VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE PHILADELPHIA DESPATCH POST STRIDING MESSENGER STAMP ON A SMALL COVER -- THE WORLD'S FIRST PICTORIAL STAMP.
This letter coincides with the Philadelphia Nativist riots of May 6-8 (and July), 1844. The writer was clearly referring to them in his letter. The riots were the result of rising anti-Catholic sentiment and the May incident resulted in the destruction of churches and the loss of at least 14 lives. Further rioting followed in July.
Ex Schwartz and Stimmell With 2015 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE AND HIGH QUALITY COVER COMBINING THE 10-CENT 1847 ISSUE AND BLOOD'S SMALL "POST OFFICE" STAMP.
From our 1985 Rarities sale and ex Dr. Morris. With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $5,000.00
EXTREMELY FINE GEM STAMP ON A BEAUTIFUL VALENTINE COVER. ONE OF NINE RECORDED COVERS WITH THE POST OFFICE CITY DESPATCH 2-CENT "CC" STAMP BEARING THE "C" CONTROL MARK. THE STAMP ITSELF IS ONE OF THE FINEST KNOWN.
The Manuscript "C" Control Mark was applied exclusively to the 2c "CC" stamps on Grayish paper. The initial comes in two styles: a small simple "C" between the words "Two" and "Cent", and a large cursive "C" at the center of the stamp. We record approximately 15 examples with the Manuscript "C", including two from positions showing the Hand-Etched "C" at Left and one from Position 36, the "Inverted C" at Right plate variety. The basic 40L5c stamps with the Manuscript "C" Control Mark include eight on covers.
Ex Golden and "New Amsterdam". Signed Sloane. With 2000 P.F. certificate