VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE COVER WITH AN ENTIRE SET OF THE CLIPPERTON ISLAND STAMPS, USED TO GERMANY. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINER OF THE TWO RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE FULL SET.
Clipperton Island lies 670 miles southwest of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It was an important source of guano fertilizer and home to 150-200 miners at the time the Clipperton Island stamp was issued for use on mail carried from the island to San Francisco. This cover to Germany entered the mails in Montana; it is probable that there is a mining connection between the sender in Montana and Clipperton Island. The other cover with a full set was sent to Hamburg, Germany and is faulty.
VERY FINE. A UNIQUE USE OF THE 90-CENT 1890 ISSUE TO COLOMBIA. THIS DEPARTMENT OF STATE LABEL WAS CUT FROM A PACKAGE CONTAINING TEN POUNDS OF PRINTED MATERIAL. THE STAMPS PREPAID THE 12-CENTS PER POUND INTERNATIONAL PARCEL POST RATE.
Our census of 90c 1890 uses includes 7 envelopes, 5 wrappers, 4 tags and 2 qualifying pieces, for a total of 18 items. Although undated, this State Department package label/wrapper to the U.S. consul at Colon (Aspinwall) was probably mailed during the period from 1893 to 1897. The manuscript notation at upper left confirms that this was rated at the international parcel post rate of 12c per pound, and it contained ten pounds of printed matter.
The vice-consul, Tracy Robinson, published a list of consuls at Colon, including the following during the relevant period (date of appointment in parentheses): W. E. Sims (Aug. 22, 1890), Charles W. Erdman (Aug. 13, 1891); W. W. Ashby (May 3, 1892); J. L. Pearcey (Oct. 10, 1893); W. W. Ashby (second term); and W. W. Cobbs (Mar. 4, 1898). [“List of United States Consuls at Colon (Aspinwall)”, Tracy Robinson, Panama: A Personal Record of Forty Six Years, 1861-1907]
Illustrated in Chronicle 129 ("Three New 90c 1890 Cover Listings for the Record," Scott R. Trepel). Ex President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Cochrane, probably ex Lowenthal (Siegel Sale 597, lot 182, where acquired by Dr. Johnson).