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The Daniel R. Seigle Collection of Transportation Covers


Railroad Covers




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Lot 70
1869 Golden Spike Ceremony, letter dated Apr 19, 1869, on a Union Pacific Railroad letterhead from the Office of J.S. & D.T. Casement, Echo City, Utah; written by a C.C. Jennings to his family, describing his journey from Omaha to Promontory Point, U.T. for the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad; Jennings is traveling aboard the Lincoln Car as a guest of Union Pacific executive, Sidney Dillon. He talks of traveling "with Jack", who could possibly be John "General Jack" Casement, of the aforementioned firm responsible for laying the last section of Union Pacific track from Omaha to Promontory Point, and whose wife, the former Frances Jennings, may have been the writer's sister, thus making Casement his brother-in-law, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

The Lincoln Car was completed in February of 1865 for the personal travel of the President. On the day Lincoln was assassinated, he had not yet responded to an invitation to ride in the car, thus its first use was to transport Lincoln's remains from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Ill. The car was subsequently purchased by the Union Pacific Railroad for the private use of its executives. Ironically, due to its large size, the car had to be removed from the train before reaching Promontory Point.

Realized $1,900.
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Lot 71
1870 Travel Pass for the Erie Railway, 3½" x 2¼" card signed by Jay Gould, beautifully engraved in red & black by the National Bank Note Co. and issued to "Mr. John Taylor, Genl. Frt. Agent, Lehigh Valley Rail Road Co."; the card is actually Revenue Stamped Paper, the reverse bearing the 5¢ Lincoln imprint in orange (RN-P5), Very Fine. A marvelous piece of Railroad history, particularly with Gould's signature.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500

Known for his questionable business practices, Jay Gould, perhaps more than any other, personified the late 19th-century image of the Robber Baron and corrupt Railroad tycoon. He once tried to corner the gold market and ultimately defeated the powerful Cornelius Vanderbilt for control of the Erie Railroad by bribing the New York state legislature to change the law. However, for all of his flaws, Gould was actually very successful at operating railroads, at one time controlling more than 10,000 miles of track, usually succeeding by merging smaller lines to serve direct connections to larger markets and cities. He also led Western Union to its dominance of the telegraph industry.

Realized $1,300.
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Lot 72

[Alabama] MOBILE & OHIO/R.R. CO./WHISTLER, clear, light strike of the blue fancy framed datestamp, Jul 17, 1868, on a 3¢ pink entire (U58) to Columbus, Ky. (indicia uncanceled); tiny tear at the top and top flap missing, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Meyer, Towle.
Towle 420-S-2, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $90.
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Lot 73

[Alaska] JUNEAU & SITKA, R.P.O., NORTH, clear "RMS" duplex, Aug 30, 1908 ties a 2¢ Shield (319) on a Portland, Ore. "Department of Commerce and Labor/ Lighthouse Establishment" penalty envelope, to Berkeley, Cal. and backstamped there on Sep 8; reduced slightly at the right, Very Fine.
Towle X-26-a, RF VI.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $140.
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Lot 74

[Alaska] JUNEAU & UNALASKA, R.P.O., EAST, mostly clear c.d.s., Dec 2, 1901, on the reverse of a much-traveled, missent Interior Dept. penalty postcard sent from Washington D.C. to Point Hope AK on Jul 23, 1901; other backstamps include Seattle, Jul 27, Hope AK, Oct 3, and Nome AK in March, presumably of 1902; Very Fine. An exceedingly rare Alaska railroad marking—unlisted by the U.S.R.P.O. Catalog.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $900.
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Lot 75

[Alaska] KOTZEBUE SD. & ST ST. MICHAEL, R.P.O., SOUTH, magenta "RMS" duplex, Oct 3, 1911, ties a 1¢ green (374) on a multicolor picture postcard datelined "Deering Alaska, Sept 30", featuring a Yukon Cog Team Freighting through Alaskan Canyon; Extremely Fine and very rare. Towle notes this marking only in black.
Towle X-43-a, RF IX.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $275.
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Lot 76

[Alaska] KOYUKUK RIVER, R.P.O., Very Fine "RMS" duplex without direction, Sep 1, 1934, cancels 1¢ & 2¢ National Park commemoratives (740-741) on a cover to early Philadelphia stamp dealer Willard Snyder, Very Fine.
Towle X-39-a var., RF IX.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $200.
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Lot 77

[Alaska] SAN FRAN. & YUKON, R.P.O., SOUTH, Very Fine c.d.s., Sep 2, 1899 on a small cover to Paris, France underfranked with a single 2¢ lake (219D); New York 15 centimes due handstamp and a partial October French entry c.d.s. with an Oct 2 New York transit marking on the reverse; addressed to the Paris Geographical Society and redirected twice to two different locations (second and third destinations on the reverse), each time receiving a French 30c Postage Due; U.S. stamp with a small tear, otherwise Very Fine. A remarkable cover with this rare Alaska R.P.O. marking to a foreign destination. Towle's listing example, Ex-Chase.
Towle X-1-a, RF IX.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $1,900.
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Lot 78

