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Lot 634

[Circus] Albion NY, Greatest Show Barnum & Bailey, 2¢ (231) tied to stamp collar with ad for the Columbus Spectacle by 1893 Albion NY town cancel on ad cover addressed to New York City, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 635

[Circus] Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, 3¢ (720) tied by 1932 slogan cancel on multicolored illustrated ad cover addressed to Detroit MI, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $130.
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Lot 636

[Circus] Bird Island MN, Gollmar Bros Leading 25¢ Shows, 2¢ (286) tied by Bird Island MN town cancel, on illustrated ad cover of four brothers addressed to Cincinnati OH, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Gollmar Bros Circus was founded & operated by cousins of the Ringlings as a wagon show 1891-1902 and on rails 1903-1916. In 1922 they were operating as Gollmar Bros-Yankee Robinson
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Realized $130.
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Lot 637

[Circus] Burr Robbins Great Menagerie Roman Hippodrome & Egyptian Caravan, 3¢ (207) canceled by Janesville WI town cancel, on illustrated ad cover of circus tents addressed to Paw Paw MI, with illustrated letterhead, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 638

[Circus] Columbus OH, Sells Brothers Enormous United Shows, 2¢ tied by 1896 Columbus OH duplex to multicolored illustrated circus ad cover, addressed to Chicago IL, with multicolored illustrated lettersheet; lettersheet is hinged at folds, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Started in 1872 as Paul Silverburgh Circus by four Sells brothers of Columbus OH and called Sells Brothers Circus in 1875. In 1878 the wagon show was retitled and a new railroad show was assembled under the Sells name. In 1896 the Sells equipment was renamed Forepaugh-Sells Circus.

Realized $500.
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Lot 639

[Circus] Ft Wayne IN, Kit Carson Buffalo Ranch Wild West, 2¢ tied by 1912 Chicago IL machine cancel, on multicolored illustrated ad cover, addressed to Kansas City MO, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Organized by the Wiedemann brothers and operated during 1908 to 1914
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Realized $140.
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Lot 640

[Circus] Fulton NY, Ben F. Bowen's Evening Star Serenaders, pair 3¢ (207) tied by negative stars and Fulton NY town cancel, on illustrated minsteral show cover addressed to Prince Edward Island, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 641

[Circus] The Great London Circus, 3¢ (207) tied by indistinct town cancel to illustrated ad cover of elephants addressed to Philadelphia PA; reduced at left, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Sanger's Great London Circus & Menagerie, originated by Lord George Sanger in Great Britain.

Realized $130.
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Lot 642

[Circus] Kleckner & Co Monster Circus & Menagerie, 3¢ (207) tied with illegible blue town cancel, on illustrated ad featuring Zebra & Horses, cover addressed to Phillippi WV, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500

Later merged with Conklin Brothers to form Great Commonwealth Circus
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Lot 643

[Circus] Lancaster MO, The Howe's Great London Circus, 2¢ tied by 1922 Montgomery Al machine cancel tied to multicolored illustrated ad cover, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Started in the 1850's by Seth B. Howes and toured England as Howe's Great American Circus. Continued over the years under several years under several ownerships and changes in title until the 1908 when Mugivan & Bowers used the name for a railroad show until 1922
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Lot 644

[Circus] London England, Chas. Lee's Shows, 2¢ (213) tied by Horsehead NY town cancel to illustrated ad cover addressed to Perceville NY; reduced at left, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 645

[Circus] Montgomery Queen's Mammoth Menagerie & Circus, 3¢ (158) tied by blue cork with matching "Due 5", on illustrated ad with your for the circus, addressed to New York City, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Bought equipment from Adam Forepaugh & began operations in 1873. Queen sold out in 1878 after a sucessful and extensive tour of the west
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Realized $275.
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Lot 646

[Circus] MT Zion IA, Van Amburgh & Co's Mammoth Menagerie & Circus Combined, 3¢ (65) canceled by grid with Mt Zion IA town cancel, on illustrated circus ad cover addressed to Harrisburgh IN, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600

Established by Issac Van Amburgh, the first important wild animal trainer in America. After Van Amburgh's death in 1865 the circus was continued by his manger Hyatt Frost until 1885 when the name was leased to Ringling Brothers.

