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DERBY CONNECTICUT 1844 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO HARTFORD - POSTAL HISTORY DERBY CONNECTICUT 1844 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO HARTFORD

Light but complete January 4 postmark with high "t" and scroll at the bottom.  Fancy PAID in scroll at top center. Legal letter from Sanford & Shelton regarding default on payment.

Edward Nelson Shelton, for whom the town of Shelton, Connecticut was named, founded Sanford & Shelton Company in Derby, Connecticut, in 1836, the first tack factory in the United States. Later he was president of the Housatonic Water Company.

Shelton is of the fourth generation in descent from Daniel Shelton. He was born in the home of his ancestors September 4, 1812. He had the benefit of the educational advantages of his native town, and of the more important academy at Derby; and also of Captain Partridge's Scientific School at Middletown and lectures at Yale College. He commenced business at Birmingham in 1836, manufacturing tacks, in connection with Mr. N. C. Sanford, under the name of Sanford & Shelton. Mr. Sanford died in 1841, and the business was continued under the name of E. N. Shelton until 1854, when it was organized as the Shelton Company.

Mr. Shelton has been president of the Birmingham National Bank since its organization in 1848. It is principally due to Mr. Shelton that the thriving village of Shelton, named in honor of him, with a business capital rated at $2,000,000, and employing 2,000 hands, exists. He was able in 1867 to see the first work done toward the construction of the great dam across the Housatonic, which was to develop the largest water power in the state, and one of the largest in New England. His long cherished project was brought to a successful completion in 1870, resulting in the founding and satisfactory growth of the village of Shelton. He has been the president of the Ousatonic Water Company, which built the dam, since its organization in 1866.

Though a member of the state senate in 1869, Mr. Shelton has not cared for political life or office. His interest has been principally in the development and growth of the two villages, Birmingham and Shelton. His public spirit and desire that whatever is best for the benefit of the many should be accomplished have always been marked characteristics, as well as his unquestioned honor and integrity. His energy, perseverance and business ability have been proved in various enterprises in his own town and elsewhere, and much success for others as well as himself is due to his keen business foresight. He has always been an earnest supporter of the Episcopal church, as his forefathers were.

N. C. Sanford was the brother in law of Edward Shelton. His son, Henry Shelton Sanford served as America's Minister to Belgium during the Civil War and helped secure armaments needed for the Union victory. He was also a very successful lawyer and businessman. After the war, he moved to Florida where he founded a city that now bears his name. He, David Humphreys (Ambassador to Spain) and Ebenezzer D. Bassett (Ambassador to Haiti) were all Derby residents who served in the highest ranks of the U. S. foreign service.

 

$25.00
NASHUA NEW HAMPSHIRE 1851/2 STAMPLESS COVER TO WOODBURY VERMONT - POSTAL HISTORY NASHUA NEW HAMPSHIRE 1851/2 STAMPLESS COVER TO WOODBURY VERMONT

Full postmark with PAID 3 in circle. Excellent condition.

$15.00
HAMSTEAD NEW HAMPSHIRE 1852/54 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO DERRY NEW HAMPSHIRE - POSTAL HISTORY HAMSTEAD NEW HAMPSHIRE 1852/54 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO DERRY NEW HAMPSHIRE

Full, black postmark with PAID 3 in circle. Note in top left says: P.M. will please forward. No content. No rips or tears.

$30.00
HANCOCK NEW HAMPSHIRE 1846 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH RED POSTMARK AND PAID MARK TO CAMBRIDGEPORT MASSACHUSETTS - POSTAL HISTORY HANCOCK NEW HAMPSHIRE 1846 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH RED POSTMARK AND PAID MARK TO CAMBRIDGEPORT MASSACHUSETTS

Brief letter to Dr. Nathan Wright inquiring of the whereabouts of Dr. Walker, an artist, who was painting portraits at Washington. The writer, Clark Boutwell, would like to hire him to paint some family portraits. Clean, tear where seal was broken.

$30.00
HANCOCK NEW HAMPSHIRE 1846 STAMPLESS COVER WITH RED POSTMARK, TO BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT - POSTAL HISTORY HANCOCK NEW HAMPSHIRE 1846 STAMPLESS LETTER WITH RED POSTMARK, TO BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT

Nice full circle postmark with January 21 date in red.  Powerful three-page letter from daughter to mother. Daughter is very religious and the tone is carried through the letter.  In discussing a recent death she says "He is in the relm of bliss and you and I are not far behind him. I hope we may live in such manner as to be permitted to go and dwell with our dear Christian friends that have gone before us..." She provides interesting insights: "I am sorry to hear your hearing is not improved. You are in solitude in the midst of company and a companion could not be much comforet to you, only to look at." Letter is in very good condition with no rips or tears...not even where the seal was broken.

 

$30.00
POTTSVILLE PENNSYLVANIA WITH SCOTT #11 ON COVER - POSTAL HISTORY POTTSVILLE PENNSYLVANIA #11 ON COVER WITH LARGE MARGIN TAB

Tall margin copy. Trimmed close on left bottom and bottom. Full postmark.

$15.00
SO. BROOKFIELD NEW YORK STAMPLESS FOLDED COVER UNLISTED IN ASCC - POSTAL HISTORY SO. BROOKFIELD NEW YORK STAMPLESS FOLDED COVER UNLISTED IN ASCC

Significant find. So. Brookfield, NY stampless cover with blue circular mark along with blue PAID mark. Note the cover has stain where glue from flap bled through. Also, sliver missing that carries into the town strike...see scan.

$40.00
PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA TO NEW YORK CITY FIRST FLIGHT COVER WITH SCOTT C-4 STAMP - AIRMAIL POSTAL HISTORY PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA SESQUICENTENNIAL 1926 FIRST FLIGHT COVER WITH C-4 STAMP

Seal for the trip is used as postmark on this hard-to-find cover marking Philadelphia Sesquicentennial Route to New York City.  Only approximately 110 pieces of mail were carried on this flight. Cover is a premium item and US C-4 stamp further increases its desirability. There is a Chicago receiver which is the cover's final destination.

$20.00
MIAMI TO NICARAGUA FIRST FLIGHT COVER WITH SCOTT C-6 AIRMAIL STAMP - POSTAL HISTORY MIAMI TO NICARAGUA FIRST FLIGHT POSTAL HISTORY COVER WITH C-6 AIRMAIL STAMP

FAM Route 5 Miami-Central America violet cachet on Miami May 21, 1926 flight cover with nicely centered US C-6 stamp. Managua receiver on back.

$40.00
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.

$50.00

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