[Alaska] SEATTLE & SEWARD, Str. Yukon, clear six-bar duplex, May 27, 1924, on an unfranked cover with a Seward Daily Gateway corner card to Seattle; manuscript "T" in circle indicating Postage Due with a pair of precanceled 2¢ Postage Dues (J62b) applied at Seattle, Very Fine, Ex-Brenner.
Towle X-14-tg, RF III.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 79

[Alaska] SEATTLE & SKAGWAY, R.P.O., EAST, clear "RMS" duplex, Aug 13, 1923, ties a 2¢ carmine (554) on an unusual fold-out "Post Card", which opens up to be a two-page Menu for the S.S. Admiral Rogers; the address side also includes a colorful Alaskan Tourist Propaganda label, Very Fine, Ex-Brenner.
Towle X-19-c, RF III.
Estimate $150 - 200

The message notes that the
Admiral Rogers "is taking on canned salmon…at the rate of $5,000 per hour. Put on $18,000 this morning at one cannery." .
Realized $200.
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Lot 80

[Alaska] SEWARD & UNALASKA, R.P.O., WEST, clear "RMS" duplex, Sep 1, 1930 and another Eastbound strike, Sep 14, tie a 2¢ Braddock's Field commemorative (688) on a small cover addressed to Norfolk, Va.; on the back is a three-line Railway Postal Clerk's handstamp in green: "SEW & UNALASKA, WEST/ *S S STARR* SEPT 1 30/ A B HICKS", Very Fine. An outstanding cover carried by the Coastwise Steamship Co., Ex-Wyer.
Towle X-49-e, RF II+.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 81

[Alaska] TANANA RIVER, R.P.O., WEST, virtually complete "RMS" duplex, Jun 6, 1910, ties a 1¢ green (309) on a multicolor picture postcard: "Trailbreaking in Alaska" featuring two men and three sled dogs, Very Fine.
Towle X-40-d, RF VI.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $275.
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Lot 82

[Alaska] VALDEZ & UNALASKA, R.P.O., EAST, Nov 1, 1904 c.d.s. ties a 2¢ Shield (319) on a Hotel Northern, Seattle corner card cover to Seattle; small faults including sealed opening tears through marking, otherwise Very Fine. A very scarce marking.
Towle X-50-a, RF VI.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 83

[Alaska] Vancouver-Skagway R.P.O., three different sawtoothed oval datestamps on 1936/37 covers, two sent via the S.S. Princess Norah (both covers illustrated), the other via the Princess Louise, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 84

[Alaska] YUKON RIVER, ALASKA, R.P.O., complete, somewhat blotchy purple "RMS" duplex ties a 1¢ green (331) on a picture postcard to Seattle, Wash.; card pictures "An Automobile Ride on the [snow covered] Yukon in the Winter"; light stain on picture side, Fine to Very Fine, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle X-46-c, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 85

[Alaska] YUKON RIVER, ALASKA, R.P.O., EAST, choice strike "RMS" duplex in violet, Aug 16, 1910, ties a 1¢ green (300) on a picture postcard showing "Rex Beach Cabins - Rampart, Alaska", Very Fine. The U.S.R.P.O. Catalog notes this marking only in black.
Towle X-46-c, RF VI.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 86

[Arizona & New Mexico Territories] DEMING & SAN FRAN., R.P.O., mostly clear c.d.s., Aug 24, 1883, with a quartered cork cancel tying a 3¢ green (207) on a Benson A.T. smelting company corner card cover to East Oakland, Cal. and backstamped there on Aug 26; reduced somewhat at the right, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle 963-G-3, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 87

[Arizona] EL PASO & MARICOPA, R.P.O., E.D., TR 102, mostly clear "RMS" duplex, Sep 6, 1923, ties a 2¢ rose (499) on a cover to Springfield, Mass.; with a Tucson Realtor's corner card, Very Fine.
Towle Unlisted.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $120.
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Lot 88

[California] C.P.R.R., PINO, light but complete strike of blue double-circle datestamp, Feb 9, 1879 on a small ladies envelope franked with a 3¢ green (158) tied by manuscript cancel, to Cloverdale, Cal.; reduced just a tad at the right, Fine.
Towle 976-S-5, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 89

[California] California Pacific Rail Road Company, Office Vallejo, Cal., printed corner card and nearly all-over Railroad map illustration lithographed by Ezra A. Cook & Co., Chicago, on a 3¢ entire (U83) addressed to Stittsville (?), N.Y. and redirected to Oriskany; indistinct route agent's datestamp, Very Fine, Ex-Risvold.
Estimate $750 - 1,000

The map shows the routes of several central California railroads including, in addition to the California Pacific, the Central Pacific R.R., the Napa Valley R.R., the Sacremento Valley & Pacific R.R., and the Vaca R.R.

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Lot 90

[California] ELKS' PARADE R.P.O., LOS ANGELES, CAL., TR. 99, well-struck purple "RMS" duplex, Jul 16, 1909, ties a 1¢ green (331) on a picture postcard to San Francisco; picture is an ostrich farm in So. Pasadena, Cal.; small mounting abrasion at lower left, otherwise Very Fine and quite rare.
Estimate $400 - 600

As part of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks' parade in Los Angeles on July 16, 1909, the Post Office supplied an R.P.O. car and staffed it with members of the local Railway Post Office Clerks' Association. The cancellation, therefore, was in use for only one day.

