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Canada. Dated 1830/04/26. FLS (no content) originated Cincinnati, Ohio. The letter was rated 25 (c due) for U.S. postage (converted to 1/3d at Queenston. Ms 2(d) for ferriage across the river. There was no postage charge for Canada postage since the letter was addressed to the exchange office at Queenston. The Queenston Postmaster collected both the Canada charge and the U.S. postage for a total of 1/5d. The three line blue handstamps reads "American Postage/Ferriage/Forwarded".
Cover #65508 | Price: $350.00
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Canada. Dated 1833/12/24. FLS (business content) originated New York, NY. The triple weight letter was rated 75 (c due) for U.S. postage (over 400 miles). The cover was marked at Queenston 1/3 for the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. postage due + 2 (d) ferriage charge. The postage from Queenston to Ancaster was 1/1 1/2 (4 1/2dx3). The Canadian postmaster collected a total of 5/0 1/2 for the U.S. and Canada charges.
Cover #65509 | Price: $125.00
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Canada. Dated 1834/05/31. This fls (no content) mailed from Toronto, UC to Glasgow, Scotland on May 31st. Ms "Paid to N. York". Red New York cds & PAID. The sender prepaid the following postage to New York: Canadian postage of 9d (7d postage to Queenston 61-100 miles + 2c ferriage fee), U.S. postage of 25d (over 400 miles) from Lewiston to New York City. The British postage (sea postage = 1/ + carriage from Liverpool to Glasgow - 2d sterling) was not prepaid. On back is boxed Liverpool/Ship Letter h/s & Glasgow 20 JU h/s.
Cover #65510 | Price: $75.00
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Canada. Dated 1836/11/06. Fls with letter reporting a death mailed from Toronto to London. Red City of Toronto cds at ll & red Toronto "PAID 9 & 25" h/s at top used in 1836-1837. The sender prepaid the postage to New York: Canadian postage of 9d (7d postage to Queenston + 2d ferriage to Lewiston, NY and 25c U.S. postage from Lewiston to New York City via closed bag. The British sea postage & carriage from Liverpool to London was not prepaid.
Cover #65511 | Price: $200.00
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Canada. Dated 1839/03/04. Fls (splits) with printed "Abstract of Transactions in Canada" form from Toronto, UC to London, England. Route: Toronto - Queenston - Lewiston - New York - Liverpool - London. City of Toronto cds at left, red New York cds at right. Sender prepaid the postage to New York. Toronto "PAID 7 & 25" h/s used 1837-1841 as 2d ferriage fee no longer collected (except in Kingston). Canada postage 7d, U.S. postage 25c (over 400 miles). Postage from New York to London was not prepaid. Back with Liverpool Ship Letter h/s & red London cds.
Cover #65516 | Price: $125.00
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Canada. Dated 1839/03/04. Fls with three page business letter routed: Hamilton, UC - Queenston - Lewiston, NY - New York City. The letter was rated PAID 1/1 1/2d (3x single rate) to Lewiston, NY. For some reason the 2d ferriage fee was not charged. U.S. postage was 50(c due) for 2c the single rate for the distance from Lewiston to New York City. Originally, the post office at Lewiston rated the letter $1.00 due (4x single rate) but this was crossed-out and corrected to 50c due (2c single rate).
Cover #65517 | Price: $50.00
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Canada. Dated 1841/12/17. Brantford, UC cds on fls with short business letter. Route: Brantford, UC - Hamilton, UC - Queenston UC - Lewiston, NY - New York City. Ms "Money" & Black "MONEY-LETTER" h/s. Rate: 1/9 (3x7d) to the Canadian border, 37 1/2c from Lewiston to New York City in a closed bag.
Cover #65532 | Price: $125.00
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Canada. Dated 1842/04/02. St. Catherines cds & PAID h/s on fls (wear, no content). Route: St. Catherines UC - Queenston UC -Lewiston, NY - Auburn, NY. Ms 4 1/2d for Canada postage & 12 1/2c for U.S. postage.
