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washington-city-dc-1845-stampless-folded-letter-to-philadelphia WASHINGTON CITY DC 1845 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO PHILADELPHIA

Light but clear red postmark and numeral 5 rate. No content. SFL was folded down middle. Average condition.

charleston-south-carolina-1850-stampless-folded-letter-to-auburn-maine CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA 1850 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO AUBURN MAINE

Brief note in a stampless folded letter that contained a check paying an invoice.  Clear 1850 red postmark of the line over 10 variety. 

boston-massachusetts-1830-stampless-folded-letter-to-cuttingsville-vermont BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1830 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO CUTTINGSVILLE VERMONT

Nice early letter to B. Brown in Cuttingsville, VT, regarding apology for not paying debt, Samuel Guile is the writer.  Guile was a contractor and borrowed the money to buy supplies for a construction job.  His client, in turn, has not paid him.  He is sending $50 for a smaller note Brown holds and a deposit on a larger, undisclosed, amount. Clean SFL.

baldwinville-masachusetts-1849-stampless-folded-letter-to-fitzwilliam-new-hampshire BALDWINVILLE MASSACHUSETTS DOUBLE RING POSTMARK 1849 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO FITZWILLIAM NEW HAMPSHIRE

Good double ring postmark and numeral 5 in black on this letter to Dexter Whitteman regarding receipt of his catalog for hats.  From town history records: DEXTER WHITTEMORE son of JOHN WHITTEMORE who came here at an early  date, and kept a small store in the cottage where he lived, was  born in Fitzwilliam, October 9, 1798. When Dexter became of age he  induced his father to buy the store of Dr. Scott, and there engaged  in trade, continuing over forty years.  He is said to have been the  first merchant of Cheshire county to give up the sale of spiritous  liquors. He was chosen to many offices of trust, and was very  generous and liberal in all good works.

manchester-new-hampshire-1847-stampless-folded-letter-to-daniel-osgood-franklin-nh MANCHESTER NEW HAMPSHIRE 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO DANIEL OSGOOD, FRANKLIN NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Osgood family name is prominent in New Hampshire history. This is an interesting letter that appears to be from a law firm (G.H & H. Stearns) to Osgood regarding items belonging to a Mrs. G. White which Osgood may or may not have sold to satisify a debt.  Seems Mrs. White now has the means to pay and would like to get her goods back.  "She is to work in the mill here and is a trying to earn money to settle it up. She is sious (sic) to pay it and save some things that she has there. I think the prospect is favorable at this time that she will do it."   Clean and easy to read. Good postmark PAID and numeral 3 all in red.

gilford-new-hampshire-stampless-cover-to-hanover-nh GILFORD NEW HAMPSHIRE STAMPLESS COVER TO HANOVER NEW HAMPSHIRE

Blue postmark along with blue PAID and 5 markings.  Addressed to Mrs. Priscilla Whipple. Tear in upper left enters postmark. Cover in fair condition. 

perry-maine-manuscript-stampless-cover-to-south-milford-massachusetts PERRY MAINE MANUSCRIPT POSTAL MARKINGS ON STAMPLESS COVER TO SOUTH MILFORD MASSACHUSETTS

Neat cover (no contents). Note enbossing on backflap. Condition very good. Benjamin Marshall married in Bridgewater, December 29, 1768, Mary Hayward, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gannet) Hayward, and a descendant of Thomas Hayward, who came from England and settled in Duxbury before 1638 and became an original proprietor of Bridgewater. Hayward Marshall, son of Benjamin and Mary (Hayward) Marshall, was born April 6, 1771. Hayward Marshall was a prosperous farmer in that part of the Bridgewater known as Marshall's Corner, where he also conducted a tavern for a number of years.

keene-new-hampshire-stampless-folded-letter-to-stoddard-nh KEENE NEW HAMPSHIRE STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO STODDARD NEW HAMPSHIRE

Light red Keene postmard and PAID mark on this cover to Lydia Joslin. No contents. LUKE JOSLIN, born December 22, 1797, married Lydia Foster of Stoddard, Nov. 24, 1824, lived on the old place in "Leominster Corner," until 1840, when they moved to a farm near the village, and in 1855 moved to Keene, where he died June 3, 1875, having been for many years a deacon of the church in Stoddard.

