VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED INDEPENDENT MAIL USES WITH STAMPS OF THREE DIFFERENT COMPANIES.
This partial cover front demonstrates the cooperation among Independent Mail companies that allowed them to provide service across a huge area for significantly lower rates than the U.S. Post Office charged. It also shows how postage was divided among the participating service providers by using each other's stamps. A thorough explanation of how this worked can be found in our description of the incomparable complete eastbound cover with three company stamps, offered in our sale of the Puliafito collection (Siegel Sale 1124, lot 210). That is the only complete cover and is widely acknowledged as the greatest item of the Independent Mail period. It is franked with stamps of the same three companies as the front offered here, but each from a different issue. This item is a new discovery and has never before appeared at auction.
EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED TETE-BECHE PAIRS OF THE BROOKLYN SANITARY FAIR 10-CENT GREEN. A MAJOR RARITY OF THIS FASCINATING FIELD.
The two other pairs known to us were offered in Siegel Sales 766 (lot 1151) and 958 (lot 768).