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Lot 91

[California] ELKS' PARADE R.P.O., LOS ANGELES, CAL., TR. 99, mostly clear black "RMS" duplex, Jul 16, 1909, ties a 1¢ green (331) on a picture postcard to San Francisco with a Jul 17 receiver at the lower left; card is an embossed B.P.O.E. greeting picturing an elk's head; brownish stain at the left shows through on the picture side, minor corner bend, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400

As part of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks' parade in Los Angeles on July 16, 1909, the Post Office supplied an R.P.O. car and staffed it with members of the local Railway Post Office Clerks' Association. The cancellation, therefore, was in use for only one day.

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Lot 92

[California] LIEGAN & RENO, R.P.O., mostly clear Mar 18, 1893 c.d.s. ties a 2¢ Columbian (231) on a Nevada-California-Oregon Railway corner card cover to Buntingville, Cal.; reduced slightly at left, stamp with slight faults, Fine and rare—and possibly unique. Unlisted by Towle.
Estimate $300 - 400

Liegan, Cal. was a short-lived terminus of a Nevada-California-Oregon line, beginning in 1888. It was such a desolate location that its regular Post Office, which opened in July of 1890, was closed in April of 1891.

Realized $375.
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Lot 93

[California] SACRAMENTO ST. SAN FRAN., R.P.O., Very Fine c.d.s., Jan 20, 1905, with a cork-canceled 1¢ green (300) on a picture postcard to Brooklyn, N.Y.; card pictures "Sunset in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco", Very Fine, time and month slugs are transposed from the Towle illustration (the catalog notes "several varieties recorded").
Towle SF-3-a, RF VI.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Realized $70.
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Lot 94

[California, Utah] CENT. PACIFIC, R.R., Jun 24 c.d.s. cancelling a 3¢ pink entire (U58) with a printed Pacific Union Express Co. frank, to La Crosse, Wis.; reduced slightly at the right, Fine to Very Fine.
Towle 976-A-1, RF V.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $450.
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Lot 95

[Colorado Territory] DEN. PACIFIC, R.P.O., clear Mar 6 c.d.s. duplexed with a two-ring target on a 1¢ postal card (UX3) to Longmont Colo., datelined Greeley (Colo.), Mar 5, 1875; exceptionally clean, Very Fine.
Towle 950-A-1, RF III.
Estimate $350 - 500.
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Lot 96

[Colorado] COLORADO CENTRAL R.R./BEAVER BROOK, C(OLO.), blue shield datestamp, Jun 15, 1878, with a partial second strike tying a 3¢ green (158) on a small cover to Mehoopany, Pa.; reduced at the left, stamp folded over top edge of cover, otherwise Very Fine. Towle's listing example.
Towle 951-S-1a, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $180.
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Lot 97

[Colorado] D. & R.G. R.R., mostly clear circular handstamp (date not struck up), as a forwarding marking on a 1¢ postal card (UX5) from Denver to "Big Thompson", Colo., canceled with a Denver duplex, May 14 (1876), handstamped "MISSENT", Ex-Osment.
Towle 953-G-1, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 98

[Colorado] D. & RIO G. R.R., marvelous complete strike with full month and day, Nov 26, on a cover to Providence, R.I., franked with a target-canceled 3¢ green (147); docketed at left as received Dec 2, 1873; minor edge flaws, stamp with a pulled perforation, Fine to Very Fine. An incredible strike of this rare marking.
Towle 953-H-1, RF X.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Realized $900.
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Lot 99

[Colorado] D. & RIO G. R.R., slightly doubled strike without date but with strong "R.R." on a target-canceled 1¢ postal card (UX3) to Denver, Very Fine.
Towle 953-H-1, RF X.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 100

[Colorado] D. AND R. G. RY., Gunnison Sta., PAID., J.P.HUNTLEY, Agent., clear double-lined c.d.s., Nov 27, 1882, used as a receiver on a cover from Brooksville, Ky. to Gunnison; franked with a cork-canceled 3¢ green (204) and postmarked Brooksville on Nov 22; reduced just a tad at the right, Fine to Very Fine.
Towle Unlisted.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 101

[Colorado] D.& R.G. RY., NATHROP COLO., choice strike of a large blue double-circle datestamp, Sep 17, 1880, on a cover franked with a 3¢ green (184) tied by a Sep 13 N.Y. & CHIC. R.R. FAST MAIL c.d.s. & killer (Towle 114-J-9) to Nathrop, Colo., "Care Denver & R Grande Ry"; a second strike of the D.& R.G. RY. c.d.s. is on the reverse; reduced somewhat at the right, paper a bit "mottled", Very Fine appearance.
Towle Unlisted.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $100.
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Lot 102

[Colorado] D.& R.G. RY., NATHROP COLO., clear blue double-circle datestamp, Dec 24, 1883, as a receiver on a Post Office Registered Mail return receipt card for a package from Lake Valley, N.Mex. to Estabrook, Very Fine. Apparently Towle's listing example.
Towle 954-S-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 103

