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Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions, LLC Sale - 734

The Ward Collection

Official Documents and Regulations
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1001   imageImportant group of 12 Post Office documents, circulars, and publications relating to the establishment and functioning of the Parcel Post system, including ca. 1912 "Senate United States. Public Document- Free. Parcel Post. Report on the Bourne Bill…." printed corner card envelope to New York, with Senator Jonathan Bourne free frank, originally containing a copy of the pending Senate bill for the creation of the Parcel Post, which was passed into law on August 24, 1912 and became the Federal Act for such; 1912 (December 13) official letter from the "Post Office Department, Division of Railway Mail Service"; 1912 (December 24) official letter from the "Office of the Postmaster General", with information about the new Parcel Post system to commence on January 1, 1913, mimeograph signature of Postmaster General Frank H. Hitchcock; Post Office Department pamphlet, Parcel Post Regulations. Effective from January 1, 1913. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1912), with Order No. 6685 from the Postmaster General stating: "The accompanying regulations for the conduct of the parcel post system shall take effect on January 1, 1913…"; and Parcel Post Rate Map of United States, Map No. 17, with separate paper Parcel Post Zone Ruler.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
Restricted Use Period, January 1-June 30, 1913
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
1002 Q6, Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 10¢ and 2¢ carmine rose, first day usage (Scott Q6, Q2), both stamps with straight edges, tied by crisp strike of "Argyle/N.Y." duplex of "Jan 1 1913" on parcel tag to Corry, PA, only a trace of a further 2¢ stamp making up the original 14¢ franking remains, nevertheless a Very Fine and noteworthy usage, of which only a few January 1, 1913 first days are recorded, especially so on a parcel tag; with 2018 A.P.E.X. certificate.

Zone 4 (300 to 600 miles distance) for a 2-pound parcel (1st lb. 8¢ + 6¢ per additional lb. = 14¢ postage) which, according to Ken Lawrence, was therefore "the first day of zone-rated fourth-class domestic parcel post service, for which Parcel Post stamps was mandatory".

The Corry Hide and Fur Company of Corry, Pennsylvania, was a mail order business founded by the Berliner family. The company purchased furs and hides from trappers throughout North America, most notably exporting and selling these through its agents in Leipzig and London. By 1912, it boasted a large warehouse and employed 15 workers. In 1914, the family opened a leather company later known as the Berliner Company, which became the original company's successor.

This important parcel tag is accompanied by an extensive research dossier with magnified enhancements of the stamp placement (missing 2¢ stamp) and cancellation, an example of the "Argyle/N.Y./Dec 22 1912" c.d.s. tying 2¢ definitive on envelope to Cassayuna, other cancellations on various covers or cards, original correspondence from the Corry Hide & Fur Company with letterhead, shipping documents, legal receipts and cancelled check, ten parcel tags to the Corry Co., one registered on Jan. 6, 1913 from Hurry, Maryland bearing 8¢ and 10¢ (3 plus pair) Washington-Franklins, and two incoming envelopes (2) to the Corry Co.

References
G. Scott Ward, "A Surprising Parcel Post First Day Discovery, January 1, 1913 Date ‘Hidden’ on a Commercial Tag", Journal of the American First Day Society, January-February 2018, pp. 14-15.
Ken Lawrence, "Which items franked with 1913 Parcel Post stamps are authentic U.S. first day covers?", The American Philatelist, Vol. 133, No. 8 (August 2019), p. 714.
Estimate $6,000 - 8,000. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $6,000-8,000
SOLD for $4,750.00
Will close during Public Auction
1003 Q1 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1), tied by "Utica, N.Y./Jan 31 1913" machine cancel on "The Fisher Knitting Co." illustrated corner card envelope (unsealed); commercial first month usage paying the 1-ounce rate, Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150. (Image)

Suggested Bid $100-150
SOLD for $120.00
Will close during Public Auction
1004 Q1 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1), tied by "Chicago/Ill./Mar 1913" machine cancel with day blank on "Goodman Rainproof Coat Co." corner card envelope to Cambridge, Mass, the stamp with a blunt lower left corner perforation; with original colorful advertising circular, the accompanying cloth samples originally enclosed with the circular now hinged to the front of the cover for display purposes, Very Fine, a highly appealing usage, Ex Gobie and illustrated in his book, p. 47. Such envelopes or parcels containing both third class circulars and Parcel Post (fourth class) merchandise/samples were still considered Parcel Post if the postage equaled or exceeded the third class rate.
Estimate $200 - 250. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $200-250
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1005 Q1 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1), tied by "Philadelphia/OL" oval handstamp on "Ellwood Ivans’ Tube Works, Seamless Tubing" illustrated parcel tag, with tubing sample still attached; remarkable usage, paying the 1-ounce Parcel Post rate, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
1006 Q1 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1), tied by "Boston, Mass./1913" machine cancel on "Neostyle hook" patent pending local envelope; unusual fourth class usage since the envelope itself serves as the sample, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300. (Image)

Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1007 Q1 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1), five single frankings on 1913 (Jan./June) corner card envelopes, tied by dated machine cancels of Illinois, Indiana or Michigan; three envelopes with advertising motifs for staples, works of art, and stationery; two stamps have straight edges, Very Fine, a lovely selection of usages during five of the first six months of use.
Estimate $250 - 300. (Image)

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Suggested Bid $250-300
SOLD for $375.00
Will close during Public Auction
1008 Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q2), with 2¢ Washington-Franklin, tied by "Providence/R.I." oval handstamp on local envelope, showing "Jan 3 1913" straightline datestamp in purple adjacent; third day usage, the Parcel Post adhesive has straight edge; unusual mixed issue of same value paying the 3- to 4-ounce rate, Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
1009 Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q2), perfin "K&M", tied by "Ambler/Pa." framed handstamp on Keasbey and Mattison printed envelope front used as label on asbestos shingle sample to Mount Carmel; adhesive has small faults, the 1.5-ounce sample sent at the 2-ounce Parcel Post rate; scarce and unusual Parcel Post usage from this evocative manufacturer of asbestos.
Estimate $300 - 400

Founded in 1873, Keasbey and Mattison Company originally manufactured and marketed patent medicines, but shortly thereafter developed the use of asbestos as insulating material. In 1881, the company moved to Ambler, Pennsylvania, which by the time of World War I had achieved the notoriety of becoming known as the "asbestos capital of the world". The company later changed hands on a few occasions, most famously being taken over by Nicolet Company, which eventually entered into bankruptcy in 1987 as a result of the landmark legal decision the same year for mesothelioma victims.
(Image)

Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
1010 Q1, Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ and 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1, Q2), tied by "Orangeburg/N.Y./Apr 12 1913" machine cancel on "Bell and Company" Chemists corner card envelope to Minneapolis (redirected) containing small metal sample box of indigestion pills; 2¢ with straight edge; Very Fine example of the 3¢ rate for 3-ounce samples, composed of two values of the Parcel Post stamps, probably due to the fact that the 3¢ Parcel Post stamp was only issued on April 5 and had not yet been distributed to this small post office, which two years previously had been responsible for the legendary coil stamps, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300. (Image)

Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1011 Q4 imageParcel Post, 1913, 4¢ carmine rose (Scott Q4), tied by barred-oval handstamp on small-format envelope from New York to Columbus, Ohio, with the original electrotype of an ornate design; weighed 3-4 ounces, thus charged the 4¢ rate, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
1012 Q1-Q4 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢ - 4¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1-Q4), interesting study of the 1- to 4-ounce rates during this scarce first period of usage, the 26 items comprising envelopes (16), postcards (2, used as sample attachment or label), parcel tags (6), and held-for-postage or undeliverable unfranked cards (2); on exhibition pages, with most permutations of frankings to make up the four different rates, including "Seed Peas" envelope sent at the "Special Fourth Class Rate for Material for Planting" (6 ounces at 3¢), 1¢ with 2¢ on printed matter envelope used within Colorado, and a few advertising envelopes such as Kodak photographic prints; faults or defects.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5) (Image6) (Image7) (Image8) (Image9)

