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philb
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19 Feb 2017
04:54:15pm

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i picked this one up for my collection because the stamp is one of my favorites and its to a Stamp firm.Image Not Found

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Stampme
08 Mar 2017
03:16:58pm
re: 1901 cover to Mekeel stamps

I recall posting a small group of covers here long ago from various stamp firms back in the 19th and early 20th Century. At some point, I thought I might make the topic a collection.

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08 Mar 2017
03:38:49pm

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keesindy
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08 Mar 2017
05:42:04pm
re: 1901 cover to Mekeel stamps

Here is a unique item that's somewhat related to this topic. It's a letter rather than a cover and it uses the term "postage stamps" in a very unique way. This was among the postal history I inherited from Dad and I've never found a cover to go with it.

Dad had a group of items that were given him by a descendant of Dr. R. W. Hamilton. Dr. Hamilton had been postmaster at Hillsborough/Whitewater in neighboring Wayne County, Indiana, before moving to Dad's and my hometown a few miles away in 1855.

A short article about this letter was published in the US Cancellation Club News a few years ago, but I'm too lazy to go back and find the publication date at the moment. If anyone is really interested in knowing that date, I could be persuaded to find it.

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Text of the 1852 Rippon & Co. letter.

Fulton Street New York
Jany 12th 52 __

Sir,
Understanding that you require a set of postage stamps for your office, we beg to call your attention to a sample (enclosed) of our new premium dies which are cheaper and better than any as yet invented. a complete set, including the name of your office, Paid, Rate, and Free stamps for $1.00. We send them free of postage in our regular weekly mail without loss or risk. __

Respectfully yours
Rippon + Co.

Please address
Rippon + Co.
New York City __

We take this opportunity to inform you that we have just published a new + complete post office guide, containing the recent by laws and alterations, together with a list of over 20000 post offices. Price 25 cents. __ (postage included). __


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08 Mar 2017
07:55:04pm
re: 1901 cover to Mekeel stamps

Keesindy, That's quite interesting but I do not understand what exactly they are selling. Who/what are "they" being sold to and from whom? Is it the CDS at the bottom of the letter that is being sold. What could a dollar cover the price of except something for a collection?
Confused..........

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08 Mar 2017
08:09:45pm
re: 1901 cover to Mekeel stamps

The handstamp. Handstamp manufacture company selling to a Postmaster.

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keesindy
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09 Mar 2017
12:12:46am
re: 1901 cover to Mekeel stamps

Mitch, Don is correct. Rippon was selling a cancelling device that they called a "postage stamp." The attached piece of paper at the bottom of the letter displayed an example of a cancel produced by a device the company had created for Ithaca, New York.

The company's letter had probably been sent to the postmaster, Dr. Hamilton, of a tiny town in east central Indiana in 1852. My impression is that Dr. Hamilton had contacted the company about purchasing such a device.

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09 Mar 2017
07:04:20pm
re: 1901 cover to Mekeel stamps

Seems like a strange choice of words, to me. Makes me wonder when the term "cancel" or any of it's forms were first used as relates to defacing stamps.

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