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The Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito Collection of Independent Mails continued...

American Letter Mail Company: Large Eagle Issue continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
31   ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Margins clear to slightly in, tied by blue manuscript "Allegania" cancel, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular handstamp applied on arrival to front only to Philadelphia, horizontal crease ties stamp, no indication of origin except for the ""Allegania" marking (there was a river named Allegania but no town at this time), Fine appearance, only two examples of this "Allegania" marking are recorded, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $275.00
Will close during Public Auction
32 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Position 3, large even margins, cancelled by manuscript "X", red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada. Dec. 3" circular datestamp on 1844 folded letter to New York City, Extremely Fine, the dated circle is scarce, ex Frajola, with 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
33 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Three large margins, manuscript cancel (not tied), used on Apr. 19, 1845 folded cover to New York, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular handstamp, sender's notation "Stamped" confirming usage, file folds, Fine, ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 150-200

SOLD for $150.00
Will close during Public Auction
34 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Ample to large margins, touched at top, cancelled by manuscript "S", red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp on folded cover to Philadelphia, handstamped on arrival, docketing indicates Boston origin on Aug. 29, 1844, Fine and scarce (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
35 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Full to large margins, manuscript "EHB" initials, additionally cancelled by manuscript "X", red "Paid" and "Forwarded by American Letter Mail Company, Office, 56 Wall St., N.Y." oval handstamps on part-printed folded invoice dated May 29, 1845 from New York City to New London, Conn., stamp has tiny bit of creasing and nicks along margins from separation, inconsequential and otherwise Very Fine, very scarce example of American Letter Mail Co. service to Connecticut, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
36 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large to huge margins, two strikes of red "Paid" handstamp (one on stamp), tied by manuscript line on Mar. 1, 1845 folded letter from Providence R.I. to Philadelphia, slight wear along file fold, Very Fine, rare use of the Large Eagle stamp from Providence with the distinctive sans-serif "Paid" marking used at that office (four recorded by Bowman, Independent Mails book), ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction
37 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Three large margins, touched at bottom, cancelled by red "Paid" handstamp, tied by filing crease on folded letter datelined Boston Aug. 9, 1844, to Buffalo N.Y., orange-red "Wm. Wyman's Letter Office, 8 Court St., Boston, 3 Wall St., N. York" framed handstamp with matching small "PAID.", manuscript "12-1/2" to the right of "Paid" beneath stamp, a third type of "PAID" handstamp (Pomeroy) struck in dark red at lower left, Aug. 13 receipt docketing, the writer mentions sending reply via Pomeroy

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TRIPLE CONJUNCTIVE USE, INVOLVING WYMAN'S, AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY AND POMEROY'S FOR TRANSPORTATION FROM BOSTON TO BUFFALO.

This remarkable cover was the subject of an article by Richard Schwartz (The Penny Post, Apr. 1995), in which he describes the process that involved three different intercity letter expresses. The sender gave the letter to Wyman, whose main office was located in Boston and whose principal route was New York-Boston. Because Wyman did not serve Buffalo, the letter was given to the American Letter Mail Co. in Boston for transmission to its Albany office. ALMCo. had an arrangement with Pomeroy, who served the area west of Albany, including Buffalo. It was Pomeroy who brought the letter to its final destination.

The total postage paid by the sender was 12-1/2 cents, as indicated by the manuscript rate applied first (covered by the stamp). At the time Mr. Schwartz wrote his analysis, he was unaware of the 12-1/2 rate next to Wyman's small "Paid" handstamp. It is uncertain how the prepaid postage was divided among the three firms. The Large Eagle stamp clearly indicates that ALMCo. received half of the 12-1/2 cents paid. Pomeroy's large red "Paid" at lower left also indicates that nothing was expected from the addressee, and we presume Pomeroy was paid for its services. Wyman, who did nothing but convey the letter to ALMCo. within Boston, may have received a share of the postage or nothing at all. There are no records or contemporary instructions that provide the answer to this question.

In terms of rarity, Schwartz commented "I know of only two other triple conjunctive usages entirely by independent mails: a Pomeroy to Hale to Crofoot...[and] the other triple use cover originated in Cleveland, destination New Haven, bearing Letter Express, Pomeroy, and American Letter Mail stamps..."

Ex Golden. With 2000 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,500.00
Will close during Public Auction
38 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Large to huge margins all around, uncancelled but tied by gum toning, used on Sep. 22, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Troy N.Y., small red "PAID." straightline handstamp applied by Wm. Wyman

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE CONJUNCTIVE USAGE, INVOLVING WYMAN'S AND AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY FOR TRANSPORTATION FROM BOSTON TO TROY.

This cover is comparable to the Wyman-ALMCo.-Pomeroy triple-conjunctive usage from Boston to Buffalo (see lot 37), which was the subject of an article by Richard Schwartz (The Penny Post, Apr. 1995). However, in this case, only two firms were involved, because the American Letter Mail Co. maintained offices in Albany and Troy. The sender gave the letter to Wyman, whose main office was located in Boston and whose principal route was New York-Boston. Because Wyman did not serve Troy, the letter was given to ALMCo. in Boston for transmission to its Troy office via Albany. The stamp prepaid the ALMCo. postage. We can speculate that Wyman, who did nothing but convey the letter to ALMCo. within Boston, probably applied the stamp after collecting 5c from the sender.

With 2003 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
39 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Black on Gray (5L2). Two large margins, other sides slightly in, tied by manuscript "X" cancel, red "Gilman's Express, Office, No. 9 Court Street, Boston" oval handstamp on blue folded cover to New York City, docketed Sep. 14 (1844), no origin indicated but probably in the Penobscot River area, sealed cover tear passes under stamp but does not affect it (the stamp popped up from cover, but has since been refastened), Fine and extremely scarce conjunctive usage -- Gilman's operated between Bangor Me. and Boston -- ex Hall, with 2001 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $475.00
Will close during Public Auction

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