Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 July, 2022

Category — Autographs and Free Franks, Stampless

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1
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Sale 1262, Lot 1, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessDwight D. Eisenhower. Free frank and censor endorsement as Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force, signed "Dwight Eisenhower" with "Free" in his hand at top right on legal-size Officer Courier service cover to Mrs. Eisenhower in Washington D.C. and forwarded to Ft. Benning Ga., red Army Examiner's handstamp, Dec. 10, 1944 receiving datestamp, with original autograph letter signed "Ike" to "Darling"

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE WORLD WAR II COVER FROM GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER TO HIS WIFE, SIGNED AS CENSOR AND AS A FREE FRANK, WITH THE ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED "IKE".

Eisenhower's signature on this cover containing a letter to his wife served double duty, as both a censor's marking and free frank. The letter was written six months after the Normandy invasion and states "He will tell you of my impending trip home -- there are so many complications involved that it would take me hours to try to write about them." (not to mention military secrecy).

Ex Dr. Robertson

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E. 2,000-3,000
4,000
 
Sale 1262, Lot 2, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessRowland Hill. As Secretary of the British Post Office, signature "Rowland Hill" on "General Post Office" ledger dated Oct. 25, 1859 and written to "The Postmaster General, Washington", letter acknowledging receipt of nearly £12,400 payment of the balance due between the United States and Great Britain during the first quarter of 1859

VERY FINE. A SCARCE ROWLAND HILL SIGNED LETTER REGARDING POSTAL BALANCES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND GREAT BRITAIN.

Rowland Hill, known as the "father of the postage stamp" is credited with the invention of the postage stamp and the basic concepts of the modern postal system. From 1854-64, he was Secretary to the Post Master General, and then Secretary to the Post Office.

E. 1,500-2,000
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Sale 1262, Lot 3, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessDouglas MacArthur. Signature "Douglas MacArthur" on unaddressed legal-size First Day cover for U.S. Army stamp (934) with clear "Washington D.C. Sep. 28 9:00AM 1945" first day duplex datestamp, news photo of signing of Japanese surrender, also signed by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz at left and one other in green at center, some slight wear, still Very Fine, a rare World War II souvenir cover signed by two major figures of the war in the Pacific

E. 400-500
475
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Sale 1262, Lot 4, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessAnti-Roosevelt Propaganda Labels. Complete set of five attributed to the "National Republican Council" (not related to the Republican Party), tied on matching covers by Jan. 23, 1936 meters from Kearny N.J., extremely insulting caricatures, including one showing Eleanor waving a Bolshevik flag, three of these designs were ruled "unmailable" by the Post Office Department as "defamatory", fresh and Very Fine, scarce and unusual political propaganda

E. 200-300
160
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Sale 1262, Lot 5, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessMartin Van Buren. Free frank "M Van Buren" on Clifton Springs Water Cure Hotel illustrated advertising cover to Schenectady N.Y., well-struck "Clifton Springs N.Y. Nov. 15" circular datestamp, missing small part of top flap, tiny cover tear at top right, Very Fine and attractive free frank

E. 300-400
300
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Sale 1262, Lot 6, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessFree Franks. Five items, including Richard Henry Lee free frank "R. H. Lee" on restored cover to Williamsburg Va., John Tyler's son's free frank, Andrew Johnson free frank as senator on legal-size cover, other two are modern reference items, few faults, Fine group

E. 500-750
650
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Sale 1262, Lot 7, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessHuntsville Ala. Two covers, one with well-struck blue "5" in solid star with negative stars on cover to Nashvile Tenn. clear strike of "Huntsville Al. Aug. 2" circular datestamp and "PAID" handstamp, second with negative "10" in circle with negative stars to Gaston N.C., similar circular datestamp and "PAID", latter some minor waterstaining, Extremely Fine strikes

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E. 300-400
300
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Sale 1262, Lot 8, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessVia Nicaragua/Ahead of the Mails. Clear strike of blue octagonal handstamp on buff cover to Philadelphia, black "New-York Ship 7cts. Apr. 10" circular datestamp (7c due for 5c unpaid postage and 2c ship fee), minor edgewear, trivial ink erosion in address, Very Fine strike, with clear 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
600
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Sale 1262, Lot 9, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessCalifornia Covers. Eleven, including two with imperforate 10c 1855 and six with perforated 10c 1857 Issue from Don Pedro's Bar (few better types) one with No. 31 used from Green Springs Cal., mixed condition, few appear Fine