Cover #65528 | Price: $25.00
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Canada. Dated 1847/11/29. Toronto, UC cds on fls (splits) with business letter. There were two enclosures mentioned in the letter. The fls carried in a closed bag by contract steamboat across Lake Ontario to the exchange office at Lewiston, NY. Ms 1/6 (3x 4 1/2d) for Canadian postage, Ms 30c U.S. postage for distance (10c x 3).
Cover #65549 | Price: $20.00
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Canada. Dated 1848/06/08. Red Cornwall, UC cds on fls with business letter. Route: Cornwall, UC - Prescott, UC (b/s) - Ogdensburg, NY (cds) - Waddington, NY. Ms 4 1/2 for Canadian postage, red 5 h/s for U.S. postage (under 300 miles).
Cover #65570 | Price: $45.00
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Canada. Dated 1848/08/17. Red St. Catherines, UC cds on fls with short business letter. Route: St. Catherines, UC - Queenston UC (red cds on back) - Lewiston, NY - Pattonsburg, VA. Ms 4 1/2d Canada postage, Red 10 h/s for U.S. postage due (over 300 miles).
Cover #65531 | Price: $35.00
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Canada. Dated 1848/09/08. Toronto cds on fls with business letter. The fls carried in a closed bag by contract steamboat across Lake Ontario to the exchange office at Lewiston, NY. Ms 4 1/2d for Canadian postage, 10c U.S. postage (red 10 h/s) for over 300 miles.
Cover #65545 | Price: $35.00
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Canada. Dated 1848/09/08. Toronto cds on cvr w/o content. The cvr carried in a closed bag by contract steamboat across Lake Ontario to the exchange office at Lewiston, NY. Ms 4 1/2d for Canadian postage, 5c U.S. postage (red 5 h/s) for under 300 miles.
Cover #65546 | Price: $35.00
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Canada. Dated 1848/09/08. Hamilton, UC cds on fls w/o content. The fls carried in a closed bag by contract steamboat across Lake Ontario to the exchange office at Lewiston, NY. Ms 4 1/2d for Canadian postage, Ms 6 for U.S. postage.
Cover #65547 | Price: $40.00
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Canada. Dated 1849/12/15. Fls (business content) from Precott, UC to New York City. No Canada postage as the letter was sent from the exchange office. Red Ogdensburgh, NY exchange office cds & red 10 h/s for payment of U.S. postage for distance over 300 miles..
Cover #65578 | Price: $40.00
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Canada. Dated 1850/04/30. Red Hamilton, UC cds on fls with short business letter. Route: Hamilton, UC - Queenston UC (black cds on back) - Lewiston, NY - New York City. Ms 4 1/2d Canada postage. Red 10 h/s for U.S. postage due (over 300 miles).
Cover #65530 | Price: $30.00
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Canada. Dated 1850/08/08. Red Cobourg cds on fls with business letter. Route Cobourg around Lake Ontario via Queensland, Canada to Lewiston, NY. Ms 9(d) for Canadian postage (100-300 miles). Red 10 h/s for U.S. postage (over 300 miles).
Cover #65552 | Price: $35.00
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Canada. Dated 1850/09/20. Red Hamilton, UC cds on fls with short business letter. Route: Hamilton, UC - Queenston UC (b/s) - Lewiston, NY - New Haven, CT (overland). Ms "Paid to the Lines". Ms "Money letter", red "MONEY-LETTER" h/s & red "Too Late" h/s. Rate: 4 1/2d to the Canadian border, 10c Lewiston to New Haven in a closed bag.
Cover #65533 | Price: $150.00
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Canada. Dated 1852/01/28. Prescott, WC fls with two page family letter to Boonville, NY. Route: Prescott, UC - Ogednsburg, NY (h/s) - Boonville, NY. Black "CANADA 10 cts" h/s.
