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I am offering "The" Salem, Indiana Cover featuring 2 1/3 1847 George Washington Ten Cent Stamps (X, 10c). These are Authentic US Stamps. They started as a panel of 4 stamps but 1 and 2/3 have been torn from the panel. They are pen cancelled. Though not as valuable as the panel of four, this cover along with the stamps have been coveted for years. I include letters of provenance to describe the origin, the source of the history of the ownership and interest in the letter and stamps. This cover and the 2 1/3 George Washington stamps are a very rare find and definitely a Museum piece as evident by several letters from the Indiana Museum (The Department of Conservation, Indianapolis, IN). The letters are included and are from the 1920's and 1930's, as well as a letter from a collector; all wanting to acquire this letter and stamps. The letters include offers to purchase the cover and stamps.
Further research tells us that this rare lengthy letter was sent via the STEAMSHIP: NORTHERNER (1847-1860), I also include a picture below, and history of the Steamer this Letter was sent from. I strive to describe the items accurately, to the level that I have been informed when I acquired these historical stamps and covers, but please ask any questions before bidding. I try to communicate as best as possible. I ship as quickly as possible, when payment clears, paypal is instantaneous. I also try to charge very reasonable shipping charges to all buyers.
Constructed in New York in 1847, this side-wheeler was just over 200 feet long. From 1850 to 1857 the ship was used for the Panama to San Francisco route. By 1859 the Northerner was used for the Columbia River and Puget Sound run. The ship was lost in January 1860. It sunk with several lives lost and $25,000 worth of new coins. I added a photo of the actual Steam Ship letter and the Steamship!!!
This letter is lengthy, three full pages with small writing. It is written by Charles Bonner (or that is what it appears). It describes in great detail his steam ship trip including sea sickness, the weather and temperatures, a mishap of losing his hat after a sailor accidentally knocked it off with some sort of boat apparatus, and seeing porpoises come out of the water which resemble "sheep jumping over a fence". He includes attending a Catholic church that was dilapidated. It has a wonderful detailed description of Cuba and Panama "full of Indians". Not sure why he was on this trip, but the most heartwarming portion of this letter is the last part when he asks his wife to read that piece to his two girls - he tells and adorable story of another little girl that accompanies his group on this trip. Wonderful letter and great piece of 1800's maritime history.
Sold for $1,850
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