E. 300-400
900
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Sale 1262, Lot 10, Autographs and Free Franks, Stampless(Georgia) "By Capt. Thompson's Stage Waggon". Sender's directive on folded cover to Augusta Ga., 1786 docketing, small piece missing at top left and some staining, Fine

E. 150-200
190
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Sale 1262, Lot 11, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessSAV * MAR, 30. Savannah Ga. straightline datestamp on 1798 folded letter to Louisville Ga., manuscript "12 -1/2" rate and "Port J." at bottom, minor overall soiling, still Fine and scarce, ASCC value $500.00

E. 200-300
180
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Sale 1262, Lot 12, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessShawneetown Ill. Two stampless covers, earlier with territorial manuscript postmark "Shawnee town, 3 Febry" (1811) and matching "25" cent rate on folded letter to Derby Conn., written by Peter Lewis who in 1818 was appointed by Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards as a Captain in the 6th Regiment, edge faults, Fine, ex Meroni, second cover a statehood use with dark red "Shawneetown Ill. Sep. 5" (1830) double-oval datestamp on folded letter to Golconda Ill., manuscript "free p.m.", minor edge toning, still Very Fine, a nice pair of early Illinois covers

E. 400-500
600
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Sale 1262, Lot 13, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessGreenwich Village Mass. Septr.14th. Clear strike of fancy sawtooth datestamp with date in manuscript, matching "10" rate on 1835 folded letter to Rutland Vt., Very Fine strike of this scarce marking

E. 300-400
225
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George J. Kramer Paterson N.J. Postal History Collection. Exhibit pages and loose covers and cards, a comprehensive collection, includes ca. 1797 lottery ticket from Paterson, excellent group of stampless including folded letter datelined Aug. 21, 1820 rated "Way 19-1/2", oval handstamps from 1817, 1819, 1823 and others, one with Steamboat marking originating in Paterson, range of colors and shades of the circular datestamp markings, various rates, stamped period includes 3c 1851 on four cameo corner card covers, some to foreign destinations such as two of No. 37 to England, 24c 1861 to England with Shield fancy cancel, also includes some collateral such as View of Paterson booklet, few other interesting, some faults, some Fine-Very Fine, a comprehensive collection formed by George J. Kramer, who has generously pledged the proceeds from the sale of this lot to The Philatelic Foundation

E. 1,000-1,500
2,200
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Sale 1262, Lot 15, Autographs and Free Franks, Stampless1786, "Stage" Mail to Albany. May 3, 1786 folded letter from Henry Livingston (later appointed Supreme Court justice) at Livingston Manor to Stephen Van Rensselaer in Albany, endorsed "Stage" by sender, manuscript "1dwt 8" rate, political content regarding senate election, minor wear and splits along folds, Fine, ex Meroni

E. 300-400
350
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Sale 1262, Lot 16, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessNY 5. Clear strikes of 9mm blue "NY" handstamp (Remele N1b) and "5" in circle on Liverpool prices current to Philadelphia, Aug. 4, 1846 docketing and "p Caledonia", Very Fine and rare, the Remele book states that while these markings, applied in Philadelphia, have been associated with railroad usage, they are probably not railroad markings, ex Hahn

E. 300-400
225
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Sale 1262, Lot 17, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessPenn Yan N.Y. 5 Feb. 15. Blue integral-rate circular datestamp with black "5" handstamp on bronze illustrated Valentine to Jerusalem N.Y., with additional illustrations on each back panel and with enclosure dated Feb. 14, 1855, Very Fine and attractive

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E. 300-400
400
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Sale 1262, Lot 18, Autographs and Free Franks, Stampless"Fort Richmond S.I. April 28, 1815". Dateline on folded letter from Staten Island N.Y. to Adjutant General Col. Charles K. Gardner in Washington D.C., carried to New York City where entered mails with red "New-York Apr. 29" circular datestamp, matching "PAID" handstamp and "25 -1/2" cent War of 1812 50% surcharge rate, fascinating original contents, a lengthy plea from an officer to remain in the Army following "the election of officers for the peace establishment", some minor wear at top, still Very Fine and an extremely early Staten Island cover, written only 13 days after the first post office opened, but carried to New York where it would have transited anyway (writer mentions waiting there for a reply, transcript accompanies)

