A REMARKABLE AND UNDOUBTEDLY UNIQUE EXAMPLE OF A CIVIL WAR PATRIOTIC COVER USED FROM OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES AND SAVED FROM A MARITIME DISASTER.
Our search for information on the 1865 wreck of the Stella was unsuccessful, but clearly this is an extremely rare salvaged-mail cover and undoubtedly unique as a Civil War Patriotic use.
Ex Dr. LeBow
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING POSTAL HISTORY ARTIFACT FROM THE FAMED R.M.S. TITANIC.
Oscar Scott Woody, along with each of the other four postal clerks aboard the Titanic, perished at sea the night of the sinking on April 14-15, 1912. Among the personal effects recovered with Woody's body were U.S. postal facing slips, used on top of mail bundles to indicate their destination. Woody struck the April 10, 1912 circular datestamp (the date of sailing from Southampton), the ship name and his name on each slip, to indicate who had handled each specific bundle. No actual mail from the 3,423 sacks aboard the ship was recovered. For an exhibition related to the Titanic mail clerks, see http://postalmuseum.si.edu/fireandice/titanicsmailclerks.html