Sale 1253 — The Melvin Getlan Collection of U.S. Vending & Affixing Machine Perfs Part 1

Sale Date — Tuesday, 5 April, 2022

Category — U.S. Automatic Vending Company

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
312
og
Sale 1253, Lot 312, U.S. Automatic Vending CompanyU.S. Automatic Vending Co., [No Denomination] Red, Coil Test Stamp, Ty. I Perforations (TD24). Strip of four, bottom pair in the strip is a paste-up, original gum, h.r. on bottom pair and top pair Mint N.H., brilliant color, Very Fine and choice, this is undoubtedly the largest recorded multiple (Belasco noted he had seen only a pair), Scott value as two pairs

850
800
313
c
Sale 1253, Lot 313, U.S. Automatic Vending CompanyU.S. Automatic Vending Co., [No Denomination] Red, Coil Test Stamp, Ty. I Perforations (TD24). Horizontal pair, tied by "Brooklyn N.Y. Oct. 8, 1943 11-AM" machine cancel on cover to Suffern N.Y., missing backflap, Very Fine and undoubtedly unique, this cover is discussed in the Belasco book (p. 166) and he opines that there is no evidence this is a philatelic use, and may well be a legitimate vending machine customer use (though illegal), U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations on U.S. stamps were in use in Brooklyn N.Y. during the period this cover was mailed, it may be that this pair was from a leader strip of a coil roll and was vended by accident and used by the customer, a fascinating and rare cover whatever the explanation, ex Cohen and Dr. Agris, with 1991 A.P.S. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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314
og
Sale 1253, Lot 314, U.S. Automatic Vending CompanyU.S. Automatic Vending Co., [No Denomination] Red, Coil Test Stamp, Rosback Perf 11.75 (TD24C). Strip of three, original gum, h.r. on center stamp, horizontal production crease at top, Very Fine, Scott value as a pair without premium for the third stamp

350
450
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315
og
Sale 1253, Lot 315, U.S. Automatic Vending CompanyU.S. Automatic Vending Co., [No Denomination] Green, Coil Test Stamp (TD24E). Vertical pair, original gum, lightly hinged, large margins and rich color, fresh and Very Fine, rare despite its modest catalogue value, Belasco noted in his book that he had only seen a few of these test coils as singles, plus this pair, which is the largest recorded multiple, ex Belasco and illustrated in his book on p. 166

650
1,000
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316
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Sale 1253, Lot 316, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Scarlet, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Experimental Coil (319c). Vertical pair, original gum, barely hinged if at all, bright color, pencil "Percy Mann Collection" on back of both, Fine and very rare, this experimental item was reportedly produced in early 1907 and is the prototype of what became the Ty. I perforation, the notches at the sides were produced by hand, Belasco stated in his book that about a half-dozen genuine examples are known, with 1989 P.S.E. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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317
og
Sale 1253, Lot 317, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Blue Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (314). Guide line strip of four, original gum, h.r, deep rich color, Very Fine and choice, with 2002 P.F. certificate

450
375
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318
og
Sale 1253, Lot 318, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Blue Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (314). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r., Very Fine and choice

110
300
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319
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Sale 1253, Lot 319, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Blue Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (314). Mint N.H. pair with top plate no. 4559, beautiful rich color, Extremely Fine, a scarce Mint N.H. example, with 2009 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
1,400
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320
c
Sale 1253, Lot 320, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Blue Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (314). Tied by bold strike of "Passaic N.J. Feb. 2, 1909" duplex datestamp on picture postcard addressed locally, Very Fine and very rare commercial use, only a few commercial covers are recorded with Scott 314 and U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations -- the known uses are from Madison Square Station N.Y. and Passaic N.J., offered here, Scott value $3,000.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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321
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Sale 1253, Lot 321, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (315). Guide line strip of four, original gum, small h.r. between each stamp, deep rich color

EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE GUIDE LINE STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 5-CENT 1908 IMPERFORATE WITH U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. TYPE I PERFORATIONS.

A strip of four is the largest recorded multiple and this is the only guide line strip of this issue we have offered since keeping computerized records 30 years ago.

