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Postal History and Covers

Postal history is the study of the postal system changes over the years. While most non-philatelists are aware of the collection of the first day cover commemorating the first use of a stamp (often with an artistic cachet on the cover), there are many other postal history interests. A popular collecting area is images of post offices, which are most often found on post cards. A special sub area of this is the collection of postmarks from "dead" post offices (DPOs), that is postmarks on letters and postcards from offices that have closed. Another popular collecting area is cancellation marks. These include the fancy cancellations, most often found on 19th century covers, Doane cancels (a particular machine) and flag cacels of the early 20th century. Some collectors look for cover with special marks, delivery notifications, and forwards. Finally old covers sometimes have aesthetic value beyond the value of the postmark, so the piece as a whole has to be judged.
PH7012 1875 UX167 Envelope Cover Fawn Fancy Cancel Middletown, CT

1875 UX167 Envelope Cover Fawn Fancy Cancel Middletown, CT

The pinkish gray postal envelope with a Scotts catalogue U46 Die II design I believe is characterized as "fawn" color, making this the somewhat...
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PH7001 1880s Negative 13 Fancy Cancel on Banknote Boston to Roxbury

1880s Negative 13 Fancy Cancel on Banknote Boston to Roxbury

The envelope shows a 2 cent Andrew Jackson Banknote stamp with a Boston negative 13 cancel, mailed to a William Carlton Ireland in Roxbury, MA. It is...
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PH7018 1881 UX5 Postal Card Manhattan Paper Company Lee Webb Sugar Hill

1881 UX5 Postal Card Manhattan Paper Company Lee Webb Sugar Hill

This 1881 USPS postal card was mailed in September 1881 from the Manhattan Paper Company of New York City to (Rev?) Lee B. Webb of Sugar Hill...
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PH7016 1886 Fancy star cancel Bath NY to Highland Falls SC210 Kingsley

1886 Fancy star cancel Bath NY to Highland Falls SC210 Kingsley

This letter has a fancy star cancel, It was mailed from Bath NY Steuben County to Charles LaRue Kingsley in Highland Falls, New York. The stamp is...
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PH7017 1890 dated UX9 Postal Card credit for returned patent medicine

1890 dated UX9 Postal Card credit for returned patent medicine

This is a Postal Card mailed from a New York City business, Lyman Brown, to Blake Briggs in Port Byron New York. The card notes Mr. Briggs received a...
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PH7007 1893 South Duxbury, MA DPO Cover Hutchinson DAR Bullseye Cancel

1893 South Duxbury, MA DPO Cover Hutchinson DAR Bullseye Cancel

This cover features a South Duxbury dated the 4th of July, 1893, with a bulls-eye cancel on an 1890 2 cent carmine stamp. The South Duxbury post...
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PH7002 1895-1904 Boston Workmen's Benefit Death Reports Postal Cards

1895-1904 Boston Workmen's Benefit Death Reports Postal Cards

For sale is this lot of four postal cards sent by the Supreme Lodge of the Workmen's Benefit Association of Boston, Massachusetts. Cards like these...
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