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BARBADOS 1965 "SEA STAMPS" SCOTT 267-278 MINT AND UNHINGED - BARBADOS-STAMPS BARBADOS 1965 "SEA STAMPS" SCOTT 267-278 MINT AND UNHINGED

1CT through 50CT values. HAVE NOT CHECKED WATERMARKS, SO IT IS POSSIBLE THAT SOME OR ALL OF THESE STAMPS MIGHT BE OF THE "a" VARIETY.

$4.00
ALTON AND WATKINS NEW YORK, PLUS SOUTH NORWALK CONNECTICUT DEAD POST OFFICE POSTMARKS ON ONE 1888 COVER - POSTAL-HISTORY ALTAY AND WATKINS NEW YORK, PLUS SOUTH NORWALK CONNECTICUT DEAD POST OFFICE POSTMARKS ON ONE 1888 COVER

It's a triple header. Cover originated in Althay NY and was addressed to South Norwalk. Enroute, it received a Watkins postmark on the flap side and then it received a South Norwalk Connecticut mark when the cover was forwarded to New York City. This is a must unusual item for dead post office cover collectors.

$10.00
LAWRENCE KANSAS 1800S COVER. A H FOOTE, ATTORNEY, TO WELLESLEY MASSACHUSETTS - POSTAL-HISTORY LAWRENCE KANSAS 1800S COVER. A. H. FOOTE, ATTORNEY, TO WELLESLEY MASSACHUSETTS

Interesting to see how the paper on this cover has aged...sort of a mottled effect. Foote was a prominent attorney in Lawrence. Also believe he was a judge and a Civil War hero.

$10.00
MEREDITH NEW YORK 1883 RECEIVER POSTMARK WITH FANCY MALTESE CROSS IN CIRCLE - POSTAL-HISTORY MEREDITH NEW YORK 1883 RECEIVER POSTMARK WITH FANCY MALTESE CROSS IN CIRCLE

New York L desirable postmark along with the fancy cancel maltese cross in circle receiver from Meredith New York. Cover opened on right side.

$10.00
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS -- 4 WESTERN UNION TELEGRAMS FROM OVERSEAS SOLDIER. PERFIN STAMPS + CONTENT - WORLD-WAR-II-POSTAL-HISTORY BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS -- 4 WESTERN UNION TELEGRAMS FROM OVERSEAS SOLDIER. PERFIN STAMPS + CONTENT

Super World War II collectible item. Francis E Fitzpatrick sends brief Western Union telegrams home to assure his mother Emma that he is OK and is receiving parcels. Three telegrams are from 1943, and one from 1944. Fitzpatrick participated in landings in Africa, Italy and D-Day at Normandy. One telegram back is blank, two have the gift orders information and one has the Money in a Hurry legend. All stamps with the exception of th 1-cent Freedom have WU perfins. 

$50.00
U.S REGISTERED LETTER COVERS (4) 1917, 1930, 1931, 1935 - POSTAL-HISTORY U.S REGISTERED LETTER COVERS (4) 1917, 1930, 1931, 1935

Four nice covers with rate ranging from 12 to 21 cents. Sent from Providence, RI; Saco ME, Phoenix, AZ and San Francisco, CA. Note the 12-cent stamp has a scrape in the top center. Other stamps are sound.

$10.00
PITTS FIELD (PITTSFIELD) MASSACHUSETTS STAMPLESS ENVELOPE - POSTAL-HISTORY PITTS FIELD (PITTSFIELD) MASSACHUSETTS 1847-50 STAMPLESS ENVELOPE

Small cover with slightly faded but full postmark and 5 rate in truncated box. Toning at right edge. Flap is intact.

$15.00
SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION COVER WITH FANCY CANCEL POSTMARK - POSTAL-HISTORY SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION COVER WITH FANCY CANCEL POSTMARK

Handwritten date in lower left corner. Early style return address vertical at left along with Department of Public Instruction Official Business corner card upper left. Sacramento postmark along with large pie wedge fancy cancel. Opened roughly at right but stamp not damaged.

$10.00
KINGSTON RHODE ISLAND 1852 COVER AND LETTER FROM AMOS WELLS TO JOHN VERNON, PROVIDENCE RI REGARDING HUNTING WITH MUSKETS - POSTAL-HISTORY KINGSTON RHODE ISLAND 1852 COVER AND LETTER FROM AMOS WELLS TO JOHN VERNON, PROVIDENCE RI REGARDING HUNTING WITH MUSKETS

Neat cover and letter from Amos Wells to his hunting friend John Vernon. Excerpts from his missive are below. Stamp is Scott 11A.

Dear John,

I shouldered my musket yesterday for the first time since I returned home for a sally among the quail and found them contrary to my expectations after what I had heard in Prov quite plenty. If our old friend Sport had been with me, I should have brought home quite a bunch of birds. As it was, with the assistance of old “buck” I bagged three quail and one woodcock in about two hours and knocked down two more quail which I could not find for want of a decent dog. Besides missing a very respectable number of fair shots and had also marked down a fine bevy of quail before me when on accidently shoving my hand into my pocket I discovered the bank keys which I had by mistake carried with me and was in consequence obliged to hasten home with all due speed.

You may wonder what my long prelude is driving at. It is simply that I am very anxious for your company next week and hope to see you here armed and equipped for a renewal of your acquaintance with our No. Kingston quail on Monday next…bring Sport or his substitute if possible and I think I can promise you a good time…

Yours Truly, Amos Wells

There is more content in the letter regarding the usual welfare of family and friends.

Records show that Amos Wells was cashier at the Landholders’ Bank, Kingston.

$50.00
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

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