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BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1820 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER FROM JOHN & GEORGE PRATT (INDIA WHARF). - POSTAL HISTORY BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1820 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER FROM JOHN & GEORGE PRATT (INDIA WHARF).

The Pratts were merchants and among the founders of Boston's trading center--India Wharf. The letter is to John Kyes, of Concord and provides a reference for William Stearns who served on the brig Warbler under Captain Harvey. "who had a good opinion of his character...and found him upright and honest."  Letter is signed by both John and George Pratt, two historic figures in early Boston maritime trade.

India Wharf (1804-ca.1962) in Boston, Massachusetts, flourished in the 19th century, when it was one of the largest commercial wharves in the port. The structure began in 1804 to accommodate international trade at a time when several other improvements to the Boston waterfront occurred, such as the creation of Broad Street and India Street. Funders and organizers of the construction of India Wharf in 1803 on the waterfront near Long Wharf included Francis Cabot Lowell, Uriah Cotting, [Henry?] Jackson (d.1806), James Lloyd Jr., and Harrison Gray Otis. Builders completed the wharf in 1804. Architect Charles Bulfinch designed the building atop the wharf, completed in 1807. The long stone building housed 32 stores.

Merchants operating from India Wharf included China traders Russell and Company (1824); Samuel Austin, Jr.; James Carter; J.T. Coolidge; Samuel Devens; Thomas Dixon; Francis Ellis; Thomas and Edward Motley; Henry Oxnard; John Pratt & Son; Robert B. Storer; Thwing & Perkins.

THE ARISTOCRACY OF BOSTON—1848

PRATT, GEORGE. Son of the late Capt. John Pratt, who followed a successful trade in the Gulf of Mexico, while Spain was at war with England. Retired from sea, and was the first to run regular packets in the New Orleans trade; and after George had had a good training, formed with him, John Pratt & Son—still keeping the New Orleans packet and cotton trade. John bought the large house at the head of Pearl-street, formerly owned by Jonathan Harris, called "Harris's Folly.' George married a daughter of Giles Lodge. Excellent parentage on both sides! His industry and prudence have deserved and secured wealth; and his kind heart and cheerful temper will make him happy.

Letter shows considerable wear where it was worn at the bottom resulting in a large tear that runs up through half the letter.  However, the signatures, the most valuable part of this communication, are intact and historically significant.

 

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PEEKSKILL NEW YORK 1898 COVER WITH 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STAMP (SCOTT 288) - POSTAL-HISTORY PEEKSKILL NEW YORK 1898 COVER WITH 5-CENT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI STAMP (SCOTT 288)

Covers with the 5-cent blue Trans-Miss stamp are few and far between.  Stamp has straight edge on right, double circle cancel. Mailed to King at Arms, London, England.  In blue marking crayon, someone has added Queen Vic Sv at bottom. Queen Victoria was the reigning monarch at the time and perhaps this was sent to her. Additional markings on back. Opened somewhat roughly at left.

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NEW LONDON CONNECTICUT 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER - POSTAL HISTORY NEW LONDON CONNECTICUT 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH FANCY FIVE RATE

Clean stampless folded letter in excellent condition. New London postmark with the fancy FIVE rate mark. Interesting lawyer letter regarding collection of a debt in the amount of $49. Letter was handed to Captain Beal of the Steamer Mayflower to deliver to the addressee since Beal's son was of the assignees in the matter. Letter is signed by A. C. Lippitt, attorney.

The steamer Mayflower; Captain Beal; travelling on the South Shore—Hingham, Cohasset, Weymouth, Plymouth; the places passed by the Mayflower, on her trips to Hingham—South Boston, the Houses of Correction, Industry, and Reformation for Juvenile Offenders; the Hospital and Lunatic Asylum; the Farm School; Deacon Grant; the old race course at Neponset; Squantum, Quincy— the manufacturing establishments in that region; hotels, and private boarding-houses. A. C. Lippitt is Andrew C. Lippitt, of A. C. Lippitt & Sons, admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1839.

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CHICAGO ILLINOIS 1858 COVER WITH SCOTT 26A. LARGE, STRONG FULL DATE POSTMARK. - POSTAL-HISTORY CHICAGO ILLINOIS 1858 COVER WITH SCOTT #26A. LARGE STRONG FULL-DATE POSTMARK

Nice cover. Full postmark on very good Scott 26A stamp. Corner card is on right side noting letter is from Cashier's Office, Land Department, Ill CRRC(?). There is some aging as is to be expected in covers this old.

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andong-korea-1939-japanese-occupation-stamp-on-postal-history-cover-to-caney-kansas KOREA - ANDONG - 1939 JAPANESE OCCUPATION STAMP ON POSTAL HISTORY COVER TO CANEY, KANSAS

Clean cover with Andong, Korea, postmark on Japanese stamp used during the occupation of Korea in 1939.  Cover is from H. T. Baugh, possibly a missionary, to Bertie Burns, Caney, Kansas.  Cover has small tear upper left side and small portion of lower right corner is missing.

