Lot 2674 E1c + 1c on Buff, Franklin W. Brooks, New York, Liberty Paid Reply Card Essays, group of three depicting two Liberty Head vignettes at right, two type Ma with "Patent Reply Postal Card" in brown and green, and gray and orange, both some aging and flaws, type N with two Liberty Head vignettes at right with bi-colored "United States Return Postal Card" between in carmine and brown; crisp, F.-V.F.
Scott No. UY1E-Ma, UY1E-N Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2675Paid Reply Postal Card, 1893, 2¢+2¢ blue on grayish white, unsevered card to Celebes Islands, Indonesia in care of the U.S. consular agent, cancelled by "Cincinnati, O. Aug 12 '97" machine cancel, three Indonesian transits including "Makassar, 29 9 1897" arrival, minor separating, F.-V.F. and scarce destination.
Scott No. UY2 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2676Paid Reply Postal Card, 1893, 2¢ blue on grayish white, message card only, with printed For the German Red Cross red advertising on front in German and illustrated design with 1915 message surrounding on reverse, cancelled by "New York Tremont Apr 8" duplex, addressed to Hessen, Germany, Very Fine and unusual with printed advertising on face.
Scott No. UY2m Estimate $200 - 300.
Printing on the front of postal cards was against postal regulations.
Lot 2677Paid Reply Postal Card, 1918, 2¢+2¢ red on buff, unsevered, cancelled by "Brooklyn N.Y. Jan 30 1919" machine cancel addressed to "Dr. Franz Internment Station, Hot Springs, N. Car., CS 4A", illustrated advertising on front and multicolor on reverse for Charles William Book Stores showing bargain book; some edge wear, F.-V.F. and scarce WWI internment camp use.
Scott No. UY8 Estimate $150 - 200.
May 1917, the town of Hot Springs had a population of 650 but soon the number would increase with the addition of almost 2200 German prisoners. This would be the largest World War I prison camp in the United States at the time. The Mountain Park Hotel had been a thriving business until the outbreak of World War I when travel to the hotel slowed considerably. The owner Col. Rumbough negotiated a contract with the War Department to house Germans, most of whom were civilians and comprised of the crews of the German commercial ships which had taken cover in American ports when Great Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. Included in the group were members of a German orchestra as well as the crew of the world’s largest ship, the "Vaterland." Because they were civilians, they could not be called "prisoners’ of-war" but were named "enemy aliens" by the Department of Immigration. Consequently, 2200 passengers, officers and crew members came by train to Hot Springs and spent the remaining 19 months of the war in the internment camp.