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ILLINOIS POSTAL HISTORY

                           Page last updated:  8-16-2017

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Image Chicago, Cook Co.
Red Sep 24 CDS with “5” in serrated circle rating mark on full cover going to Niles, Michigan. $15.00

Image Chicago, Cook Co.
Red Dec 3 - 3 Paid CDS on full cover to Kane (sic) New Hampshire, docketed “Chicago C.J. Wilder Dec. 1, 1854”.$15.00

Image Hand carried – Red lithographed Cameo: Daily & weekly Tribune – “Gem of the Prairie” 52
Hand carried to Rushville, Ill and docketed in pencil on the face: June 3, 1852 John leaves the Tribune today his letter enclosed.” The paper was published by Stewart, Waite, & Co. located at 173 Lake Street in Chicago (1848-1858). A focus of the paper was temperance issues. Over the years several prominent print journalists served as editor. This paper was not the Chicago Tribune. $125.00

Image 26 – Chicago, Marvelous woodcut design
3c Dull red, Sent from Chicago to Dr. John Kennicott at “The Grove” which is located just off Milwaukee Avenue and just North of Glenview, Ill. The Grove was the home of visionary horticulturalist and educator Dr. John Kennicott who brought his family from New Orleans to settle on this land in 1836. His home functions as a horticultural museum today open to the public. $375.00

Image 63 – Chicago, Illuminated advertising cover
1c Blue, Straightedge strip of three tied by blue Chicago duplex CDS to all over Hartford Fire Insurance Co. cover. Opened at left, full cover, in pristine condition. Ex-Pacetti $500.00

Image U82 – Chicago, “Blue” clover leaf
3c Green entire, Clover leaf (Berg no. CL-1) struck in blue, was in use from April 24 to May 16, 1874, 95% strike. Envelope obviously used to practice penmanship hence just $75.00

Image 158 – Chicago, “Blue” Negative “A” without “3”
3c Green, on C.E. Roberts & Co. advertising cover with stamp tied by (Berg no. NAO-20)  Negative “A” without “3” blue duplex CDS. This cancel was in use from January 26 to April 1, 1875. Roughly opened at right. $30.00

Image UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Unlisted geometric
1c Brown postal card, Chicago & Dunleith R.P.O. CDS in blue accompanied by unlisted (in Berg) geometric cancel. $75.00

Image UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Letters – Reverse “R” in Square
1c Brown postal card, Chicago May 31
st CDS in blue accompanied by (Berg no. LR-2) Reverse “R” in Square cancel. Latest known use, one of two known examples of this cancel.
$150.00

Image UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Double wedges
1c Brown postal card, Chicago Sep 5th CDS in blue accompanied by (Berg no. DW-6) Double wedges cancel. This is about three weeks after the latest use listed by Berg. Great strike! $50.00

158
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue "Four Bars" killer (Berg No. 4B-39). It was used from May 22nd - Jul 22nd 1876. $25.00

158 - Cover front
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue "Square of Solid Triangles" killer (Berg No. SST-4). It was used from Jul 7th - Oct 10th 1875. Great strike of this killer. $20.00

158
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue “Geometric Spoke” killer (Berg No. GEO-25). Nice illustrated enclosure for Fred P. Fisher, general insurance agent, dated “August 31, 1875”. Scarce cancel $75.00

UX3
With Chicago Blue "R" in circle killer. As complete a strike as you will find. Datelined: Chicago June 1, 1974. (Berg No. LR-1) used for only nine days, damaged plate variety. $75.00

Chicago World's Columbian Exposition

232 J.A. Pierce cover
3c Green tied by World’s Fair Station, Chicago, Oct 30, 4-PM, 1893 machine cancel to five centavo Chilean entire. Blue Columbian half-dollar and Columbus Day imprint. This cover was prepared by pioneer Chicago stamp dealer, J.A. Pierce. Ex-Bilasco $300.00

232 J.A. Pierce cover
3c Green tied by World’s Fair Station, Chicago, Oct 30, 4-PM, 1893 machine cancel to five centavo Chilean entire. Blue Columbian half-dollar and Columbus Day imprint. This cover was prepared by pioneer Chicago stamp dealer, J.A. Pierce. $300.00