With 1990 P.S.E. certificate. Scott value as a guide line pair is $2,250.00

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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322
og
Sale 1253, Lot 322, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (315). Pair, original gum, h.r. at top, Very Fine, with 1951 and 2002 P.F. certificates

1,100
750
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323
og
Sale 1253, Lot 323, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (315). Paste-up pair, original gum, h.r., small thin spot at right and tiny internal cuts in left "5"s, appears Very Fine, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate

1,900
500
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324
c
Sale 1253, Lot 324, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (315). Pair, used with 2c Carmine, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (320), tied by "New York N.Y. Sta. W Jan. 10 (1909) 12 PM" duplex datestamps on Special Delivery cover to the 3rd Assistant Postmaster General's office in Washington D.C., purple "Fee Claimed at Washington D.C. Jan. 11, 1909" double-circle datestamp, back with two additional Washington D.C. Jan. 11 datestamps, one a wavy-line machine cancel and the other a purple Special Delivery clock-style datestamp, some very slight soiling is inconsequential but mentioned for accuracy

VERY FINE. THIS IS ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED SCOTT 315 COVERS WITH PRIVATE VENDING OR AFFIXING MACHINE PERFORATIONS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS, AND THE ONLY RECORDED ON-COVER PAIR. ONE OF THE GREATEST COVERS OF PRIVATE VENDING AND AFFIXING MACHINE PERFORATIONS AND 20TH CENTURY PHILATELY.

The U.S. Automatic Vending Co. used the 1908 5c Imperforate for a brief period of time to make its Type I coils (Type II and III Scott 315 coils were made only for collectors and are not known on cover). However, there was apparently too little demand for the 5c denomination and it was superseded by the 5c stamp pockets, with two 2c and one 1c stamp.

There are only three recorded on-cover uses of Scott 315 with private vending and affixing machine perforations, each with U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Type I perforations. One of these is in the Miller collection at The New York Public Library, leaving only two available to collectors. In addition, there are only three recorded covers bearing the underlying 5c Scott 315 without private vending machine perforations. The six recorded covers are as follows:

Scott 315:

1) Vertical pair, December 20, 1908, from Indianapolis to Arthur M. Travers, Washington D.C. with 2c vertical coil, Scott 321; the pair was separated from the cover some time after 1954 and has recently been reunited; the 5c pair has few tiny surface scrapes on the top stamp and the 2c has a tear and a crease, 2020 Rarities Sale 1224, lot 190

2) Horizontal pair, April 10, 1909, registered cover from Boston to New York, ex Wagner, Ainsworth and Gross, Sale 1211, lot 551

3) Horizontal pair, April 20, 1917 (out of period use), with two pairs of 2c Hudson-Fulton, 5c pair partly lifted and one thinned with diagonal crease, yeardate of backstamp altered, 1996 Rarities sale

Scott 315 with U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Type I perforations:

4) Pair, used with 2c Carmine Shield, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I, Jan. 11, 1909, on Special Delivery cover from New York to 3rd Asst. PMG office, Washington D.C., earliest documented use of the 5c U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations, the cover offered here

5) Single, Sep. 25, 1914, on 1c Green entire from Fresno Cal. to Bovey Minn., ex Golin, Sale 812, lot 265, currently in the Getlan collection

6) Single, Dec. 18, 1910, used with pair 2c Carmine Shield, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I, plus 3c in other normal postage, on U.S.A.V. corner card cover from New York to Portland Ore., Miller collection at The New York Public Library

The address on this cover appears to read "Mr. Travers, Secretary to 3rd Asst. Postmaster General, Washington D.C." Travers was also the recipient of the cover listed above (no. 1) with a pair of Scott 315 and single Scott 321.

From our 1987 Rarities sale.

E. 20,000-30,000
18,500
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325
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Sale 1253, Lot 325, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (320). Block of ten in 2x5 format with full bottom imprint, original gum, six stamps Mint N.H., four others h.r., brilliant color, Very Fine and exceedingly rare, the U.S. Automatic Vending Co. perforating machines could not handle blocks, so this request item was folded vertically in order to be fed through the machine, this is believed to be the largest known multiple of the 2c Shield with U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations, ex Dr. Agris, with 1997 P.S.E. certificate, unlisted in Scott as a block

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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326
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Sale 1253, Lot 326, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c 1906-08 Shield Issues, Ty. I-II, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (320, 320b, 320c, 320A). Assortment of five original gum items with Ty. I perforations, including guide line pairs of Ty. I Carmine (320) and Ty. I Scarlet (320b), block of four of Ty. I Carmine Rose (320c), pair and guide line strip of four of Ty. II Lake (320A), fresh and Very Fine group, one line pair with P.F. certificate