[Colorado] DEN. & DEER VALLEY, AGT., incomplete but unmistakable strike, 11 Aug (month at bottom) on a Denver publisher's illustrated corner card cover to Columbus, O. franked with a strip of 3 of the 1¢ blue (156) tied by cork cancels; backstamped Columbus on Oct 25; couple small edge tears, one affecting the left stamp of the strip, otherwise Very Fine.
Towle 954-C-1, RF VIII.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $275.
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Lot 104

[Colorado] DEN. & DEER VALLEY, AGT., faint, mostly complete c.d.s. (Feb) 15, on a 3¢ green entire (U164), with a Denver Commission Merchants' corner card cover, to Fairplay, Colo.; redirected to Webster, Colo. with a purple Feb 20 Fairplay c.d.s., and finally to Denver with no additional markings, Fine. Possibly Towle's listing example.
Towle 954-C-1, RF VIII.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 105

[Colorado] DEN. & GEORGETOWN, AGT., exceptional strike of blue c.d.s., Aug 14, duplexed with a neat circle-of-wedges on a 1¢ postal card (UX5) to Mehoopany, Pa.; datelined Beaver Brook, 1878; tear at left, otherwise Fine to Very Fine. Towle notes the earliest date for this marking as 1883, Ex-David New.
Towle 952-A-1, RF V.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $325.
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Lot 106

[Colorado] DEN. & GEORGETOWN, AGT., Very Fine c.d.s., Feb 23, and a quartered cork killer tie a 2¢ red brown (210) on a Republican Mountain Silver Mines, Georgetown corner card cover to Freehold, N.J., backstamped Freehold on Feb 27; small corner tear at lower right, Fine to Very Fine. Includes an unissued Stock Certificate for the same mining company.
Towle 952-A-1, RF V.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $80.
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Lot 107

[Colorado] DENVER & SAN JUAN AGT., clear Apr 9 c.d.s. and small cork cancel on a 1¢ postal card (UX3) to Kenduskeag, Me.; slight soiling, Fine-Very Fine and rare.
Towle 955-E-1, RF VII.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $650.
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Lot 108

[Colorado] "Durango and Silverton R.P.O.", undated manuscript postmark on a cover franked with a 3¢ green (207) tied by matching pen strokes; Walker House hotel, Silverton corner card; to Chicago and backstamped there; lightly soiled and top flap missing, Fine to Very Fine. A previously unrecorded marking.
Towle Unlisted.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $250.
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Lot 109

[Colorado] PUEB. & CAN. CITY, AGT., mostly clear c.d.s., Dec 1, along with cork cancels tie three 1¢ gray blue (206) on a Tabor House (hotel), Gunnison, Colo. corner card cover; to New Haven, Conn. and backstamped there on Dec 6, Fine to Very Fine.
Towle 953-A-1, RF VII.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 110

[Colorado] SO. P(UEB &) CONEJOS, AGT., incomplete c.d.s., Sep 13, 1880, with a quartered cork killer on a 3¢ green entire (U163) with an Alamosa, Colo. bank corner card to Putnam, O., Very Fine. A rare marking, listed by Towle with an "N" killer.
Towle 955-D-1, RF VIII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 111

[Colorado, New Mexico] LA JUNTA & SANTA FE, AGT., mostly clear c.d.s., May 21, 1881, ties a 3¢ green (184) on a cover to New York City, backstamped May 25; reduced just a tad at the right, clipping a few perforations, otherwise Very Fine.
Towle 911-M-1, RF VI.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
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Lot 112

[Connecticut] HAWLEYVILLE, HOUSATONIC R.R., mostly bold Feb 8 oval ties a 3¢ rose (65) on a cover to Ballston Spa, N.Y.; open on three sides with slight damage at the bottom edge; includes original letter of condolence addressed "To The Mother or Sisters of Franklin S. Twitchell", a Union soldier who died late in the war; Fine, Ex-Meroni, Towle.
Towle 88-S-4a, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 113

[Connecticut] NEWTOWN, HOUSATONIC R.R., mostly complete May 9 oval ties a sheet margin 3¢ rose (65) on a cover to South Britain, Ct.; reduced slightly at the left with part of top flap missing and small repair to upper left corner, Ex-Meroni, Towle.
Towle 88-S-9a, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $90.
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Lot 114

[Connecticut, Massachusetts] CANAL RAILROAD., exceptional strike of a Feb 15 c.d.s. ties a 3¢ dull red, type I (25) on a small ladies envelope to Westfield, Mass., Very Fine.
Towle 85-A-1, RF IX.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $500.
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Lot 115

[Dakota Territory] BIS. & GLENDIVER, R.P.O., mostly clear c.d.s., Jul 10, 1884, with a quartered cork cancel on a 2¢ red entire (U229) to St. Paul, Minn and backstamped there the next day, Very Fine.
Towle 874-M-2, RF VI.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $140.
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Lot 116

