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Sale 78: The Westpex Sale

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State Postmarks - Alaska & Colorado

Lots 1296-1305 Lots 1306-1315 Lots 1316-1323

Lot 1296    

Alaska Picture Post Cards, group of 57 cards with a nice showing of real-photo; includes various early views including Wrangle and Juneau, Trident Volcano, Norris and Taku Glacier, "Russian Flyers Land At Safety" Nome, many used from various towns; condition a little mixed with many scarce items.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

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Current Opening Bid: $250

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Lot 1297    

Colorado City C.T, Jun 29, clear strike of cds and matching target cancels 3¢ pink (U34) entire to Charles City Iowa, sharp strike of "Charles City Ioa, Jul 11" arrival cds with ms. "1862" written in; minor staining, reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Colorado City was founded on May 22nd 1859 by Colorado Town Company, a group of pioneers from Denver and Auraria. They claimed land near Ute Pass leading to the gold discoveries at Fair Play and Hamilton in South Park. The post office opened May 24th 1860 in Kansas Territory.

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Current Opening Bid: $40

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Lot 1298    

"Currant Creek, Colo May 24th / 71", manuscript postmark with matching manuscript strokes cancel 3¢ green (147), flaws, on yellow cover to Marion Oh.; with interesting original enclosure and two additional enclosures from correspondence; slightly reduced at left, Very Fine and scarce cover from a very small office, ex-Bauer.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1299    

Denver City K.T., Mar 28, 1861, clear strike of serifed "Tombstone" postmark (third type) on cover to Anamosa, Iowa, franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red just tied by grid handstamp, Very Fine, a nice example of this early fancy territorial postmark.
Scott No. 26    Estimate $750 - 1,000.

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Current Opening Bid: $350

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Lot 1300    

Denver City C.T., Dec 31, type 1 cds ties 3¢ rose (65) on "Cassidy & Collier, Rocky Mountain Law, Collecting & Real Estate Agency" corner card cover to Finleys Lake N.Y., F.-V.F.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Current Opening Bid: $50

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Lot 1301    

Denver City, Col., Advertised, Aug 28, '65, clear cds and matching "Due 2" in circle handstamp on incoming cover, franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by blue Indiana town and fancy duplex postmark; cover reduced at right, Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1302    

Fort Lewis, Colo. Aug 7, 1881, clear strike of cds with matching target cancel on 3¢ green (207) on Copenhagen N.Y., original enclosed letter datelined "In Camp near Fort Lewis Col." from soldier reads in part… "I received a letter from you a few days ago while on a scout…I think I am feeling better than I have for months past…", Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 1303    

"Ft Lupton C.T., Sep 15 / 65", manuscript postmark ties 3¢ rose (65), wide margins with right s.e., on small cover to Springfield Ill.; 3¢ light pre-use crease, reduced slightly at right, F.-V.F., one of only a few known postmarks from Fort Lupton, illustrated in Jarrett's Colorado book., ex-Jarrett.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

This early fur trading post was established in 1836 on the south side of the South Platte River. It was revived as a stage stop on the road to Denver and obtained a post office in January 1861 while still part of Nebraska Territory. It became part of Colorado Territory the next month.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 1304    

Garland C.T. Oct 17, sharp bold strike of cds with matching cork cancel on 3¢ green (158) on cover to Lake City Colo., fancy printed "Thomas & Co. Storage, Forwarding and Commission Merchants" corner card, blue oval Paid handstamp, original enclosed merchant letter inquires about collecting $335 due from Mr. Roley now living in Tellurium, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate    $250 - 350.

Garland was established in Costilla county just west of La Veta Pass in 1858. The settlers in the valley needed protection from the roaming Ute tribe in the valley. The area was at one time in the New Mexico Territory, however, after the survey in 1861 became part of the Colorado Territory.

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Current Opening Bid: $140

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Lot 1305    

Georgetown Col. T., Jan 8, cds with red manuscript "Paid" rating on fresh orange cover to Ripon Wis., original 1868 enclosure with interesting content "…In Central City about two weeks ago a (man) poisoned his wife…some four or five years ago I wrote to you that I was going to get married and the girl rather played off on me. That was the same girl and (on) her dying bed she told her mother that she would like to see me and talk to me but I was twenty miles away and she did not send for me…I can forgive her…but let her go to the place where she may enjoy everlasting bliss or anything else", Very Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

This unusual stampless use is probably due to a temporary shortage of stamps. This is the earliest recorded use of this postmark.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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