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Pre-First Day and First Day Usages
 
 
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Lot 425

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, tied by a neat pre-First Day April 29, 1904 St. Louis machine "7" World's Fair slogan cancel on a 1¢ McKinley postal card ((UX18) to Saaz, Bohemia, Austria. with May 11 Saaz receiver at lower right; minor edge wear at right and a bit of mounting damage on reverse, Fine to Very Fine, The only 1¢ Louisiana Purchase pre-First Day used to a Foreign Destination, Ex-Martin.
Scott $7,500 for FDC.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

THE ONLY PRE-FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE ONE-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$6,000
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Lot 426

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, tied by a neat pre-First Day April 29, 1904 St. Louis machine "7" World's Fair slogan cancel on a pristine, multicolor Exposition postcard, featuring the Manufacturers Building, to Minneapolis, Minn. with Minneapolis receiver the next day., Very Fine, Ex-Ness, with 1986 P.F. certificate.
Scott $7,500 for FDC.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PRE-FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE ONE-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,200
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Lot 427

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, Illustrated Advertising envelope, tied by a neat pre-First Day April 29, 1904 St. Louis machine "4" World's Fair slogan cancel on a very clean illustrated advertising cover for BBI Farm Machinery to East Peru, Iowa; stamp with a straight edge, Very Fine.
Scott $7,500 for FDC.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PRE-FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE ONE-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE.

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,000
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Lot 428

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), First Day, New York, NY, vertical pair tied by an April 30, 1904 New York, N.Y., Station E machine cancel on an exceptionally clean, locally addressed return cover, a printed return envelope to New York stamp dealer, C.F. Richards; backstamped New York Station C c.d.s. the same day, Extremely Fine, multiples on cover are rare.
Scott $7,500.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,800
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Lot 429

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), First Day, Springfield, MA, tied by an April 30, 1904 Springfield, Mass. machine cancel on a picture postcard to New Britain, Conn. with a New Britain receiver the same day; card features a view of "Bethesda Fountain, Central Park, N.Y.", Very Fine, 1977 AFDCS certificate signed by Adam Bert.
Scott $7,500.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,500
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Lot 430

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), First Day, St. Louis, MO, placed over a piece of decorative ribbon and tied by an April 30, 1904 St. Louis, Mo. machine "4" , Exposition slogan cancel on locally addressed cover; light vertical file fold in center, Fine to Very Fine, unique with ribbon from the exposition, with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Scott $7,500.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,500
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Lot 431

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), First Day, St. Louis, MO, tied by an April 30, 1904 St. Louis machine "7" World's Fair slogan cancel on a black & white Exposition postcard featuring the "Corner of Varied Industry Building" to New York City with New York receiver also tying the stamp; message reads, in part, "Today, the great day of the opening of the fair, is favored by heaven…Don't visit the exposition before July, nothing is ready."; stamp with a straight edge, card with small creases and a couple of tiny edge tears, Very Fine, only ten are reported, Ex-Ness, with 1987 P.F. certificate not noting condition.
Scott $7,500.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000

A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE PRE-FIRST DAY USAGE OF THE ONE-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,900
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Lot 432

1904, 1¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323), First Day, St. Paul, MN, tied by an April 30, 1904 St. Paul, Minn. machine cancel on a small, unsealed cover to Worthington, Minn., Very Fine, lovely use on smaller size envelope frpm.
Scott $7,500.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,500
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Lot 433

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), Pre-First Day, Moline, IL, Advertising envelope, tied by a bold pre-First Day April 25, 1904 Moline, Ill. machine cancel on a cover to Rock Island, Ill., backstamped Rock Island the same day., Very Fine, Earliest known usage.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

THE ONLY RECORDED USE OF THE TWO-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE ON APRIL 25 — THE EARLIEST OF JUST NINE RECORDED PRE-FIRST DAY USAGES.

An included clipping from
Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News of April 23, 1904, reads "The St. Louis stamps, though issued to postmasters on April 21, will not be on sale to the public before April 30, or probably Monday, May 2.