234 J.A. Pierce cover
5c Chocolate tied by World’s Fair Station, Chicago, Oct 21, 4-PM, 1893 machine cancel to ten-cent Columbian entire. Blue Columbian half-dollar and Manhattan Day imprint. Small portion of lower right corner of the stamp is missing. This cover was prepared by pioneer Chicago stamp dealer, J.A. Pierce. $125.00

235 Purple “White city” corner card
6c Purple  tied by World’s Fair Station, Chicago, Oct 24, 4-PM, 1893 to cover with purple corner card featuring Isabella and Columbus going to Harry B. Deiss in Chicago. Exceptional calligraphy! $375.00

236 J.A. Pierce cover
8c Magenta tied by World’s Fair Station, Chicago, Oct 30, 4-PM, 1893 machine cancel to three-cent Centennial entire. Blue Columbian half-dollar and Columbus Day imprint. This cover was prepared by pioneer Chicago stamp dealer, J.A. Pierce, in his hand and going to Massachusetts. $300.00

  

The Balance of Illinois

Image Belleville, St. Clair Co.
Nov. 26 CDS, rated 18 3/4c, complete FLS, legal letter dated “Nov. 25, 1836”. $50.00

Image Bloomington, McLean Co.
May 7 CDS, with large “PAID 3” in arc, on full cover going to Cincinnati. $25.00

Image Canton, Fulton Co.
Jul 6 CDS, with large “PAID 3” in arc, manuscript “paid 3c” on full cover going to New York. $40.00 

Carmi 19 Nov manuscript White Co.
FLS single page letter, dated 1849, about sending medicine to his father via stage coach. Rated 5c. $30.00

Image Carthage, Hancock Co.
Manuscript town marking with “Aug 23” and “10” rating mark on small ornate, full,  ladies cover with seal on back. Light foxing. $30.00

Farmington IL August 13 - Typeset straight-line cancel Fulton Co.
FLS (circa. 1839) rated 25c. Couple of tears along the bottom edge. Contains portion of family letter. A very scarce marking. $250.00

Jacksonville Ills Dec 20 red CDS Morgan Co.
FLS outer leaf docketed 1834, rated 25c. Bold strike on fresh letter sheet. $40.00

Image Knoxville, Knox Co.
Red Knoxville, Ill Jun 15 CDS accompanied by large red arc “PAID 3” on cover to Virginia. Letter dated Jun 14, 1852 pertains to a legal matter. Fresh, clean with good eye appeal. $75.00

Libertyville, Lake Co.
FLS with red Libertyville Jan 25 Ill CDS and fancy “Paid 3 Cents” in circle going to John Brainerd in Connecticut. Three page letter from Brainerd’s brother, datelined: Fremont, January 24, 1853. Fremont was the township in which Libertyville is located. Letter discusses farming on the prairie and people in the community. This is premier Illinois fancy cancel. $350.00

Libertyville, Lake Co.
Full cover with red Libertyville Jun 7 Ill CDS and fancy “Paid 3 Cents” in circle going to Miss Albina Drew in Steuben County New York. The pencil docketing has been erased but the year appears to be 1855. This is premier Illinois fancy cancel. $350.00

U6 - Libertyville, Lake Co.
3c Nesbitt entire, full cover, with a full red strike of the second date stamp used by the Libertyville post office. Most of the early covers from this town come from the Drew correspondence with this one addressed to the Minnesota Territory. Tiny tear middle top. Ex-Barkhausen $150.00

Image Moline, Rock Island Co.
Manuscript “Moline Ills Aug 9th” with “10” rating mark on the outer leaf of a FLS going to Ontario County, New York. $30.00

Image Mount Sterling, Brown Co.
Jun 24 CDS and straight-line “PAID” with manuscript “10” on full cover going to Danville, Maine. $40.00

Image Mount Sterling, Brown Co.
May 19 CDS with manuscript “5” rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois. Letter dated: “May 17th, 1847”. $40.00

Nauvoo Ills Apr 12 red CDS Hancock Co.
Hancock Co. FLS single page letter, dated 1849, regarding legal matter. With red “PAID” marking. $50.00

Image New Boston, Mercer Co.
Manuscript “New Boston Jany 13” with “5” rating mark on full FLS datelined St. Louis, “Decr. 29th 1846”. $30.00

