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The Last "Brand New"
Copies of the Definitive
Trans-Mississippi Issue
Story by Neil

The Trans-Mississipi Issue of 1898

By Randy L. Neil, The Original Hardbound edition in brand new pristine condition—from the last batch of the original hardbound edition from 1997. 168 pp. Color Plate Section. Bound in maroon cloth with gold imprinted titling.

Published to honor the 100th Anniversary of this first U.S. commemorative set of stamps of the 20th century, we are privileged to have acquired the last publisher’s holding of this this definitive study of the Trans-Mississippi Issue. At the core of this study by Randy Neil are images the vast holdings of every conceivable form of philatelic item in the monumental Trans-Mississippi collection of the late Jack Rosenthal, former chairman of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and Trustee of The Philatelic Foundation. Many of these appear in the book’s 8-page color plate section in addition to scores of photographs throughout the book. From the handpainted essays to the most unusual of postal uses, the book examines every aspect of the issue.

The book is the result of six years of study—including the gathering of raw data from ther Bureau of Engraving & Printing archives, the National Postal Museum Library, and the large original files of Mr. Rosenthal. Included is the history of the planning for the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha, Nebraska, how the organizing committee gained the honor of a full set of stamps issued at their event, and great details on the design, development and production of each of the nine stamps in the set.
Offered at the Original Retail: $50.00 postpaid

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Roosevelt Small Die Proofs
of the Pan American set!

294P2 – 299P2
1c-10c, Pan-American, a complete set (six values) of Roosevelt small die proofs pulled on wove paper and still affixed to the gray card backing. Fresh bright original colors, razor sharp die impressions. (EP82-04) $3,500.00 Click to order.

 From the Franklin D. Roosevelt
Collection: The great die proof of the $5.00 1923 Definitive

This bi-color die proof was created by
registered impressions of both
a carmine and blue die
Each die contained registration marks to achieve a perfectly aligned impression. Once complete the impression was trimmed to stamp size to remove the registration marks. It was then mounted on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. It is back stamped in blue with the Bureau proving room control number, 333589. Pencil notations: "332292 – frame & 332724 – picture" are proving room control numbers for the two dies used.
This item sold as lot number 27 in the February 4-6, 1946 auction, by H.R. Harmer, of the Franklin D. Roosevelt collection.
This proof is accompanied by the original shipping envelope from 1946; it also includes a copy of the sale catalog, lot folio, and other lotting materials. It is quite possible that it had resided in the envelope for the past 71 years. A marvelous piece of philatelic history! Ex-FDR (EP82-11) $6,000.00 Click to order



Extremely early plate proofs

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The Rare 24-Cent National Bank Note Stamp On Cover!

153 – Chicago "Blue" going to Italy
24c Purple tied by "Square of Right Triangles" cancel on full cover going to Bologna, Italy, May 13, 1874. Red New York Paid All Br. Transit marking accompanies. Back stamped Verona and Bologna. (Berg No. SRT-4 used from May 13th – May 26, 1974). One of the great Chicago "Blue" covers. (PH82-02) $2,750.00 Click to order.

A Black Harding Rarity

2c Black Harding die proof pulled on soft wove paper and affixed to card blotter. Very sharp incised die impression. A scarce die proof. (EP82-01) $1,200.00 Click to order.

A Civil War Naval
Rarity with an interesting story!

65 – A Captured Confederate Schooner
Four times rate, letter docketed: "Key West Dec 1st 1863". USS Sea Bird was a captured Confederate schooner (by the U.S.S. "DeSoto") purchased by the Union Navy from the prize court at Key West, Florida in July 1863. She was assigned to the Gulf of Mexico to pursue blockade runners. Ex-Walske (PH82-20) $200.00 Click to order

A Die Proof from the Great 1950s
Alfred Caspary Collection!

76P1 – Signed
5c Brown, die proof pulled on India paper and die sunk on card blotter. Brilliant color and razor sharp impression. The proof is signed in pencil, at the lower right, by William E. Marshall, who engraved the portrait of Jefferson. A rare signed proof! Ex-Caspary (EP82-29). $850.00
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