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,600
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Lot 434

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, tied by a bold pre-First Day April 29, 1904 St. Louis, Mo. Terminal Station machine cancel on a cover to Detroit, Mich.; sender has endorsed the cover, "This Stamp was 1 out of 1st Sheet sold out of St. Louis Mo Post Office"; reduced at left, Fine to Very Fine, with 2005 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,000 for FDC.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,800
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Lot 435

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, Advertising envelope, 2¢ tied by an April 29, 1904 St. Louis machine "5" World's Fair slogan cancel on a cover with a Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. corner card, to Sullivan, Mo., backstamped Sullivan April 30 small sealed opening tear at top, stamp with slight perf damage at right from being placed at the edge of the cover, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $5,000 for FDC.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,500
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Lot 436

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, Drug Company Advertising envelope, tied by an April 29, 1904 St. Louis machine "2" World's Fair slogan cancel on a very clean window envelope with a Meyer Brothers Drug Co. corner card, backstamped Springfield(?), Ill., Very Fine.
Scott $5,000 for FDC.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,000
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Lot 437

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Boston, MA to New Brunswick, tied by an April 30, 1904 Boston, Mass. Jamaica Plain Station flag cancel on a cover to St. John, New Brunswick, Dry Goods & Men's Furnishings corner card and the enclosed letter, on a matching letterhead, reads, in part, "Just about 5 minutes ago, These new stamps came in so you see I am not wasting much time sending to you. They didn't send U.S. any 10 cts ones; but I'll send you one of those later."; stamp with a straight edge, Fine to Very Fine, excellent matching letter, foreign destinations are truly rare, Ex-"Aristocrat".
Scott $5,000+.
Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

AN OUTSTANDING TWO-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE FIRST DAY COVER TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,300
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Lot 438

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Boston, MA, New England Stamp Company envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Boston, Mass. Station "5" flag cancel on a pretty illustrated advertising cover for the New England Stamp Co., to Chicago, Ill.; backstamped Chicago on May 1; bit of insignificant edge toning, stamp with a straight edge, Very Fine, cover serviced by New England Stamp Compnay illustrating the iconic £5 orange, with 1990 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,800
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Lot 439

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Chicago, IL, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Chicago, Ill. Lincoln Park Sta. machine cancel on a pristine cover with a George A. Kyle, Shingle Roofer corner card, locally addressed and backstamped Chicago, Logan Square Sta. Rec'd. on the same day, Extremely Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,700
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Lot 440

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), Pre-First Day, Chicago, IL, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 29, 1904 Chicago, Ill. Station "9" machine cancel on a clean cover with a Mercantile Adjustment Co. corner card to Graettinger, Iowa; stamp with a nibbed corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,500 - 5,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,000
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Lot 441

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Chicago, IL, Illustrated Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Chicago, Ill. machine cancel on an lovely illustrated, two-sided advertising cover for Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. hardware, to Fresno, Cal.; backstamped Ottawa on May 3, Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,500
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Lot 442

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Chicago, IL, Illustrated Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Chicago, Ill. machine cancel on an attractive illustrated advertising cover for Cuneo Bros. produce, to Ottawa, Ill.; backstamped Ottawa on May 1; bit of bottom flap missing, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,300
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Lot 443

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Chicago, IL, Illustrated Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Chicago, Ill. machine cancel on an illustrated advertising cover for Shoninger-Heinsheimer Baby Wear, to Independence, Kans.; backstamped Independence on May 1; opening tear across top, lower left corner of stamp damaged, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Current Bid$750
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Lot 444

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Harrisburg, PA, tied by an April 30, 1904 Harrisburg. Pa. machine cancel on a cover to Brooklyn, N.Y.; backstamped Brooklyn the same day;stamp with a straight edge, Very Fine, scarce smaller town use.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,500
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Lot 445

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Lockport, NY, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Lockport, N.Y. Barry machine cancel on a clean cover with an August J. Laux, Book Manufacturer corner card to Philadelphia, Pa.; backstamped Philadelphia on May 1, Very Fine, with 1969 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,100
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Lot 446

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, New Bedford, MA, plate number single tied by an April 30, 1904 New Bedford, Mass. flag cancel on a neat, locally addressed cover; bit of light toning around stamp, otherwise Very Fine, one of very few plate number single FDCs, we have not seen another, with 1970 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,500
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Lot 447

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, New Bedford, MA, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 New Bedford, Mass. flag cancel on a clean cover with an R.G. Davis, Agent corner card, to New York City, two different May 1 New York backstamps, Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,300
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Lot 448

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, New York, NY, tied by a neat April 30, 1904 New York, N.Y. Station H machine cancel on an exceptionally clean, locally addressed cover, a printed return envelope to New York stamp dealer, C.F. Richards, backstamped New York Station C the same day, Extremely Fine, with 1970 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,900
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Lot 449

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, New York, NY, tied by an April 30, 1904 New York, N.Y. machine cancel on a slightly oversize (7" x 5") cover to Fitchburg, Mass.; backstamped Fitchburg on May 2; few light bends, otherwise Very Fine, with 1971 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,100
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Lot 450

