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31 Mar 2014
08:55:36pm
As promised in another thread here is a cover I just got that I was very happy to find and one that other collectors may see as a tattered, stained, torn and toned mess.Image Not Found

I love this cover for several reasons.
#1. It is a cover from a very small Minnesota Post office that closed in 1900 and it was only open for 26 years prior to that. It has a scarcity factor of five which is not rare, but as few as 100 may be known to exist.
#2. It is five cent rate to England in 1883. I have no idea why I collect early five cent rate to foreign destinations. You can find dozens or maybe even hundreds any day on Ebay. I think it goes back to the kid in me that collected stamps from far away places dreaming about traveling there.
#3. It has three large banknotes on cover. Who doesn't have 100 of them? I still love to pick them up. I especially like the one cent Franklin banknotes on cover.
#4. Oh yeah, it was cheap, $3.00, which I think was a steal.

So this one cover crosses over between three of my largest cover collections. It is going in the Minnesota DPO album.
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31 Mar 2014
09:00:18pm
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Here is the back.
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16 days from Minnesota to England in 1883.

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Just one more small cover .....
31 Mar 2014
09:29:25pm
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Very nice Pat. Where did you fine it?

Tim

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31 Mar 2014
10:01:36pm
re: Camden, MN - Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder

Ahhh, Patrick, you are plucking on the nostalgic segment of my heart strings.
Even through the cynicism of my jaded eyes, I see the beauty and pride-of-possession
of your cover. It is simply wonderful.

John Derry


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31 Mar 2014
10:07:48pm
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Tim,
Ebay. Funny story though. I have different ID's for selling and buying. It goes back to when I ran into a crook on Ebay and they froze both parties accounts until they could determine who the crook was........anyway I was posting auctions on my seller ID and took a break and had this pop up in one of those recommended windows that Ebay does. I bid before I remembered I was in my seller ID. I knew it looked familiar so I went and looked at my bidder ID and, you guessed it, I had outbid myself. I have been on Ebay since 1997 and that was the first time I did that. I may have been able to get it for a dollar less. The seller asked if I knew, as it turns out myself as I have bought many lots from him over the years. I had to laugh at myself.
Pat

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31 Mar 2014
11:20:57pm
re: Camden, MN - Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder

Those look like compound killers (I just made that term up). They look like a combination of bullseye and crossroads killers. Don't think I have seen that before. Nice cover sir!

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01 Apr 2014
07:00:45am
re: Camden, MN - Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder

I love covers like this, from the late 1800s/early 1900s!

Another plus are the SON cancels.

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01 Apr 2014
08:16:03am
re: Camden, MN - Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder

nice cover Pat, good eyes Antonio

i enjoy the back stories as much as the covers themselves

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