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

American Letter Mail Company: Blue Eagle Issue
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
40 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3). Margins mostly clear of inner framelines, tied by manuscript "J. Gray" cancel applied by agent John Gray on June 13, 1845 folded letter from Philadelphia to New York, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. No. 101 Chestnut St. Philada." circular handstamp with matching "Paid" straightline, one panel of lettersheet removed and refolded slightly at bottom

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWO TIED EXAMPLES AMONG THE TWELVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE BLUE EAGLE STAMP OF AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY.

This use of the rare Blue Eagle stamp probably occurred soon before the Independent Mail firms were effectively abolished by the government. On July 1, 1845, the postage rate for distances under 300 miles was reduced to 5c per half-ounce. By the same Act of Congress, Federal law prohibited the carrying of letters by private companies between cities where the Post Office Department offered intercity mail service. American Letter Mail Company, which had aroused popular support for cheaper domestic postage, was a catalyst for the 1845 legislation. However, it could no longer sustain its fight with the government over mail routes and closed on June 30, 1845.

The Large Eagle stamp in Blue is recorded on covers dated from August 1844 through June 1845, with about half of the reported covers addressed to Hopkins & Weston in New York. The Blue and Black color scheme for the American Letter Mail Co. Large Eagle stamps, which lack a denomination (unlike their predecessor issue, the Small Eagle), may have been modeled upon Great Britain's 1840 Penny Black and Two-Pence Blue. The Blue stamp was used for the single rate, but its original purpose might have been to pay a double rate.

Ex Gibson, Middendorf, Roth and Kuphal. (Image)

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E. $ 4,000-5,000

SOLD for $5,250.00
Will close during Public Auction
41 c ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3). Margins to just touching frame, manuscript "DB" cancel (not tied), used on June 12, 1845 folded cover (portions of flaps missing) from Philadelphia to New York, red "Forwarded by American Mail Co. No. 101 Chestnut St. Philda." circular handstamp with matching "Paid" straightline handstamp

VERY FINE. ONE OF TWELVE RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE BLUE EAGLE STAMP OF AMERICAN LETTER MAIL COMPANY.

This use of the rare Blue Eagle stamp probably occurred soon before the Independent Mail firms were effectively abolished by the government. On July 1, 1845, the postage rate for distances under 300 miles was reduced to 5c per half-ounce. By the same Act of Congress, Federal law prohibited the carrying of letters by private companies between cities where the Post Office Department offered intercity mail service. American Letter Mail Company, which had aroused popular support for cheaper domestic postage, was a catalyst for the 1845 legislation. However, it could no longer sustain its fight with the government over mail routes and closed on June 30, 1845.

The Large Eagle stamp in Blue is recorded on covers dated from August 1844 through June 1845, with about half of the reported covers addressed to Hopkins & Weston in New York. The Blue and Black color scheme for the American Letter Mail Co. Large Eagle stamps, which lack a denomination (unlike their predecessor issue, the Small Eagle), may have been modeled upon Great Britain's 1840 Penny Black and Two-Pence Blue. The Blue stamp was used for the single rate, but its original purpose might have been to pay a double rate.

Ex Golden. Backstamped Toaspern. With 1999 P.F. certificate (Image)

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E. $ 2,000-3,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
42   ImageAmerican Letter Mail Co., (5c) Blue on Gray (5L3). Three large margins, full at bottom, manuscript "EHB" cancel, tiny pinhole in letter "E" of cancel caused by pen, slight thin spot, Very Fine appearance, ex Schwartz (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction

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