1,060
1,200
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327
c
Sale 1253, Lot 327, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (320). Bright color, tied by "Brooklyn N.Y. Sta. S Feb. 25, 1909 1230 AM" wavy-line machine cancel on buff cover with printed address for George S. Dana, Commercial Travelers Mutual Accident Association of America in Utica N.Y., receiving backstamps, central file fold was long ago reinforced by some scotch tape at top into the postmark, still Very Fine and very rare on-cover use of the 2c Shield with U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations, with 1991 A.P.S. and 1997 P.F. certificates, Scott value $4,250.00

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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328
og
Sale 1253, Lot 328, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (343). Mint N.H. paste-up strip of four with huge leader at top, the size of seven additional stamps, showing part imprints in three places in the leader as well as a trace of a plate number and plate printers' initials, Very Fine and striking piece

E. 200-300
425
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329
c
Sale 1253, Lot 329, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (343). Tied by "New York N.Y. Sta. O Jan. 4, 1909 1-PM" wavy-line machine cancel on Bronx River picture postcard to Bellport N.Y., Very Fine, the earliest documented use of Scott 343, obviously also the earliest documented use of a private perforation on this issue, ex Belasco, with 2014 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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330
c
Sale 1253, Lot 330, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (344). Two, used with normal imperforate 1c Green (343) and tied by "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 3, 1909" machine cancel on "The Bellevue-Stratford Philadelphia" hotel corner card cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Very Fine, a colorful and attractive use from this famous hotel, which was the site of the discovery of Legionnaires' disease in 1976, when 29 people died after exposure to Legionella bacteria at an American Legion conference at the hotel, ex Belasco

E. 300-400
475
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331
c
Sale 1253, Lot 331, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Green, 2c Carmine, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (343-344). Pair of 1c and strip of four of 2c, tied by "Reg" oval cancels on 1909 registered cover to Guadalajara, Mexico, Wheaton & Loweree New York corner card, "Gen. P.O. New York N.Y. Oct. 21, 1909" provisional registry label handstamped in pink and wrapped around bottom with "93208" registration number, light blue "Ciudad Juarez" registered handstamp, back with purple "El Paso Tex. Registered Oct. 26, 1909" double-circle datestamp along with red "New York Reg" boxed handstamp and light blue Mexican "Certificado" oval handstamps, cover with small edge tears not affecting any stamps, Very Fine, a colorful and scarce use to Mexico with the 2c 1908 issue with U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations, the addressee was a stamp collector, with 2007 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,300
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332
og
Sale 1253, Lot 332, U.S. Automatic Vending Company3c Deep Violet, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (345). Guide line strip of four, original gum, multiple h.r., bright color, one stamp tiny thin spot, appears Very Fine

200
350
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333
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Sale 1253, Lot 333, U.S. Automatic Vending Company3c Deep Violet, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (345). Two blocks of four with different spacing and in different shades, first with 2.4mm spacing and a darker shade, second with 2.6mm spacing and a lighter shade, original gum, first h.r. and second lightly hinged, Very Fine and scarce blocks, the U.S. Automatic Vending Co. perforating machines could not handle blocks, so these request items were folded vertically in order to be fed through the machine, unpriced in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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334
c
Sale 1253, Lot 334, U.S. Automatic Vending Company3c Deep Violet, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (345). Pair, used with pair, 2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, Brinkerhoff Ty. IIa, Coiled Sideways, tied by "Pine Lawn Mo. Jan. 3, 1910" grid duplex datestamps on registered C. H. Mekeel 2c entire to Hay Springs Nebr., purple "Pine Lawn Mo. Registered Jan. 3, 1910 P.M." circular datestamp, Hay Springs receiving backstamp, fresh and Very Fine, the 3c 1909 issue with U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations is very rare on cover and is known only as stamp dealer uses, the 2c Alaska-Yukon with Brinkerhoff Ty. II or IIa perforations is also very scarce on cover, again with all known examples stamp dealer uses, ex Howard

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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335
og
Sale 1253, Lot 335, U.S. Automatic Vending Company4c Orange Brown, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (346). Guide line strip of four, original gum, multiple h.r., rich color, Very Fine