Cover #65561 | Price: $100.00
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Canada. Dated 1852/07/15. Red Kingston cds on fls with business letter datelined Kingston. Red CANADA in arc h/s. Route: Kingston, UC (red cds) - Cape Vincent, NY (cds) - New York City. No Canadian postage due as the letter originated in the exchange office (Kingston). Ms 20c for U.S. postage (double weight over 300 miles).
Cover #65543 | Price: $50.00
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Canada. Dated 1853/08/03. Toronto cds on cvr (no content) to Cleveland, Ohio. Red "CANADA/PAID 10 Cts" h/s applied in Toronto indicates full payment of Canadian and U.S. postage. The letter was placed in a closed bag in Toronto and carried across Lake Ontario to the Rochester exchange office and then overland to Cleveland.
Cover #65556 | Price: $50.00
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Canada. Dated 1854/02/15. Red Toronto cds on cvr (no content) to Buffalo, NY. Red "CANADA/PAID 10 Cts" h/s applied in Toronto indicates full payment of Canadian and U.S. postage.
Cover #65577 | Price: $35.00
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Canada. Dated 1857/03/13. Ingersoll, UC cds on cvr (no content). Route: Ingersoll, UC (b/s) - Port Burwell, UC - Buffalo, NY. - Aubaurn, NY. Black "CANADA/PAID 10 Cts" h/s.
Cover #65560 | Price: $75.00
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Canada. Dated 1871/??. VG St. John NB cde & target tie fine 6c Victoria (#27) on cvr (stains, trimmed left, back flts) carried as a bagged letter on a contract steamboat to Boston, then overland to Connecticut. Ms "Paid per Steamer for Boston, Mass" at ul..
Cover #65423 | Price: $100.00
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Canada. Dated 1888/10/30. Kingston duplex ties an unusual shade of Scott 37 on cover (open 3 sides) to Philadelphia, PA. Reverse with 31 Oct. New York transit & 31 Oct. Philadelphia receiving cds.
Cover #85123 | Price: $75.00
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Canada. Dated 1897/10/09. Brandon cds tie Scott 35, 36 & 42 on registered cover to Maine. 8c pays the 3c single weight letter + 5c registry fee. Large "R" in oval at left, several registry control numbers. Reverse with 9 Oct. Brandon (2), 10 Oct. Winnipeg transit & magenta 11 Oct. St. Paul receiving cds.
Cover #83521 | Price: $175.00
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Canada. Dated 1898/03/04. St. John squared circle ties Scott #69 on cover to Connecticut with overall lined printing & fancy c/c for a hardware co. 3c pays one ounce letter rate to the U.S. Reverse with 5 Mar Southington receiving cds.
Cover #83507 | Price: $40.00
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Canada. Dated 1900/10/31. St. John cds on International Money Order Business envelope to Maine. Blue 31 Oct. St. John exchange office oval at upper left. Reverse with partial Nov 1 Mattawamkeag receiving cds.
Cover #83506 | Price: $150.00
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Canada. Dated 1905/12/12. Calgary duplex ties 2c King on cover to Vermont with Brattleboro rec'd on reverse.
Cover #83146 | Price: $10.00
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Canada. Dated 1913/03/15. Halifax cds (5) tie Scott 96 (pair), 97 & 111 on registered cover to Kentucky. Large black "R" on oval, magenta "REGISTERED", private REGISTERED/FROM/EMILY Y. KING, HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA" handstamps on face. Reverse with New York Reg'y Div. transit ovals & red Louisville registered receiving h/s. 7c pays the 2c single letter rate + 5c registry fee.
Cover #83490 | Price: $125.00
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Canada. Dated 1922/05/05. Montreal Station A5 cds tie Scott 104 & two 112 on H&G B27 (Webb EN21) registered entire to Iowa. 10c postage pays the 3c letter rate + 10c registry fee. On reverse are Montreal (2), Tor. & Mont. R.P.O., Chicago (2) & Des Moines h/s.
