Philadelphia Despatch Post, Philadelphia Pa., (3c) Black on Grayish (15L3).
Large margins to clear, tied
by "Chester Pa. Jul. 17" circular datestamp with day in manuscript, red "Philadelphia Pa. Jul. 16" origination circular datestamp and manuscript "6" due marking, on 1844 folded letter to Chester Pa., light vertical file folds incl. one slightly affecting edge of adhesive which also has some slight soiling
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP USED ON COVER. ISSUED IN 1843, THIS IS THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP. IT IS ESPECIALLY RARE TIED BY A POSTAL MARKING.
This cover comes from a new find. The Chester Pa. datestamp and "forwarded" notation are present without any indication of the forwarding address or additional postage charge.
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