300
225
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336
ogbl
Sale 1253, Lot 336, U.S. Automatic Vending Company4c Orange Brown, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (346). Block of four, original gum, central h.r., rich color, Very Fine and very rare block, the U.S. Automatic Vending Co. perforating machines could not handle blocks, so this request item was folded vertically in order to be fed through the machine, ex Dr. Agris, with 1989 A.P.S. certificate, unpriced in Scott

E. 750-1,000
800
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337
og
Sale 1253, Lot 337, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (347). Guide line strip of eight, consisting of guide line strip of four at bottom and strip of four at top, original gum, top and bottom stamps h.r., others Mint N.H., rich color, Very Fine and scarce large guide line strip

760
950
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338
c
Sale 1253, Lot 338, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (347). Pair, used with pair 2c Carmine, Hudson-Fulton, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (373), tied by blurry strike of New York duplex cancel on 1920 legal-size Special Delivery cover to William Street address in New York City, receiving backstamp dated Dec. 6, 1920, certificate notes 2c stamps with small faults but we see only a crease, cover with spindle hole at top and minor edgewear

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE COVER BEARING A COMBINATION OF THE 1909 5-CENT WASHINGTON AND 2-CENT 1909 HUDSON-FULTON ISSUES WITH U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. PERFORATIONS.

The Belasco book notes that Scott 347 with U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations is extremely rare on cover and known only as a philatelic use. The 2c Hudson-Fulton Ty. II is also very rare, and the combination of stamps on this cover is probably unique.

Ex Wagner. With 2002 P.F. certificate. Scott value $7,500.00 for this combination.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,900
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339
c
Sale 1253, Lot 339, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (347). Two, used with 2c Carmine, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (344), tied by "Washington D.C. Mar. 4, 1909 730 PM" duplex datestamp on Special Delivery cover to Savannah Ga., 5c stamps with small faults and 2c defective, missing backflap, otherwise Fine and scarce use, Scott value $2,250.00

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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340
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Sale 1253, Lot 340, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (368). Block of eight in 2x4 format with plate no. 4976 and small star bottom selvage, original gum, bottom six stamps Mint N.H., Very Fine and very rare block with plate no., the U.S. Automatic Vending Co. perforating machines could not handle blocks, so this request item was folded vertically in order to be fed through the machine, with 2006 P.S.E. certificate, unpriced in Scott

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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341
og
Sale 1253, Lot 341, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (368). Strip of four, unused (no gum), bottom pair normal Ty. I perforations and top pair missing perforations, just some evidence of the edges of the slits present but without any notches, Fine and interesting variety, ex Grunin, accompanied by normal paste-up strip of four for comparison

E. 200-300
300
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342
c
Sale 1253, Lot 342, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (368). Tied by clear "Brooklyn N.Y. Feb. 12, 1909 5-PM" First Day of Issue machine cancel on cover with Rapid Transit Subway Construction Co. corner card to local address, fresh and perfect condition

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST DAY COVER OF THE TWO-CENT IMPERFORATE LINCOLN CENTENARY ISSUE WITH U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. PERFORATIONS. ONLY THREE ARE RECORDED.

We record only three First Day Lincoln imperforate covers with private vending and affixing machine perforations, each with U.S.A.V. Ty. I perforations. All three were postmarked in Brooklyn on Feb. 12, 1909. On that date an advertisement was placed in the New York Times by Frederick Loeser & Co. stating that three vending machines would be selling the new Lincoln stamps in their Brooklyn N.Y. store. In addition to the three mentioned covers, there are only seven First Day covers recorded with the underlying Scott 368 issue.

Scott value as No. 368 First Day cover is $14,500.00.

E. 5,000-7,500
3,750
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343
c
Sale 1253, Lot 343, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (368). Used with pair 4c Orange Brown, Schermack Ty. III (346), tied by "Chicago Ill." oval cancels on 2c entire to Des Moines Iowa, Hugh M. Clark stamp dealer corner card, bold purple "Registered/ Return Receipt Demanded" handstamp and magenta "Registered No. 802167" boxed handstamp, magenta "Chicago Ill. Registered Nov. 14, '11" double-circle datestamp on back tie a "Clark's Auctions" label

VERY FINE. A RARE COMBINATION USE OF THE 2-CENT LINCOLN WITH U.S.A.V. TYPE I PERFORATIONS AND THE 4-CENT 1908 ISSUE WITH SCHERMACK TYPE III PERFORATIONS.

