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United States/Covers & Postmarks : 1859 Printed Circular

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smauggie
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14 Nov 2015
07:36:10pm
Good evening,

My passion for auxiliary marks led me to this 1859 letter with "Printed Circular" in a balloon in blue.

The stamp is US Scott 24. The cancel is not very clear. You can make out an EAN or New Orleans, La. On the inside of the letter is a printed circular. It appears to be some news related to the goings on of business and commerce in New Orleans. Image Not Found

Were these what were referred to as agents, who sent regular missives on perhaps a subscription basis? It appears he just etched out his information onto a plate which was then inked and pressed onto the letter. I will see if I can get a picture of the writingon the inside.

Here is a closeup of the stamp in case someone wants to prove me wrong (by all means, please do). Winking

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15 Nov 2015
07:13:27am
re: 1859 Printed Circular

Antonio,

I note the perfs (or lack) on top and bottom, and wonder if this wasn't an early effort at machine-dispensed stamps.

Love the cover, and especially the Circular marking.

David

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DavidG
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15 Nov 2015
09:40:02am
re: 1859 Printed Circular

A lovely cover, Smauggie. I like my auxiliary markings on the Costa Rica I collect. I'll post some shortly.

David

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smauggie
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16 Nov 2015
06:47:28am
re: 1859 Printed Circular

Thank you David and David.

It did strike me odd that the stamp was cut the way it was. I have tried to do a little poking around. Some stamps of the era do show evidence of mechanized or semi-mechanized dispensing.

I wonder. Would the stamp have been dispensed vertically or horizontally.

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smauggie
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17 Nov 2015
06:48:09pm
re: 1859 Printed Circular

Here is the inside.

For those of you who have my poor level of eyesight I have also saved a 1MB copy of the same as a separate file.

Click Here for Large Version of Circular

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whitebuffalo
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20 Nov 2015
09:45:08pm
re: 1859 Printed Circular

Super nice cover and letter!

Online site, "Yeoman's in the Fork" has a nice write up on a similar Reichard & Co. letter and a brief history of Reichard himself. Good read.

Rob

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21 Nov 2015
08:26:49am
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Thanks for the information.

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