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shanghai-china-1914-postal-history-cover-to-finland-via-siberia CHINA - SHANGHAI 1914 POSTAL HISTORY COVER TO FINLAND VIA SIBERIA

Cover was originally business size and has been reduced on both sides.  Open on both sides and bottom, probably for display purposes.  Attractive cover with correct postal markings for Siberia route. 

$25.00
CHIPPEWA FALLS WISCONSIN SCOTT #26 ON COVER. GREAT POSTMARK! - POSTAL-HISTORY CHIPPEWA FALLS WISCONSIN #26 ON COVER. GREAT POSTMARK!

Excellent, full Chippewa Falls postmark on this nice early cover to Concord, New Hampshire.

$15.00
CINCINNATI OHIO 1852 STAMPED FOLDED LETTER TO SALEM MASSACHUSETTS. SCOTT 11A CINCINNATI OHIO 1852 STAMPED FOLDED LETTER TO SALEM MASSACHUSETTS. SCOTT 11A EARLY USAGE PLUS GREAT LETTER

Scott 11A is listed in Scott as first issued in 1853. This 11A is tied to a stamped folded letter mailed March 27, 1852. Solid and full postmark. Letter is between business partners Edward D. Kimball of Salem, and John Swasey, in Cincinnati at that time. It discusses upcoming cotton transactions as well as the writer's daughter visiting the recipient. Excellent early historical letter of commerce in the mid 1800s.

John Swasey, bark, 294 tons, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1850. Reg. June 10, 1851. Nathaniel A. Kimball, Edward D. Kimball, Franklin D. Reed, Boston, John Swasey & Co., Cincinnati, owners; John Phillips, master. Reg. Jan. 17, 1853.  Nathaniel A. Kimball, Edward D. Kimball, Thomas P. Pingree, John Swasey & Co., Cincinnati, owners ; Samuel Hill, master. Reg. Sept. 15, 1854.  Edward D. Kimball, Nathaniel A. Kimball, Chas. H. Miller, Thomas P. Pingree, owners; William Arnold, master.

THE NAUMKEAG STEAM COTTON COMPANY

David Pingree (1795-1863), merchant, ship owner, president of the Naumkeag Bank, and Mayor of Salem in 1851, was the first president of the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company. He was succeeded by Edward D. Kimball (1811-1867), also a Salem merchant and ship owner. Both of these men were also active in the African trade, their ships going to West Africa or Zanzibar. It seems to be somewhat more than coincidental that one of the products most in demand in Africa was American cotton cloth, which was traded for hides, ivory, and particularly gum copal, a resin used in varnish. This connection allowed another new industry to flourish in Salem, Jonathan Whipple’s gum copal processing works at the foot of Turner Street.

The Africans prized the fine quality cotton sheeting. They called it ‘Mericani (American cloth). A specific example is taken from the outward manifest of the brig Ganges of Salem for October 5, 1839. Among a mixed cargo is found an entry for four cases (4,505 ½ yards) of bleached shirting valued at $527.11.14 The primary (later, exclusive) product of Naumkeag Mills, was cotton sheeting.

The company grew steadily. By the turn of the 20th century more than 2,700 looms were in operation weaving Pequot sheets, and in 1909 the Danvers Bleachery became part of the Naumkeag operation. The mills were Salem’s largest

employer and, in turn, provided jobs for immigrants from Ireland, French Canada, and Poland and Eastern Europe. But disaster struck on June 25, 1914. The mill complex, then consisting of twenty buildings, perished in the great Salem fire.