Both Stanley Gibbons and Scott Stamp & Coin Co. advertised U.S.A.V. coils for sale and used some on their mail. This dual use with U.S.A.V. and Schermack perforations from Hugh Clark is a wonderful example. Scott value $2,250.00.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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344
og
Sale 1253, Lot 344, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (371). Guide line strip of four, original gum, h.r., large margins indicative of the "request" coils made for collectors (the normal margins of this stamp could not fit into the company's vending machines at the Alaska-Yukon Exhibition), Very Fine and choice

500
350
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345
c
Sale 1253, Lot 345, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. Ia (371). Narrow margins and dark color associated with the Ty. I coils stripped for the machines at the Alaska-Yukon Exhibition, tied by "Toledo Ohio Central Sta. Apr. 18, 1916 430 PM" wavy-line machine cancel on Toledo Stamp Co. corner card cover to London, England, with "Opened By Censor. 1794" label wrapped around left edge, fresh and Very Fine, despite the modest catalogue value this coil is very scarce on cover and is known only on late-use stamp dealer/philatelic covers, Scott value $675.00

E. 200-300
250
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346
c
Sale 1253, Lot 346, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (384). Pair with extra perforation notches in top stamp, used with 1c Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (408), tied by "New York Dec. 30, 1914 9 PM" machine cancel on cover to Fevik, Norway, Very Fine and rare, Belasco stated in his book that no commercial uses of Scott 384 with Ty. I perforations are known from the time it was current, this later use to Norway, in combination with the 1912 1c with Ty. I perforations, is likely unique, with 2012 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,000
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347
og
Sale 1253, Lot 347, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Green, 2c Carmine, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I (408-409). Guide line strips of four, original gum, 1c h.r., 2c Mint N.H., fresh and Very Fine

Sale 1253, Lot 347, U.S. Automatic Vending Company
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250
400
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348
og
Sale 1253, Lot 348, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Blue Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (314). Strip of four, original gum, h.r., rich color, fresh, Very Fine and choice

300
325
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349
og
Sale 1253, Lot 349, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (315). Guide line pair, original gum, minor h.r., even margins and bright color

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE AND CHOICE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 5-CENT U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. TYPE II COIL.

With 1988 P.F. certificate

2,500
1,900
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350
og
Sale 1253, Lot 350, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (315). Strip of three with portion of sheet margin leader at left, original gum, lightly hinged, Very Fine and rare in a format larger than a pair, with 1992 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value as a pair without premium for the third stamp

1,100
1,500
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351
og
Sale 1253, Lot 351, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Scarlet, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (320b). Guide line strip of four, original gum, single h.r. in middle, brilliant color, Extremely Fine

500
850
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352
og
Sale 1253, Lot 352, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (368). Guide line strip of four, original gum, single h.r. at center, Very Fine and choice, with 1981 P.F. certificate

400
550
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353
og
Sale 1253, Lot 353, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (371). Strip of three with guide line pair at left, original gum, h.r., large margins, Very Fine and choice, with 1991 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value as guide line pair without premium for the third stamp

165
275
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354
c
Sale 1253, Lot 354, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (371). Large margins and rich color, tied by "Hudson N.Y. Jan. 21, 1913 730 PM" machine cancel on stamp dealer corner card cover to Beaver Dam Wis., Extremely Fine, despite the modest catalogue value the 2c Alaska-Yukon with U.S.A.V. Ty. II perforations is "extremely rare on cover" according to the Belasco book, and is known only on philatelic covers, Power Search does not list another example, with 1988 P.S.E. certificate, Scott value $650.00

E. 200-300
325
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355
nh
Sale 1253, Lot 355, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Hudson-Fulton, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (373). Mint N.H. strip of six with sheet margin leader at left, bright color, Very Fine, the largest recorded multiple according to the Belasco book, Scott value as a strip of four and a pair

500
700
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356
og
Sale 1253, Lot 356, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Hudson-Fulton, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (373). Guide line strip of four, original gum, guide line pair is Mint N.H., outer stamps h.r., even margins, Extremely Fine, with 1984 P.F. certificate

