Hale & Co., (5c) Blue, Street Address Omitted (75L5).
Cut to shape, uncancelled, light pre-use crease, red "Forwarded by Hale & Co. from Baltimore" oval handstamp struck on front and back of April 28, 1845
folded letter to New York City, this is the earliest of the series of transaction reports from the Brandreth correspondence, the sender writes "I now send by the express mail, because I get ten stamps for 50 cts. which is worth saving, if they are delivered promptly."
-- Hale & Co. commenced service in Baltimore on April 24, 1845, four days before this letter was sent (the whole Hale letter-express operation was closed down on June 30th), the additional handstamp on back and absence of a cancel on the adhesive indicate that Hale's Baltimore agent was unfamiliar with procedures for canceling mail, Very Fine, ex Kelly and Golden, with 2000 P.F. certificate
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