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State Postmarks - Oregon

Lots 1121-1130 Lots 1131-1136

Lot 1121    

Astoria, Ogn, Jul 27, cds tying 1855, 10¢ green, type II on cover to West Point, N.Y., 1856 docketing at lower left; cover with partial backflap and corner restored at upper left, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 14    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 1122    

Astoria, Ogn. Jan 27, two strikes of cds tying 1851, 1¢ blue, type IV + 3¢ dull red, strip of three on cover to West Point, N.Y., 1857 year docketing at left; cover reduced a bit at left, Very Fine.
Scott No. 9+11A    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 1123    

(Columbia River) on Board the Brig Sarah McFarland, Near the Mouth of Columbia River, Oct 17/49, dateline on folded letter to Philadelphia, Pa., entering the mails with "San Francisco, Cal., Nov 27" cds and matching boxed "40" rate handstamp, with interesting enclosure of gentleman traveling to Oregon to settle in Williamette valley with a "few facts as they exist and to see what remedy can be made"…I shall first of all complain of the neglect to fulfill their contract, on the part of Messr Howland and Aspinwall, to carry the mail to Oregon, as they contract themselves only with reaping a harvest by bring passengers from Panama; by this neglect the mails lie at San Francisco, untill the first opportunity, also complaint regarding the Washington government in defining quantity official land settlers are entitled to, mention hardships in traveling overland, fighting Indians, mention in postscript mention a party being attacked by Digger Indians at the mouth of Rogue's River, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 1124    

(Columbia River) Schooner Crescent City, at Sea Feby 2, 1851, From Columbia River Oregon, folded letter to Dorchester, Massachusetts, entered the mails with red "San Francisco, 40, Feb 15" integral rate cds, letter mentions taking the Crescent City for San Francisco on Nov 17, 1849 for a voyage around Cape Horn, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1125    

Dallas OT, Mar, 10/56, manuscript postmark on folded letter sheet to New York City, franked with 1851, 1¢ blue, type IV + 3¢ dull red, strip of three tied by bold "San Francisco, Cal., Apr 5" cds's, Very Fine, an unusual usage with stamps postmarked in transit.
Scott No. 9+11    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 1126    

Ft. Laramie, O.R., July 1, Oregon Route cds with manuscript date on 1851 folded letter to Illinois, with matching "10" rate handstamp crossed out in red crayon and re-rated "5" for the first day of the new rate, with original trail letter enclosure with interesting content including…We have had one birth & one death in our companySoon after we left the States we had some trouble with the indians of the Pawnee tribe. It took place on account of our company being too small., F.-V.F.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

THE EARLIEST KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE FORT LARAMIE OREGON ROUTE POSTMARK USED ON FIRST DAY OFFICIAL THE NEW RATES.

A Post Office at Fort Laramie on the Oregon Route or Oregon Trail across the plains was established in 1850. The Post Office was located in unorganized territory but attached to Oregon Territory for administrative purposes and was the last Post Office on the Oregon Trail going west.

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Current Opening Bid: $950

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Lot 1127    

Jacksonville, Ogn., Mar 17, bold cds tying 1861, 10¢ green on cover to Iowa, with red and blue Flag patriotic design (T. Lynch imprint on backflap); slight cover reduction at right, Very Fine, a rare Civil War patriotic usage from Oregon.
Scott No. 68    Estimate $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $450

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Lot 1128    

Lebanon, O.T., May 15, manuscript postmark on cover to Mexico, Ind. with matching "Paid 10" above, with lengthy original 1855 enclosure with details regarding the Lebanon area, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The first Lebanon Post Office operated for seven years only 1851-1858. Scarcity Index 9 in Helbock's books.

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Current Opening Bid: $280

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Lot 1129    

Oakland, Or., May 23, blue cds tying 1857, 1¢ blue, type V, horizontal strip of three with part captured imprint at right, on fresh cover to Roseburg, 1861 docketing at left, Very Fine.
Scott No. 24    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 1130    

Oregon City, Orgn., Oct 18, town cds tying 1851, 3¢ orange brown, horizontal pair (positions 75-76L0) on cover to Janesville, Wis., Very Fine, plated by Chase with notation on reverse.
Scott No. 10A    Estimate $250 - 350.

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Current Opening Bid: $200

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