world-war-II-bomber-pilot-missing-in-action-postal-history-cover-san-jose-ca WORLD WAR II BOMBER PILOT MISSING IN ACTION 1944 COVER - MAILED FROM SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA

Very nice cover with four Win the War stamps. Missing box signed by Lt. John A. Harbaugh.  Army Return to Sender marks also on face of cover. Reverse has Army Control Section postmark. Cover was originally mailed from San Jose, CA, March 1, 1944. Peter J. Abell shot down by flak and fighters and crashed near Fulda, GR on a mission to Gotha, GR on 24 Feb 1944 in B-24J #42-100335. Prisoner of War (POW).  The 703d Bombardment Squadron was activated 1 April 1943 at Gowen Field, Idaho. And shifted to Wendover Army Air Field, Utah on 8 June 1943, where initial training with the Consolidated B-24 Liberator took place. The squadron moved to Sioux City Army Air Base, Iowa in July 1943 to complete training. At Sioux City, Iowa, actor Jimmy Stewart was assigned as the squadron's operations officer and became the squadron commander.  The 703d entered combat on 13 December 1943 attacking U-boat installations at Kiel. The unit operated primarily as a strategic bombardment organization until the war ended, striking such targets as industries in Osnabrück, synthetic oil plants in Lutzendorf, chemical works in Ludwigshafen, marshalling yards at Hamm, an airfield at Munich, an ammunition plant at Duneberg, underground oil storage facilities at Ehmen, and factories at Münster. The squadron participated in the Allied campaign against the German aircraft industry attacking a Me 110 aircraft assembly plant at Gotha. This was the longest running continuous air battle of World War II - some two and a half hours of fighter attacks and flak en route and leaving the target area. Bomb damage assessment photographs showed that the plant was knocked out of production indefinitely. The unit helped to prepare for the invasion of Normandy by bombing airfields, V-1 and V-2 launch sites, and other targets. It attacked shore installations on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and supported ground forces at Saint-Lô by striking enemy defenses in July 1944. During the Battle of the Bulge, between December 1944 and January 1945 it bombed German communications. Early on 24 March 1945 the 703d dropped food, medical supplies, and ammunition to troops that landed near Wesel during the airborne assault across the Rhine and that afternoon flew a bombing mission to the same area, hitting a landing ground at Stormede. 

world-war-II-bomber-pilot-missing-in-action-postal-history-cover-malone-ny WORLD WAR II BOMBER PILOT MISSING IN ACTION 1944 COVER - MAILED FROM MALONE NEW YORK

Attractive cover with a variety of significant postal markings. 6.5 cents postage for airmail service. Upper left has Missing in Action March 31, 1944 mark signed by Capt. Ingram.  Military Return to Sender mark is in center.  Reverse has U.S. Army Control Center cancel plus APO 587 handstamp along with a torn 1943 Christmas Seal. No contents. George Knight Pond, of Malone, New York, 95, died May 28, 2013.  Mr. Pond graduated from Franklin Academy in 1936 and attended Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. In 1940, he became a flying cadet in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After graduation he served as second lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. On March 8, 1944, after flying 17 combat missions with his B-17 named the Bad Penney, Lieutenant Pond's replacement B-17, named the Iron Ass, was shot down by German fighter planes (Focke Wolf 190s) as the lead plane of a force of 300 B-17's while on a raid over Berlin. Captured, he spent over a year as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft 1, the Barth-on-the-Baltic prison camp in Germany. Here he would serve as godfather to 6 fellow prisoners. Freed in April of 1945, First Lieutenant Pond was awarded several prestigious medals of honor including the Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Combat Clusters, the POW Medal, and the American Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, but perhaps the most important honor was his selection to man the controls of the plane that flew the prisoners of war, now freed from the prison camp, out of Germany and back to England. Upon his return, Pond served as the president of Pond Electric and Battery Service Inc., a firm originally founded by his father. He was also the proprietor of Pond Hearing Aids until he retired in 2005.