Sale 1232 — United States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 30-31 March, 2021

Category — Local Posts and Independent Mails: Brainard thru Eagle City Post

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1766
c
Sale 1232, Lot 1766, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Brainard thru Eagle City PostCity Express Post, Philadelphia Pa., (2c) Black on Pink (44L2). Full right margin, other sides touching to slightly in, unusually fine impression, uncancelled and affixed to Jan. 5. 1846 folded printed notice to Burlington N.J., accompanying P.F. certificate declines opinion on whether stamp originates, blue "Philadelphia Pa. Jan. 8" circular datestamp, matching "2" in double-line circle

FRESH AND VERY FINE. ONLY SIX EXAMPLES OF THE CITY EXPRESS POST STAMP ON PINK PAPER ARE RECORDED, INCLUDING FIVE COVERS (NONE CANCELLED).

Robson Lowe attributed the City Express Post to Calvin Tyson and claimed that D. O. Blood bought the business on November 26, 1846. Subsequent research by Steven M. Roth has failed to find the source documentation to substantiate (or refute) Lowe's statements. In fact, little is known about this post, except that it existed from 1844 to 1846 and issued stamps in 1846; this much is known from the surviving covers with handstamped markings and adhesives.

The printed circular announces the opening of a dry goods store in Philadelphia and invites the addressee in New Jersey to "an early call when you next visit the City." The notice is dated January 5, but it was not postmarked until January 8, a three-day delay. The wording makes it clear that the circulars were intended for recipients outside of Philadelphia, and the bulk of them were probably brought to the post office for mailing on January 5 or the day after. This one was probably addressed and sent after the initial mailing, and the City Express Post was used to bring it to the post office. The three-day lapse between the notice date and day of mailing actually lends credence to the use of a local-post stamp for delivery of a circular to the post office, which is a very uncommon usage.

See Siegel Sale 925, lot 1482 for a census of the six recorded stamps. Ex Souren, Gibson, Middendorf and Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate as described above. Scott value for unused stamp is $10,000.00, for on-cover is $20,000.00

E. 2,000-3,000
1,900