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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS continued...

CIRCUS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
921 c   P.T. Barnum collection of sixteen items, including "Barnum's American Museum" advertising cover with 3c Dull red (#11) tied by New York datestamp and with original letter enclosure signed by him, allover bronze illustrated "P.T. Barnum's Greatest Show on Earth and Great London Circus" advertising cover with 2c Red brown (#211) with original letter enclosure signed by him, a letter datelined at "Paris, May 11, 1845" signed by him, Nov. 30, 1874 letter by Barnum with illustrated "Waldemere" (his home in Bridgeport, Ct.) letter head to Carl Hagenbeck, the great animal trainer, an 1859 letter by Barnum offering the services of Tom Thumb and company, and ending with six interesting Barnum advertisements including 1860 for "Tom Thumb and his celebrated Little Wife", one with elaborate engraving of a "Bird's-eye view of the largest show on earth," one for "Barnum's American Museum with living Wild Beasts," and one for "Lincoln's Log Cabin," generally very fine. Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $8,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
922 c   The Grand Aquaria Now Exhibiting at Barnums American Museum, unusual allover design cover to Danbury, Ct. with 3c Dull red, Ty. I (25) tied by New-YorkMay 15 datestamp,
extremely fine and rare.The Grand Aquaria Now Exhibiting at Barnum's American Museum, unusual allover design cover to Danbury, Ct. with 3c Dull red, Ty. I (#25) tied by "New-York/May 15" datestamp, extremely fine and rare. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $3,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
923 c   The Original and Celebrated American General Tom Thumb, height 31 inches, weight 25 lbs, age 20 years, lovely detailed allover design cover in blue to Bridgeport, Ct. with 3c
Dull red (26, crease) tied by Paid in grid cancel, red Boston, MassThe Original and Celebrated American General Tom Thumb, height 31 inches, weight 25 lbs, age 20 years, lovely detailed allover design cover in blue to Bridgeport, Ct. with 3c Dull red (#26, crease) tied by "Paid" in grid cancel, red "Boston, Mass./Jun 27, 1860" datestamp, extremely fine; signed Ashbrook; ex-Brooks. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $2,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
924 c   Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, arrives in America on the U.S. Mail Packet Atlantic, folded letter with integral address leaf datelined Batavia (Dutch East Indies) 20th
June 1850 endorsed Via Marseilles to Baring Brothers & Co., LoJenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale, arrives in America on the U.S. Mail Packet "Atlantic", folded letter with integral address leaf datelined "Batavia (Dutch East Indies) 20th June 1850" endorsed "Via Marseilles" to Baring Brothers & Co., London, who forwarded it to Liverpool for placement on board the Atlantic, departing 21st August to New York and then to Boston, letter rated "1/-" from Batavia to London, at Liverpool the "1/-" was crossed out and it was re-rated "24" cents on arrival in New York, because it was carried by U.S. packet and "3 cents" for transmission to Boston, very fine.Also included is a ladies cover with colorless embossed "Jenny Lind" cameo with blue "Waterbury, Ct./Dec 5" datestamp and matching "5" rate, as well as an original "Greeting to America" song written for Jenny Lind by Bayard Taylor in his hand and signed and dated by him on April 13, 1850, plus an engraved portrait of Taylor. Before her arrival, Barnum had offered a $200 prize for an ode, "Greeting to America," to be sung by Jenny Lind at her first concert. The prize was awarded to Bayard Taylor and it was set to music by Julius Bennedict.It was on this voyage of the Atlantic that P.T. Barnum brought Jenny Lind to America, which was one of the great feats in the history of entertainment. She was brought to America in 1850 under contract that she would not be associated with his museum freaks. She was paid for 150 concerts at $1,000 each, plus all expenses for her maid, butler, secretary and an additional $25,000 for her musical director. By the end of the tour, in May of 1852, Barnum had grossed almost $700,000! (imagea) (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
925 c   Spalding & Rogers North American Circus, fabulous allover design cover showing 40-horse hitch bandwagon with 3c Dull red (11) tied by Kalamazoo, Mich.July 25 datestamp, very
fine and rare.Spalding & Rogers North American Circus was organizedSpalding & Rogers North American Circus, fabulous allover design cover showing 40-horse hitch bandwagon with 3c Dull red (#11) tied by "Kalamazoo, Mich./July 25" datestamp, very fine and rare.Spalding & Rogers North American Circus was organized in the 1840s as a wagon show by Doc. Gilbert R. Spalding. They also built the Floating Palace, a deluxe riverboat, where circus performances were given. It was towed by a steamboat on the Ohio & Mississippi Rivers and was destroyed by fire at New Albany, Indiana in 1865. This was the first circus to use a 40-horse hitch to pull the bandwagon in circus parades. The spectacular 40-horse team was also used by Yankee Robinson in 1866, Dan Rice in 1873 and Barnum & Bailey in 1898, 1903 and 1904. The driver sat eighty feet behind the four-abreast lead horses and held ten reins in each hand - one for each two horses. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $2,600.00
Will close during Public Auction
926 c   Marshs Juvenile Comedians, handsome allover design on yellow cover to Charlestown, Mass. with 3c Dull red (26, fault) tied by Buffalo, N.Y.Jan 9 datestamp, very
fine.Marsh's Juvenile Comedians, handsome allover design on yellow cover to Charlestown, Mass. with 3c Dull red (#26, fault) tied by Buffalo, N.Y./Jan 9" datestamp, very fine. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $2,300.00
Will close during Public Auction
927 c   Orton & Olders Great Southern Circus, orange illustrated advertising cover to Paris, N.Y. with 3c Dull red (26, crease) tied by Tallahassee, Fla.Jan 6 datestamp, with 1858
letter enclosed, very fine.Hiram Orton, a former sailor on the GreatOrton & Older's Great Southern Circus, orange illustrated advertising cover to Paris, N.Y. with 3c Dull red (#26, crease) tied by "Tallahassee, Fla./Jan 6" datestamp, with 1858 letter enclosed, very fine.Hiram Orton, a former sailor on the Great Lakes, formed a circus at Portage, Wisconsin in 1854. In 1858 he went into a partnership with A.P. Older and it became Orton & Older's Great Southern Circus from 1858-60. Sometime after 1860, Older left the show, Hiram retired from management and died at the age of 72. After Hiram's death the show continued under the Orton family and Hiram's son Miles, who was an equestrian bareback rider of note. Miles died in Key West, Florida in 1903, but the show kept on going as Orton Brothers Circus, under R.Z. Orton, until they finally closed it out in the early 1930's. The cover was used the very same year that Orton & Older began. (Image) Est. $300-400

