Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 July, 2022
Category — Autographs and Free Franks, Stampless
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
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.