Lot 1066(Delaware and Raritan Canal) 1855 (Aug. 7) New York N.Y. to Philadelphia Pa., original Canal Invoice of Philadelphia Steam Propeller Co., Swiftsure Line Canal Invoice bearing 3¢ dull red (11A), small tear and scissor cut, tied by "New-York, Aug 7" cds; file folds, Very Fine and beautiful illustrated steamboat lettersheet.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Lot 1067Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line, group of four covers including "L,Ville & Cint. Mail Line" blue cds ties #65 to Philadelphia Pa., "Louisville & Cincinnati Mail Line '5' Aug 4" integral-due route agent cds to Revay Ind., etc., F.-V.F.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1068Louisville & Cincinnati, Mail Line, Jan. 5, clear strike of large red route agent cds and matching circular grid cancel ties 10¢ orange brown (10A), margins to slightly in, on docketed blue 1852 folded cover from Louisville Ky. to Philadelphia Pa.; file fold affects 3¢, F.-V.F. and scarce use.
Towle No. O-21-d Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1069"p Magnolia", manuscript endorsement at top left on blue Jun. 3rd 1850 folded cover franked with 1847, 5¢ red brown (mostly large margins except just clear at top left, rich color), tied by manuscript squiggles, noted from New Orleans La. to Louisville Ky., Louisville "STEAM" straightline; hor. fold lightly creases pair, F.-V.F. and scarce use.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Cover was carried on the steamboat "Magnolia" that left New Orleans for Louisville every Tuesday afternoon and returned on Saturday. During the season, the "Magnolia" ran between New Orleans and Natchez. This cover traveled via the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to Louisville.
Lot 1070New Orleans La. Jan 26, red cds with manuscript "Way 1" rating and matching cross-hatch ties 5¢ red brown (1), three large margins, on Jan. 25th 1851 folded letter from Mobile Ala. to New Orleans La., F.-V.F.
Estimate $500 - 750.
This cover entered the mails at the Mobile post office, was put in a bag and loaded onto the daily steamboat running between Mobile and New Orleans under contract for Route #5612. There were numerous non-contract steamboats running down-river from Memphis, one of which carried the cover in the following lot into New Orleans. Mail contracts for service between northern Mississippi River cities and New Orleans were not let by the Post Office on the assumption that a cover originating in Memphis, this example, would probably be dropped at the next major post office. That wasn't the way it worked, most often. The recipient, Buchanan Carroll probably had a standing agreement from their correspondent in Memphis to see to it that the steamboat captain carried their correspondence over the entire route.
Lot 1071New Orleans La., Feb 26, bold red cds and matching "Steam" straightline on blue 1852 folded letter datelined "Memphis Feby 21st 1852" from the Buchanan Carroll & Co. correspondence to New Orleans La. bearing 3¢ dull red (11A) lower right corner margin single, cancelled by black circular grid, pencil "Valuable" endorsement, manuscript "1852" at lower left, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
The New Orleans Post Office created a system for handling valuable mail before the Federal system of registering letters went into effect in 1855. Under the New Orleans system, the commercial community marked valuable outgoing letters "Valuable". All incoming value mail was segregated from ordinary mail and recorded by the Chief Clerk, who then delivered printed notices to the addressees that such mail had arrived.
Lot 1072Steamboat, Due 6 Cts., oval handstamp and matching "Detroit Mich. Jul 24" duplex with additional strike of target tied 3¢ rose (65) on buff cover to West Troy N.Y.; reduced at right, F.-V.F.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 1073S.B. Cincinnati, complete bold strike of red circular rimless handstamp with star, on Jun. 10th 1846 blue folded letter from New Orleans La. to Chillicothe Ohio, entered mails with red "Cincinnati O. Jun 19" cds and manuscript "10" rating, Very Fine and choice.
Milgram No. 222 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 1074Steam Packet Columbia, black two-line handstamp on 1838 folded cover to Washington Texas, entered mails with "Independence Mo. Jun 15" cds and matching "Free" handstamp, manuscript "R. Fristoe, P.M." free frank endorsement, black "Sam Ricker Jr., Agent of the Texian Post Office, New Orleans" double-oval handstamp, endorsed in his care at lower left; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine, ex-Hugh Feldman.
Milgram No. 266 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
During the period of the Texas Republic 1836-1845, a regular service between Galveston and New Orleans was operated with an agent based in New Orleans for the "Texian Post Office". One of the vessels providing the service circa 1838-42 was the Columbia, a 140 ton side paddle steamer built in 1835 at Cincinnati Ohio. This letter was surely brought down the Missouri-Mississippi rivers to New Orleans by steamboat. At New Orleans, Ricker sent it by the Gulf steamboat "Columbia", either via Galveston or Brazos.
Lot 1075Steamer Peytona, red oval on blue folded letter datelined "New Orleans 26 May 1849" with printed circular to Charlestown Ind., entered mails with blue "Louisville '10' Jun 2" integral-due cds and matching "Steam" straightline, Very Fine.
Milgram No. 1099 Estimate $150 - 200.
The "Peytona" of 548 tons built at Louisville in 1846 for the Louisville to New Orleans trade under Capt. John Shallcross.