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United States Postal History continued...

State Postmarks - Alaska & Colorado continued...
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1321       imageSunshine, Boulder Co., Colo, Apr 3 1885. Bold strike of serrated oval postmark on 2¢ red entire to Bald Mountain Colo.; reduced slightly at left, Very Fine and choice, ex-David New, Bauer.
Estimate; $150 - 200.

The small town of Sunshine was located in a rich gold mining area in central Boulder County only eight miles west of Boulder City. J.J. Jilson was the first postmaster opening the post office in April 1875 with the yearly postal receipt totaling just $63.56.
(Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $190.00
Will close during Public Auction
1322       imageDenver Covers, 1860-80s. Group of 23 covers; includes "Denver City, Kans" cds with matching "Paid" handstamp, two different 1860's "Denver City" postmarks (single and double circle date stamps), first type "Denver" postmark in black and blue, later postmarks including letter duplexes, various corner cards including American House and St. Nicholas Hotel, usage to Germany, later ad covers including John P. Lowers "Guns, Pistols, Ammunition" illustrated ad showing Man with Rifle and Bullseye Target; condition varies, F.-V.F. overall.
Estimate; $500 - 750. (Image1)
Est. $500-750
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1323       imageColorado Cover Balance, 1860-80s. Of 56 covers and cards; with better items including 1867 manuscript Georgetown C.T. postmark, manuscript Greenland, 1879 Hugo, 1880's Lariat, 1860's Nevada C.T., Rollinsville manuscript, 1860's Black Hark Point on corner card cover, 1860's Fort Sedgewick, 1876 Colorado Springs in illustrated stove ad cover, 1877 Garland, various Mountain City postmarks, Greeley including in red, etc.; condition varies, F.-V.F. overall.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
State Postmarks - Florida
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1324       image"Camp Barrancas, November 24th 1821" (Military Government Period). Datelined folded letter to Brig. General Jesup, Quartermaster General, Washington D.C., Captain endorsement, entered mails with "Pensacola./ Dec. 4." two-line postmark and manuscript "Free" rating; some toning, some faults and fold separations, Fine and scarce use from Camp Barrancas.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $260.00
Will close during Public Auction
1325       image"Fort San Carlos De Barrancas, West Florida, January 24th 1823". Dateline on folded letter addressed to Secretary of War John C. Calhoun, Washington D.C., entered mails with "Pensacola. / Jan. 31st." two-line postmark and manuscript "25" rating crossed out and updated to "Free", letter concerns soldier's appointment as sutler and difficulties resulting from contraction of yellow fever; folded separations, Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1326       image"Fort Sherrard M.F., April 2, 1839". Datelined folded letter to Winchester Va. endorsed "Via Tallahassee, M.F.", entered mails with "Tallahassee Flo. April 5, 1839" oval postmark and manuscript "25" cent rating, some toning, Fine and rare Fort.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
1327       imageGarey's Ferry, Mar 24. Manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 10" on 1846 folded letter to New York; light even toning, F.-V.F., a rare manuscript postmark from Garey's Ferry, with less than a half dozen examples known.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
1328       imageKey-West, Florida, Dec 15. Remarkable bold strike and matching "Free" rating handstamp on clean 1832 folded letter to Major General Thos. Jesup, Quartermaster General, Washington D.C., endorsed "On Service" at top left, letter requesting supplies mentions that ships from New Orleans seldom stop at Key West while vessels from the North to the Gulf of Mexico pass close to the Key; small internal cover tear, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction
1329       imageMagnolia FlA / April* 8. Two-line postmark with "Free, E. Simms, P.M." free frank on 1834 folded letter to La Prairie, Lower Canada, red "Montreal, Apr 28" cds and "4½" pence due rating, red "La Prairie, "Apl 28" rimless postmark with manuscript date and matching "forwd." rating at lower left; stain spot at top, otherwise Very Fine, ex-Meroni.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $270.00
Will close during Public Auction
1330       imageMandarin, Fa, 2nd Feby, 1837. Manuscript postmark with matching "25" rate on folded letter to New York, contents with mention of Indian alarms, Very Fine and scarce.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $525.00
Will close during Public Auction
1331       imageMarianna Fl. T. "May 3". Complete clear strike of cds with manuscript dating and matching "25" cent rating on pretty green 1838 folded letter to New York N.Y., horticulture contents, Extremely Fine and choice.
Estimate; $150 - 200. (Image1)
Est. $150-200
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
1332       imagePensacola, Jun 24. Sharp strike of two-line postmark and red manuscript "Free" rating on 1822 folded letter to Major C.J. Nourse, Actg. Adjt. Genl., Washington D.C., endorsed "On Service, L. Whiting, Adjt. 4th Art." at top right, letter datelined "Headquarters Pensacola Jun 23 1822"; light file folds, Very Fine.
Estimate; $250 - 350. (Image1)
Est. $250-350
SOLD for $280.00
Will close during Public Auction
1333       imagePort Leon, Flo "Dec 2". Rimless circular postmark with manuscript date and matching "25" cent rating on folded letter datelined "St. Marks, Novr 27 1842" to Bangor Me., a Very Fine strike of this scarce postmark, ex-Meroni.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $230.00
Will close during Public Auction
1334       imageQuincy Flo., "Decr 5". Clear strike of red oval postmark with manuscript date and matching "18¾" rating to Montgomery Ala., good domestic contents with much reference to sickness, selling negroes, and getting 'fat and saucy' in Florida; trivial edge wear, Very Fine, an attractive example of this marking usually found almost always weak or incomplete.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
1335       imageSeminole Agency, 25 July (18)28. Manuscript postmark at left on folded letter to Brig. Gen. George Gibson in Washington D.C., manuscript "Free" and "On Service, Geo. M. Brooke"; slight staining, F.-V.F.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE EARLIEST KNOWN USAGE FROM SEMINOLE AGENCY.