$100.00
octava-chanute-glider-inventor-souvenir-sheet-cinderella CINDERELLA - OCTAVE CHANUTE GLIDER INVENTOR SOUVENIR SHEET OF FOUR

Full gum on reverse, never hinged souvenir panel of four views honoring Octave Chanute, whose early wing designs helped develop the first airplanes.  A must for any airplane, aeronautics collector. Octave Chanute immigrated to the United States in 1838. He attended private schools in New York and began his training as a budding civil engineer in 1848. He was widely considered brilliant and innovative in the engineering profession. Chanute first became interested in aviation watching a balloon take off in Peoria, IL, in 1856. Applying his engineering background, Chanute collected all available data from flight experimenters around the world and combined it with the knowledge gathered as a civil engineer in the past. At the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Chanute organized in collaboration with Albert Zahm a highly successful International Conference on Aerial Navigation. Chanute was too old to fly himself, so he partnered with younger experimenters, including Augustus M. Herring and William Avery. In 1896 Chanute, Herring, and Avery tested a design based on the work of German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal, as well as hang gliders of their own design in the dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan. These experiments convinced Chanute that the best way to achieve extra lift without a prohibitive increase in weight was to stack several wings one above the other, an idea proposed by the British engineer Francis Wenham in 1866 and realized in flight by Lilienthal in the 1890s. Chanute introduced the "strut-wire" braced wing structure that would be used in powered biplanes of the future. The Wright brothers based their glider designs on the Chanute "double-decker," as they called it. A new design of a biplane glider was developed and flown in 1897. Chanute was in contact with the Wright brothers starting in 1900, when Wilbur wrote to him after reading Progress in Flying Machines. Chanute helped to publicize the Wright brothers' work, and provided consistent encouragement, visiting their camp near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1901, 1902, and 1903. The Wrights and Chanute exchanged hundreds of letters between 1900 and 1910. When the Aero Club of Illinois was founded on February 10, 1910, Chanute served as its first president until his death in November 1910.

$25.00
CLINTON MASSACHUSETTS STAMPLESS COVER UNLISTED POSTMARK AND RATE MARK - POSTAL-HISTORY CLINTON MASSACHUSETTS STAMPLESS COVER UNLISTED RATE MARK

Postmark is light. However, rate mark is a strong curved PAID over a fancy 3. This rate marking is unlisted in ASCC.

$20.00
collection-and-distribution-wagon-postmark-taft-postal-history-cover-to-elmira-ny COLLECTION & DISTRIBUTION WAGON POSTMARK 1899 POSTAL HISTORY COVER TO ELMIRA NEW YORK

Sought-after Collection & Distribution Wagon Trip 1 postmark on this cover to Elmira, New York. Elmira receiver on the back.  Stamp is faulty and there is a tear upper left side of cover. Cannot make out name of community where postmark was applied. 

$25.00
MARITIME POSTAL HISTORY - NEW YORK CITY 1849 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO LYON, FRANCE VIA STEAMER AMERICA. COLONIES&c.ART.13 MARK 1849 STAMPLESS FL NYC TO LYON, FRANCE VIA STEAMER AMERICA

 THE COLONIES&C.ART.13. MARK WAS USED ON MAIL SENT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO FRANCE VIA ENGLAND. THIS LETTER WAS SENT ON THE STEAMER AMERICA (SEE MANUSCRIPT "STEAMER AMERICA" UPPER LEFT CORNER OF COVER) AND HAS A BRITISH DATE MARKING WHICH IS STAMPED OVER BY A LYON RECEIVER . THE PORT OF LANDING IN FRANCE IS BOULOGNE, FRANCE. THE LETTER IS IN ENGLISH AND DISCUSSES AN ORDER OF MATERIAL BEING IMPORTED FROM FRANCE TO THE UNITED STATES. DESIRABLE MARKINGS.

$50.00
COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION 4CT. MINT SCOTT 233 - PHILATELIC ITEM COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION 4CT. MINT SCOTT 233

Disturbed gum on back. Click on title to see additional scan. $110 catalog value.

$15.00
CONCORD JUNCTION (DPO) MASSACHUSETTS REFORMATORY 1897 COVER WITH STATE SEAL

Concord Junction postmark (a dead post office). Grocery-bag brown cover with large ORDER at center top. Cover is mising piece at top left and has small tear at top middle. Stain around postmark is obvious in the scan. Great item for prison, police or other law and order item collectors.

$10.00
CONCORD MASSACHUSETTS POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL BUSINESS COVER - POSTAL-HISTORY CONCORD MASSACHUSETTS POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL BUSINESS COVER

Pristine condition. Looks like this was stamped with the town name, but never used.

$5.00

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