Cover #83414 | Price: $25.00
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Canada. Dated 1926/05/10. Petrolia duplex tie 3c (#109) & 20c (#E2) on cover to the U.S. Goshen duplex receiving cds on reverse.
Cover #86142 | Price: $15.00
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Canada. Dated 1929/08/22. Montreal cds tie 5c (#C1) & 20c (#E2) on cover to the U.S. (reduced left).
Cover #86143 | Price: $15.00
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Canada. Dated 1939/02/14. Sarnia machine ties Scott #233 & E8 on cover to Battle Creek, MI. Reverse with 15 Feb Battle Creek receiving duplex cancel.
Cover #84713 | Price: $50.00
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California
United States. CA. Oroville, CA. Butte Co. Dated 1856/11/18. Ms town & "Paid 15" + vg s/l 45x10 red hstp "UNITED STATES/PAID 6" on cvr (skillful repairs inc back flap replaced) to Canada. Suspension Bridge U.C. b/s. Williams BUT-3060
Cover #597 | Price: $325.00
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Illinois
United States. IL. Chicago, IL. Cook Co. (open 1831+). Dated 1861/01/15. Blue cds & circular grid cancels tie Scott 24 and Scott 26 vertical strip of 3 on cover to Heckston, Canada West. 10c pays the letter rate. Red "PAID/10" in arc & "U. STATES" exchange hand stamp. Blue embossed cameo for the "EAGLE HOTEL" at upper left. Reverse with two partial Canadian transit cds & a Jan 19 Heckston receiving cds.
Cover #84287 | Price: $700.00
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Illinois
United States. IL. Chicago, IL. Cook Co. (open 1831+). Dated 1870/05/18. Fine cds & two fancy cross cancels tie two 3c (#114) on cover (trimmed left) to Canada (with b/s).
Cover #75459 | Price: $75.00
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Illinois
United States. IL. Chicago, IL. Cook Co. (open 1831+). Dated 1874/02/27. ATLANTIC & PACIFIC TELEGRAPH COMPANY envelope with complete original telegram dated at Toronto, Canada. Illus. globe and telegraph map in company logo.
Cover #85519 | Price: $175.00
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Illinois
United States. IL. East Harlem, IL. Cook Co. (open 1871). Dated 1871/04/06. Ms town & target tie vf 6c (#148) on cvr (trimmed left) to Canada. Montreal "Apr 10th 71" cds on back. Dated during the one month the PO was open.
Cover #56919 | Price: $1,250.00
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Massachusetts
United States. MA. Boston, MA. Suffolk Co. (open 1639+). Dated 1869/09/03. Cork cancel ties 3c (#114) on cover to Canada. (reduced left) to Canada. Stamp not counted because of underpayment of the 6c rate, cds shows 10c unpaid rate due.
Cover #75456 | Price: $75.00
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Massachusetts
United States. MA. Boston, MA. Suffolk Co. (open 1639+). Dated 1870/05/14. VF cds & two fancy geometric cancels tie two 3c (#114) on cover to Canada(Montreal b/s).
Cover #75460 | Price: $60.00
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Massachusetts
United States. MA. Boston, MA. Suffolk Co. (open 1639+). Dated 1914/04/15. Machine cancel ties 405 (guide line at top) & 408 (Schermack) on cover (rough right edge) to Canada with Smithville receiving cds on reverse .
Cover #83723 | Price: $150.00
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Massachusetts
United States. MA. West Townsend, MA. Middlesex Co. Dated 1855/09/10. Fine cds (90% strike) & "10" on cvr (reduced rt) to Canada.
Cover #8646 | Price: $22.50
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Maine
United States. ME. Portland, ME. Cumberland Co. (open 1786+). Dated 1870/05/31. Fine cds & cork cancel ties two 3c (#114) on cover to Canada. "U. STATES" exchange h/s on front, Montreal cds on reverse.
