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Sale 1056 — The World's Fair Collection - 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue

Sale Date — Wednesday, 6 November, 2013

Category — Pre-First Day and First Day Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
362
c
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 362, Pre-First Day and First Day Covers2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Tied by pre-date "Harrisburg Pa. Jun. 16 12:30 PM 1898" machine cancel on cover to "Blade" in Brooklyn N.Y., Harrisburg Paper Company return address, receiving backstamps of June 16 and 17, reduced at left

FINE. THIS IS ONE OF TWO RECORDED PRE-FIRST DAY COVERS OF THE 2-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE -- JUNE 16, 1898, IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE ISSUE.

The official First Day of Issue of the Trans-Mississippi Issue was June 17, 1898. Two covers are known used on June 16: the cover offered here and one from Camden N.J. to Huntington Pa.

Illustrated in the Neil-Rosenthal book (p. 62). With 1995 A.P.S. certificate

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
363
c
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 363, Pre-First Day and First Day Covers1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290), 1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290)1c-10c Trans-Mississippi (285-290). Bright colors, tied by "Washington D.C." registry ovals, purple "Registered, Jun. 17, 1898, Washington D.C. Sub-Station No. 29, No. 766" five-line datestamp (with registry number in manuscript) on First Day of Issue cover to Metz, Germany, typewriter address to Hermann Appel, New York registry label, New York (June 18) and Metz (June 26) backstamps, barely reduced at left

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL FIRST DAY COVER BEARING ALL SIX VALUES OF TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE THROUGH THE 10-CENT. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED FIRST DAY COVER WITH ALL OF THESE DENOMINATIONS. A PHENOMENAL RARITY AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CLASSIC COMMEMORATIVE FIRST DAY COVERS EXTANT.

The Trans-Mississippi Exposition was open to the public from June 1 to November 1, 1898. The stamps were not ready in time for the opening, and the official First Day of Issue was June 17. The cover offered here was prepared by J. Murray Bartels.

First Day covers with the Trans-Mississippi Issue are rare. The following quantities are recorded or estimated by Henry Scheuer: 1c: 4-5 used alone (plus 4 in combination); 2c: 12+ used alone (plus 3 in combination); 4c: One used alone (plus 3 in combination); 5c: One used alone (plus 3 in combination); 8c: Two used alone (plus one in combination); 10c: One used alone (plus one in combination); 50c: One (used alone); $1.00: One (used alone); $2.00: None known; Combinations on First Day Covers (one known of each): a) 1c and 2c; b) 1c, 2c, 4c, 5c; c) 1c, 4c, 5c; and d) 1c, 2c, 4c, 5c, 8c, 10c.

Ex McCoy. With 1987 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $100,000.00

E. 50,000-75,000
52,500
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364
c
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 364, Pre-First Day and First Day Covers1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Straight edge at right, tied by "Pittsburgh Pa. Jun. 17 1-PM 1898" First Day machine cancel on 1c Columbian entire (U348) to Mrs. Charles L. Taylor in Spring Lake Beach N.J., receiving backstamp

?VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE FIRST DAY COVER OF THE ONE-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE. ONLY FOUR OR FIVE SINGLE FRANKINGS ARE RECORDED.

Henry Scheuer records 4-5 First Day Covers with single 1c stamps, plus 4 with the 1c used in combination with other values.

With 1972 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $15,000.00

E. 7,500-10,000
9,000
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365
c
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 365, Pre-First Day and First Day Covers2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Tied by "Washington D.C. Jun. 17 8:30 PM '98" machine cancel on First Day of Issue cover to Otto Kemmler in Columbus Ohio, receiving backstamp of the following day, trivial edgewear

VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE 2-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI FIRST DAY OF ISSUE COVER.

The recipient, Otto Kemmler, was a former manager of the Ohio Journal of Philately. The cover has pencil notations on the back for all denominations of the series, which may have been enclosed.

Henry Scheuer estimates that 12-20 First Day covers are known with the 2c Trans-Mississippi Issue, plus three covers with the 2c used in combination with other denominations.

Illustrated in the Neil-Rosenthal book (p. 63). From the McCusker Americover '95 auction where illustrated on the front cover. With 1995 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $14,000.00

E. 5,000-7,500
3,000
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366
c
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 366, Pre-First Day and First Day Covers1c Trans-Mississippi (285), 1c Trans-Mississippi (285)1c Trans-Mississippi (285). Two singles, s.e. at right, tied by "Omaha, Neb. Jun. 18 7-PM '98" machine cancel on cover to Los Angeles Cal. and forwarded to Sacramento, left stamp also tied by "Los Angeles Cal. Jun. 22 1PM 98" duplex, transit and receiving backstamps

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST REPORTED EXAMPLE OF THE ONE-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE USED FROM OMAHA, NEBRASKA, WHICH WAS THE HOME OF THE EXPOSITION. A WONDERFUL SHOWPIECE.

The Trans-Mississippi Exposition was open to the public from June 1 to November 1, 1898. The stamps were not ready in time for the opening, and the official First Day was June 17. The 1c June 17 First Day Covers are known from Washington D.C., New York and Pittsburgh, but none are known from Omaha, the home of the Exposition. The cover offered here, postmarked one day after the stamps were issued in Omaha, is a significant use.

E. 2,000-3,000
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367
c
Sale Number 1056, Lot Number 367, Pre-First Day and First Day Covers2c Trans-Mississippi (286), 2c Trans-Mississippi (286)2c Trans-Mississippi (286). Rich color, tied by "Omaha, Neb. Jun. 18 7-PM '98" machine cancel on cover to Los Angeles Cal., receiving backstamp, Very Fine, the Trans-Mississippi Exposition was open to the public from June 1 to November 1, 1898; however, the stamps were not ready in time for the opening, and the official first day was June 17; one First Day Cover with the 2c stamp is known used from Omaha on the 17th — the cover offered here, postmarked in Omaha one day after the stamps were issued, is a great rarity

E. 1,000-1,500
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