E. 400-500
200
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Sale 1262, Lot 19, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessTompkinsville, Staten Island, Incoming Ship Letters, 1826-37. Three folded letters which arrived in Tompkinsville, Staten Island, as their first port of entry and were marked "Ship", including June 7, 1836 from Mobile Ala. to New York with red "SHIP" handstamp and manuscript Tompkinsville postmark, Aug. 9, 1837 from Cuba to New York, also with Tompkinsville manuscript postmark and manuscript "Ship", ink bleed from contents into front of cover, third is undated but circa 1826 to Haddam Conn., Tompkinsville manuscript postmark and matching "Ship", slight soiling, overall Very Fine trio which no doubt represents the majority if not all of the known Tompkinsville ship letters, one ex Hahn

E. 500-750
550
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Sale 1262, Lot 20, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessSTAPLETON. N.Y. Two fresh 1847 covers with this Staten Island straightline postmark, first with May 10 date and "V" rate handstamp on diminutive cover to Utica N.Y., second with July 29 date and "5" rate handstamp on cover to Van Deusenville (Great Barrington) Mass., Extremely Fine, very choice examples from this scarce Staten Island post office, first is ex Hahn and Ryterband

E. 400-500
450
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Sale 1262, Lot 21, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessSTAPLETON. N.Y. Group of six covers with this Staten Island straightline postmark, three are 5c rates with "5" handstamps, dates include July 5, July 13 and Sep. 7 (1847), each with original contents, also one with "5" and "PAID" handstamps dated Sep. 7 with original contents and small stains (P.F. certificate not mentioning stains), one 10c rate cover dated July 1 with "10" handstamp, with original contents, finally one without a rate handstamp and manuscript "Paid 3", this one clearly used later than the 1847 period with the 3c rate, Very Fine-Extremely Fine, a desirable group from this scarce Staten Island post office, several are ex Hahn or Ryterband

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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Staten Island Postal History. Extensive collection in five thick binders organized alphabetically by town, extremely wide range of years beginning with stampless period, good showing of 1851-70 Issues, all the way up to more modern, some better covers we note include corner cards and advertising, Patriotics, a number of interesting stampless including some with the late Cal Hahn's blue typed notes, "STAPLETON N.Y." straightline with 10c rate handstamp, nice Rossville fancy cancel on No. 65 with Richmond County Sheriff's Office corner card, many others, the few most valuable items have been removed and are offered individually, but overall this is still a comprehensive collection worth review

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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Sale 1262, Lot 23, Autographs and Free Franks, StamplessPHILA/DELPHIA. Perfect strike in red of two-line handstamp on back of 1768 folded cover to North Providence R.I., red manuscript "4" dwt rate, red "10/SE" Franklin mark, docketing "Letter from Clement Biddle & Co., Septbr. 10/1768", minor splitting along folds, Extremely Fine strike of the first Philadelphia handstamp used after the manuscript period, rare in this quality

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E. 750-1,000
500
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Charlotte Va. Covers. Approximately 63, including 22 stampless with range of rates and destinations, all with strong markings, stamps include 11A, 26, few entires, Bank Notes etc., some faults, overall a Very Fine group

E. 100-150
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25
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Hotel Covers Sent Free. Three, including Fuller's City Hotel oval handstamp on folded letter addressed to General Andrew Jackson and docketed and initialed in his hand March 25, 1844; handstamp from Washington House in Philadelphia to Maj. Gen. Jessup in Washington D.C. and sent free; third is corner card from Spencer House in Cincinnati sent to General John Denver in Washington D.C. ca. 1857-1861 with red "Cincinnati O. Free Oct. 7" circular datestamp and with original enclosure, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 400-500
350
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Sale 1262, Lot 26, Autographs and Free Franks, Stampless"N & W RR March 15 5". Pencil manuscript postmark with 5c rate applied by route agent for Norwich & Worcester Railroad on Mar. 14, 1848 folded letter from New York to Webster Mass., carried by steamboat to Norwich where entered the mails, minor soiling, Very Fine, the earliest recorded Norwich & Worcester use, ex Hahn

E. 400-500
200
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