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Lot 647

[Circus] NYC, Barnum & Van Amburgh Museum and Managerie Co, 3¢ (65) canceled by blue target with NYC town cancel, on illustrated ad cover of circus wagon addressed to Harrisburgh IN, with illustrated letterhead of Barnum's Zoological American Hall Museum, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $275.
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Lot 648

[Circus] Potisi MO, Van Amburgh & Co's Two Menageries, 3¢ (65) canceled by circular grid with Potisi MO town cancel, on illustrated circus ad cover addressed to Rockford IL; reduced at right affecting stamp, stains along bottom edge, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $140.
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Lot 649

[Circus] Quincy IL, Great Forepaugh Show, 3¢ (207) canceled with Quincy IL town cancel, on illustrated ad cover addressed to Dubuque IA; tiny edge tears at top, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

Merged with the Sells Brothers in 1896
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Realized $250.
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Lot 650

[Circus] Remington IN, Hilliard, Hunting & Demott's Great Pacific Circus, 3¢ (184) canceled with Remington IN hexagon town cancel, on illustrated wild animal cover with additional allover illustrated ad on reverse, addressed to Orwell OH, with circus letterhead, magnificent!! Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $275.
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Lot 651

[Circus] Sweetwater TX, Sells Floto Circus, #583 block of (10) tied to ad cover by black rectangular cancels with multicolored ad with clown & performers, addressed to Chicago IL, spectacular design; opened on three sides, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 652

[Circus] Yankee Robinson Circus, 3¢ (26) tied by Minneapolis M.T.an 4 1858 cover with illustration and ad on reverse, addressed to Knightstown IN; light soiling, Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Established by Robinson in 1854 as a tent show giving a circus in the after noon and "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at night. By 1860 he went on the road with a wagon circus until 1876 when it failed. in 1884 Ringling Brothers retained him as an adviser. Robinson died the same year
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Lot 653

[Colleges & Universities] Notre Dame University, a fabulous collection of eight all-over illustrated covers in various sizes, colors and designs, all mailed from Notre Dame, Ind. to the same recipient in Detroit; four are franked with a 3¢ rose (65), two with 2¢ Black Jacks (73) (one a single, one a pair), and two with a 3¢ Pictorial (114), the last two with duplex cancels (one is actually St. Mary's Academy, which is also in Notre Dame, Ind.), the other six with a double circle datestamp and a grid of diamonds; the two Black Jack covers have unsealed flaps, the rest are neatly opened at the top. A choice, Very Fine-Extremely Fine selection of the ever-popular university.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $2,600.
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Lot 654

[Expositions] 1853 Crystal Palace Exposition of the Industry of all Nations, tabloid sized 4-page circular featuring a fabulous, half-page illustration of a Crowd in front of the Crystal Palace by Richardson-Cox of New York; the circular was published by John Warrin's Needles, Cutlery, and Fishing Tackle; it is a self-mailer, folded to cover size with printed "Circular on the address panel and postmarked with a red "New-York, Paid 1 Ct., May 3" c.d.s. and mailed to Rochester, Mich.; bit of soiling along folds on outside, still Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 655

[Guns] Thunderbolt Rifle, T.B. Leavenworth, Detroit, Mich., illustrated corner card cover franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a target cancel with a Detroit, Mich. double circle datestamp, Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $180.
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Lot 656

[Guns] Winchester Repeating Rifles, Shotguns and Single Shot Rifles, multicolor illustrated ad on cover franked with 2¢ carmine (301) tied by "Ithaca, Feb 24 03, Mich." machine cancel, to Detroit, backstamped Detroit the same day; small piece of top flap missing, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $120.
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Lot 657

[Hotel] Biddle House Hotel, Detroit, a pretty embossed cameo-style corner card in blue on a small amber cover franked with a nearly four-margin 3¢ dull red (11) tied by a light "Detroit, Mich., 3 Paid, Apr 11" c.d.s.; small corner tear at lower right, still Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $170.
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Lot 658

