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State Postmarks - Alaska to Colorado

Lots 746-755 Lots 756-761

Lot 746    

(Alaska) Seward, Alaska, Jun 23, 1915, duplex ties 1¢ Pan-Pacific (397) on "U.S. Mail, Seward-Susitna, Alaska" real photo picture post card showing dog sled team with mountains in background, message reads "Greetings from Seward the beginning of the long dog trail with the interior", Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Front & Back.

Realized: $110

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Lot 747    

(Alaska) 1894 (Dec. 18) Naples, Italy to Yukon, Alaska Territory, faulty light buff cover bearing Italy 5c green and 20c orange, each tied by "Napoli" datestamps; New York "Paid All" transit backstamp, Fine and scarce inbound Alaska Territorial use.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $80

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Lot 748    

(Fort Buchanan) Inbound to Fort Buchanan, Arizona, yellow cover bearing 3¢ dull red (26), small tear, neatly tied by "New-York, Jul 3" cds endorsed "Overland Mail Via St Louis" for Overland Mail to Tucson, then by mining wagon to Tubec and then military courier to Fort Buchanan, a Very Fine use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $625

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Lot 749    

American Flag, Ariz. Jul 4, clear strike of cds duplexed with cork cancelling 2¢ green (213) on cover to Florence, Arizona Terr.; edge flaws and soiling, F.-V.F. and scarce town (photo on web site).
Estimate    $100 - 150.

Realized: $50

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Lot 750 ()   

(Camp Clark) United States Supreme Court, Arizona, printed corner card on rebacked cover front from William F. Turner, Chief Justice of Arizona Territorial Supreme Court at Camp Clark to his wife in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, carried by Military Express from Camp Clark to Tucson with "Las Cruces N.M. March 26/ 64" manuscript postmark and matching "X" ties 3¢ rose (65), "April 25th" receipt docketing; stamp with a few small scrapes, a Very Fine use, ex-Chase, Birkinbine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

THE EARLIEST REPORTED USE FOLLOWING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ARIZONA TERRITORIAL GOVERNMENT ON DECEMBER 29, 1863.

William F. Turner was the first Chief Justice of the Territory of Arizona, The cover was carried by first by Military Mail to Tucson, then by Vedette Mail to Las Cruces, New Mexico Territory and finally placed in the U.S. Mails for transmission to Mt. Lebanon, Ohio.

Camp Clark was the original name for Fort Whipple when it was first located at Del Rio Springs near Chino Valley.

Realized: $900

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Lot 751    

"Gatewood A.T., Oct 21 '90", manuscript postmark ties 2¢ carmine (220) on cover to Mystic, Conn., F.-V.F. and rare unlisted Cochise County town.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $1,000

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Lot 752    

"Hardyville A.T., No 12" 1866", manuscript postmark and matching pen stroke cancels on 3¢ pink (U58) to Los Angeles Cal., pencil docketing "54th Cavalry to protect mines" at center, Very Fine, fresh and Very Fine, ex-Birkinbine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

As per Birkinbine, this was mailed by Charles Strong, Superintendent of Moss Gold Mines, the letter (no longer present) discussed the 5th Cavalry and protection of the mine against Indian attacks.

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Lot 753    

La Paz AT, 13/4 66 (Yuma), manuscript postmark (Meyer 1, rarity 7) and matching pen strokes cancel 3¢ rose (65) on 1866 cover to Cincinnati Oh., Very Fine and choice early use from La Paz, ex-Longfellow.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Realized: $550

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Lot 754    

"Mohave City AT, May 24", manuscript postmark with matching "X" cancel on 3¢ ultramarine (114) on circa 1869 cover to Henrietta N.Y., Very Fine and scarce 1869 Arizona Territorial use.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Mohave City, Arizona Territory was founded to service Fort Mohave. The fort was established to protect northern Arizona gold and silver mines, as well as the nearby Colorado River crossing, from Indian attacks. Only 10 recorded manuscript postmarks are known before the use of the first handstamp.

Realized: $250

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Lot 755    

"Mohave City AT Aug 7 1869", manuscript postmark and matching ms. squiggle on 3¢ ultramarine (114) on small cover to Chester Pa.; slightly reduced at right, Very Fine and scarce 1869 Pictorial Issue use from this Arizona Territory town, ex-Sampson, Chase, Juhring, Birkinbine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $425

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