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State Postmarks - Alabama to District of Columbia

Lots 1001-1009

Lot 1001    

(Alabama) Eutaw Ala. Mar. "26", clearly struck blue cds with manuscript day and perfect strike of blue "HALF DIME" coin rating handstamp on 1848 blue folded cover to Mobile Ala., docketing on center, Extremely Fine strike of this rare coin marking; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 1002    

(Alabama) Huntsville, Al., Aug 30, cds with matching fancy "5" star in stars rate handstamp on 1846 folded letter to Livingston, Ala., Very Fine and choice.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $300

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Lot 1003    

Black Hawk Point Col, Jul 21, 64, Double circle postmark with duplex target cancel ties 3¢ rose (65), nat. s.e. at right, on neat cover to Morristown N.J., this postmark was used until 1867, Extremely Fine, ex-Persson.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $375

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Lot 1004    

"Fort Collins C.T., Oct. 27/65", manuscript postmark ties 3¢ rose (65) on cover to Kalamazoo, Mich. mailed during the office's fourth month of operation., Very Fine and rare manuscript postmark, ex-Persson.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

The site of Fort Collins was originally an encampment for Mormon emigrants. The fort, called Camp Collins, was built in 1864 and abandoned in 1871.

Realized: $800

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Lot 1005    

Ft. Lyon C.T. July 30 1863, double struck black cds on Patriotic Cover with Flag and Sunrise design with "Protect It" sentiment to Massachusetts bearing 3¢ rose (65) cancelled by target; minor stains and small reduction at right, Very Fine and rare patriotic use from Colorado Territory, ex-Persson.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Fort Lyon was named after Nathaniel Lyon, the first Union General killed in the Civil War. It was located on the north bank of the Arkansas River just west of Bent's New Fort. The Post Office was establish at the fort in 1862, later in 1866 the river began to shift toward the fort and a new site was selected twenty miles upstream and occupied as Fort Lyon in June of 1867.

Realized: $325

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Lot 1006    

Julesburgh Col T. Sep 14, black double circle datestamp and matching target cancel ties 3¢ rose (65) on 1864 orange cover to Harveyville Pa.; slightly reduced at left, Very Fine and scarce, This is from the second period of operation, 1864-1866., ex-Persson.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

During the territorial period alone, the Julesburgh post office opened no less than six times. The first was May 29, 1860, while still Nebraska Territory, closing in September 1862. At this time it was a station on the Overland Trail and Pony Express routes. It reopened January 20, 1864, the town of Julesburgh was completely destroyed by Indians in 1865, and the sporadically operating office was renamed Fort Sedgwick May 3, 1866.

Realized: $400

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Lot 1007    

Rosita Colorado Apr 18 1876, magenta boxed five-line postmark on cover to Mission Creek, Kansas bearing 3¢ green (158) tied by unusual segmented bar cancel; reduced at right and some overall soiling, still F.-V.F., Rosita is the only Colorado town known to have used this type of postmark during the territorial period, and pre-statehood examples are very scarce. Illustrated in Jarrett's Colorado book.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $200

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Lot 1008    

Summit, Colo., 4 Aug, manuscript postmark at left 3¢ green entire to Zanesville, O., uprated with 3¢ Banknote, with Little Annie Mining Co. corner card; wax seal stain at center, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Five examples of this territorial postmark are recorded. All from the same correspondence and all but one show the wax seal stain.

Realized: $425

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Lot 1009    

(District of Columbia) Washington D.C., Sep 9, Free, red cds on folded letter to postmaster at Athens, Me., with printed notice enclosure regarding the receiving or turning in excess mailbags with the Portland, Me. office, gives a list of all post offices who distribute mailbags, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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