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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — Free Franks and Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1001°
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1001, Free Franks and AutographsUlysses S. Grant, Ulysses S. GrantUlysses S. Grant. Bold signature as President on part-printed Adjutant General's Office form dated January 6, 1870, referring to the case of "Military Reservation at Fort Shaw, Montana Territory", also bears signatures of General William T. Sherman and William Belknap as Secretary of War, minor splitting along folds

A REMARKABLE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY ULYSSES S. GRANT AS PRESIDENT, GENERAL WILLIAM TECUMSEH SHERMAN AND SECRETARY OF WAR WILLIAM BELKNAP, RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF BOUNDARIES FOR FORT SHAW IN MONTANA TERRITORY.

Fort Shaw started as Camp Reynolds and was established on June 30, 1867. The name was soon changed to Fort Shaw, and conditions were very rudimentary for the first few years. This document, signed by three important figures of the day, including the two most outstanding Union generals of the Civil War, is truly remarkable.

Bid on this lot

E. 10,000-15,000
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1002
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1002, Free Franks and AutographsJames A Garfield, James A GarfieldJames A Garfield. Signature "J. A. Garfield" on part of unused check, with note on back reading "Dear Sir, Immediately on our return from Washington I gathered up all of General Garfield's letters and papers and had them boxed and deposited for safe keeping. Consequently have in my possession only these mutilated bank checks which he signed and left with his private secretary just previous to the tragedy of July last. They have this value -- that they are among his last signatures and I send you one as the best I can do in response to your request" and dated and signed Lucretia R. Garfield Oct. 13, 1881, Very Fine, a very unusual and rare item signed by both James A. Garfield, just prior to his being shot, and also by his widow, accompanied by an article from the Manuscripts journal (Vol. 69, No. 1, Winter 2017)

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1003
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1003, Free Franks and AutographsGarfield and McKinley-Related, Garfield and McKinley-RelatedGarfield and McKinley-Related. 13 items related to these two presidents who were assassinated, including Executive Mansion card with Garfield stamped signature (created to handle requests just after his death), actual McKinley signature on Executive Mansion card, two Executive Mansion letters signed by Stanley Brown in July and August 1881, 1c Pan-American postcard dated Sep. 6, 1901 (day McKinley was shot), few other interesting, overall Fine-Very Fine, see our website PDF for a complete scan

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E. 750-1,000
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1004
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1004, Free Franks and Autographs-1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial (704-715), -1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial (704-715)-1/2c-10c Washington Bicentennial (704-715). Complete set of twelve, tied by Washington D.C. double ovals and by "Washington D.C. Jan. 1 1932" First Day duplex and machine cancels, on White House corner card cover signed "Franklin Roosevelt", cut-out of George Washington just below signature, Extremely Fine, Roosevelt was Governor of New York on January 1, 1932 when this set was issued, after being sworn in to his first term as President, on March 4, 1933, he had this cover prepared and instructed the Washington D.C. post office to back-date the cover to the original First Day, when Herbert Hoover was president, a fascinating artifact of postal history from our stamp-collecting president

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E. 750-1,000
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1005
nhbl
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1005, Free Franks and Autographs3c Newburgh, Cross-Gutter Pair, Gummed (727 var). Mint N.H, 3c Newburgh, Cross-Gutter Pair, Gummed (727 var). Mint N.H3c Newburgh, Cross-Gutter Pair, Gummed (727 var). Mint N.H. cross-gutter block of four, black crayon across the block reads "Frank" and is a portion of "For President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his Collection, James Farley PMG 4/11/33", which was written across most of the unissued original sheet of 400 gifted to Roosevelt, each stamp individually numbered, with Stanley Gibbons guarantee backstamp and "FDR" initials, Very Fine and rare, as the footnote in Scott Catalogue states, this stamp was never issued in gummed sheets of 400, but rather in gummed panes of 100 (which would of course yield no gutter pairs), the "Farley's Follies" Scott 752 full sheets of 400, issued in response to the public outcry over the rarities Farley created for Roosevelt and a few other dignitaries, were issued without gum, accompanied by a photo of the original sheet of 400

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E. 750-1,000
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1006
nhbl
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1006, Free Franks and Autographs3c Byrd, 3c Coronado (733, 898), 3c Byrd, 3c Coronado (733, 898)3c Byrd, 3c Coronado (733, 898). Mint N.H. block of four of the Byrd Expedition Issue from the sheet presented to President Franklin D. Roosevelt by Postmaster General Farley, Very Fine, with Herman Herst Jr. guarantee certificate and backstamps, pane of 100 of the Coronado Expedition, selvage signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt", also signed by Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., Mint N.H. except for two stamps h.r., Very Fine

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E. 300-400
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1007
ogbl
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1007, Free Franks and Autographs3c Mothers, 3c Wisconsin, 1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (738 var., 739 var., 740-749 var), 3c Mothers, 3c Wisconsin, 1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (738 var., 739 var., 740-749 var)3c Mothers, 3c Wisconsin, 1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (738 var., 739 var., 740-749 var). Blocks of four including the complete set of the National Parks Issue, each stamp individually numbered, with Stanley Gibbons guarantee backstamp and "FDR" initials, full to large margins, bright and fresh colors

VERY FINE AND VERY RARE IMPERFORATE BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE MOTHERS OF AMERICA, WISCONSIN TERCENTENARY AND NATIONAL PARKS ISSUES, FROM THE ORIGINAL SHEETS GIVEN TO PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELY BY POSMASTER GENERAL JAMES A. FARLEY IN 1934.

