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Mdelicieux
30 Jan 2010
03:53:30am
I love hearing these stories! So, someone tell us.
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Harley
30 Jan 2010
05:35:26am
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Ah,,,to tell a story,requires more data.
which oldest cover?
Stampless, affixed stamp cover,prestamped cover,world wide,certain country,or does letter sheet count too.
Ceasar often sent letter sheet(scroll ) with his seal closeing it.
Does pigeon mail count?
Or are we talking postal authority sactioned mail only?
I'd love to hear about all of the above.
TOM

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Mdelicieux
30 Jan 2010
07:58:38am
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OK, let's say a cover with a stamp on it postmarked,
just for starters.

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30 Jan 2010
09:53:08am
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Okay, I do not have the story on the cover itself but the letter was handed to me by a customer as a "gift" because she knew I was a stamp collector. Her mother was a collector. Of course I immediately told her it had value and eventually purchased it from her. The letter inside is dated April 12th 1850. Unfortunately the letter was folded but due to the blue cancel and double imprint cancel I thought it worth having. Anyway, I'll start this thread with my oldest US cover, US #1. Perry

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30 Jan 2010
04:16:33pm
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Great cover Perry - I envy your possession regardless of condition these are rarely seen.
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30 Jan 2010
06:35:22pm
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US stamps were issued 7 years after UK stamps, so the earliest stamped cover is likely to be 1840. i have none in my collection, unfortunately

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18 Feb 2013
02:01:28pm
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Here is Perry's US cover that he mentioned above.

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21 Feb 2013
10:37:38am
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I have this envelope in a safe deposit box so anyone who NEEDS further images please contact me via email. I"ll retrieve it and rescan as soon as I can.

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21 Feb 2013
10:42:54am
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Another view of the stamp and cancel....contrast added.

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21 Feb 2013
06:31:41pm
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How about May 21st, 1850 with wax seal. Pulled this letter out of the safety deposit box to scan the return address............................

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21 Feb 2013
07:26:22pm
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My oldest stamped cover is from York, PA with a Scott 10A -- the letter is dated August 19, 1851.

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21 Feb 2013
07:58:42pm
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On the stampless front, my oldest is this one sent from Boston in November 1803:

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22 Feb 2013
01:00:11pm
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LOVE THE 1803..............................and the image Poddle Mum submitted Of Mine is quite accurate to color and density.

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07 Mar 2013
10:40:52pm
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My oldest US Cover is the stampless dated Aug 24, 1797, but it is only the outer folded sheet. The contents are not included.Image Not Found

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17 Apr 2013
02:04:15pm
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My oldest stamped cover - 1848 with Washington, DC CDS


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19 Apr 2013
10:01:29am
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Outstanding cover Bobby, nice stamp on cover.......Perry

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19 Apr 2013
09:42:51pm
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Sweet cover Bobby. It is amazing the letter is still with the cover and both are in good condition.

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Stallzer
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31 Jul 2013
12:24:53pm
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My oldest, 1856

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31 Jul 2013
03:49:07pm
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I am in awe over all these covers. I think I missed the boat, I have been collecting, hoarding, stockpiling, etc, etc, etc for 60 years and never got interested in covers. I can only imagine what I could have if I had interest in them 60 years ago. I have some, but round file stuff compared to these. Accolades to all of you for seeing the historical value. Speechless I am.....

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31 Jul 2013
07:34:27pm
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July 31, 1845
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31 Jul 2013
08:11:37pm
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Stallzer,
I love that cover...
Blue

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02 Aug 2013
08:53:55am
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Thank you Sir Happy It certainly is one of my favorite treasures.

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