Sale 1263 — The George J. Kramer Collection of U.S. & C.S.A. Telegraph Covers
Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
Category — Telegraph Companies (Speed's thru Vermont & Boston incl. 1847 Issue)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT 1847 ISSUE ON A SPEED'S TELEGRAPH OFFICE COVER.
John J. Speed Jr. affiliated himself with Samuel Morse in the mid 1840s. He conducted tests in 1847 between Cleveland and Buffalo which were to thoroughly convince Morse that "sound telegraphy" would be more efficient than any of the other possible techniques. He built and operated several key sections to the Great Lakes using the Morse patent.
USPCS census no. 4484. Accompanied by a second stampless cover with a different Speed's imprint (not sent through the mails)
VERY FINE. WITHOUT QUESTION THE GREATEST 1847 ISSUE TELEGRAPH COVER AND ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST STRIKING OF ALL 1847 ILLUSTRATED COVERS. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE KRAMER TELEGRAPH COLLECTION.
This well-known telegraph company design illustrates ships, a train, post rider, postman and turtle, above which is a telegraphic lightning bolt connected to a hand and quill, the obvious implication being that the telegraph beats all other forms of communication.
This is the better-known example of two 1847 Issue envelopes with this design. The other is from a more recent discovery and is ex Benjamin Franklin Bailar. Both covers are addressed to Miss Sophia H. Ring at Springfield, Massachusetts. This cover is postmarked at Middlebury, Vermont (Dec. 18, 1850), and the 5c stamp is tied by criss-crossed blue grids. The other cover bears no Middlebury postmark, but the use of pencil to cancel (and tie) the 5c stamp suggests it may have been carried outside the mails (by express) or by railroad. This cover is also one of only two recorded 1847s with a Waterbury, Vermont, postmark. The other is a plain 5c use.
USPCS census no. 13929. Illustrated in Graham's "Great Stamps Make Greater Covers" (The American Philatelist, Oct. 1977) and The Postal History of Vermont (CC Handbook 21, p. 171). Ex George C. Slawson (Vermont Postal History, Sale 360, lot 73), Paul C. Rohloff (Sale 512, lot 65) and Dr. Leonard Kapiloff (Sale 743, lot 90). P.F. certificate no. 25434 no longer accompanies.