SOLD for $1,050.00
Will close during Public Auction
928 c   John Robinsons Great Combination Circus and Menagerie, elephant illustrated advertising cover to Waterford, N.Y. with 3c Rose (65, small faults) tied by cork cancel, very
fine.This was a major circus in the last half of the nineteenth century.John Robinson's Great Combination Circus and Menagerie, elephant illustrated advertising cover to Waterford, N.Y. with 3c Rose (#65, small faults) tied by cork cancel, very fine.This was a major circus in the last half of the nineteenth century. It began operations about 1840 and was run by four generations of John Robinsons with the show going on rails in 1881. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $625.00
Will close during Public Auction
929 c   Hillard, Hunting & Demotts Great Pacific Circus, illustrated advertising cover with additional allover wild animal design on back to Oswell, Ohio with 3c Ultramarine (114) tied
by quartered cork cancel and Cresco, IoaAug 2 datestamp alongsidHillard, Hunting & Demott's Great Pacific Circus, illustrated advertising cover with additional allover wild animal design on back to Oswell, Ohio with 3c Ultramarine (#114) tied by quartered cork cancel and "Cresco, Ioa/Aug 2" datestamp alongside, with illustrated lettersheet enclosure from a member of the circus, who writes that they have just arrived in town and that business has been good because the farmers are in the fields and that her husband has gone ahead to rearrange the schedule because of the "Anderson Show," very fine; rare cover from this small wagon circus operating in the Midwest. (imagea) (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
930 c   J. Sanger & Sons Grand Zoological Hippodrome, stunning allover front and back design cover to London with Great Britain 1881 1d Lilac (89, crease) tied by 1886 Brandwell duplex
postmark, reverse with Mayors Procession design in green, small pJ. Sanger & Sons Grand Zoological Hippodrome, stunning allover front and back design cover to London with Great Britain 1881 1d Lilac (#89, crease) tied by 1886 Brandwell duplex postmark, reverse with "Mayor's Procession" design in green, small piece of flap missing, otherwise very fine. (Image) Est. $500-750