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, New York, NY, Illustrated Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 New York, N.Y. Station "52" duplex cancel on an illustrated advertising cover for Worcester Salt Co., "Highest Award at World's Fair Chicago", to New Durham, N.J.; backstamped New Durham on May 2; reduced slightly at left with small repair of upper left corner, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$950
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Lot 451

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Philadelphia, PA, top margin imprint single tied by an April 30, 1904 Philadelphia, Pa. Station "9" duplex cancel on neat locally addressed cover to Jos. A. Steinmetz; backstamped Philadelphia Middle city Station the same day; small flap tears, Very Fine, excellent marginal single, with 1989 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,800
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Lot 452

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Ruskin, NE, Return envelope for Wine Company, tied by an April 30, 1904 Ruskin, Neb. duplex cancel on a cover to Doniphan, Kans., a pre-printed return envelope for The Jacob Brenner Wine Co.; backstamped Doniphan on May 2; the recipient has also rubberstamped a a blue "May 2, 1904" receiving date on the front; small opening tear at top, otherwise Fine to Very Fine. A unique First Day town.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,700
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Lot 453

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Seattle, WA, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Seattle, Wash. machine cancel on a locally addressed cover with a Fulton Market corner card; stamp with slight perf damage, cover with a bit of very mild browning, Fine to Very Fine, scarce Western State cover, with 1979 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,500 - 3,500

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,300
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Lot 454

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, Drug Company Advertising envelope, tied by an April 25, 1904 St. Louis machine "4" World's Fair slogan cancel on a cover with a Meyer Brothers Drug Co. corner card, to Crawfordsville, Ind., backstamped Crawfordsville on the same day; light vertical file fold in center, otherwise Very Fine, with 1970 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$900
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Lot 455

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, St. Louis, MO, Louisiana Purchase Exposition envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 St. Louis machine "4" World's Fair slogan cancel on a Hesse Envelope Co. illustrated World's Fair cover featuring the Machinery Building, to Fremont, Nebr.; backstamped Fremont on May 1, Very Fine, cahceted cover with the Machinery Building, a striking showpiece, with 1997 P.F. certificate.
Scott $5,000+.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF A RARE FIRST DAY EXPOSITION COVER.

Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$4,250
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Lot 456

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, St. Louis, MO, Official Louisiana Purchase Exposition envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 St. Louis machine "4" World's Fair slogan cancel on a cover with a United States Government Board, Louisiana Purchase Exposition corner card; to Brightwood, D.C.; backstamped Washington D.C. on May 1 and May 2; stamp with a straight edge, Fine to Very Fine, a very rare and desirable item, the most spectacular 2¢ FDC, with 1976 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $5,000+.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

There are only 24 recorded First Day usages of the 2¢ Louisiana Purchase, very few of them on Exposition stationery.

Current Bid$4,500
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Lot 457

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Syracuse, NY, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Syracuse, N.Y. machine cancel on a very clean cover with an illustrated Globe Hotel corner card, to New York City, backstamped New York on May 1; miniscule reduction at right and top, Extremely Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,000
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Lot 458

1904, 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324), First Day, Syracuse, NY, Advertising envelope, tied by an April 30, 1904 Syracuse, N.Y. machine cancel on a cover with an Brown, Curtis & Brown corner card, to Chittenango, N.Y., backstamped Chittenango on May 2; stamp with slight perf damage at top, cover with small, barely noticeable abrasion at lower left, otherwise Very Fine.
Scott $5,000.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$1,000
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Lot 459

1904, 3¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 325), First Day, Boston, MA, Advertising return envelope, tied by a beautifully struck April 30, 1904 Boston, Mass. flag cancel on a locally addressed cover, a pre-printed return envelope for commission agents, Charles H. Stone & Co., with a George W. Brown (tailor) return address label; reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, five covers reported, with 1976 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $20,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

DESPITE THE REDUCTION, A VERY ATTRACTIVE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST DAY COVER.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$3,750
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Lot 460

1904, 3¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 325), First Day, St. Louis, MO, Combination Issues usage on postal stationery, used with a 2¢ Columbian, a 2¢ Trans-Mississippi and a 1¢ Pan-American, all tied by partial strikes of a St. Louis Mo. double oval on a small 3¢ Sesquicentennial entire canceled with a duplex handstamp "St. Louis Mo., Apr 30, 9 AM, 4 and a handstamped "World's Fair Station" in magenta; the typewritten address is "Mr. Farran Zerbe, Chief, Souvenir Coin Dept., St. Louis Mo., Louisiana Purchase Exposition"; cover lightly soiled with two small edge tears at bottom, Fine to Very Fine, an incredible franked envelope of significant importance, with 1973 Friedl certificate.
Scott $20,000.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

A MOST UNUSUAL FIVE-EXPOSITION COVER—ONE OF THREE CREATED BY THE ADDRESSEE.

