Lot 26491873, 1¢ Brown on Buff, large U.S.P.O.D. watermark, cancelled by double-strike of "Denver Colo. Jun 7" duplex, preprinted address to Philadelphia Pa., "Denver, June 5, 1873" datelined message; accompanied by second UX1 with same preprinted address and partial "Fairplay Col. Jul 15" cds and 1873 message; light corner crease, Very Fine and scarce early Colorado Territory usages.
Scott No. UX1 Estimate $400 - 600.
A SCARCE PAIR OF COLORADO TERRITORY USAGES, THE JUN. 7TH EXAMPLE BEING THE EARLIEST RECORDED TERRITORIAL USE OF THE 1873 1¢ POSTAL CARD.
The June 7th card is featured in "A Contemporary Account of the First United States Postal Card, 1870-1875" by Charles A. Fricke on page 68 as a possible first day usage for Denver. As a matched pair, both of these cards were written by "Jas. Marshall Paul," most likely a relative of the addressee, and indicate that Paul may have carried the pre-addressed cards in his travels from Philadelphia to Colorado Territory. The Jun. 7th Denver card notes his arrival, then states "No shipment from mine this week - Will shut down probably for repairs - Will write from Fairplay.".