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Suggested Bid $1,000-1,500
SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
1013 Q1, Q5, Q6, Q9 imageParcel Post, 1913, 1¢, 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢ carmine rose (Scott Q1, Q5, Q6, Q9), the 5¢ in a pair, tied by indistinct "St. Cloud/Fl." machine cancel on postcard used as label to Middleton, Rhode Island; card has punch holes (including one affecting 25¢ adhesive) for application on parcel; 6th zone for a 5-pound parcel (1st lb. 10¢ + 9¢ per additional lb. = 46¢); a few faults, still Very Fine, and an unusual usage.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
1014 Q2, Q5 imageParcel Post, 1913, 2¢ and 5¢ carmine rose (Scott Q2, Q5), vertical pair of the latter, tied by "Medina/Ohio/Jan 7 1913" duplex on parcel tag to Corry, Pa, 3rd zone for a 2-pound parcel (1st lb. 7¢ + 5¢ per additional lb. = 12¢), short-paid and re-rated on arrival as 4th zone 6-pound parcel (1st lb. 8¢ + 6¢ per additional lb. = 38¢), with "Corry/Pa." framed handstamp tying 1¢ and 25¢ Parcel Post Postage Due (#JQ1, JQ5); it was common practice to short-pay the parcel or add to the shipment after the original postage had been paid, Very Fine, a wonderful and immensely rare example of the 4th class use of Parcel Post Postage Due stamps during the early restricted period, especially so with the Dues being tied, Scott unpriced on cover.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $2,000-3,000
SOLD for $6,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
1015 Q8, Q1 imageParcel Post, 1913, 20¢ and 1¢ carmine rose (Scott Q8, Q1), with horizontal pair of 20¢, "Chicago/Illinois" precancels on Sears, Roebuck & Co. parcel label to Los Angeles; 7th zone for a 4-lb. parcel (1st lb. 11¢ + 10¢ per additional lb. = 41¢); contemporary manuscript endorsement "Los Angeles, Cal, Jan 7, 1913, this was received it being the first Parcel Post stamps ever seen…", Very Fine, an early use.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image)

Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $900.00
Will close during Public Auction
1016 Q5, Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 5¢ and 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q5, Q2), tied by indistinct oval handstamp on local Los Angeles parcel label, with contemporary pencil notation "First parcel post package received, Victor Norman - Feby 15-[19]13"; local/rural delivery (2.5 miles distance) for a 3-pound parcel (1st lb. 5¢ + 1¢ per additional lb. = 7¢); the 2¢ with straight edge, overall Fine to Very Fine, an early usage.
Estimate $150 - 200. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $150-200
SOLD for $110.00
Will close during Public Auction
1017 Q6, Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 10¢ and 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q6, Q2), horizontal pair of 2¢, straight edge at top, tied by oval "Newark/N.J." handstamp on parcel label to Camden, showing "U.S. Parcel Post/ Zone 2/ Lbs. 3/ Price 14/ Newark, N.J." large framed handstamp in purple adjacent, additionally handstamped "Fragile"; the 14¢ postage for 3rd zone calculated by weight at 6¢ for 1st lb. and 4¢ for each additional lb.; the 10¢ stamp has a barely perceptible 13 mm vertical tear, nevertheless an outstanding usage with the scarce Parcel Post accountancy handstamp.
Estimate $250 - 350. (Image)

Suggested Bid $250-350
SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
1018 Q9, Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 25¢ and 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q9, Q2), tied by "Kansas City/Mo." oval handstamp on complete envelope used as package mailing label to St. Louis; 3rd zone for a 5-lb. parcel (1st lb. 7¢ + 5¢ per additional lb. = 27¢); cover has corner fault at lower right, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $850.
Estimate $300 - 400. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $300-400
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
1019 Q6, Q2 imageParcel Post, 1913, 10¢ and 2¢ carmine rose (Scott Q6, Q2), Two Tags, First is with a vertical pair of 2¢, tied by "Cleveland/Ohio/1" oval handstamp on parcel tag to York, Pa, 4th zone for a 2-pound parcel (1st lb. 8¢ + 6¢ per additional lb. = 14¢); the second 2¢, 10¢ and 20¢ Parcel Post (#Q2, Q6, Q8), vertical pair of 2¢ with straight edge at top, indistinctly tied on parcel tag from Columbus, Ohio to Eaton, Ohio, 2nd zone for an 8-pound parcel (1st lb. 6¢ + 4¢ per additional lb. = 34¢); the 10¢ has a small marginal fault, a nice pair of Ohio usages.
Estimate $200 - 300. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4)

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Suggested Bid $200-300
SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
1020 Q8, Q4 imageParcel Post, 1913, 20¢ and 4¢ carmine rose (Scott Q8, Q4), 4¢ horizontal pair and 20¢ vertical pair (straight edge) and single tied by "Brooklyn/N.Y./C" oval handstamp on parcel tag to Saginaw, Michigan; 4th zone for an 11-lb. parcel (1st lb. 8¢ + 6¢ per additional lb. = 68¢); some wrinkling, Fine and scarce.
Estimate $500 - 750. (Image) (Image2)

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Suggested Bid $500-750
SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction

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