[Dakota Territory] MAND. & SPOK. FALLS, R.P.O., W.D., WEST, clear Mar 1889 c.d.s. with a quartered cork killer on a 2¢ green entire (U311) with a Northern Pacific Express Express Co. printed frank to San Francisco, Calif. and backstamped there on Mar 20; reduced somewhat at the right, Fine to Very Fine. The U.S.R.P.O. Catalog lists only the Eastern Division (E.D.) marking.
Towle 874-Z var.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $180.
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Lot 117

[Dakota Territory] ST. PAUL ORT. & FARGO, R.P.O., WEST, clear c.d.s., Sep 20, 1888, duplexed with a quartered cork cancel tying a 2¢ green (213) on a pristine cover to Fargo, D.T. and backstamped there the same day, Extremely Fine. The "ORT." is Ortonville. Unlisted by the U.S.R.P.O. Catalog.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $275.
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Lot 118

[Florida] FLORIDA R.R., Very Fine strike of an undated circle ties a 3¢ brownish carmine type II (11A) on a cover to Norristown, Pa.; a faint second impression of the same marking is struck slightly to the right and there is an additional complete strike across the flap on the reverse; cover with a small insignificant crease at the lower right, still Very Fine.
Towle 380-A-1, RF IX.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $250.
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Lot 119

[Florida] JACKS'VILLE & TAMPA, R.P.O., light c.d.s., Mar 11, 1890, ties a 2¢ green (213) on a marvelous illustrated advertising cover for the Seminole Hotel in Winter Park, Fla. with a matching illustrated letterhead, to Holyoke, Mass. and backstamped there the next day, Very Fine. Unlisted by the U.S.R.P.O. Catalog.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $90.
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Lot 120

[Georgia] EXPOSITION R.P.O., ATLANTA, GA, lovely strike of the magenta double-circle datestamp, Sep 26, 1895, with a "Shield" killer on a 3¢ green entire (U311) to Cleveland, Ga.; reduced slightly at the right, Very Fine. This marking was used at the Post Office Mail Car exhibit at the Cotton States & International Exposition in Atlanta, Sep 18-Dec 3, 1895., Ex-Towle, signed.
Towle 374-J-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $350.
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Lot 121

[Illinois] C.B. & Q.R.R., FOX, ILL., perfectly struck datestamp of Mar 30, 1887 ties a 2¢ red brown (210) on a small cover to Forreston, Ill.; includes the original three-page letter on Chicago, Burlington & Quincy notehead, Very Fine.
Towle 700-S-1, RF IV.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 122

[Illinois] CHI. COTT. GRO. AVE., R.P.O., [Trip] 6, mostly clear c.d.s., Dec 2, 1896, with a cork killer on a 1¢ postal card (UX12) to Trenton, N.J.; faint vertical crease, otherwise Very Fine. This Chicago Streetcar marking, which predates the U.S.R.P.O. Catalog's listing by 19 years, differs in that it includes "AVE.", lacks "TR" in the trip number, and has a plain cork killer.
Towle CH-3-h var., RF VIII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 123

[Illinois] CHICAGO, ILL., WENTWORTH AVE., R.P.O., mostly clear Doremus machine cancel, Jun 28 (1904) on a 1¢ postal card (UX18), to Corwin. O. and backstamped there the next day, Fine to Very Fine.
Towle CH-7-a2, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 124

[Illinois] Co. & Dn. AIR LINE R.R., marvelous strike of a Jul 16 c.d.s. ties a 3¢ rose red (11A) on a small cover to New Haven Ct.; small stain and tear at the lower left (worse on the reverse), open on both ends, otherwise Very Fine. An exceptional example of this rare route agent's marking.
Towle 691-A-1, RF IX.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Realized $375.
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Lot 125

[Illinois] FROM CARBONDALE./ILL.C. R. R., mostly bold deep blue c.d.s., Apr 21, 1864, on an orange cover franked by a straight-edged 3¢ pink (64) with a vertical pre-printing crease, canceled with a matching negative Star of David handstamp; cover reduced slightly at the left, otherwise Very Fine. A scarce station agent's marking and a very scarce franking, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle 708-S-6, RF VI.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $130.
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Lot 126

[Illinois] FROM DE SOTO/ILL C. R. R., bold, slightly over-inked c.d.s., Jun 4, 1863, ties a 3¢ rose (65) on a pretty Liberty & Flag Civil War patriotic cover to Clinton, Wis.; tiny, insignificant edge tears at the top with top flap missing, still Very Fine, Ex-Towle and quite likely the listing example.
Towle 708-S-5, RF VII.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $275.
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Lot 127

[Illinois] GREAT WESTERN R.R., ILL., one of two clear Oct 2 c.d.s.'s ties a 3¢ dull red (11) on a cover to Mount Sterling, Ill.; light document crease through left marking, small opening tear at the bottom (and torn flap), stamp slightly cut in, Very Fine appearance. Two nice strikes of a very rare marking, Ex-Toaspern.
Towle 577-A-1, RF VIII.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $500.
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Lot 128