500
425
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357
 
Sale 1253, Lot 357, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Hudson-Fulton, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (373). Guide line pair, tied by wavy-line machine cancel on piece, Extremely Fine and rare used guide line pair, unlisted in Scott as used

E. 500-750
325
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358
c
Sale 1253, Lot 358, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Hudson-Fulton, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (373). Tied by "New York N.Y. Sta. D Oct. 2, 1909 1130 AM" machine cancel on Hotel Imperial Hudson-Fulton Celebration multicolored illustrated cover to Salem Mass., receiving backstamp, bright and fresh, accompanying certificate calls a "light horizontal crease" on the stamp at right, which is tiny and all but invisible and frankly ludicrous to mention on such a cover, Extremely Fine, this issue is very rare on cover and this use with the Hudson-Fulton illustrated design is extraordinary, with 2010 P.F. certificate, Scott value $2,750.00

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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359
c
Sale 1253, Lot 359, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (383). Two, tied by "Hudson Term. Sta. N.Y. Feb. 20, 1912 8-PM" machine cancel on cover to Nashville Tenn., stamps lifted and replaced to confirm the watermark, small cover nicks and staining at left of right stamp not mentioned on certificate, half of backflap missing, Very Fine appearance and very scarce on-cover use, with 2010 P.F. certificate, Scott value $1,100.00

E. 400-500
550
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360
c
Sale 1253, Lot 360, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. II (384). Tied by "Brockton Mass. Oct. 28, 1912 1-45 P" machine cancel on knitting company corner card cover to Milford N.H., receiving backstamp, stamp with minute tear at left, cover with small edge tear at right

VERY FINE AND RARE ON-COVER USE OF THE 2-CENT 1910 ISSUE WITH U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. TYPE II PERFORATIONS.

The "Two Cent" Washington imperforate with U.S.A.V. Ty. II perforations is very rare on cover, either as the single-line watermark stamp (384), or as the earlier double-line watermark (344). According to the Belasco book, some of the covers identified as Scott 384 based on the date they were postmarked are in fact Scott 344, as U.S.A.V. had not exhausted its supply of that stamp. This is offered as Scott 384 but has not been lifted to confirm. It is immaterial which stamp is correct as both are equally rare and Scott value is the same.

With 2004 P.F. certificate. Scott value $3,000.00

E. 1,500-2,000
1,200
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361
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Sale 1253, Lot 361, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (315). Guide line pair, original gum, lightly hinged, rich color and choice centering, Very Fine and rare guide line pair, with 1985 P.F. certificate

2,250
2,400
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362
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Sale 1253, Lot 362, U.S. Automatic Vending Company5c Blue, Imperforate, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (315). Strip of three, original gum, end stamps Mint N.H., center stamp minor h.r., slight toning band not mentioned on accompanying certificate, appears Very Fine, with clear 1985 P.F. certificate, Scott value as a pair without premium for the third stamp

1,100
1,500
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363
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Sale 1253, Lot 363, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Scarlet, Ty. I, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (320b). Guide line strip of four, original gum, central h.r., brilliant color and large margins, fresh and Extremely Fine, with 1995 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco)

300
550
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364
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Sale 1253, Lot 364, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III, Experimental Perf 11.75 (368 var). Guide line pair, original gum, h.r., rich color

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE GUIDE LINE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT LINCOLN U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. TYPE III WITH EXPERIMENTAL GAUGE 11.75 ROSBACK PERFORATIONS.

According the to Belasco book, the 2c Lincoln experimental coil was made from imperforate sheet stamps, with 11.75 gauge perforations applied by a Rosback machine. U.S.A.V. also used the Rosback machine on some of its test coils, as demonstrated in lot 314.

With 1991 P.S.E. certificate

7,500
3,750
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365
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Sale 1253, Lot 365, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Lincoln, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III, Experimental Perf 11.75 (368 var). Pair, original gum, lightly hinged, bright color, left stamp minor gum bend

VERY FINE. A RARE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT LINCOLN U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING CO. TYPE III WITH EXPERIMENTAL GAUGE 11.75 ROSBACK PERFORATIONS.

According the to Belasco book, the 2c Lincoln experimental coil was made from imperforate sheet stamps, with 11.75 gauge perforations applied by a Rosback machine. U.S.A.V. also used the Rosback machine on some of its test coils, as demonstrated in lot 314.