Cover #75462 | Price: $50.00
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Maine
United States. ME. Portland, ME. Cumberland Co. (open 1786+). Dated 1870/07/19. Fine cds & cork cancel tie two 3c (#114) on cover to Canada (reduced left) with Montreal b/s.
Cover #75458 | Price: $50.00
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Michigan
United States. MI. Battle Creek, MI. Calhoun Co. (open 1834+). Dated 1864/04/14. CDS & "10" on cover (reduced right) to Canada with additional "10" exchange hand stamp. Reverse with May 16th Barre receiving hand stamp. Content is business letter.
Cover #84658 | Price: $35.00
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Michigan
United States. MI. Detroit, MI. Wayne Co. (open 1803+). Dated 1921/11/25. Double oval cancels tie Scott 443 & 498 (two vertical pairs) on 3c very light print registered entire. entire (U436) to Canada. 12c pays 2c single rate letter + 10c registry fee. Magenta "REGISTERD" at upper right, 4-line Registered Return Receipt Requested hand stamp lower left. There was no fee for return receipt at this time. Reverse with two 25 Detroit cds, two Nov 28 Winnipeg transit & faint Calgary 29 Nov receiving cds on back flap point.
Cover #83712 | Price: $40.00
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Minnesota
United States. MN. Minneapolis, MN. Hennepin Co. (open 1854+). Dated 1961/06/23. CDS tie Scott C61 & E21 on cover to British Columbia, Canada. Purple "SPECIAL DELIVERY AIR MAIL" hand stamp on front and reverse of the cover. June 24 New Westminster BC cds on reverse. 37c pays 7c air post + 30c special delivery fee.
Cover #83827 | Price: $30.00
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Missouri
United States. MO. Cape Girardeau, MO. Cape Girardeau Co. (open 1806+). Dated 1855/08/14. CDS + ms 10 on cross border cover to Trenton, Canada. United States 6d Detroit exchange hand stamp. On reverse is a partial 25 Aug. Toronto transit cds & 25 Aug. Trenton receiving cds.
Cover #84399 | Price: $125.00
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New Hampshire
United States. NH. Goffstown Centre, NH. Hillsboro Co. Dated 1861/06/10. Ms town & cancel on avg untied 10c (#35) on cvr to Canada (b/s). Red double outer line oval "United States" h/s.
Cover #11799 | Price: $55.00
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New Hampshire
United States. NH. Hinsdale, NH. Cheshire Co. (open 1815+). Dated 1869/08/07. VG blue cds & cork cancels tie pair of 3c (#114) on cover (opening tears) to Canada with front & reverse text ads for Hunter & Co. Booksellers.
Cover #75454 | Price: $90.00
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New Jersey
United States. NJ. Marlton, NJ. Burlington Co. (open 1845+). Dated 1942/06/16. Machine cancel on UX27 postal card short paid by 1c. Violet "Postage Due (2) Cent." hand stamp. 17 June Tillsonburg cds ties top margin pair of Canada Scott J15 to 1c due & 1c penalty. A duplicate Tillsonburg cds is on the reverse.
Cover #85356 | Price: $75.00
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New York
United States. NY. Amsterdam, NY. Montgomery Co. Dated 1853/04/14. Fine green cds + PAID & 10 on cvr (stain) to Canada (b/s). VG red U STATES h/s.
Cover #14925 | Price: $27.50
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New York
United States. NY. East Springfield, NY. Otsego Co. Dated 1861/06/28. Ms town & cancels tie 3 avg 3c (#26) & a 1c (#24) on cvr (fold) to Canada.
Cover #15980 | Price: $85.00
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New York
United States. NY. Fillmore, NY. Allegany Co. (open 1850+). Dated 1957/10/23. Target cancels ties Scott 1035, 1051 & E21 on cover to Canada. 83c postage pays 3c letter rate, 30c special delivery fee & 50c registration fee. Three different stamps pay three different rates. Reverse with 23 Oct. Fillmore, NY. registry, 24 Oct. Buffalo, NY. transit & Hamilton, Canada receiving cds.
