Hand carried – Red lithographed Cameo: Daily & weekly Tribune – “Gem
of the Prairie”
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.
Full envelope with
red “Chicago Sep 24 Ill. CDS” and “5” in sawtooth circle rating mark
accompanies. A couple of small edge nicks at the bottom.
FLS notice of payment due. Black “Chicago
Jul 31 Ill. CDS and red “PAID”. Blue “Geo. Smith & Co. PAID Chicago”
circular making. It is addressed to C.L. Bissell Chicago. C. L.
Bissell is a prominent name from the mid-nineteenth century in
Chicago. He founded the law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook.
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
304 – Chicago registered cover
5c Blue pair tied by oval cancels to full
registered cover going to the famed Burger Brothers in New York
City. The cover is from a very famous Chicago stamp dealer: B.L.
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
U122 Entire – Chicago “Blue” unlisted Wedges
entire struck with blue circle of arrow heads on cover with strike
of blue circular “returned to Writer” marking. William Eschenburg
Mar 27 1876 circular marking in blue in the lower left hand corner.
Blue Chicago N.D. Station CDs on back with partial strike of Berg
UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Unlisted geometric
Brown postal card, Chicago & Dunleith
R.P.O. CDS in blue accompanied by unlisted (in Berg) geometric
UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Letters – Reverse “R” in Square
1c Brown postal card, Chicago May 31st
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.
148 – Chicago, “Blue” shield going to Canada East
6c Carmine tied by full strike of
“Shield” Chicago “Blue” cancel (Berg No. SHD-1) on cover to
Montreal, Canada. Blue Chicago –
Dunlieth R.P.O. cancel. Docketed: manuscript “8/17-71”. Small fault
upper right corner, stamp not affected, with PF certificate.
157+U153 – Chicago, Blue “C” going to Denmark
2c brown and 3c green entire tied by
double strike of the letter “C”, Chicago “Blue” cancel on full cover
(Berg No. LC-1). Red Chicago, Ill Paid All transit mark on the
front. Black Slagelse receiving mark on the back. Ashbrook notes in
pencil on the back: “Blue Chicago “C” killer red Chicago Ill Paid
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue "Four Bars"
killer (Berg No. 4B-39). It was used from May 22nd - Jul 22nd 1876.
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.
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
158 – Chicago, “Blue” Crossroads
3c green tied by full
strike of blue “Crossroads” cancel to cover going to Oglesby,
Illinois. (Berg No. CR-1). Fresh clean cover.
158 – Chicago, “Blue” Geometric diamonds – Home for the Friendless
3c Green tied by full strike of unlisted
“Geometric diamond” Chicago “blue” cancel on full cover. Two minor
edge tears at top.
158 – Chicago “Blue” Maltese cross
3c Green tied by ornate, full strike, blue
“Maltese cross” cancel to smaller cover going to Conway, Mass. (Berg
No. M-9). Chicago Jun 6 4 PM Ill CDS accompanies. According to Berg
this was the first day of use.
158 – Chicago, “Blue” Geometric – S.H. Greenbaum & Co. corner card
3c Green tied by full strike of “geometric”
Chicago “Blue” cancel on full cover (Berg No. GEO-53). Large well
centered stamp, small edge tear, small amount of paper loss on back.
Imprint on back for the “great Inter-State Exposition of 1875” in
159 – Chicago, “Blue”
negative A – going to London
6c Dull pink tied by “Negative A
with 3” Chicago “Blue” cancel to full cover (Berg No. NA3-19). Red
New York marking on face, black Glasgow and red London receiving
marks on the back. Fresh, clean, attractive cover! Ex-Stiss $275.00
159 – Chicago “Blue” Stylized “D” – Illuminated dental Products
6c Dull pink tied to allover gray
illuminated advertising by “Stylized “Chicago “Blue” cancel.
(Unlisted in Berg). Double rate cover going to Knoxville, Illinois.