[Illinois] I. C. R. R. Co, ELDORADO ILL, an exceptional strike of the undated negative oval ties a 3¢ green (158) on a small cover to Lewis Centre, O.; the stamp is also target-canceled with a partial c.d.s.—possibly Vanlue, O.—alongside, Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle 717-S-1, RF VII.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $250.
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Lot 129

[Illinois] ILL. RIVER R.R., clear blue May 6 c.d.s. on an orange cover franked with two nice 3¢ rose pink (64b) with matching small grid cancels; to Old Saybrook, Conn.; reduced slightly at the right, stamps with very minor perforation flaws, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle 720-A-1, RF V.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $140.
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Lot 130

[Illinois] ILL. RIVER R.R., blue May 4 (1865) c.d.s. on a Havana, Ill. corner card cover franked with a pair of 2¢ black (73) canceled by small blue grids, to Chicago, docketed 1865. Very Fine. An exceptional example of this rare railroad marking, Ex-Fosdyke-Ray, with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Towle 720-A-1, RF V.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
Unsold
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Lot 131

[Illinois] MILWA'E & HORN.R.R., mostly clear c.d.s. on a neat cover franked with a 1¢ blue & a 2¢ black (63, 73) tied by quartered cork cancels; to Fulton, N.Y.; reduced slightly at the left, Very Fine. A very scarce franking.
Towle 840-B-1, RF V+.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $200.
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Lot 132

[Illinois] Superintendent Railway Mail Service, Fourth Division, Chicago, Ill., corner card on an Official Business envelope franked with a 3¢ Post Office Dept. (O49) tied by a blue Nov 18 Chicago c.d.s. and bold square-grid killer; to the Postmaster at Hannibal Mo.; top flap tears just onto front, reduced just a tad at the left, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $275.
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Lot 133

[Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin] CHI. ST.P. & F. DU LAC R.R., clear Sep 8 c.d.s. ties a beautiful four-margin 3¢ brownish carmine (11)—plated by Chase as position 96R7—on a pristine cover to Bridgeport, Ct., Extremely Fine, Ex-Chase.
Remele C-14. Towle 839-A-1, RF IX.
Estimate $600 - 800

This is Chase's listing example for this railroad marking in his 3¢ book (p. 266). His notation on the reverse reads, "Letter removed from this envelope dated Fond du Lac Wis. Sept 2nd, 1858"
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Realized $650.
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Lot 134

[Indian and Oklahoma Territories], Nine R.P.O. markings (eight different), five covers and four cards canceled between Sep 22, 1895 and Mar 9, 1907.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Unsold
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Lot 135

[Iowa] CENTRAL IOWA RY./NEWBURG, outstanding strike of the negative oval ties a 3¢ green (158) on a cover to Fluvanna, N.Y.; stamp with minor perforation flaws, otherwise Very Fine.
Towle 751-S-1, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $130.
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Lot 136

[Iowa] McGREGOR WESTERN R'Y/CRESCO, Iowa, clear blue double-circle datestamp, Jun 3 1867 (date slug inverted), with a normal Jun Cresco (post office) c.d.s. and a target cancel tying a 3¢ rose (65) on a clean cover to Charlemont, Mass, Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle 753-S-1, RF VII.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 137

[Iowa] OM. & KEARNEY, R.P.O., clear c.d.s. May 22, 1881, duplexed with a negative "W" killer on a 1¢ postal card (UX5) to Haynesville, Me., datelined Council Bluffs; couple minor edge bends, otherwise Very Fine. Unlisted by the U.S.R.P.O. Catalog.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Unsold
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Lot 138

[Iowa] WATERLOO & CHAS. CITY R.R., mostly clear Mar 4 c.d.s. on lightly canceled 3¢ green entire (U82) with an Osage, Iowa corner card, to Limerick, Me.; reduced slightly at left, tiny edge tear at top, Fine to Very Fine and rare. Unlisted by the U.S.R.P.O. Catalog.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $190.
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Lot 139

[Kansas] JUNCT.C.P. & U.P. R.R., complete but blurred Nov(?) 23 c.d.s. with a target killer tying a 3¢ Pictorial (114) on a clean cover to Mount Holly Springs, Pa., Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle 912-C-1, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $140.
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Lot 140

[Kansas] K.C. & SANTA FE R.R., Very Fine Feb 4 c.d.s. with a nice circle-of-wedges killer tying a 3¢ green (158) on a pristine cover with an Edgerton, Kansas druggist's corner card; to Lawrence, Kans., Extremely Fine. A marvelous cover.
Towle 909-AE-1, RF VIII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $225.
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Lot 141

[Kentucky] LOU. CIN. & LEX. R. R./PAYNES, KY., clear blue oval, Dec 10, 1875 on a cover franked with a pen-canceled, slightly doubled 3¢ green (158) to Thompsons Station, "(Lexington & Big Sandy R.R.)", Ky.; opening tears on the reverse, Fine to Very Fine, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle 524-S-11, RF VII.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 142

[Kentucky] LOUIS. & LEX. AGT., light Jan 9 c.d.s. duplexed with a bold "78" killer on an all-over "State of Kentucky Senate Chamber" illustrated cover franked with a 3¢ green (184), to Olympian Springs, Ky.; bit of light toning, stamp with perforation damage, still a Fine and rare combination.
Towle 524-G-1, RF III.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $170.
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Lot 143

