New Postal History, and Essays & Proofs
26 - Middlefield, MS
An extremely well centered stamp with S-O-N CDS.
Minor edge nick at bottom right corner. A gem!
65 - Andover, MS
April 1863 CDS with "PAID 3" in circle tying the
stamp. Docketing in red and blue pencil noting a
death. Slight reduction at left.
63+113 - H.B. Shaw cover
Full cover with stamps tied by cork negative star
killers from Madison, Wis. Fresh and clean, nice
mixed franking. H.B. Shaw, a woman, was a pioneer
mail order maven.
65 - Lockport, NY large "L"
Bold full strike on full cover. Lockport Glass
Manufacturing corner card. Roughly opened at top but
721 - Coil single
Good & Plenty was one of my favorites as a child. It
was still only five-cents in the late 1950's. Nice
One-cent 1861 issue postal history from
the gold medal collection of the late Donald Evans and
63+146 - Late use of the one-cent 1861
White's Corners, Pennsylvania to Groton, New York. A
portion of two-cent stamp missing at top left.
63 (x2) +65+68 - Fifteen-cent rate to Galt,
Sent from Downieville, Cal., Jan 13, 1863 and paying
the 15c rate for over 3,000 miles from point of
origin to the border crossing. Red "PAID" and "15"
in octagon on front. Very light foxing, flap tear on
back. Ex-Wilson Born
63+75 - Double rate
New York, Dec 20, 1862 CDS on double rate sent "per
Steamer Marion" to New Orleans. Both stamps with
perf faults. Scarce usage with a five-cent
red-brown. Ex-Donald Evans
and comes with a photocopy of his exhibit page.
63+65 pair+69 - To Switzerland
Sent from Peoria, ILL in June of 1867 to Switzerland via
New York then Bremen. Red New York and "15" marking on
face. Appropriate black Swiss receiving marks on the
back. 19c in postage paid. Full cover with top of left
3c trimmed. Ex-Wilson Born
40TC4-47TC4 - Atlanta trail color plate
proofs on card
Complete sets of eight values mounted on the
original album page. Each of the two sets (Scarlet
and Blue) contains four margin copies. This is most
unusual since the spacing on these plates was very
tight and most sets will have at least a few values
where the margins cut into the design. Both premium
sets. Source: The Itasca collection.
112P3-129P3 - 1869 issue India proofs
Complete set of 10 plate proofs on India paper and
mounted on thin buff card board to resemble die
proofs. The fifteen-cent value is represented by the
type II frame design. The edges of the cards have
been ruled with black India ink. The set is mounted
on the original album page. In the lower left corner
it is dated: "F.W.W. 11-28-31". A very interesting
page. Source: The Itasca Collection.
Scott catalog value for the set as India plate
proofs is $855.00.
156P4 - 166P4
1c through 90c Continental Bank Note Company India
paper plate proofs and still mounted on the original
album page from The Itasca Collection.
This is one of the hardest card board proof sets to
put together as four of the values (1c, 3, 6c, &
10c) were only part of the first printing of 500. A
very scarce set in premium condition.
Philatelic Literature - All One of a Kind
Special Mail Routes of the American Civil
War - A Guide to Across-the-Lines Postal History
By Steven C. Walske and Scott R. Trepel, 2008, 283p,
full color, HB. The authoritative work on the
subject, out of print. $65.00
U.S. Waterway Packetmarks, Handstamped and
Printed Names of Mail Carrying Steamboats on the
United States of America Inland and Coastal Waters
1832 - 1899
By Eugene Klein 1940, 208 pages, HB plus 37 p.
supplement (1942), edition of 500, numbered. The
seminal reference when it comes to steamboat
markings. The tracings of the marking are superb!
Patriotic Civil War Tokens - 2 Volumes
By George and Melvin Fuld, 1959 & 1960, Volume 1
all photos, volume 2 all text. A scarce first
edition and marvelous reference, superb photos. $65.00
More Confederate Imprints Vols. 1 & 2
By Richard Harwell, 1957, soft bound. Collection
of both official and unofficial imprints of the
Confederate States. Very scarce. $50.00
Civil War Books - A priced checklist
Edited by Tom Broadfoot, 1978, 503p, HB. A first
edition. A great guide to books about the Civil
War written between 1866 and 1978. $35.00
American Letter Express Company,
Louisville and Nashville 1861
By Edward Brooks and Sam Adkins, 1946, 60p, HB.
An excellent compilation of the express
advertising, and articles in the Louisville
newspapers. Signed by Brooks to Corinth Wagner
in 1947. Rare book! $175.00
Confederate Postal History, An
Anthology of articles from The Stamp
Edited by Francis J. Crown, Jr., 1976, 313p. HB.
Surveys of the Confederate Postmaster's
By F. J. Crown Jr., 1984, 742p, HB. A reprint
compendium of Charles Phillips' articles from
the 1930's and the Hart articles from the
Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their
By Benjamin Wishnietsky, 1991, 144 pages, HB.
Over 230 excellent large illustrations of covers
of which over 90 are in full color.
Confederate States of America -
Philatelic Fakes, Forgeries, and Fantasies
of the 19th and 20th Centuries
By Powell & Kimbrough, 2015, 432p, HB. Well
illustrated in full color. $85.00
Our New Publication
The Various Kinds of United States Essays and
By Clarence W. Brazer, D.Sc., 1935, 1947
Illustrated by James E. Lee, 2016, four color
throughout, 16p plus card cover.
Over the years, on more occasions than I care to
count, I have photocopied for clients a reprint
of this manuscript pamphlet as prepared by Dr.
Brazer. it originally appeared in the 1935
American Philatelic Congress book and was
revised in 1947 for inclusion in Brookman's The
United States Postage Stamps of the 19th
Century. Neither of these editions had any
illustrations. In 2009 my wife Melanie was kind
enough to enter the document into Microsoft Word
where it sat for another seven years. One of my
goals for 2016 was to see that this pamphlet was
published. It has now been edited and
illustrated with material from my inventory.
Since it was first written almost 80 years ago
some of the details about specific issues have
become dated. However, the basic information
about essays and proofs is still valid today.
For the first time a basic illustrated primer
will be available to collectors. $10.00 plus
$5.00 for shipping
2017 Show Schedule for the First & Second
48th The Plymouth Show
April 29th & 30th, 2017
To be held at the Hellenic Cultural Center
36375 Joy Road
Show hours: Sat. 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Sun. 10 AM
- 4 PM
June 9th - 11th, 2017
To be held at McLean Hilton at Tyson's Corner
7920 Jones Branch Dr
Show hours: Fri. & Sat. 10 AM - 6PM., Sun. 10 AM
- 4 PM
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