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The Travers Papers:
A Special Final Offer

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 With original previously-unpublished documents and unprecedented commentary by legendary experts in American postal history.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. Only 2 copies remain of this fabulous set of books!

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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Two Amazing
Civil War Era Covers

63 – Confederate P.O.W. held in occupied New Orleans prison

Drop letter posted December 15, 1864 well after the July 1, 1863 rate change. Marked "Due 2" for twice the deficient postage of one cent. Pvt. Joseph Durigneand was a member of the Pointe Coupee Artillery Battalion. The cover is addressed to him and states he is a prisoner of war. In another hand: "under treatment at New Orleans La". It is also marked "Examined". It will take additional research to determine where he was actually held. Only 11 covers are known from the six New Orleans prisons. An exceedingly rare cover. Ex-Wilson Born (PH76-01) $2,750.00 Click to order

63+65 (x2)+69 – Rochester patent cancel
Full cover sent from Rochester, New York, June 7, (1863) to Bischofszell. Switzerland. It went via New York and Calais, France. The rate was 21c (3c domestic mail and 18c credit to France. It was underpaid by 2c, but was accepted. Marvelous bold Rochester patent cancel which cuts the paper. Ex-Wilson Born (PH76-02) $750.00 Click to order


A Very Striking Union Patriotic use of
the One-Cent 1861 issue

63 (x3) – Patriotic
Violet patriotic (Weiss no. M-L93 ) with Port Byron, Ill CDS on domestic rate cover to Normal University in Bloomington, Ill. Very slightly reduced at the right. Ex-Donald Evans (PH76-04) $300.00
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    View all 20 pages of the 76th edition of our Newsletter released on Sept. 24th---which includes scores of one-of-a-kind stamps and postal history---plus books, too!
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Major unlisted trial color die proof of 20th century stamp!

784TC1 – 3c Susan B. Anthony - Unlisted trial color die proof
Deep lilac trial color die proof pulled directly onto thin glazed card. Proving room number (476778) in blue on the back. Also stamped in purple, “Engraver’s Stock Proof Authorized By”, “DKmh” in blue pen. The Scott specialized only lists a small die proof in the issued violet color. Undoubtedly unique! (EP76-35)
$1,750.00 Click to order

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Outstanding Atlanta Trial Color Proofs

Complete set of the 1851-60 10c Washington Atlanta trial color plate proofs on card. XF set. Quite scarce! (EP76-07) $600.00 Click to order

Unique Bowlsby Die Essay!

63-E13a – Bowlsby die essay
1c Grey, die essay pulled on India paper and removed from the card blotter. Rare Ex-Wilson Born (EP76-01) $1,250.00

Distinctive Postage Due Plate Proofs

J32P4 2c Deep claret, plate proof on card, right sheet margin block of four. (EP75-19). $900.00. We also have singles available at $200.00 each. Click to order

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