[Hotel] Jacksonville FL, St. James Hotel, 3¢ (207) tied by cork cancel with Jacksonville FL c.d.s., on illustrated ad cover for hotel, addressed to Kingston FL; roughly opened at top, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 659

[Michigan] National Hotel, Detroit, a beautiful embossed cameo-style corner card in blue on a small cover franked with a four-margin 3¢ dull red (11) tied by a clear "Detroit, Mich., 3 Paid, Apr 4" c.d.s., with original letter datelined 1856; flap tear, still Extremely Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $275.
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Lot 660

[Michigan] Straits of Mackinac (Scott 114), a marvelous illustrated corner card cover featuring a Map of the Straits of Mackinaw[sic], Mackinaw City and Mackinaw[sic] Island franked with a 1¢ ultramarine (114) tied by a target cancel and a "Duncan Mich., Dec 20" c.d.s.; to Marquette Mich., slightly reduced at right, Very Fine. An exceptional 1869 Pictorial advertising cover.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $500.
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Lot 661

[Mining] Henry C. Clark Coal Yard, Providence, R.I., a gorgeous illustrated advertising cover featuring a working waterfront Coal Yard with a 6-car coal train, a horse-drawn wagon, a 2-masted ship and three coal elevators; the reverse pictures an all-over schematic view of one such "Clark & Littles Elevator" in operation, franked with a 2¢ Black Jack (73) with a bold quartered cork cancel (not tied) and a matching Providence c.d.s. alongside; locally addressed; Extremely Fine. A spectacular cover, even without the very rare Black Jack franking.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,000.
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Lot 662

[Mining] Iron King Mining Co., Milwaukee, an intricate illustrated advertising cover featuring Miners at work underground, franked with a 3¢ red brown (210) tied by a light Milwaukee duplex, Oct 5, 1884, to Killawog, N.Y.; stamp, with a natural straight edge at right, extends just beyond the edge of the cover, small flap tear, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 663

[Mining] J. Haverly Golden Group Mining Co., Indianapolis, an extraordinary all-over advertising cover featuring an aerial view of a large mountain Mining operation, franked with a 3¢ green (207) tied by a segmented cork cancel with a faint Indianapolis c.d.s. alongside, to Door Village, Ind.; Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 664

[Plumber, Steam & Gas Fitter] James Ross & Co., Detroit, Mich., an exceptional cameo-style corner card in deep blue on a pretty orange cover franked with a 3¢ dull red (26) tied by a mostly clear "Detroit, Mich., 3 Paid, Jan 20, 1860" c.d.s., to Grand Rapids, Mich; small stain in the address, flap tear, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $200.
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Lot 665

[Tobacco] Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co., St. Louis, multicolor allover illustrated advertising cover featuring a Woodsman with a telescope overlooking a mountain view with caption "Chew Star Plug Tobacco, Sold Everywhere", franked with 1¢ gray blue (206) paying the printed matter rate (flap unsealed) and tied by St. Louis, Mo., Station "4" oval, to Pitcher, N.Y., backstamped De Ruyter, N.Y.; stamp with slight gum soak at bottom, Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 666

[Unusual] All Over Hand Made "Folk Art", 3¢ (65) single tied to cover with segmented cork cancel, Elizabethport N.J. postmark, addressed to Brooklyn, L.I., partial missing backflap, Very Fine, with 2018 P.F. certificate declining opinion to the origin of the cover design.
Estimate $300 - 400.
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Lot 667

[Watch Maker] Chas. H. Dunks, Detroit, Mich., a gorgeous cameo-style corner card in blue on a pristine orange cover franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a target cancel with a Detroit, Mich. double circle datestamp alongside, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $160.
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Lot 668

[Whaling] F.E. Merriman Whale Bone, a spectacular illustrated advertising cover in black and greenish blue featuring a "blowing" Whale, franked with a 3c (184) tied by a Boston negative "2" and postmarked with "Boston Mass., Jul 15, 7 PM, 1881" c.d.s., to Westfield Mass., includes original letter on matching illustrated letterhead (black only); minor mend top flap, letter slightly split on horizontal fold, extremely fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Realized $1,500.
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