[Kentucky] SOLD FOR TRAIN NO 8, L. & N.R.R., OLD DEPOSIT, KY., choice strike blue c.d.s. Jul 27, 1882, cancels a 1¢ postal card (UX5) to Deposit, Ky., datelined Beech Spring, Va. datestamp, Very Fine. An unlisted Louisville & Nashville R.R. marking.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 144

[Maine] "Androscoggin R.R. Me., Nov. 5/58", bold manuscript postmark on a cover franked with a pen-canceled 3¢ dull red (26), to East Bridgewater, Mass.; flap tear, Very Fine and rare.
Towle 7-M-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $250.
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Lot 145

[Maine] KENK & PORTD R.R., nice strike of a "JUL" c.d.s. (day not included) ties a 3¢ dull red (11A) on a folded address leaf to Savannah, Ga., Very Fine.
Towle 4-E-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 146

[Maine] KENEBECK & PORTLAND, R.R., mostly clear Jan 7 c.d.s. on a folded address leaf franked with a four-margined 3¢ claret (11A) tied by a grid cancel; to Savannah, Ga., Very Fine. Addressed to "Capt. Stephen W. Stuart, Master of Ship 'Grotto'".
Towle 4-F-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $120.
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Lot 147

[Maine] PENOBSCOT & KEN. R.R., outstanding strike of a Jun 7 c.d.s. ties a 3¢ dull red (26) on a small ladies envelope to Upper Gloucester, Me.; reduced just a tad at the right, Very Fine.
Towle 4-I-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $150.
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Lot 148

[Maine] PENOBSCOT & KEN. R.R., Very Fine strike of a Jul 14 c.d.s. ties a 3¢ dull red (26) on a small clean cover to Hanover, N.H., Very Fine.
Towle 4-I-1, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Unsold
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Lot 149

[Maine] SOMERSET & KENB. R.R., outstanding strike of a Jan 18 c.d.s. ties a 3¢ dull red (26) on a cover to Coopers Mills, Me.; reduced just a bit at the right, Very Fine.
Towle 4-H-1, RF VIII.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Realized $800.
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Lot 150

[Maine, N.H., Vermont] ATLANTIC & St. L., R. R., nice partial strike (about 15% off the cover) of a Jan 21 c.d.s. ties a four-margined 3¢ brownish carmine (11) on a small ladies envelope to Rockland, Me.; reduced just a tad at the left, Very Fine.
Towle 9-A-1, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Unsold
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Lot 151

[Massachusetts] BOSTON & CAMBRIDGE B, R.P.O., exceptional strike of "RMS" duplex, Mar 18, 1909, ties a 1¢ green (300) on a small postcard to Bridgewater, Mass., Extremely Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle BO-2-d, RF VII.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Unsold
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Lot 152

[Massachusetts] BOSTON & FALL RIVER R.R., excellent strike of a red c.d.s., Jun 7 (1852), ties a pretty, four-margined 3¢ brownish carmine (11A) (with an extra frame line at the left and no inner line at the right) on an exceptionally clean folded letter to Wareham, Mass., Extremely Fine.
Towle 55-A-1, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $140.
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Lot 153

[Massachusetts] Boston, Lowell & Nashua Railroad, NORTH, BILLERICA, perfectly struck blue c.d.s., Aug 10, 1869, on a cover to Paris, France; franked with pen-canceled 3¢ & 12¢ F. grills (94, 97) tied by a red "New York Paid 6" exchange office c.d.s. with a red boxed "PD" and a blue Aug 22 Calais entry c.d.s. (no Paris receiver); reduced just a tad at the right, Very Fine, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle 24-S-3a, RF IV+.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $170.
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Lot 154

[Massachusetts] Three different R.P.O. markings on a Special Delivery cover, Newport & Springfield, St. Albans & Boston, and Boston & Troy transit backstamps on a small 1891 cover from Granby to Montague, Mass., franked with a 2¢ carmine (220) and a 10¢ Special Delivery (E1); also bearing South Bradley and Montague backstamps; reduced slightly at the right, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Unsold
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Lot 155

[Massachusetts] WORCESTER & NASHUA.R.R/Ms, Very Fine Jun 27 c.d.s. with two additional partial strikes tying a 3¢ rose (65) on a small cover to Troy, N.H., Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle 21-A-1, RF VII.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $150.
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Lot 156

[Massachusetts, New Hampshire] Conn. RIVER R.R., choice strike of a Dec 15 c.d.s. ties a four-margined 3¢ dull red (11A) on a pristine cover to Barre, Mass., Extremely Fine.
Towle 35-A-1, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $250.
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Lot 157

[Massachusetts, New Hampshire] LAW. & BRAD R.R., mostly clear Sep 29 c.d.s. with a bold "OK" killer on a small cover franked with 3¢ green (147), to Sunapee, N.H.; reduced just a tad at the right, Very Fine.
Towle 26-B-1, RF IV.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $100.
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Lot 158