161 – Chicago, “Blue” negative A – going to the Netherlands
10c Brown tied by full strike of “Negative
A with 3” Chicago “Blue” cancel to full cover (Berg No. NAO-20 late
use). Red New York Paid All Br. Transit mark on front, black Utbecht
receiving mark on the back. Fantastic cover!
178 – Ladies College – Chicago, “Blue” Oval
2c Vermillion tied to unsealed
envelope by “Oval” Chicago “Blue” (Berg No. OV-38) cancel. Beautiful
orange-ocher woodcut of Highland Hall Ladies College in Highland
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.
The Balance of Illinois
Bloomington, McLean Co.
May 7 CDS, with large
“PAID 3” in arc, on full cover going to Cincinnati.
Canton, Fulton Co.
Jul 6 CDS, with large
“PAID 3” in arc, manuscript “paid 3c” on full cover going to New
19 Nov manuscript White Co.
FLS single page
letter, dated 1849, about sending medicine to his father via stage
coach. Rated 5c.
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.
C.H., Coles Co.
Single page FLS
datelined: “Charleston Apr. 4th,
1843” and regarding payment of back taxes on a piece of land. He
enclosed $10.00 to start the redemption process with the balance to
follow by either gold or silver. Sent to the court in Monmouth,
Warren Co. Coles C.H. Ill Apr 3 CDS with “PAID” marking and rated
Farmington IL August 13 - Typeset straight-line cancel
1839) rated 25c. Couple of tears along the bottom edge. Contains
portion of family letter. A very scarce marking.
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.
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.
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.
Mattoon, Coles Co.
1c Ultramarine tied by
Mattoon Dec 25 lll. CDS to bee advertising cover going to west
Groton, New York. Includes printed one-page circular, dated 1872,
for: “S.D. Barber late dealer in Italian Bees, Queens and Hives”.
4c, First Bureaus + 3c Entire - Mattoon,
or tied by solid circular cancel, Mattoon Aug 23, 1895 Ill. CDS
accompanies on a registered cover going to Belgium. New York
registry and Brussels backstamps. No back flap.
Moline, Rock Island Co.
“Moline Ills Aug 9th”
with “10” rating mark on the outer leaf of a FLS going to Ontario
County, New York.
Mount Sterling, Brown Co.
Jun 24 CDS and
straight-line “PAID” with manuscript “10” on full cover going to
Mount Sterling, Brown Co.
May 19 CDS with
manuscript “5” rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois.
Letter dated: “May 17th,
Ills Apr 12 red CDS Hancock Co.
Hancock Co. FLS
single page letter, dated 1849, regarding legal matter. With red
New Boston, Mercer Co.
Manuscript “New Boston
Jany 13” with “5” rating mark on full FLS datelined St. Louis, “Decr.
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.
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”.
Ill June 8 – Typeset straight-line cancel
Outer FLS docketed
1835, rated 18 3/4c. Minor aging along the edges. Scarce marking.
Ill Oct 9 – Typeset straight-line cancel
FLS rated 25c, three
page letter, dated: October 7, 1835. A lengthy letter regarding the
probate of an estate. Scarce marking.
Princeton, Bureau Co.
Jan 9 CDS with large “5”
in circle rating mark on full cover going to Caldwell, Texas.
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”.
Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
Red Sep 15 CDS with
straight-line “PAID” on full cover going to Addison, Vermont.
Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
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
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.
DeKalb Co. – shield cancel
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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
Shawneetown ILL Jan 14
– Dark red oval CDS
FLS rated 25c, three
page letter, dated: January 8, 1827. A lengthy letter regarding cash
receipts. Scarce marking.
Springfield, Sangamon Co.
Oct 1 CDS and red “Paid
10” in arc on full cover going to California.
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.
Warren C.H., Warren Co.
May 7 CDS with
straight-line “PAID” on full FLS going to Macomb, Illinois. Letter
regarding real estate taxes.
Waukegan, Lake Co.
Oct 30 CDS with large red
“PAID 3” in circle on full cover going to Rutland, New York.