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JohnnyRockets
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01 Dec 2018
01:03:05pm
Hi all,

I just received this in the mail and is represents my oldest cover!

This one is from 1890.

It appears to be to the H.H. Browne shoe company in Massachusetts from the Congregationalist organization.

I like it because I like envelopes with embossed stamps (postal stationary?).

It's in GREAT shape too. Happy

Anybody else have an "old" cover to share?


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01 Dec 2018
03:31:22pm
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Think the oldest one I have is a Congressional Free Frank from 1793. Interesting letter commenting on Postal Law and etc.....

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01 Dec 2018
03:36:34pm
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yes, JR, that's one example of postal stationary

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snowy12
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02 Dec 2018
05:27:06am

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1847 imperf penny red .sorry it's not a US cover!!!
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quigngt
26 Jan 2019
07:48:30pm
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Mar 11 1804 Roughly opened and folded to many times but nice cancel.

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nigelc
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26 Jan 2019
08:51:25pm
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Hi Brian, Nice to see a cover from Leamington to Lymington. Happy

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philb
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26 Jan 2019
10:44:11pm

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Johnny for foreign covers i have this Guatemala card from 1910..to Canada via New Orleans.Image Not Found

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26 Jan 2019
10:49:32pm

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For United States i have many with this stamp from 1890-1900 !Image Not Found

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smauggie
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27 Jan 2019
12:25:27pm
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This is one of my oldest ones from French India. If you look closely you will see to slits opened on the front of the cover. These holes were used to fumigate the letter once it arrived at its destination.

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philb
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27 Jan 2019
01:55:57pm

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Nice,Antonio !

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keesindy
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27 Jan 2019
03:01:35pm
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JohnnyRockets, if you find yourself starting to collect the embossed envelopes or the cut squares from those envelopes, you'll probably want to get a copy of the United Postal Stationery Society "Catalog of the 19th Century Stamped Envelopes, Lettersheets, and Wrappers of the United States." (There is also a catalog of 20th and 21st century items.) Used copies of earlier versions of the catalogs are sometimes available for purchase at eBay, etc.

More specifically, if you develop a particular interest in that 2c green example you used to began this topic, you should take a look at this website.

http://www.noibn.com/Die88/Die_88_Study.htm

Fellow SOR member, Thomas Galloway, started this site to begin cataloging and organizing the reported varieties of this particular indicium. There are many and it can get overwhelming. So, be aware!




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Tom in Exton, PA
28 Jan 2019
12:24:41pm

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Hey Carol- That is a really neat old letter, mainly because you can easily read the hand writing... not the case on a lot of the old ones I have!

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pigdoc
28 Jan 2019
12:49:58pm
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Yes, and Carol, this is from wikipedia:

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"Thomas Tredwell (February 6, 1743 – December 30, 1831) was an American lawyer and politician from Plattsburg, New York. He served in the New York State Senate and represented New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1791 to 1795."



That explains the "Free" marking.

How exciting!
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keesindy
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28 Jan 2019
01:40:40pm
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This 1851 cover isn't the oldest I have, but it's the oldest addressed to a postmaster ("PM").

Dad had in his collection a few 1849-1852 letters addressed to Captain/Dr. Robert W. Hamilton. Some were addressed to Wayne County, Indiana, prior to his 1855 move to neighboring Randolph County where I grew up. This one was addressed to the White Water Post Office located at Hillsborough in Wayne County. Dr. Hamilton was White Water Postmaster at Hillsborough from 1849 to at least 1852.

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pigdoc
28 Jan 2019
01:57:08pm
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My oldest cover is featured in another topic:

Soldier's mail

It's probably from 1811 or 1812.

-Paul

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rwillis29
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28 Jan 2019
11:34:39pm
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I'Ts Not my oldest but I have 21 covers 1863-1865 that were sent to U.S. Brilliant. Image Not FoundImage Not Found

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keesindy
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29 Jan 2019
12:36:39am
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What are the odds, rwillis29, that we'd both be posting Smithland, KY, postal history here at SOR within a few hours' time? According to Wikipedia, the 1850 population was 882 and dropped fairly quickly over the next 30 years. As far as I know, my Smithland cover is the only one Dad had that was associated with that community.

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rwillis29
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29 Jan 2019
11:10:55pm
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I wonder what the Gunboat looked like. Smithland must been the main Post Office. I have seen other covers from there.

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