Seminole Agency, established on May 3rd, 1828, was located in Alachua County near Fort King. It was on the main military and post road connecting Micanopy and Tampa Bay.
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Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $2,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1336       image"Shell Point Florida, Septr. 30th 1835". Dateline on folded letter with "Tallahassee, Flo, Tco 7" oval datestamp (Oct month slug wrong letter order) and manuscript "50" rating addressed to The Governor of New Jersey, Trenton, original broadside enclosure 19.5"x11.5" accompanies headed The Shell Point Meeting starting, "In pursuance of public notice, a very large meeting of the citizens of Shell Point took place on the 19th inst. to express themselves upon the question which has created such universal excitement throughout the slave holding States."; letter tape stained and separated folds, broadside split at center and fold separations, Fine.
Estimate; $1,500 - 2,000.

A HISTORICAL LETTER AND DOCUMENT SHOWING THE PRO-SLAVERY SENTIMENTS IN FLORIDA TERRITORY.

The Shell Point Meeting broadside is apparently a statement by the pro-slavery populace of Shell Point, residents of a village near Tallahassee in the Florida Territory. The impetus for the meeting was probably a reaction to the mailing of thousands of copies of tracts issued by the American Anti-Slavery Society to individuals in the Southern states. After an indignant mob removed a mass of these papers from the post office at Charleston, S.C., in July, 1835, and burned them, Postmaster-General Amos Kendall wrote postmasters in the South sanctioning their removal of such literature. Feelings grew bitter throughout the country and violent means were used to silence unwelcome opinions.

The resolutions passed at the Shell Point, Florida Territory meeting are indicative of the bitter fears that the federal government was not going to entirely protect the Southern states' slave-holding rights. In part: "Resolved, that we ever look upon this as the GREAT SPLITTING QUESTION among the States; that most political questions are subordinate, and many others owe their existence to it; all of which has ever appeared to us a political absurdity. For, why should this interest create opposition from any quarter, when it is known that products of the 'slave labor' balances the trade of the whole republic, and squares accounts with all other nations."

The immediate target of the wrath of the citizens of Shell point was Arthur Tappan, a leading founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society. Referring to a Louisiana law making a capital offense of aiding or abetting the circulation of incendiary abolition papers, the resolves call for the governor of New York to give up "such conspicuous person or persons as are known to be foremost in this work of crime and sedition, so that the question may be fairly tried as to their liability under the law …such is our pity, scorn, and contempt of Arthur Tappan and his coadjutors…that we heartily approve of the conduct of the citizens of New Orleans, Charleston, Macon, and elsewhere, in offering a premium for said Tappan, and we will be pleased to pay a pro-rata amount for his delivery." The proceedings of the meeting were to be published in all newspapers in the U. S. Especially mentioned are particular papers in Florida, Washington, Richmond, Charleston, Nashville, New Orleans and Mississippi.
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Est. $1,500-2,000
SOLD for $800.00
Will close during Public Auction
1337       imageSt. Augustine, "8 Jany" (American Military Government Period). Straightline postmark with manuscript date and matching "Free" rating on 1822 folded letter to James Gadsden, Adjutant & Inspector General, Washington D.C., contents concern the desire of the military sutler at St. Augustine to supply troops at Savannah; some separations along file folds, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate; $750 - 1,000.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED HANDSTAMPED MARKING OF THIS OFFICE DURING THE AMERICAN MILITARY GOVERNMENT PERIOD. (Image1)
Est. $750-1,000
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction
1338       imageSt. Augustine, 30 April 1822. Double strike of two-line postmark and manuscript "Free" rating on folded letter to Gen. Danl. Parker, Paymaster General, Washington D.C.; fold staining, Fine, a very early territorial use.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1339       imageSt. Augustine, / 18 June 1822. Sharp complete strike of two-line postmark on folded cover to William Reynolds, Legislature Council, Pensacola, docketed that originally contained a petition of sundry inhabitants of St. Augustine paying a limitation to contracts not under seal; central file fold, clean and Very Fine.
Estimate; $300 - 400. (Image1)
Est. $300-400
SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
1340       imageSt. Augustine, E. Flo., Mar 24. Bold strike of oval datestamp as forwarding postmark (type XII) on folded letter with manuscript "Middleburgh N.Y., March 3d 1831" origin postmark and matching "Free" rating to Postmaster originally at St. Augustine and forwarded to Jacksonville, Very Fine.
Estimate; $200 - 300. (Image1)
Est. $200-300
SOLD for $180.00
Will close during Public Auction

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