As discussed in the Scott Catalogue and familiar to most stamp collectors, in 1934 Postmaster General James A. Farley gifted sheets of the National Parks and other issues, in imperforate form without gum, to select dignitaries, including the stamp-collecting President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The uproar this caused among collectors led to the mass printing of the imperforate sheets, now known as "Farley's Follies" (Scott Nos. 752-765). The set offered here is not the Scott-listed imperforate Farleys, but rather a rare variety of the perforated issues, No. 738-749. The presence of a Roosevelt signature, a backstamp applied after the Roosevelt auction, or a postmark dated before March 15, 1935 are the only ways to verify that these are the unissued variety.

Accompanied by a 1946 letter from Stanley Gibbons to the original purchaser, describing the cutting of these blocks from the Roosevelt sheets

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1008
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1008, Free Franks and Autographs1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (740-749 var), 1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (740-749 var)1c-10c National Parks, Imperforate (740-749 var). Complete set of blocks on Interior Department corner card covers, 2c and 3c blocks of six, others blocks of four, each with plate number, tied by Washington D.C. postmarks dated between Aug. 30, 1934 and Jan. 3, 1935 -- each pre-dating the mass-produced Farley imperforates, addressed to President Roosevelt at Warm Springs Ga. (1c addressed to The White House) and signed by Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes, 2c top right stamp creased over cover bends, 6c with light creases in sheet margin only, bright and fresh colors

VERY FINE. A RARE AND DESIRABLE COMPLETE SET OF IMPERFORATE BLOCKS OF THE NATIONAL PARKS ISSUES, ON COVERS TO PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT FROM INTERIOR SECRETARY HAROLD L. ICKES -- EACH PRE-DATING THE FARLEY IMPERFORATES ISSUED IN MARCH 1935.

As discussed in the Scott Catalogue and familiar to most stamp collectors, in 1934 Postmaster General James A. Farley gifted sheets of the National Parks and other issues, in imperforate form without gum, to select dignitaries, including the stamp-collecting President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The set of covers offered here also demonstrates that Interior Secretary Harold L. Ickes was involved in gifting to Roosevelt. The uproar this caused among collectors led to the mass printing of the imperforate sheets, now known as "Farley's Follies" (Scott Nos. 752-765). The set offered here is not the Scott-listed imperforate Farleys, but rather a rare variety of the perforated issues, No. 740-749. The presence of a Roosevelt signature, a backstamp applied after the Roosevelt auction, or a postmark dated before March 15, 1935 are the only ways to verify that these are the unissued variety.

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E. 3,000-4,000
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1009
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1009, Free Franks and Autographs5c Overrun Nations (909-921), 5c Overrun Nations (909-921)5c Overrun Nations (909-921). Complete set of corner margin imprint blocks of four, each tied by bold Washington D.C. or Chicago Ill. First Day cancels on White House corner card covers addressed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, each printed with fancy address and "First day cover", Very Fine, a wonderful set of covers, as all collectors are aware, FDR was a dedicated stamp collector and kept close track of new issues -- even approving designs in some cases -- this set was likely prepared at his direction

Bid on this lot

E. 1,000-1,500
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1010
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1010, Free Franks and AutographsFranklin D. Roosevelt First Day Covers, Franklin D. Roosevelt First Day CoversFranklin D. Roosevelt First Day Covers. 17 First Day covers addressed to President Roosevelt at the White House, plus one addressed to to FDR as Governor of New York, nice range of issues from 1933-45, several are on White House corner card covers, several others with outstanding illustrated designs including one of Roosevelt's dog Fala, four covers accompanied by signed gift letters from Postmasters General Farley or Walker, Very Fine, a desirable group from the Roosevelt estate, see our website PDF for a complete scan

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1011
 
Florence Kling Harding. Small group of items related to her free franking privileges, including typed memo on Post Office Department stationery dated Jan. 21, 1924, amending postal laws to allow for her free franking privilege, another dated Feb. 2 confirming it is for domestic use only and instructs her to write her name in upper right corner of envelope or wrapper, next is a somewhat battered free frank on a mourning cover with typed enclosure with faded pencil signature, two other items, somewhat faulty but an interesting group

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E. 200-300
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