Sale 1248 — The Magnolia Collection of U.S. Mail in China and Japan: Part 1
Sale Date — Thursday, 16 December, 2021
Category — Mail to China
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR THREE-COLOR COMBINATION OF 1861 ISSUES IN EARLY SHADES, USED TO PAY THE 45-CENT RATE TO CHINA BY BRITISH MAIL VIA SOUTHAMPTON.
Dr. Rosewell H. Graves, a medical professional from a prominent Baltimore family, spent 57 years in China as a missionary, from 1855 until his death in 1912. He was particularly determined to spread the gospel to Chinese women and developed a strategy of having female missionaries travel house to house with bible in hand. Dr. Graves also performed valuable medical service by vaccinating hundreds of children and treating thousands of Chinese. Details of his life may be found at http://bdcconline.net/en/stories/r-h-graves .
Ex Seybold (with his handstamp on back) and Starnes.