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Lots 1969-1978 Lots 1979-1988 Lots 1989-1998 Lots 1999-2008 Lots 2009-2018 Lots 2019-2028 Lot 2029

Lot 1979    

Better Postal History Collection, 1800s-1900s, better collection of over 360 covers and cards with a wide range of postal history topics including post office seals, incoming diplomatic mail, couple CSA covers, RPOs, transatlantic mail, vending coils, stampless mail, "Way" mail; rocket mail, better DPOs, 3rd class matter, parcel post, etc.; well worth a view, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

Realized: $3,500

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Lot 1980    

Business Cover Accumulation, accumulation of mostly business covers - both 6's and 10's - that have as a unifying theme USPS slogan cancels and/or philatelic show hand cancels, wide variety from around the U.S., mounted in Mylar sheet protectors.
Estimate    $100 - 150.

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Lot 1981    

Byrd Antarctic Expedition Group, 1934-35, of 5 items; includes three real-photo post cards showing dog sledding, plane Floyd Bennett and "Antarctic Clothed" (probably of Byrd), each with cachet on address side, also two covers, one with enclosure with interesting content, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Lot 1982    

Civil War Correspondence, 1862-66, wonderful correspondence housed in a Lighthouse binder with slipcase to and from Union soldier Sgt. William H. Tucker of Connecticut, who served from November 12, 1861 to December 1865, including more than 30 letters with beautifully legible penmanship revealing great content, highlights include a letter written April 15, 1865 (the day Lincoln died - news had not yet reached him) from Goldsboro, NC, mentioning that General Sherman had "entered Raleigh on the 12th without much opposition" and "Lee's army is taken, but they may try to hangout a spell yet but I hope it may not be long." A letter dated April 18, 1865 from Newhaven, CT acknowledges receipt of a letter from Sgt. Tucker, "We did not know if you were numbered with the dead or was a prisoner, we are glad you are among the living and well," and "Horid news we have of the President's death. It's awful to think of just as we were looking for peace. Perhaps it will come now…Newhaven is draped in mourning…" Another letter from Newhaven dated April 30, 1865 says, "First came the news of the evacuation of Richmond. People were wild with excitement. The next Sunday night (April 9th) about 10 o'clock the news of Lee's surrender was received at the telegraph office, but the blue-nosed mayor of this one-horse city would not allow any demonstration til after 12:00 to be made, so few knew anything about it til that time when the bells rung a fire alarm and got a great many out when bonfires were kindled in almost every street in the city…But joy was soon turned to mourning on Saturday morning (April 15th) it began to be whispered around that Lincoln had been assassinated…" The collection also includes Sgt. Tucker's pocket diary from 1865 with an entry for April 18th reading, "Got the news that Lincoln was killed," and April 19th, "Rec'd a dispatch for the cessation of hostilities," three duplicate pay drafts for $10 each for Sgt. Tucker, 19 covers to Connecticut mostly with 3¢ rose Washington issues, two covers addressed to Sgt. Tucker at Washington D.C. from Connecticut, two Adam's Express "Soldier's Package" covers, one Treasury Dept. Washington D.C. cover to Connecticut, discharge paper dated February 7, 1864 showing Sgt. Tucker's re-enlistment as a Veteran Volunteer, a document appointing him a U.S. Sargent dated November 23, 1863, three carte-de-visite photos (two which may be Sgt. Tucker), also noted is a letter from the Paymaster General's Office State of Connecticut at New Haven dated December 2, 1865 with a $10 State payment to volunteers and cover postmarked December 2 New Haven, CT bearing Star of David cancel, ironically sent one day before he was "dashed against a tree while on horseback on December 3, dying three days later at the age of 24", other correspondence includes letters regarding returning his body to Connecticut. Sgt. Tucker survived the Civil War and wound up dying in an equestrian accident, unusual to find an intact archive more than 100 years after the end of the war between the States, invaluable to a student of these events, generally fine or better condition throughout.
Estimate    $3,000 - 4,000.

Realized: $2,500

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Lot 1983    

Civil War Patriotics, group of 23 used covers plus a couple fronts, note flag designs, Uncle Sam strangling Secession snake, "Only 9 Miles to the Junction" showing soldiers marching on railroad tracks (cover front); "Uncle Sam's Bantam" showing rooster; etc, very mixed condition, Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Realized: $475

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Lot 1984    

Classic Cover Group, 1847-69, of approximately 40 mostly better covers; starting with a #1b use (with cert), #7 strip of three (with cert), many 4-margin #11's in shades, sheet margin, green cancels, etc., 1857 issues with interesting 3¢ usages including captured imprint, green cancel, allover advertising, early W.F. & Co. express, #35 pair to Canada, #37 on patriotic cover to England (stamp color chemically affected), 1861 usages starting with nice #64 & 64b usages (with certs), patriotics, 1¢+3¢ carrier usages, #68+76 x2 from San Francisco, multiple 3¢ + 2¢ Blackjack franking to Nova Scotia, #78 to England (cert), 30¢ usages including with 3¢ to Switzerland and solo usage on patriotic to France, 1868 usages including campaign cover and a few foreign destinations; condition varies with many attractive usage throughout, inspection a must.
Estimate    $1,500 - 2,000.

Realized: $3,250

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Lot 1985    

Classic Issue Cover Balance, 1851-69, of several hundred sleeved covers, mostly 3¢ usages from an array of towns, including many corner card covers, fancy cancels, illustrated ads and patriotics; with some better throughout including #35 strip of three to France, single usage from Placerville, Cal. "Overland via Los Angeles", #25+36 combination to France, #36 pair to England, 63+65 carrier combinations, #68 to P.E.I. and New Brunswick, #76 x2 to Canada, #78 Cincinnati to England, nice section of 1869 issues including 1¢ strip of three use, three 6¢ solo usages and 10¢ to Germany and much more, also includes a few stampless covers; condition varies, worth evaluation.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

Realized: $3,750

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Lot 1986 /o   

Cover & Stationery Balance, hundreds of covers and cards in box; includes several hundreds first flights 1929-66, useful FDC's, a run of mostly mint postal stationery including a couple earlier high value entires, also a section of Possessions including a turn-of-the-century registered correspondence from Cuba with large multiple and combination frankings.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Realized: $1,450

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Lot 1987    

Cover Assortment, Several hundred, some 19th Century, starting with 3c 1857 uses, a few illustrated advertising, 20th Century commercial, philatelic and postcards, the most interesting is a 1905 cover sent to London and forwarded, with postage due stamps of both France and Italy applied, 1846 Philadelphia "United States Hotel" red handstamp stampless use; and 1850s #11A use with blue United States Hotel cameo corner card; mixed condition.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $950

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Lot 1988 /o   

Cover Balance, mix of over 40 items; includes classic gem usages, eagle carrier tied by red star, various ad cover including later multicolored such as Flexible Flyer, #2 on faked cover, nice showing of better unused Civil War patriotics including Lincoln Comet of 1861, Hunckel portraits and hand colored Berlin & Jones.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $1,250

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