SOLD for $1,400.00
Will close during Public Auction
931 c   Circus advertising cover collection, a remarkable assemblage of over 45 illustrated circus advertising covers, including some allover designs, as well as some picture post cards and ancillary material such as circus programs, mostly mounted on album pages in a binder, covers range from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century including quite a few multicolored examples, some of the more interesting items include 1874 Great Pacific Circus with illustrated enclosure, 1880's Chas. Lee's London Shows, 1890 King & Franklin's New Colossal Shows, 1866 Van Amburgh & Co's Mammoth Menagerie, 1870's Montgomery Queen's Menagerie & Circus, 1870's Burr Robbins' Great Menagerie, Roman Hippodrome and Egyptian Caravan, 1858 Yankee Robinson Circus, 1875 Adam Forepaugh's Grand Menagerie, Museum and Double Ring Circus, 1898 Gollmar Bros. Circus, 1870's Ben F. Bowen's Evening Star Serenaders, 1850's Van Amburgh & Co.'s Two Menageries and 1896 Sells Brothers Enormous United Shows, some minor stamp or cover faults, most are fine-very fine; a really delightful collection that is a pleasure to view. Est. $1,500-2,000

SOLD for $5,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
932 c   Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, collection of about twenty items from the late 19th to early 20th century, including six illustrated advertising covers, one 1893 from Chicago with 5c Columbian (#235) and illustrated lettersheet enclosure, and two of Pawnee Bill's Historic Wild West, who merged with Buffalo Bill in 1909, two different Buffalo Bill show "Historical Sketches & Programme" one 1894 for New York and the other published in London for his second visit, also photos, picture post cards and more, couple minor cover faults, largely very fine. Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction

POSTMARKS BY STATE

POST OFFICE REGULATIONS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
933   [Post Office related balance] Laws Instructions and Forms for the Regulation of the Post-Office Department. Washington, F.P. Blair, 1832. 8vo, contemporary 1/4 cloth with blank paper wraps. Pen identification on front cover with notes on inside cover for the Enfield, MA post office. With pen notes throughout, undoubtedly by the Enfield postmaster. Faults. Guarding the Mails; or, The Secret Service of the Post Office Department. PH Woodward. Hartford, Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1876. 8vo, cloth illustrated cover in black and gilt, gilt spine. Instructions to Special Agents of the Post-Office Department on Mail Depredations. Washington, Govt. Printing Office, 1872. 12mo, leather with gilt title. Also Samuel J. Bridge ALS to George W. Gordon, Boston postmaster, 3pp, 8vo, San Francisco, 10/31/1853. Mail service complaints. Est. $150-200

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
ALASKA
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
934 c   Island of KodiackAlaska Ty, manuscript postmark on cover to Rowayton, Ct. with 3c Rose (94, crease) cancelled by quartered cork, matching San Francisco, CalNov 6 transit
postmark alongside, pencil Oct 1369 docket, very fine this post offIsland of Kodiack/Alaska Ty, manuscript postmark on cover to Rowayton, Ct. with 3c Rose (#94, crease) cancelled by quartered cork, matching "San Francisco, Cal/Nov 6" transit postmark alongside, pencil "Oct 13/69" docket, very fine; this post office was established on 29 January, 1869 and this is the second earliest recorded postmark for this office; 1976 PF certificate. (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

SOLD for $9,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
935 c   Sitka R(ussian) A(laska), November 8, 1867, manuscript postmark on yellow cover to San Francisco with 3c Rose (65, corner crease) cancelled by manuscript x, very fine the
earliest known postmark from Alaska, dated just three weeks after tSitka R(ussian) A(laska), November 8, 1867, manuscript postmark on yellow cover to San Francisco with 3c Rose (#65, corner crease) cancelled by manuscript "x", very fine; the earliest known postmark from Alaska, dated just three weeks after the United States took possession and the only reported example that used the "R.A" designation in postmark (as listed in the 1867 Postal Guide) ; illustrated in Cavagnol, ex Persson.Sitka, Russian America was originally a village of the Tlingit Indians. In 1804 the Russians, under Alexander Baranov, defeated the Indians and seized the village in retaliation for the massacre of the Russians at St. Michael in 1802. Baranov built a fort at the site, named it New Archangel, and made it the capitol of Russian America. However the common usage of the name "Sitka" has prevailed to this day.Russia sold Alaska to the U.S. in the spring of 1867 for the sum of $7,200,000. The formal transfer took place on 18 October, 1867 concluding the second largest real estate transaction in history - second only to the Louisiana Purchase. (Image) Est. $15,000-20,000

