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BURLINGTON VERMONT MAR 3 1869 COVER WITH SCOTT #25 BLUE SOCK ON THE NOSE POSTMARK - POSTAL-HISTORY BURLINGTON VERMONT MARCH 3 1869 COVER WITH SCOTT #25 BLUE SOCK ON THE NOSE POSTMARK

Strong and full blue Burlington Vermont sock on the nose full date...month, day, year...postmark on small cover.

$50.00
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1800S PAIR OF 2-CENT BANKNOTES WITH REVERSE NUMBERS 22 CANCELS

R. A. Malone was the contractor for the tunnel according to the corner card. Good reverse 22 killer marks. Nice Albany, NY, receiver on the back. Left stamp is damaged and cover is opened roughly at left.

$5.00
FAIR HAVEN Mas. 1845 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER. J.B. MASSE TO LEVI SNOW, HARWICH, MASSACHUSETTS. UNLISTED POSTMARK - POSTAL-HISTORY FAIR HAVEN Mas. 1845 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER. J.B. MASSE TO LEVI SNOW, HARWICH, MASSACHUSETTS. UNLISTED POSTMARK

Snow has requested a new order of merchandise and Masse has agreed to send it "as soon as you can send me the balance of your account." The full, red Fair Haven postmark is not listed in ASCC with the state identification as Mas. Note soiling at lower left. No tears or separations. Snow was a prominent citizen of Wychmere Harbor. See information below.

Wychmere Harbor

Wychmere Harbor used to have no opening to the sea. In the early times it was called Salt Water Pond. The fisherman of Harwich tried to dig by hand a passage for their boats where a trickle of water flowed between the sea and the pond. When this did not work, they plugged the little stream and built a 3/4 mile race track all-around the pond and raced their horses there.

In 1889 the state dredged a proper channel. It measured about 100 feed wide with jetties on each side and fishermen then had a safe anchorage. Fifty years later the big outer harbor was dredged.

Around 1891, Levi Edric Snow paid about $250 for land at the end of the dirt road on the west side of Salt Water Pond. He built an eight room seaside cottage and had so many relatives visiting the following summer that he built a 20 room addition and began charging rent.

In 1913 when Levi’s grandson Biddle was married, the hotel became a year round business. Biddie and his wife had three sons–The Clam Bar’s “Thompson Brothers.” The boys, all over six feet tall, grew up at the Inn and a place was built for them by the dock. They called it Hangover Inn or Spit ‘n Whittle. After World War II, the family began another business. Line Trawlers tied up at the dock and the fish was packed and shipped to Boston and New York. The new wholesale business had begun! Fish, clams and lobsters were unloaded on the dock. This brought many onlookers, whom all wanted to eat and purchase seafood. Thus from the top of a fish box or a barrel head, freshly opened clams were served. People started buying lobster retail, then wanted them cooked and opened. The family responded; away went the Spit ‘n Whittle and up went The Clam Bar. The fish you serve are probably direct descendants of the first ones unloaded here over forty years ago.

Over the years the dirt road was paved, the salt water pond become Wychmere Harbor, a long jetty curved out into the Old Inn and Channelside Restaurant grew yearly and became known far and beyond the small village of Harwich.

Thompson clam bar later was established at the Inn by Levi’s daughter, Clementine. In 1983 a developer purchased the inn, and closed it after 100 seasons in 1991.

Letter is from J. B. Masse. There are several Masse’s listed in Fair Haven (now condensed to Fairhaven) historic records.

$25.00
NEW YORK 1852 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH PAID1 CT IN RED POSTMARK. SEE LETTER DETAILS - POSTAL-HISTORY NEW YORK 1852 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER WITH PAID 1 CT IN RED POSTMARK. SEE LETTER DETAILS

Letter from L. H. Moore Company, 122 Broadway, New York City, of E&J Harding, Danville, VA regarding how they do business and what their terms are.  The Moore Company was a well-known distributor of dry goods.  See scan for the full text, but here are some excerpts: "The cost of all goods shall be quoted to the buyer in every instance, & no article shall be averaged up from the original cost.  We shall charge a uniform profit of five per cent upon the cost, and no more under any circumstances for large or small bills."  "Our terms are strictly cash. All bills not paid on delivery must positively be paid within 30 days. We will not make out duplicate bills varying from the original in any case, neither will we make a discount to manufacturing, bobbers, & other buyers on any goods; whether imported, bought at auction, or at private sale, either for cash or credit..."  "We chall not deliver goods to houses who usually put us to the expense of sending for paymehnt at the expiration of 30ds..." "We shall be buying from $1,000 to $5,000 per cay at auction during the business season..."

The letter continues with a list of the varioius products they carry. Quite easy to read. No rips or tears No wax seal to cause a rip of any kind.  Full but slightly smudged  New-York Paid 1 Ct postmark.

$50.00
FITCHBURGH MASSACHUSETTS 1850S STAMPLESS COVER TO DUBLIN NEW HAMPSHIRE. THIS SPELLING OF FITCHBURGH IS UNLISTED IN ASCC.

Cover is very presentable on the address side with full Fitchburgh red postmark.  This mark is unlisted in ASCC. Paid 3 in circle mark in red.  Back is a bit ragged (see scan) but complete.

$20.00
McDONOUGH DELAWARE 1850S STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO NEW TOWN PENNSYLVANIA - POSTAL-HISTORY McDONOUGH DELAWARE 1850S STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO NEW TOWN PENNSYLVANIA

Light but discernable postmark on this McDonough Delaware SFL. No content in letter.  ASCC 1997 price of $75.

$35.00
CHICAGO ILLINOIS 1858 COVER WITH SCOTT 26A. LARGE, STRONG FULL DATE POSTMARK. - POSTAL-HISTORY CHICAGO ILLINOIS 1858 COVER WITH SCOTT #26A. LARGE STRONG FULL-DATE POSTMARK

Nice cover. Full postmark on very good Scott 26A stamp. Corner card is on right side noting letter is from Cashier's Office, Land Department, Ill CRRC(?). There is some aging as is to be expected in covers this old.

$50.00
BELMONT MASSACHUSETTS 1850S MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK WITH SCOTT #25 COVER - POSTAL-HISTORY BELMONT MASSACHUSETTS 1850S MANUSCRIPT POSTMARK WITH SCOTT #25 COVER

Scott #25 is clean and fresh on this small cover with manuscript post and date marks along with an X to cancel the stamp. Also, Belmont Massachusetts manuscript postmark adds value. You won't find many examples of 25 on cover better looking than this one. There is some aging as is to be expected in covers this old.

$75.00
BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1850S COVER WITH SCOTT #25. NICE BLACK PAID KILLER WITH RED BOSTON POSTMARK. - POSTAL-HISTORY BOSTON MASSACHUSETTS 1850S COVER WITH SCOTT #25. NICE BLACK PAID KILLER WITH RED BOSTON POSTMARK.

Cover in good shape but has vertical wrinkle at right at affects the perfs on the top of the stamp. . Nice Boston combination red postmark and black paid mark. Catalog about $150. Because of the aforementioned perf issue, we'll price this hard-to-find on cover item at $75. There is some aging as is to be expected in covers this old.

$75.00
S.S. AMERICA FIRST VOYAGE 1940 COVER WITH PUERTO RICO SEAPOST POSTMARK - MARITIME-POSTAL-HISTORY S.S AMERICA FIRST VOYAGE CACHET COVER WITH PUERTO RICO SEAPOST POSTMARK

Clean

$3.00

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