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The Travers Papers:
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Unique. In cooperation with the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the never-before-told complete story of the development of the first United States postage stamps. With original previously-unpublished documents and unprecedented commentary by legendary experts in American postal history. Certainly one of the five most important books ever published in United States philately.

Compilation Directed By Thomas J. Alexander with
George W. Brett W. Wilson Hulme

Edited by Barbara R. Mueller
A DeLuxe Two-Volume Set Over 1,300 pages, Color Plate Section, Clothbound with Slipcase
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A Major Confederate States Rarity!

CSA No. 10 – “Frame Line” –Two full and portions of a third
With a Mobile, ALA, Jun 7 CDS. Cover mended at the lower left with a piece of the back flap. Cover addressed to Captain Jacob G. (Granville) Mordecai, 22nd  Ala Regiment, Deas’s Brigade, Wither’s Division, Shelbyville, TN. Jacob Mordecai was mustered in at Mobile, Alabama on April 23, 1861 as a private in Company A at the age of 21. He rose to the rank of Captain and surrendered at Greensboro, NC on May 1, 1865. He died at the age of 30 on the 15th of October 1870 and is buried in Mobile, Alabama. Mordecai was the member of a prominent Southern Jewish family. (PH71-01) $2,750.00 Click to order

Two-Cent 1883 Block...pristine

210 – Block of four 2c, Red-brown, fresh original gum, HR, solid color and impression. An attractive block. (ST71-05) $195.00 Click to order

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    View all 20 pages of the 71st edition of our Newsletter released on April 4, 2014---which includes scores of one-of-a-kind stamps and postal history---plus books, too!
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Section 2 (pp. 7-10)
Section 3 (pp. 11-13)
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Lincoln Trial Color Die Proof
The 15c Lincoln trial color die proofs are exceedingly rare. Scott lists 12 colors. However, we have only seen the four colors offered on page 10 of our newsletter plus the blue. In addition we have also handled a second copy of the bluish green. Each proof was pulled on india paper and die sunk on card blotter. Note that they do not carry the National Bank Note Company imprint at the bottom.These may have been produced before the die was hardened.

77TC1 –Dark Orange (EP71-35) $2,500.00  Click to order

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The "Harry Nichols" Fancy Cancel!

210 – “Harry Nichols” Marvelous full strike of the duplex hand stamp with the “HN” killer. The stamp is also tied by just the killer. One of the finest examples of this killer. (PH71-23) $300.00 Click to order

"The Original 13" Patriotic Use

65 – “The Original Thirteen” S.C. Upham four color design with stamp tied by Alexandria, VA CDS. Roughly opened at right which could be trimmed. (Weiss No. ST- 543) Nice eye appeal! (PH71-11) $150.00  Click to order

Gorgeous Columbian Plate Block!

238P4 – Top left imprint plate number block of eight Individual Columbian issue card proof plate blocks are rarely seen on the market today. Based on our records one complete set was broken up at some point in time after 1966. A great rarity. (EP71-01) $3,000.00  Click to order

The Lovely Rose Pink!

64b – Rose-pink 3c Rose-pink, nice sound copy of this shade with light grid cancel. PF certificate. (ST71-03) $100.00 Click to order

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