Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 July, 2022
Category — Railroad, Transatlantic, Potato Famine, Steamboat
VERY FINE PAIR OF COVERS SENT BY COMPETING PACKET SHIPS ON THE SAME DAY, INCLUDING ONE ON THE JUNE 1, 1847, MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE WASHINGTON, CHARGED ONE-SHILLING DISCRIMINATORY POSTAGE DUE IN ENGLAND. THESE WERE THE OPENING SHOTS OF THE RETALIATORY PERIOD.
The so-called Retaliatory Period resulted from Great Britain's effort to maintain its monopoly on transatlantic mail carriage through the subsidized Cunard steamship line, which operated without competition from 1840 through 1846. In response to the emergence of subsidized American Packets in 1847 (the Ocean Line), the British issued an order (effective June 9, 1847) authorizing its receiving offices to collect the usual British Packet postage on letters carried to England by American subsidized steamers. This effectively allowed England to collect 24c packet charges for every inbound letter, whether or not any service had been performed. Examples from the Washington's maiden voyage are very scarce, and this pair of duplicate letters, sent by both competing packets to ensure delivery, is a wonderful way to demonstrate the issue.
VERY FINE AND FASCINATING EXHIBIT TRACING THE QUAKER RELIEF EFFORTS FOR THE IRISH PEOPLE DURING THE GREAT POTATO FAMINE.
We could expound further on this exhibit but viewing the linked PDF is the best way to fully appreciate it. Ex Duffney.