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seldovia-alaska-rare-1925-registered-cover-to-bokenas-sweden ALASKA - SELDOVIA RARE 1925 REGISTERED COVER TO BOKENAS, SWEDEN

Rare cover from a sparsely populated alaskan village.  Strip of four Scott #557 stamps used to frank cover.  Backstamps indicated it went through New York Foreign mail route. Includes Bokenas receiver.The town's original Russian name, Seldevoy, translates to "Herring Bay", as there was a significant herring population prior to rampant overfishing early in the 20th century.  Until the development of a more complete road system in Alaska, Seldovia was an important "first stop" for ships sailing from Seward, Kodiak and other points outside Cook Inlet. At one time Seldovia was home to over 2,000 residents, but today fewer than 300 persons reside year round.

$100.00
NEWPORT KENTUCKY 1833 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER SIGNED BY TOWN FOUNDER JAMES TAYLOR, JR.

Important historic letter from Newport Kentucky (manuscript postmark and 37 1/2-cent rate) signed by James Taylor, Jr., founder of Newport, for his father, James Taylor. Letter is to Benjamin Brown, Mount Vernon Ohio attorney and is a brief note regarding the filing of a deed for Irwin Thompson. Letter is on heavy stock and easy to read. Two small holes where two wax seals were broken do not affect text or appeal of this item. Outstanding addition to any postal history stampless collection.

Benjamin S. Brown was eminent in his profession, and well known throughout the State. He was a member of the Mount Vernon Library Society.

James Taylor, Jr. (1769–1848) was an American banker, Quartermaster general, and one of the wealthiest early settlers of Kentucky. He was a founder of the city of Newport, Kentucky. Taylor was the fifth child born to James Taylor Sr. and Anne Hubbard Taylor in Midway, Virginia. His father, James Taylor Sr., bought 2,700 acres (11 km2) of land in Northern Kentucky from his friend George Muse, which was part of the land Muse had been awarded for his military service in the French and Indian War. The Taylor family had two cousins, James Madison and Zachary Taylor, who later become presidents of the United States. On April 1, 1792, just short of his 23rd birthday, James Taylor Jr. left his father's plantation for Kentucky accompanied by three slaves, Moses, Humphrey and Adam, along with an English Army deserter, Robert Christy, and Christy's wife and their three children. They reached Newport June 20 but couldn't find lodging so he stayed at Ft. Washington in Cincinnati. His enslaved men worked through the summer to clear 16 acres (65,000 m2) in fields along the Licking, plant two corn crops and build a small cabin on lot no. 6 at the southwest corner of Second Street and Central Avenue. He became the driving force behind the settlement's development. He laid out the first road to Lexington in August with Jacob and Edward Fowler. In 1794 James Taylor tapped his connections with Kentucky's leaders to lobby at Frankfort for acts incorporating Newport and creating Campbell County, Kentucky. The legislature established the county on December 17, 1794 from parts of Mason, Scott and Harrison Counties. On December 14, 1795 it approved Newport's charter. James Taylor Jr. and Keturah Moss Leitch were married on November 15, 1795. James and Keturah Taylor had 11 children, but only four survived to maturity.

In 1803, James Taylor Jr. solicited the help of his cousin, James Madison, who was then U.S. Secretary of State, to persuade the federal government to move the Ft. Washington military post from Cincinnati to Newport. The Newport Barracks replaced Fort Washington across the river in Cincinnati, Ohio. There were but 4 acres (16,000 m2) in the original tract, which was bought from the old Colonel Taylor estate for the minimal price if $1. In 1806, two additional acres were bought for $47. Taylor was hired as the superintendent of the construction of the barracks. He was to erect three buildings.

Gen. James Taylor Jr. was Quartermaster General and paymaster of the Northwestern Army during the War of 1812, thus Newport became a vital center for war supplies.

During a storied lifetime, James Taylor Jr. operated ferries across both the Ohio and Licking rivers, helped to found banks, invested in the mammoth Newport Manufacturing Co., operated saw and grist mills along the Licking River, was part owner of a salt-works at Grants Lick, Ky., ran a tanning business and in his spare time was known to collect fossils and hunt buffalo at Big Bone Lick in Boone County.

James Taylor Jr. and his wife were members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newport, on the Courthouse Square. He and his wife Keturah were laid to rest at the Taylor Family Plot Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate, Ky. At his death, James Taylor Jr. was said to be one of the wealthiest men in the state of Kentucky, with an estate valued at more than $4 million.

In the mid-19th century, Newport became a hub for trade, industry and culture. Just a few years later, Gen. Taylor's grandson established the wealthy area of East Row, a collection of elegant homes. Today, the East Row local Historic District is the second largest local district in Kentucky and the Taylor Mansion is the district's oldest house. Taylor is the namesake of the General James Taylor Park.

