U.S. Stamp Dealers and Collectors, 1859-1899, Exhibit Collection.
Exhibit pages and related cover collection assembled and annotated by the late Steven R. Belasco, approximately 1,000 covers and pieces of ephemera mounted on more than 150 exhibit pages and in six large binders, many covers valued at $200 or more have been removed and offered as individual lots, but what remains is an outstanding postal history based study of dealers and collectors for the decades of the 19th Century, plus copious research, notes and illustrations, wide range of stamp issues incl. Hawaii plus some better ephemera such as price lists, six United States Stamp Co. Certificates of Stock with 5c Foreign Exchange Revenue stamps, and Issue #1 of the Stamp Collector's Record
, which was the first U.S. stamp periodical (published by S. Allan Taylor), letters discussing stamp collecting from as early as 1868, exhibit is organized by decade and state and then by dealer, the nature of these types of covers means nearly all are at least corner cards and many are richly illustrated, overall nice condition
AN OUTSTANDING AND IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY COLLECTION TRACING THE STAMP HOBBY'S EARLY DEALERS AND COLLECTORS.
Mr. Belasco was widely regarded for his work on private vending and affixing machine coils (his book is the definitive reference on the subject). Since many private perfs were philatelically inspired, Mr. Belasco naturally segued into collecting covers and ephemera related to the development of stamp collecting and dealing. During the last years of his life he published a series of articles in the Chronicle, which tell the story of the early dealers and collectors through the covers they mailed.
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