Image Ottawa, LaSalle Co.
Red Jun 5 CDS with manuscript “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Wooster, Ohio. Letter dated; “June 4th, 1846” and regarding moving to Ohio. $50.00

Image Ottawa, LaSalle Co.
Red Jan 21 CDS with “5” in box rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois. Letter dated: “January 2nd, 1847”. $30.00

Image Pekin, Tazewell Co.
Red Jan 9 CDS with straight-line “PAID” and manuscript “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Letter about legal matter dated: January 5th, 1850”. $40.00

Pekin, Ill June 8 – Typeset straight-line cancel Tazewell Co.
Outer FLS docketed 1835, rated 18 3/4c. Minor aging along the edges. Scarce marking. $175.00

Pekin, Ill Oct 9 – Typeset straight-line cancel Tazewell Co.
FLS rated 25c, three page letter, dated: October 7, 1835. A lengthy letter regarding the probate of an estate. Scarce marking. $150.00

Image Princeton
, Bureau Co.

Jan 9 CDS with large “5” in circle rating mark on full cover going to Caldwell, Texas. $40.00

Image Quincy, Adams Co.
Jan 15 CDS with blue manuscript 25 rating mark on outer leaf of FLS going to Martinsburg, Virginia. $40.00

Image Quincy, Adams Co.
Apr 18 CDS with “5” rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois. Land transaction letter dated: “Quincy 17 Apr, 1851”. $40.00

Image Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
Red Sep 15 CDS with straight-line “PAID” on full cover going to Addison, Vermont. $100.00

Image Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
Full envelope with fancy scroll cancel (Dec 5) with matching “PAID 3” on full cover to Watertown, New York. The post office was established in 1844 and was named for Chief Shabbona of the Potawatomi Indian tribe which was native to the area. Most of the known examples of this strike come from the Hinds correspondence. Ex-Stiss $275.00

Image 11A - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
3c Dull red, stamp with pen cancel on cover and accompanied by a fancy scroll cancel (Jan 8) on full cover to Watertown, New York. The post office was established in 1844 and was named for Chief Shabbona of the Potawatomi Indian tribe which was native to the area. Most of the known examples of this strike come from the Hinds correspondence. With PF certificate. $300.00

Image U6 - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – shield cancel
3c Nesbitt entire, full cover, with black DeKalb County, Sep 11, shield cancel. Some scattered toning specks. This is the only Nesbitt that we have records and it comes from the Hinds correspondence, Watertown, New York, as well. $250.00

Image 26 - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – shield cancel
3c Dull red, stamp tied by black DeKalb County, Sep 11, shield cancel to cover going to Prairie City, Illinois. Letter datelined: May 1, 1860 and refers to coming harvest and the opening of schools. Cover reduced slightly at left. $250.00

Image 11A - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – unique red shield cancel
3c Dull red, stamp with pen cancel and tied by red DeKalb County, Mar 20, shield cancel with an additional strike in the lower left corner. This is the only example in red that we have seen and it comes from the Hinds correspondence. With PF certificate. Ex-Bill Bauer $750.00

Image 147 – Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – manuscript
3c Green, stamp cancelled by two pen strokes. Manuscript “Shabbona Grove, Ill, Nov 15/ 72” along the left edge of the envelope on cover addressed to Lockport, Illinois. $35.00

Image Shawneetown, Gallatin Co.
Red Jun 16 CDS with “5” rating mark on outer leaf of FLS going to New Haven, Illinois. Blue forwarding mark, “Wilson & Redman”. $75.00

Shawneetown ILL Jan 14  – Dark red oval CDS Gallatin Co.
FLS rated 25c, three page letter, dated: January 8, 1827. A lengthy letter regarding cash receipts. Scarce marking. $150.00

Image Springfield, Sangamon Co.
Oct 1 CDS and red “Paid 10” in arc on full cover going to California. $35.00

Image Toulon, Stark Co.
Manuscript “Toulon, Ill July 27 1847” and “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Belville (sic), New York. Interesting family letter. $45.00

Image Warren C.H., Warren Co.
May 7 CDS with straight-line “PAID” on full FLS going to Macomb, Illinois. Letter regarding real estate taxes. $60.00

Image Waukegan, Lake Co.
Oct 30 CDS with large red “PAID 3” in circle on full cover going to Rutland, New York. $40.00

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