 

 

 

 

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STAMPS - US BOOKLET PANE GROUP -- AIRMAILS, REGULAR ISSUES, COMMEMORATIVES US GROUP OF 24 BOOKLET PANES AND COVERS -- AIRMAILS, REGULAR ISSUES, COMMEMORATIVES

Nice group of booklet panes and covers including the following Scott BK and BKC numbers (all are complete unless noted): 85, 105 (2 stamps missing), 113, 118, 119x4, 122, 123x2, 131, 135, 171(3 panes with 2474b), 192 (plate #111111), 207 209, 210 -- airmails 3x2, 4, 11, 21, 22. Catalog value $300+

$100.00
AGAWAM MASSACHUSETTS1859 COVER AND RELIGIOUS-THEME LETTER. SCOTT #25 STAMP - POSTAL-HISTORY AGAWAM MASSACHUSETTS1859 COVER AND RELIGIOUS-THEME LETTER. SCOTT #25 STAMP

Manuscript Agawam Mss March 26 postmark on this cover with two pen marks to cancel stamp. Stamp is Scott #25 with nibbled perfs top right and left. Looks like Fannie, the sender, affixed the stamp with glue of some kind. Cover and flap are complete but soiled (see scan). Letter is very interesting. Apparently Sister Mary had questioned Fannie's faith to which she replies: "You ask if I am willing to forsake all and follow the Lamb withersoever he leadeth!" I feel, dear Mary, that I am and also that I am truly accepted of God as one of his children. Shall I tell you why I feel this assured. Last Sabbath I thought a great deal upon that question, more than I have ever done before. In the morning I could not fix my attention on the discourse at all, I must think of that question. Service was nearly through and I wondered how I could be so unwise as to parley longer with temptation; when God was so good to me how could I refuse him anything? I bowed my head in prayer and gave myself wholly up to him, knowing he would do all things well. Immediately a flood of light and joy seemed to fill my soul and I felt that I was accepted." She continues to discuss her religious ferver throughout the four page letter. Easy to read and well worth reading.

$100.00
CREAGERSTOWN MARYLAND STAMPLESS COVER - UNLISTED IN ASCC CREAGERSTOWN MARYLAND TO LEITERSBURY MARYLAND MANUSCRIPT STAMPLESS COVER - UNLISTED IN ASCC

Clear May 9 manuscript postmark on this letter to Rev. George W Anderson, Leitersburg, Maryland. Manuscript postmark for Creagerstown is unlisted in American Stampless Cover Catalog.

$100.00
SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS COVER SCOTT 26A STAMP FANCY TO EAST WINDSOR HILL CONNECTICUT SPRINGFIELD MASSACHUSETTS COVER WITH SCOTT 26A STAMP FANCY POSTMARK TO EAST WINDSOR HILL CONNECTICUT

Full postmark. Nice stamp with centering typical of era. Clean cover. Tear in flap on back does not affect appearance.

$100.00
SCIO, NY, MID-1800S COVER. DESIRABLE TOWN MARK. SCOTT #25 STAMP - POSTAL-HISTORY SCIO, NY, MID-1800S COVER. DESIRABLE TOWN MARK. SCOTT #25 STAMP

December 30 postmark. Early Scio postmarks are hard to find. Addressed to M. D. Whitney, West Danby, NY. Cover opened neatly at right. Only fault is that someone mounted it at one time and there are two half-hinge remnants on the back center. These can be removed with a q-tip and water. email if you would like to see a scan of the back.

$100.00
SOUTH HADLEY MASSACHUSETTS COVER SCOTT 26A STAMP TO OSWEGO, NEW YORK SOUTH HADLEY MASSACHUSETTS CLEAN COVER WITH SCOTT 26A STAMP TO OSWEGO, NEW YORK

Full, readable South Hadley Massachusetts postmark with nice 26A stamp. Grill postmark. Clean cover. Flap sealed on the back. Opened cleanly at left.

$100.00
PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA BLOOD'S PENNY POST, DISPATCH MARK AND 3-CENT WASHINGTON STAMP PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA BLOOD'S PENNY POST, WITH DISPATCH MARK AND 3-CENT WASHINGTON STAMP

Full penny post seal with acid tie.  Full Blood's Dispatch mark.  Blue Philadelphia postmark over damaged 3-cent Washington stamp. Color of stamp indicates it's a #10.  However, condition of stamp does not permit confirmation.  Small cover with in good condition with slight soiling. Catalog: $375. 

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POSTAL HISTORY - 1770 FULL NEW YORK STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK/DATE STAMPLESS 1770 FULL NEW YORK CITY STRAIGHTLINE POSTMARK/DATE STAMPLESS

Sharp and full pre-Revolutionary War 1770s NEW YORK straight line postmark on a clean piece. Second partial postmark also on the piece along with date stamp of MA11. Extraordinary and rare item. Must have for a collector of New York stampless covers or New York historical items. ASCC price for an entire is $750+++.

$100.00

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