Cover #85300 | Price: $40.00
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New York
United States. NY. New York, NY. New York Co. Dated 1861/06/18. Fine cds & grid tie vg 10c (#35/w large margins) on cvr to Canada (b/s). Fine (light) red "UNITED STATES/PAID 6d" exchange h/s.
Cover #15163 | Price: $85.00
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New York
United States. NY. New York, NY. New York Co. (open 1775+). Dated 1867/10/15. Fine New York cds & grid cancel tie average 10c (#68 TAG variety with faults) on fls (fold) to Canada. Montreal "OC 16/67" cds on reverse.
Cover #75802 | Price: $20.00
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New York
United States. NY. New York, NY. New York Co. (open 1775+). Dated 1870/12/22. 2016 PF Certificate #535971 states "Horizontal strip of three, tied by three strikes of NYFM cancel RA-S1?? (Weiss RE-S2) and "New York Dec 22" pmk, to Elginburg, U.C., "Kingston Ont 70" backstamp. It is a genuine usage, the top perforations of the strip of three creased from placement at cover edge.".
Cover #84825 | Price: $825.00
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New York
United States. NY. New York, NY. New York Co. (open 1775+). Dated 1907/04/29. Double oval ties Scott 274 on overpaid registered cover to Halifax, Nova Scotia. 2c postage + 8c registration fee. Red registry cds at lower left. Reverse with red New York REG hand stamp & 1 May Halifax receiving cds.
Cover #84857 | Price: $40.00
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New York
United States. NY. Oswego, NY. Oswego Co. (open 1816+). Dated 1869/10/21. VG cds & cork cancels tie two 3c (#114) on cover to Canada (reduced left).
Cover #75457 | Price: $50.00
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New York
United States. NY. Preston, NY. Chenango Co. Dated 1857/03/30. Ms town & cancel on vf untied 10c (#14) on cvr to Canada. Faint red enclosed arc "Ud STATES/PAID/6d" h/s of Buffalo, NY. Content is family letter.
Cover #13816 | Price: $110.00
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New York
United States. NY. Ridgeway, NY. Orleans Co. Dated 1858/08/16. Ms town & 10 on cvr to Canada/w personal letter.
Cover #15862 | Price: $22.50
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New York
United States. NY. South Livonia, NY. Livingston Co. (open 1832-1937). Dated 185?/12/. Sandusky, Ohio cds on Scott U10 Nesbitt entire to Michigan. Somehow the entire ended up in South Livonia where it was turned and used to Aldbourough, Canada. Black "UNITED STATES 6d" exchange & "10" cent due hand stamps. On reverse is partial St. Thomas U.C. transit cds. Top, one side & portion of bottom flap missing.
Cover #84614 | Price: $125.00
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Pennsylvania
United States. PA. Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Co. (open 1775+). Dated 1853/06/08. Blue cds ties Scott #11 on folded letter with portion of business letter. The 3c was intended to pay the 1/2 ounce letter rate from Boston, via British Packet but was instead sent overland, probably to Robbinson, Maine. Manuscript "10" applied in Maine, blue "6" in St. Andrews, NB. Because of sailing schedules the cover was then sent overland instead of by ship. Reverse with blue June 14 St. Andrews NB transit, black June 15 St. John NB, transit & partial "H JU 17" receiving oval.
Cover #84222 | Price: $250.00
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South Carolina
United States. SC. Walterboro, SC. Colleton Co. (open 1820+). Dated 1841/01/28. MS town, date and "25" rate (with ms 4 1/2d) on 3 page folded family newsletter to Canada. Blue pen "Single & "chgd G.F.H." Red Feb 10, 1841 receiving cds at lower left.
Cover #86225 | Price: $65.00
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