Lot 1166Special Delivery, 1931, 15¢ Orange, used with 2¢ Red Cross (702), both tied by "Easton, Pa., Aug 6, 1931" machine cancel on cover to H.M. Southgate, Chevy Chase Md., "Washington, D.C., Special Del., Aug 7 1931" backstamp, reverse with notation "First Day Cover" on flap, Extremely Fine.
Scott No. E16 $3,000.
THIS IS THE EARLIEST DOCUMENTED USE OF THE 1931 15¢ SPECIAL DELIVERY ISSUE.
The Scott catalog notes that the Washington D.C. Aug. 13, 1931 first day cover date reflects the first day of sale at the philatelic agency. The actual earliest documented use of E16 is Aug. 6, 1931 at Easton, Pa. There are 5 recorded examples mailed on this date from Easton Pa.
Lot 1167 /o/Special Delivery, 1931, 15¢ Orange, Exhibit Group, exhibit collection mounted on 15 pages, wonderful group of stamps and 23 covers, plate blocks of the four known plates, used block of four, printing varieties including. misperfed, electric eye gutter block (only recorded examples), and dramatically overinked, on cover includes FDC use, use on UXC1 and post card, 1951 registered-special delivery combined use, parcel post, unclaimed letter and package, official service, foreign destinations including. France, England, Italy, Germany etc., Korean Prisoner of War use (postage stamp missing), Canal Zone territorial origin use, foreign origin usages from Colombia and Germany (Allied Zone), couple package label usages, etc., F.-V.F.
Scott No. E16 Estimate $500 - 750.