3c Red on Buff (U10).
Cancelled by "Lancaster Pa. Jun. 17, 1857" circular datestamp with handstamped cachet of Wise manned balloon illustration
with flags, earliest state of the design before "Wise" was added to the side of the balloon, addressed in Wise's hand to William Markoe in St. Paul, Minnesota Territory, receipt docketing at right "John Wise June 16th 1857, Recd. "23rd, Noted"
, sender's note "Hurry up Uncle Sam"
at lower left, small repair at top, some edgewear, still Very Fine and very rare, very few examples of this early state of the design are known, the recipient was the first aeronaut in Minnesota, illustrated in Catalog of Classic American Airposts and Aeronautica 1784-1900
by Schoendorf on p. 31, ex Schoendorf
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