SOLD for $42,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
936 c   Sitka, Alaska, two ship covers with original letters enclosed, the first endorsed Ship letter from Alaska with 3c Rose (94, faulty) with cork cancel and San Francisco, Cal.Mar
25 transit datestamp with letter datelined U.S.S. SaginawSitkaSitka, Alaska, two ship covers with original letters enclosed, the first endorsed "Ship letter from Alaska" with 3c Rose (#94, faulty) with cork cancel and "San Francisco, Cal./Mar 25" transit datestamp with letter datelined "U.S.S. Saginaw/Sitka Alaska Territory/March 11th 1869", the second with preprinted address and "U.S. Stmr. Wachusetts" with 3c Green (#184) tied by "San Francisco, Cal./Apr 14, 82" duplex postmark and two letters datelined "U.S.S. Wachusetts/Sitka, Alaska Ter/19th Mar., 1882" and "2nd April, 1882.", very fine. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
937 c   St. Pauls Island, AlaskaJul 30 1881, violet circular handstamp on cover to Tunbridge, Vermont with 3c Green (184, corner fault), entered the mails with San Francisco, CalAug
15, 81 duplex postmark, reverse with violet Alaska Commercial Co.St. Paul's Island, Alaska/Jul 30 1881, violet circular handstamp on cover to Tunbridge, Vermont with 3c Green (#184, corner fault), entered the mails with "San Francisco, Cal/Aug 15, 81" duplex postmark, reverse with violet "Alaska Commercial Co./Ounalaska/Aug 8 1881" double circle transit handstamp and magenta "Forwarded by/Alaska Commercial Co." handstamp, slightly reduced at right, otherwise very fine; as there was no post office on St. Paul's Island in the Pribilof Islands group in the Bering Sea, all the markings are those of the Alaska Commercial Co., who had exclusive rights, including the taking of fur seals, of which the killing was controlled by the government.The following is from the enclosed letter under the dateline of "July 19th 1881": "...We have got nearly through with the Sealing for the year - probably finish day after tomorrow as they only need about 3000 more to make up the 100,000 to which the years catch is limited … I expect the Steamer will not leave so soon by a week or ten days as last year for she has not returned from St. Michael yet...I presume our last chance to write will be by Government Steamer Corwin which is now in the Arctic looking for Bennetts Arctic Eplorer Jeanette ...July 30th Steamer leaves to day.The Jeanette was caught in the polar ice pack, crushed and sunk, with the loss of Commander George W. DeLong and most of the officers and crew, on June 13, 1881. James Gordon Bennett of the N.Y. Herald, financed most of the expedition, although it was Commanded by U.S. Naval personnel. It is one of the epic voyages of Arctic exploration. At the time this letter was written the fate of the expedition was not known. Not until December 19, 1881 was the tragic news flashed to the world. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
938 c   Fort Wrangel, AlaskaNov 17, partially clear datestamp on cover with preprinted address and U.S. Stmr. Wachusett endorsement to Philadelphia with 3c Green (184) tied by target
cancel, clear Fort Orange, AlaskaNov 17 transit postmark and PhiFort Wrangel, Alaska/Nov 17, partially clear datestamp on cover with preprinted address and "U.S. Stmr. Wachusett" endorsement to Philadelphia with 3c Green (#184) tied by target cancel, clear "Fort Orange, Alaska/Nov 17" transit postmark and Philadelphia backstamp, very fine. (Image) Est. $400-500

SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
939 c   Fort Wrangel, Alaska, two covers and a card, first with double circle Fort Wrangle, AlaskaJun 13, 1883 Ty. 4 datestamp on 3c Green entire, then Fort Wrangel, AlaskaJan 25, 1889
Ty. 5 datestamp on cover with 2c Green (213), and picture postFort Wrangel, Alaska, two covers and a card, first with double circle "Fort Wrangle, Alaska/Jun 13, 1883" Ty. 4 datestamp on 3c Green entire, then "Fort Wrangel, Alaska/Jan 25, 1889" Ty. 5 datestamp on cover with 2c Green (#213), and picture post card of birds-eye view of Fort Wrangle with "Wrangel, Alaska/Sug 18, 1909" Ty. 2 duplex postmark tying 1c Green (#331), first with vertical crease through the indicia and last with a card crease, otherwise fine-very fine. (imagea) (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

SOLD for $575.00
Will close during Public Auction
940 c   Metlakatla, AlaskaJul 23, 1908, bold datestamp on real photo picture post card of Indian village with totem poles with 1c Green (300, faulty), also blue double circle Sitka,
AlaskaJuly 24, 1906 Ty. VII postmark on real photo picture post carMetlakatla, Alaska/Jul 23, 1908, bold datestamp on real photo picture post card of Indian village with totem poles with 1c Green (#300, faulty), also blue double circle "Sitka, Alaska/July 24, 1906" Ty. VII postmark on real photo picture post card with view of the town with 1c Green (#300, repaired), and "Sitka, Alaska/Jul 11, 1909" duplex postmark on picture post card of Sitka with 1c Green (#331), fine-very fine. (Image) Est. $750-1,000

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction

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