An included newspaper clipping states that Mr. Zerbe created two similar covers, one addressed to the President of the Exposition, Governor David R. Francis, and other to the Exposition Secretary, Walter B. Stevens.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$4,500
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Lot 461

1904, 5¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 326), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, Advertising envelope, tied by a clear pre-First Day April 29, 1904 St. Louis, Mo. machine "6" World's Fair slogan cancel on a legal size cover to Vienna Austria with a National Bank of Commerce in St. Louis corner card, backstamped New York, N.Y. Foreign Branch on May 1; vertical file fold in center with a small tear at the top, stamp with a straight edge, otherwise Very Fine, with 1970 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $20,000+.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000

THE UNIQUE FIVE-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE PRE-FIRST DAY COVER TO A FOREIGN DESTINATION.

An included newspaper clipping states that Mr. Zerbe created two similar covers, one addressed to the President of the Exposition, Governor David R. Francis, and other to the Exposition Secretary, Walter B. Stevens.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$3,750
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Lot 462

1904, 5¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 326), First Day, New Bedford, MA, plate no. single tied by an April 30, 1904 New Bedford, Mass. flag cancel on a locally addressed cover with a J.A. Frasier, M.D. accd, Fine to Very Fine.
Scott $22,500.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

AN EXTRAORDINARY FIVE-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE FIRST DAY COVER, NO MORE THAN A HALF A DOZEN OF WHICH ARE KNOWN.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$8,500
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Lot 463

1904, 10¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 327), First Day, New York, NY, tied by a neat by a New York Station H double oval on an exceptionally clean, locally addressed registered cover with a clear magenta boxed "Registered/ Apr 30 1904/ Station - H/ New York, P.O." handstamp; the cover is a printed return envelope to New York stamp dealer, C.F. Richards, backstamped New York Station C the same day, Extremely Fine.
Scott $24,000.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000

ONE OF ONLY TWO TEN-CENT LOUISIANA PURCHASE FIRST DAY COVERS EXTANT.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$8,500
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Lot 464

1904, 2¢, 3¢ & 5¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 324-326), Pre-First Day, St. Louis, MO, tied by illegible St. Loiuis double ovals on a locally addressed pre-First Day registered cover with an (C.) H. Mekeel Stamp & Publishing Co. corner card, magenta "Registered, St. Louis Mo., Apr 29 1904" c.d.s. and appropriate registry markings; stamps with straight edges, reduced at left, top flap replaced, opening tear at top, otherwise Fine to Very Fine, one of the most important Louisiana Purchase Exposition covers, Ex-"Aristocrat", with 1997 A.P.S. certificate which states small cover flaws.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

THE LARGEST RECORDED COMBINATION FRANKING ON PRE-FIRST DAY COVER FROM THE WORLD'S FAIR CITY.

Illustrated in Alan Berkun's article, "The 1904 Louisiana Purchase FDCs", in the June 2000 issue of
First Days.
Despite the Post Office announcement, St. Louis and other cities sold stamps to the public prior to the Official April 30, 1904 date of issue.

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.
Current Bid$7,000
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Lot 465

1904, 1¢ & 5¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323, 326), First Day, Boston, MA, tied by a neat April 30, 1904 New York, N.Y. Station H machine cancel on an exceptionally clean, locally addressed return cover, a printed return envelope to New York stamp dealer, C.F. Richards, backstamped New York Station C the same day, Very Fine, we have not seen another combination such as this, exceedingly rare, with 1980 P.F. certificate.
Scott $22,500 for just the 5¢.
Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$6,500
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Lot 466

1904, 1¢ & 2¢ Louisiana Purchase (Scott 323-324), First Day, Boston, MA, tied by a neat April 30, 1904 Boston, Mass. flag cancel on a locally addressed cover, a printed return envelope to Boston stamp dealer, Charles H. Stone with handstamped "FIRST DAY"; two sealed opening tears at top not affecting stamps, otherwise Very Fine, we have not seen another combination such as this, with 1970 A.F.D.C.S. certificate.
Scott $7,500 for just 323 FDC.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500

The Louisiana Purchase Exposition informally known as The St. Louis World's Fair, opened Saturday, April 30, 1904 and ran concurrently through December 1, 1904.

Current Bid$2,500
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