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Sale 1094 — The Curtis Collection: Back of Book and Possessions

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 March, 2015

Category — Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
268
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 268, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs1c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q1-E1), 1c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q1-E1)1c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q1-E1). Stamp-size photographic essay of wash drawing, with additional pen and ink lettering and wash touch up, mounted on 105 x 91mm card with hand inscribed and signed "Approved Nov. 15, 1912 Frank H. Hitchcock Postmaster General", also "Changed from 15c" at top

VERY FINE. A UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE ONE-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.

This is the only essay of any kind known for the 1c Parcel Post. Ex Livingston

3,000
5,000
269
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 269, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E1), 5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E1)5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E1). Stamp-size photographic essay of wash drawing, depicting the "City Letter Carrier" design that was adopted for the 2c value, with additional pen and ink lettering and wash touch up, mounted on 100 x 84mm card with hand inscribed and signed "Approved Nov. 15, 1912 Frank H. Hitchcock Postmaster General", also "Changed to 2c-- City Carrier" in pencil at top

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE 5-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE, DEPICTING THE DESIGN OF THE 2-CENT.

Ex Livingston

2,500
4,500
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270
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 270, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E3), 5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E3)5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E3). Stamp-size photographic essay of wash drawing, similar to issued design but with differences in mail bag on pole, with additional pen and ink and wash touch up, mounted on 104 x 93mm card with hand inscribed "Approved____1912/ Postmaster General" and space for signatures

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE 5-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.

Ex Livingston

2,500
4,750
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271
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 271, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E4), 5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E4)5c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q5-E4). Stamp-size photographic essay of wash drawing, showing the mail bag as issued, with additional ink and wash touch up, mounted on 94 x 90mm card with hand inscribed and signed "Approved Nov. 19, 1912 Frank H. Hitchcock Postmaster General"

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE 5-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.

Ex Livingston

2,500
4,500
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272
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 272, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs75c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q11-E1), 75c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q11-E1)75c Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q11-E1). Stamp-size photographic essay of wash drawing, with additional ink and wash touch up, most evident in the horses and threshing equipment, mounted on 108 x 90mm card with hand inscribed and signed "Approved Dec. 12, 1912 Frank H. Hitchcock Postmaster General", differences from issued design including vertical lines in circles around numerals

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY PREPARED FOR THE 75-CENT PARCEL POST ISSUE.

Ex Livingston

2,500
4,500
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273
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 273, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs$1.00 Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q12-E1), $1.00 Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q12-E1)$1.00 Parcel Post, Designer's Model on Thick Gray Cardboard (Q12-E1). Stamp-size photographic essay of wash drawing, depicting the "Manufacturing Steel Plant" design that was adopted for the 25c value, with additional ink and wash touch up, mounted on 104 x 86mm card with hand inscribed and signed "Approved Oct. 22, 1912 Frank H. Hitchcock Postmaster General", also "Changed to 25c" in pencil at top

VERY FINE AND UNIQUE ESSAY OF THE TOP VALUE OF THE 1912 PARCEL POST ISSUE, DEPICTING THE DESIGN USED ON THE 25-CENT.

Ex Livingston

2,500
4,500
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274
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 274, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs1c-15c Second Parcel Post Issue, Designer's Models of Unissued Design (Q12a-E1 var-Q12g-E1 var), 1c-15c Second Parcel Post Issue, Designer's Models of Unissued Design (Q12a-E1 var-Q12g-E1 var)1c-15c Second Parcel Post Issue, Designer's Models of Unissued Design (Q12a-E1 var-Q12g-E1 var). Complete set of seven values, each photo of wash drawing with denominations added to the centers, pen and ink wash details and touch ups added to designs in varying degrees, mounted on approximately 92 x 89mm thick gray card, hand inscribed and signed at bottoms "Approved April 25, 1913/ A.S. Burlson/ Postmaster General"

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE UNIQUE SET OF SEVEN ESSAY MODELS OF THE PROPOSED SECOND PARCEL POST ISSUE. A GREAT RARITY OF ESSAY AND PROOF COLLECTING.

The 1912-13 Parcel Post Issue, with which collectors are familiar (Scott Q1-Q12), contains some of the most beautiful and unusual designs of any stamps issued in the 20th Century, including the first-ever depiction of an airplane on a stamp from any country. This set of comparatively plain designs were approved for use in a second Parcel Post Issue. It covers denominations through the 15c, and dies were made based on these models (see following lot for the die proofs). There was apparently also a 20c design, as we are aware of one die essay (see Siegel Sale 837, lot 387), but the model for the 20c has not been reported. If there were approved models of higher denominations, they have been lost to philately.

On June 26, 1913, the Postmaster General ordered that regular postage stamps would be usable on parcels and that Parcel Post stamps would be usable on regular mail. Without any further need for special stamps, the Second Parcel Post Issue was never produced. The designs on this series were ultimately adopted for use on Documentary stamps in 1917.

Ex Livingston. Unlisted in Scott

E. 5,000-7,500
8,500
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275
E
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 275, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs1c-15c Second Parcel Post Issue, Large Die Essays of Unissued Design (Q12a-E1-Q12g-E1), 1c-15c Second Parcel Post Issue, Large Die Essays of Unissued Design (Q12a-E1-Q12g-E1)1c-15c Second Parcel Post Issue, Large Die Essays of Unissued Design (Q12a-E1-Q12g-E1). Complete set of seven die essays on card, each a different color and approximately 30 x 27mm, bright and fresh throughout

VERY FINE. THE UNIQUE SET OF SEVEN DIE ESSAYS OF THE PROPOSED SECOND PARCEL POST ISSUE.

The 1912-13 Parcel Post Issue, with which collectors are familiar (Scott Q1-Q12), contains some of the most beautiful and unusual designs of any stamps issued in the 20th Century, including the first-ever depiction of an airplane on a stamp from any country. This set of comparatively plain designs were approved for use in a second Parcel Post Issue. It covers denominations through the 15c, and dies were made based on these models (see preceding lot for the essays). There was apparently also a 20c design, as we are aware of one die essay (see Siegel Sale 837, lot 387).

On June 26, 1913, the Postmaster General ordered that regular postage stamps would be usable on parcels and that Parcel Post stamps would be usable on regular mail. Without any further need for special stamps, the Second Parcel Post Issue was never produced. The designs on this series were ultimately adopted for use on Documentary stamps in 1917.

Ex Johl, Southgate and Livingston. Scott Retail $1,000.00 each

7,000
9,000
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276
P
Sale Number 1094, Lot Number 276, Parcel Post: Essays and Proofs1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q12P2a), 1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q12P2a)1c-$1.00 Parcel Post, Panama-Pacific Small Die Proofs (Q1P2a-Q12P2a). Complete set, gorgeous colors, slightest hint of toning as normal on these proofs, light translucencies at top from prior hinging, 50c small natural inclusion

VERY FINE AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF PARCEL POST PANAMA-PACIFIC SMALL DIE PROOFS.

Only four or five complete sets are believed to exist. This is only the second complete set we have offered since our 1984 Rarities sale.

Ex Livingston

14,400
28,000
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