "tied" by offset from ms. of contents on folded letter to Washington D.C., blue "Philad. Pa. 5cts. Jun. 16" integral-rate circular datestamp, Fine, Scott Retail $500.00

E. 100-150
90
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1093
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1093, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black & Blue (15L10). Cancelled by small grid, blue "Philada. Pa. 5 Mar. 23" integral-rate circular datestamp on folded cover to Rahway N.J., cover with few light toned spots, otherwise Very Fine, the Blue & Black "For the Post Office" stamp is scarce on cover and almost always uncancelled, Scott Retail $1,000.00 for a cover with uncancelled stamp

E. 500-750
1,900
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1094
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1094, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (unstated value) Black on Pale Green (15L11). Huge margins to just in at top incl. bottom right corner sheet margins, cancelled by neat strike of 4-bar grid on Sep. 6, 1848 part-printed notice for Pennsylvania Railroad Co. meeting of board of directors, addressed to George W. Carpenter, Extremely Fine, a huge stamp and very scarce example of the oval Bird & Letter stamp on cover, ex Caspary, Scott Retail $800.00

E. 500-750
2,600
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1095
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1095, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold, Bronze on Black Glazed (15L12, 15L16, 15L17), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold, Bronze on Black Glazed (15L12, 15L16, 15L17)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Gold, Bronze on Black Glazed (15L12, 15L16, 15L17). Two of first, each acid tied to local street address, three are lady's covers, few small flaws, overall a Fine-Very Fine group, Scott Retail $550.00

E. 200-300
200
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1096
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1096, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., 1c Bronze on Black Glazed (15L13). Two covers, first tied by blue Philadelphia integral-rate circular datestamp to Harrisburg Pa., second acid tied to local street address, Very Fine, Scott Retail $300.00

E. 150-200
110
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1097
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1097, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Acid tied, used with two 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 2" circular datestamp on buff cover to College of St. James in Md., neat strike of "Blood's Penny Post, Dec. 2 4-1/2PM Philada." double-circle datestamp, some edgewear, 3c stamps light corner creases, otherwise Very Fine

E. 150-200
60
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1098
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1098, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Bronze on Lilac (15L14). Four, incl. three acid tied, last tied by Blood's circular datestamp to local street address, Fine-Very Fine, Scott Retail $290.00

E. 100-150
90
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1099
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1099, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15), Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15)Blood's City Despatch, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Blue & Pink on Bluish (15L15). Used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. II (11A), both stamps tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 5" circular datestamp on folded cover to Huntsville N.C., Blood's circular datestamp at left, Very Fine, also accompanied by single acid tied to local street address

E. 150-200
120
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1100
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1100, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Large margins to clear, tied by "Drop 1ct" in circle handstamp, matching "Philadelphia Pa. Dec. 24, 1859" octagonal datestamp on cover to local street address, trivial overall soiling, Very Fine

E. 150-200
100
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1101
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1101, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Three huge margins to just in at left, "1" in oval cancel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), corner torn off by sender but not noticeable because year date covers the spot, both stamps tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Aug. 1, 1859" octagonal datestamp on cover to Ridley Pa., ms. "Oakdale P.O. Springfield Pa.", Bloods double-circle datestamp, small stain at bottom right, Fine and unusual, ex Golden

E. 150-200
110
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1102
c
Sale Number 965, Lot Number 1102, Local and Private Posts (Bicycle Mail Route thru Blood)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18), Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18)Blood's Penny Post, Philadelphia Pa., (1c) Black (15L18). Three large margins to just clear at left, red "1" in oval cancel, used with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), rich color, both stamps tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Mar. 1, 1859" octagonal datestamp on cover to Regitrar of Wills for Bucks County Pa., Bloods double-circle datestamp, 3c has faint perf toning, otherwise Very Fine, ex Hall

E. 200-300
160
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