[Michigan] DETROIT & MILKE. R.W., clear Dec 4 c.d.s. ties a 3¢ dull red type I (25) on a cover to Albany (Wis.?); stamp's upper right & lower left corners neatly replaced, otherwise Very Fine. An exceedingly rare marking, Ex-Chase, Toaspern.
Towle 611-A-2, RF IX.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $400.
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Lot 159

[Michigan] Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad, all-over Railroad Map on the back of a 2¢ carmine entire (U411) canceled with a Wells, Mich. duplex handstamp, Dec 20, 1911; enclosure is an Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad Telegraph Form; to Lancaster, Mass. and backstamped there on Dec 22; small flap tear, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 160

[Michigan] M.C.R.R./JUN 18 1879/WASEPI, nicely struck blue boxed datestamp on a 1¢ postal card (UX5) from Wasepi to Grand Rapids, Mich., in the style of Towle's Mobile & Ohio R.R. station marking 420-S-3; light toning along bottom edge, Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle Unlisted (610-S-1a?).
Estimate $150 - 200

In our opinion, Towle's listing of 610-S-1 is not Henderson, Tenn. on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, but Henderson, Mich., a known station on the Michigan Central; and Wasepi is a town name unique to Michigan.

Realized $100.
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Lot 161

[Michigan] M.C.R.R./MAR 31 1876/STERLING, light but complete blue boxed datestamp cancels a 3¢ green entire (U82) to Mt. Carroll, Ill., in the style of Towle's Mobile & Ohio R.R. station marking 420-S-1; minor opening damage on the reverse, Very Fine, Ex-Towle.
Towle Unlisted.
Estimate $150 - 200

In our opinion, Towle's listing of 610-S-1 is not Henderson, Tenn. on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, but Henderson, Mich., a known station on the Michigan Central
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Realized $100.
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Lot 162

[Michigan] MARQUETTE & BESSEMER, R.P.O.,WEST, Very Fine c.d.s., Sep 10, 1894, with a cork-canceled 2¢ Columbian (231) on a Hotel Marquette fancy corner card cover to Geneva, N.Y. and backstamped there on Sep 12; reduced somewhat at the right, bottom edge lightly toned, otherwise Very Fine. An underrated marking, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle 638-J-1, RF IV.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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Lot 163

[Michigan] MIC. CENTRAL R.R./Mic., beautifully struck Mar 7 (1855) c.d.s. ties a 3¢ dull red (11A) on a small blue cover to Saut [Sault] Ste. Marie, Mich.; small piece of top flap missing, Very Fine.
Towle 610-A-2, RF VII.
Estimate $200 - 300

Included is the original interesting four-page letter datelined Gaylesburgh, from a Christian pastor to his parents, in which he opines that Catholicism, "Mohometanism", and Heathenism are dying and that "the world is becoming a harvest field" for (Evangelical) Christianity; also a second letter datelined Grand Rapids, Mar 11.

Realized $110.
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Lot 164

[Michigan] MIC. CENTRAL R.R./Mic., nice strike of an Oct 3 (1851) c.d.s. ties a virtually four-margined 3¢ orange brown (10A) on a folded letter from Detroit to Lansing, Mich; nearly invisible vertical file fold through stamp, otherwise Very Fine.
Towle 610-A-3, RF VIII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Realized $110.
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Lot 165

[Michigan] RAIL ROAD/WAY., nice strike of oval marking on a cover franked with a 3¢ F. grill (94) canceled by a circle-of-Vs with a Detroit c.d.s., Apr 29 (1868) alongside; to Buffalo, N.Y.; includes original letter, Very Fine.
Towle SP-15, RF VI.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $170.
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Lot 166

[Minnesota] CHICAGO & DULUTH, R.P.O., SOUTH, blurry c.d.s. on a spectacular all-over advertising cover, sponsored by the Duluth Hardware Co., promoting the new Fosson Branch of the Great Northern Railway; franked with a cork-canceled 2¢ pink (267a), to Southington, Ct., Very Fine.
Towle 860-B-2, RF II.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $110.
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Lot 167

[Minnesota] HAST. & BENTON, AGT., Very Fine Aug 24 (1883) c.d.s. with a clear negative "E" killer tying a 3¢ green (207) on a small cover to Stockbridge, Mass.; includes original letter datelined Prior Lake, Minn., Very Fine. An unlisted Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Agent marking.
Towle Unlisted.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $225.
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Lot 168

[Minnesota] LAKE S. & MISS. R. R.R., choice strike of a Jan 1 c.d.s. with a target tying a 3¢ green (158) on an all-over illustrated advertising cover for the Land Department of the Northern Pacific Rail Road Co.; to Pottsville, Pa.; top flap missing, otherwise Very Fine, Ex-Wyer, Towle, apparently the listing example.
Towle 867-A-1, RF V.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 169

[Mississippi] WESTS/M. C. R. R., light but complete c.d.s., Nov 10, 1866, with a second, partial strike cancelling the indicia on a small 3¢ pink entire (U58) to New Orleans, Fine to Very Fine. From the Carroll, Hoy & Co. correspondence, Ex-Towle and apparently the listing example.
Towle 421-S-3, RF VIII.
Estimate $200 - 300.
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