This Census of the Dollar value stamps of Columbian Issue on cover is based on the pioneering work by Dr. Richard M. Searing, who published as series of articles in the USPCS Chronicle in August and November of 1992. Without this pioneering work, the present census would not exist.
The covers for this census will be entered into the existing database as time permits. The images have been collected from a number of on-line sources and auction catalogs, and there are still a number of entries for which only a black/white photocopy is available, and a few for which no illustration is known. If you can provide an improved scan of any of these covers, please let me know.
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1c-$5.00 Columbian, 10c Orange, Special Delivery (Scott No 230-245, E3). The complete set of stamps issued to commemorate the 1893 Columbian Exposition, tied by multiple strikes of "World's Fair Sta. Chicago Ill. Oct. 30 11 AM 1893" exposition duplex datestamp on registered 10c Slate Brown Columbian entire (Scott No 351) to Savannah Georgia and forwarded to Mexico City, Mexico, the Special Delivery stamp tied by World's Fair Registered handstamp, Savannah receiving backstamp (Nov. 3), with original enclosure which states "Columbus Day Oct. 30/93. Last Day of Fair. Friend Raal: It is so cold in this building, I can hardly write. Will mail this letter as requested and hope it gets there O.K. Columbus Cards got scarce all at once. Will see if I can get any today. Hastily, P. M. Wolsieffer", $5.00 stamp trivial sealed tear.
The cover was created by 19th Century stamp dealer, A.P.S. President and Hall of Famer, Philip M. Wolsieffer. He invested a total of $16.54 in postage to create this philatelic masterpiece. The addressee was no longer at Savannah when Wolsieffer's creation arrived on November 3, but forwarding instructions were written over the first address. The cover was redirected to a hotel in Mexico City. There are no postal markings indicating that it was received in Mexico.
Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc., Sale 893 (Mar 30, 2005) Lot 146. Realized $52,500.
Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc., Sale 811 (May 15, 1999) Lot 155. Realized $45,000.
Robert A Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc., Sale 391 (Mar 23, 1971) Lot 81. Realized $1,550.
Searing Census 89.