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

William Wymans Letter Offices
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
297 c ImageW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Large to huge margins, small scissors-cut at top left still leaves huge margin, cancelled by manuscript "X" and also tied by red "Wm. Wyman's/Letter Offices/8 Court St., Boston/3 Wall St. N. York" four lines in wavy-line frame handstamp on Nov. 20, 1844 folded letter written in blue from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City

EXTREMELY FINE. A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE RARE WYMAN'S LOCOMOTIVE STAMP USED ON AN ATTRACTIVE COVER FROM THE ROBBINS CORRESPONDENCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH THE STAMP TIED BY A HANDSTAMPED MARKING.

William Wyman was an agent for Harnden & Company in New York City and Boston prior to 1844, when he started his letter express. The period of operation was brief, from late July 1844 until the middle of December 1844, probably due to failing health. Wyman’s wife is listed as his widow in the 1845 Boston directory, so he must have died before May of that year. He published notices announcing the end of his Letter Business” in Boston on December 14, 1844, and in New York City on December 17. Wyman’s last ads referred patrons to Overton & Company, explaining that his stamps could be redeemed” at their offices. Covers exist with Wyman’s stamps and Overton & Co. markings (see lots 299-301).

The Wyman adhesive is the world’s first denominated stamp to depict a railroad locomotive. The design also gives the 8 Court Street and 3 Wall Street addresses in Boston and New York City, and the value 20 Stamps for One Dollar.” There is some debate as to the method used to print Wyman’s stamps—engraving or lithography—and the plate composition is unknown due to the total absence of multiples.

The updated census of Wyman stamped covers started by Gordon Stimmell and published in the Independent Mails book lists 37 covers. This November cover is listed as the only example tied by handstamp. There are nine covers with stamps tied by manuscript cancels (or smudges from the cancel).

Ex Hyzen and Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
298 c ImageW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Huge margins all around, manuscript "X" cancel, used on folded cover to New York City street address, docketing indicates origin at Boston on Sep. 17, 1844, oval "Forwarded by John A. Newbould, New-York" handstamp on back

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF TWO RECORDED WYMAN STAMPED COVERS WITH THE NEWBOULD FORWARDING OVAL.

Signed Meyersburg. With 1991 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
299 c ImageW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Three huge margins, slightly in at bottom, tied by large manuscript "X" cancel on Dec. 31, 1844 folded letter written in blue from Boston to Geo. S. Robbins in New York City, red "Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street" oval handstamp, file fold

VERY FINE. EXTREMELY RARE USE OF WYMAN'S STAMP AFTER TAKEOVER BY OVERTON & COMPANY.

William Wyman established his "cheap postage" letter express in July 1844, with service between New York and Boston. On December 14, 1844, Wyman sold the business to Overton & Co. and announced that his distinctive Locomotive stamps -- the first stamps in the world to depict a train -- could be redeemed or used on mail given to Overton. Only three recorded covers show acceptance of Wyman's stamps by Overton (according to updated Stimmell census in Independent Mails book). In a postscript to the letter offered here, the writer informs us "I will use Wymans last stamp on hand today".

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

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $2,000.00
Will close during Public Auction
300 c ImageW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Two, both have large margins and manuscript "X" cancel, left stamp tied, on blue folded letter datelined "Boston January 28, 1845" to New York City, clear strike of red "Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street" oval handstamp, light vertical file fold does not affect stamps, certificate nitpicks a very slight crease along the top left margin from placement near edge of letter

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED COVERS WITH WYMAN'S STAMP USED AFTER THE TAKEOVER BY OVERTON & COMPANY AND THE ONLY DOUBLE-RATE FRANKING AMONG THEM.

William Wyman established his "cheap postage" letter express in July 1844, with service between New York and Boston. On December 14, 1844, Wyman sold the business to Overton & Co. and announced that his distinctive Locomotive stamps -- the first stamps in the world to depict a train -- could be redeemed or used on mail given to Overton. Only three recorded covers show acceptance of Wyman's stamps by Overton (according to updated Stimmell census in Independent Mails book). This is the only double-rate cover among them. There is one other double-rate franking, used during Wyman’s ownership.

Signed Costales. Ex Geisler. With 1987 and 2009 P.F. certificates (Image)

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E. $ 5,000-7,500

SOLD for $4,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
301   ImageW. Wyman, Boston Mass., 5c Black (149L1). Full margins, manuscript "X" cancel and red "Overton & Co's City Mail, Office, 3 Broad Street" oval handstamp, tiny corner crease and small thin specks, Very Fine appearance, on Dec. 14, 1844, Wyman sold his business to Overton & Co. and announced that his distinctive Locomotive stamps could be redeemed or used on mail given to Overton, only three recorded covers show acceptance of Wyman's stamps by Overton, this stamp is remarkable because the Overton oval is struck on the stamp itself, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $325.00
Will close during Public Auction
302 c ImageWm. Wyman's/Letter Offices/8 Court St., Boston/3 Wall St. N. York. Four lines in wavy-line frame handstamp, mostly clear strike in red on Dec. 7, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Brooklyn N.Y. street address, sender's directive "Hale's Express" crossed out and "Wymans" written in pencil, red crayon "6" and another smaller pen "6" rate, conjunctive use with red "Boyd's Brooklyn City Express Post, Dec. 11 3 O'C" oval datestamp, Very Fine, the only recorded Wyman's cover delivered by Boyd's according to the updated Stimmell census in the Independent Mails book, where this cover is illustrated and discussed, see lot 47 for an American Letter Mail Co. and Boyd's Brooklyn conjunctive use, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,500.00
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303 c ImageWm. Wyman's/Letter Offices/8 Court St., Boston/3 Wall St. N. York. Four lines in wavy-line frame handstamp and matching Collect box handstamp on Aug. 13, 1844 folded letter from Boston to Philadelphia, conjunctive use with red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. from No. 109 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia" circular handstamp, sender's notation "Wyman", file folds, Very Fine and rare conjunctive use, there are six recorded examples of Wyman and American Letter Mail Co. conjunctive service (see lots 37-38), this cover is illustrated in the Independent Mails book (Wyman chapter), ex Golden (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $650.00
Will close during Public Auction

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