With 1974 A.P.S. certificate.

3,500
4,000
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366
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Sale 1253, Lot 366, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (371). Strip of four with top imprint and plate no. 5236, original gum, several small h.r., tiny thin spot in plate number and horizontal crease in selvage, these are inconsequential issues on this Extremely Fine and striking position piece, with 2017 P.F. certificate

E. 300-400
400
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367
 
Sale 1253, Lot 367, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Alaska-Yukon, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (371). With "W.H.M.S." selvage at left, used with 10c Registration (F1) and tied together by St. Louis registry oval cancels on reduced cover front only to Akron O., stamp dealer Wm. A. Sisson return corner card, Very Fine and extremely rare, the Belasco book states that this is the only known "cover", with 1999 A.P.S. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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368
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Sale 1253, Lot 368, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Hudson-Fulton, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (371). Guide line strip of four, original gum, deep rich color, pos. 3 tiny thin spot at top, still Very Fine, with 1995 P.S.E. certificate (co-signed Belasco)

350
170
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369
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Sale 1253, Lot 369, U.S. Automatic Vending Company1c Green, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. I, II, III (383). Three strips of four of the same underlying stamp showing all three U.S.A.V. perforation types, Ty. I and Ty. II are guide line strips, Ty. III is a normal strip, tied by indistinct cancels on Oct. 25, 1913 registered 2c entire from Bovey Minn. to New York, purple "Registered No." boxed handstamp with manuscript "298", five separate registered backstamps from Bovey and New York struck between Oct. 25 and Oct. 28, unusual over-inked indicia, minor edgewear touches one stamp at bottom and one stamp in Ty. II strip with light crease

VERY FINE. A FANTASTIC EXHIBIT COVER SHOWING ALL THREE TYPES OF VENDING MACHINE PERFORATIONS USED BY THE U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING COMPANY.

While pure "commercial" covers are desirable to many postal history collectors, we are grateful to stamp dealers for creating some of the most striking rarities in the area of vending and affixing machine perforations. W. H. Mackie, a stamp dealer from Bovey Minn., created this cover and was also the addressee on one of the three recorded 5c Lincoln U.S.A.V. Ty. I covers. This cover is almost certainly unique.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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370
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Sale 1253, Lot 370, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Ty. I, Imperforate Coil. U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (459). Pair, original gum, h.r., rich color

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE PAIR OF THE 2-CENT SCOTT 459 WITH U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING MACHINE COMPANY TYPE III PERFORATIONS. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL PRIVATE VENDING AND AFFIXING MACHINE ISSUES. ONLY THREE UNUSED PAIRS ARE KNOWN.

The Belasco book (p. 161) states that only two or three unused pairs exist and that no used pairs are known. We are aware of three P.F. certified unused pairs, two of which are sound. The unused pairs are as follows:

1) Original gum, sound, ex Lilly, Voit, Dr. Agris and Belaso, Sale 990, lot 737, 1986 Rarities sale

2) Original gum, h.r., sound, ex "Christopher" collection (1990 Ivy, Shreve & Mader sale), the example offered here

3) Original gum, left stamp tiny thin spot, 2016 Rarities Sale 1129, lot 423

Signed in pencil "George B. Sloane". With 1947 A.P.S. and 1978 P.F. certificates.

22,500
18,000
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371
 
Sale 1253, Lot 371, U.S. Automatic Vending Company2c Carmine, Ty. I, Imperforate Coil, U.S. Automatic Vending Co. Ty. III (459). Deep rich color, wavy-lines machine cancel

FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE 2-CENT SCOTT 459 WITH U.S. AUTOMATIC VENDING MACHINE COMPANY TYPE III PERFORATIONS. ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL PRIVATE VENDING AND AFFIXING MACHINE ISSUES. ONLY TWO USED STAMPS ARE KNOWN.

The Belasco book (p. 161) states that only two or three used examples exist of Scott 459 with U.S.A.V. Ty. III perforations. We are aware of only two P.F. certified examples, with the stamp offered here the only sound example. The used stamps are as follows:

1) Single, wavy-line machine cancel, sound, the example offered here

2) Single, wavy-line machine cancel, small corner crease, PF 293385

With 1969 P.F. certificate.

15,000
5,750
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