Lot 2116Hawaii, Fumigation Covers, 1899-1900, group of 10 covers; includes seven interisland and three to the U.S. west coast, mostly Honolulu commercial usages with interisland usages bearing corner cards including "Charles J. Falk, Member Honolulu Stock Exchange" (2), "Hawaiian Gazette Company", "Castle & Cooke, Ltd." (2) and "Benson, Smith & Co.", two cover with disinfection punch holes at each corner and others with corner slits, one postmarked "Apr 30, 1900" on the last day of fumigation with apparent fumigation treatment, two to San Francisco (Scott 82 franking) with one with "Theo H. Davies & Co. Ltd." corner card on backflap, and one with double 5¢ franking (82) to Seattle, Wash. with corner disinfection slits, F.-V.F. or better.
Estimate $500 - 750.
The bubonic plague has spread from Hong Kong to Hawaii in the latter part of 1899 and quickly broke out in Chinatown in Honolulu. Because of the outbreak, fumigation was required on all mail from December of 1899 until April 30, 1900.