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japanese-army-occupation-of-china-world-war-2-postal-history-cover JAPANESE ARMY OCCUPATION OF CHINA WORLD WAR II COVER WITH BLUE CENSOR MARK + LETTER

Superior cover and three-page handwritten letter from a Japanese soldier mailed to Japan during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II. The letter describes dthe weather and living conditions. Obviously did not want to have a problem with the censoring officer. No tears. Clean.

bavaria-germany-1918-censor-cover-to-paris GERMANY - BAVARIA - 1918 CENSOR COVER TO PARIS

Nice pair of Scott #261 on this World War I era cover with censor tape. Opened somewhat roughly at top.

lucerne-switzerland-1884-postal-history-cover-to-neuchatel SWITZERLAND - 1884 POSTAL HISTORY COVER FROM LUCERNE TO NEUCHATEL

Postal stationery cover with supplemental postage stamp.  Shows edge wear.  Full Neuchatel receiver on reverse.

octava-chanute-glider-inventor-souvenir-sheet-cinderella CINDERELLA - OCTAVE CHANUTE GLIDER INVENTOR SOUVENIR SHEET OF FOUR

Full gum on reverse, never hinged souvenir panel of four views honoring Octave Chanute, whose early wing designs helped develop the first airplanes.  A must for any airplane, aeronautics collector. Octave Chanute immigrated to the United States in 1838. He attended private schools in New York and began his training as a budding civil engineer in 1848. He was widely considered brilliant and innovative in the engineering profession. Chanute first became interested in aviation watching a balloon take off in Peoria, IL, in 1856. Applying his engineering background, Chanute collected all available data from flight experimenters around the world and combined it with the knowledge gathered as a civil engineer in the past. At the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, Chanute organized in collaboration with Albert Zahm a highly successful International Conference on Aerial Navigation. Chanute was too old to fly himself, so he partnered with younger experimenters, including Augustus M. Herring and William Avery. In 1896 Chanute, Herring, and Avery tested a design based on the work of German aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal, as well as hang gliders of their own design in the dunes along the shore of Lake Michigan. These experiments convinced Chanute that the best way to achieve extra lift without a prohibitive increase in weight was to stack several wings one above the other, an idea proposed by the British engineer Francis Wenham in 1866 and realized in flight by Lilienthal in the 1890s. Chanute introduced the "strut-wire" braced wing structure that would be used in powered biplanes of the future. The Wright brothers based their glider designs on the Chanute "double-decker," as they called it. A new design of a biplane glider was developed and flown in 1897. Chanute was in contact with the Wright brothers starting in 1900, when Wilbur wrote to him after reading Progress in Flying Machines. Chanute helped to publicize the Wright brothers' work, and provided consistent encouragement, visiting their camp near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1901, 1902, and 1903. The Wrights and Chanute exchanged hundreds of letters between 1900 and 1910. When the Aero Club of Illinois was founded on February 10, 1910, Chanute served as its first president until his death in November 1910.

saudi-arabia-1950s-postal-history-cover-to-boston-from-arabian-american-oil-company SAUDI ARABIA - MID-1950S COVER FROM ARABIAN AMERICAN OIL CO. TO BOSTON

Clean cover with Scott #s 161, 163 and 168 regular issues and RA8 postal tax stamp. 

havana-cuba-to-paris-via-new-york-1855-stampless-folded-letter CUBA - HAVANA TO PARIS VIA NEW YORK 1855 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER

Heavy rate marking with partial New York paquet boat mark.  See scan for markings on back of letter.

holland-1808-stampless-folded-letter-to-bordeaux-france HOLLAND - 1808 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO BORDEAUX FRANCE

Very clean and attractive stampless folded letter from Amsterdam Holland to Bordeaux France. Full straightline postmark.

wheeling-virginia-1843-stampless-folded-letter-to-mount-vernon-ohio WHEELING VIRGINIA 1843 STAMPLESS FOLDED LETTER TO MT. VERNON OHIO

Created when Wheeling was part of Virginia (now West Virginia).  Letter is from David McConaughey (a prominent surname in Wheeling area at the time) regarding settlement of a claim. His right to the settlement is affirmed by a second note signed D. T. Tallant. Letter is addressed to Delano & Israel attorney at law. Condition is very good with no separations. Only tear is in the usual spot where seal was broken and does not affect content.  Postmark is full but light. 12.5-cent rate. 

virginia-richmond-confederate-cover-to-mayesville-south-carolina-civil-war VIRGINIA - RICHMOND CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA CIVIL WAR COVER TO MAYESVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA COVER WITH #11 STAMP

Cover condition typical. Stamp looks like it was at bottom of sheet and torn by hand around three sides.  However, there are four margins, close only at top right. There is a B. F. Wilson listed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 7th Regiment South Carolina Cavalry. This is quite possible the cover for a letter he sent back to his wife.

westborough-maine-1853-property-deed-john-bowdoin-to-george-came WATERBOROUGH MAINE 1953 PROPERTY DEED - JOHN BOWDOIN TO GEORGE CAME

Good condition.  Typical deed of the day listing property lines as running from the bridge southwesterly to the brook, etc..  Signatures include John Bowdoin, George Came, Sarah Came (wife), John Roberts (witness), Lincoln Shaw (Justice of the Peace), S. C. Adams (register).