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reuben-eaton-fenton-new-york-senator-free-franked-washington-dc-1862-cover DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - WASHINGTON 1862 COVER FREE FRANKED BY REUBEN EATON FENTON, NEW YORK SENATOR

Full WAshington DC Free double circle postmark on free franked cover signed R E Fenton mc.  Reuben Eaton Fenton (July 4, 1819 – August 25, 1885) was an American merchant and politician from New York. In 1840, he was named commander of the New York Militia's 162nd Infantry Regiment with the rank of colonel. He was elected as a Democrat to the 33rd United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. He left the Democratic Party to help organize the Republican Party, and was later elected, as a Republican, to the 35th, 36th, 37th and 38th United States Congresses, and served from 1857 to 1865. He was Governor of New York from 1865 to 1868. In 1868, he was among the candidates to be Vice President. In January 1869, he was elected a Senator from New York and served from 1869 to 1875. He was known as "The Soldiers' Friend" for his efforts to help returning Civil War veterans. He worked to remove tuition charges for public education, helped to establish six schools for training teachers, and signed the charter for Cornell University. The town of Fenton, NY, is named for him. His former home in Jamestown is the site of the Fenton History Center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.  After his death, a building at The State University of New York at Fredonia, Fenton Hall, was named in his honor because he had attended the previous incarnation of the school, the Fredonia Academy. Fenton Avenue in the Bronx, is named for him.

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OWENSBORO KENTUCKY 1850S COVER TO WEEDSPORT, NEW YORK WITH DARK CLARET SCOTT #11 - POSTAL HISTORY OWENSBORO KENTUCKY 1850S COVER TO WEEDSPORT, NEW YORK WITH DARK CLARET SCOTT #11

Outstanding four-margin copy of Scott #11 on this cover. Side margins are huge. Bold Owensboro Kentucky March 24 postmark. Although the scan may not show it well, the stamp is dark claret. Full flap on back. Excellent addition to any discerning collection.

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zeppelin-covers-for-sale-german-american-european-south-american-flights ZEPPELIN COVERS

We have a large selection of zeppelin flight covers for sale.  Flights from Germany, Europe, the United States, Middle East, Japan, South America.  Good cachets and postmarks including on-board. Few with content. Please let us know the flight(s) you need.  There's a good chance we have it in stock. Prices start around $50 and up. The illustrated covers are franked with US C13-15 plate number singles.  Price for these covers is $1,200.

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NEW YORK 1852 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH PAID1 CT IN RED POSTMARK. SEE LETTER DETAILS - POSTAL-HISTORY NEW YORK 1852 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH PAID 1 CT IN RED POSTMARK. SEE LETTER DETAILS

Letter from L. H. Moore Company, 122 Broadway, New York City, of E&J Harding, Danville, VA regarding how they do business and what their terms are.  The Moore Company was a well-known distributor of dry goods.  See scan for the full text, but here are some excerpts: "The cost of all goods shall be quoted to the buyer in every instance, & no article shall be averaged up from the original cost.  We shall charge a uniform profit of five per cent upon the cost, and no more under any circumstances for large or small bills."  "Our terms are strictly cash. All bills not paid on delivery must positively be paid within 30 days. We will not make out duplicate bills varying from the original in any case, neither will we make a discount to manufacturing, bobbers, & other buyers on any goods; whether imported, bought at auction, or at private sale, either for cash or credit..."  "We chall not deliver goods to houses who usually put us to the expense of sending for paymehnt at the expiration of 30ds..." "We shall be buying from $1,000 to $5,000 per cay at auction during the business season..."

The letter continues with a list of the varioius products they carry. Quite easy to read. No rips or tears No wax seal to cause a rip of any kind.  Full but slightly smudged  New-York Paid 1 Ct postmark.

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taunton-massachusetts-1847-stampless-folded-letter-to-providence-ri-wonderful-letter TAUNTON MASSACHUSETTS 1847 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND - WONDERFUL LETTER

Absolutely wonderful letter from Sarah, of Taunton, MA, to Miss Emilie Carpenter, Providence RI.  Here's a sample of what it contained: "I was sitting at the window, and as it stormed violently, I was much surprised to have a cab stop at the door and a New Bedford gentleman (a Mr. Parker) was announced.  He is a friend of mine. He brought three letters, all saying I was expected back with him in the next train. The emergency was the great annual ball to be held there that evening..."  It goes on to describe her Cinderella-like evening including: "My dress was a straw colored lace, over a white satin".  Four pages of easy to read writing.  Envelope has an unlisted rimless Taunton postmark (light blue) with manuscript 5.  The back flap of the envelope is missing.

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