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GW Stamp w/ matching envelope, and w/ a mysterious/interesting story. (New Pics Of Other Pieces)

RustyShaklefordRustyShakleford Posts: 20
edited August 19, 2020 7:17PM in Stamps Forum

I feel like this is an interesting piece, a great stamp with the envelope to match! Postmarked on the first day that "Hell's Half Acre" was established in the USA and able to receive mail. With a population of 0, and the post office only operational from 1940-1959 this surprises me that this letter was even received! First Day Mailing postmark. What is very interesting as well is that the envelope has not been opened, and encases the original contents inside that are yet to be discovered at the right time or by the right person... Have a good day!

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  • pab1969pab1969 Posts: 487 ✭✭✭✭

    Interesting story. I would open the envelope to see what was inside.

  • RustyShaklefordRustyShakleford Posts: 20
    edited August 17, 2020 9:13PM

    @pab1969 said:
    Interesting story. I would open the envelope to see what was inside.

    Yeah I feel like the more interesting part about this piece is the destination it was sent to, on the first day to receive mail, and the question of what exactly is inside? Could be nothing, and could be something I suppose. I realize the GW stamp isn't the most desired edition, but think the envelope to match helps a little and story was what made this more intriguing to me personally. I'll think about opening it. I'm for sure curious as well! <Thanks for your interest!

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,183 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited August 18, 2020 11:51PM

    Most likely created by a collector. I would try to hold it up to the light to see what the contents are without opening it. Might just be a filler card.

    This envelope might interest postmark collectors.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 19,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @JBK said:
    Most likely created by a collector. I would try to hold it up to the light to see what the contents are without opening it. Might just bris filler card.

    This envelope might interest postmark collectors.

    I agree. This is undoubtedly a collector made cover and may be a first day of use cover for the postmark. A Wyoming specialist may find it to be of interest. It probably isn't of great value but is worth keeping.

    All glory is fleeting.
  • RustyShaklefordRustyShakleford Posts: 20
    edited August 18, 2020 11:03PM

    @JBK said:
    Most likely created by a collector. I would try to hold it up to the light to see what the contents are without opening it. Might just bris filler card.

    This envelope might interest postmark collectors.

    Yeah this was definitely sent by an old collector because I have a lot of envelopes that were sent from overseas (I think during military deployment) with nothing in them, unopened and possibly more interesting. This one just happen to catch my eye because of the odd destination. This is accompanied by a collection of stamp sets in wax envelopes from around the world so def an old collector. Here is a wider view of the entire piece. I can't really make out what is inside when put up to a light.

  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,183 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The postmark is usually the focus vs the destination.

    In any case, the address and "first day mailing" marking seem to be printed and not rubber stamped. The collector must-have had a serious hobby going and was maybe a hobby printing press operator.

    As collector creasted items the contents are most likely blank cards or paper.

  • @JBK said:
    The postmark is usually the focus vs the destination.

    In any case, the address and "first day mailing" marking seem to be printed and not rubber stamped. The collector must-have had a serious hobby going and was maybe a hobby printing press operator.

    As collector creasted items the contents are most likely blank cards or paper.

    Thanks for the comment. I see what you're saying about the address and "first day mailing", but even in person I'm not sure if I can tell for sure. Either way what are your thoughts about general interest in this piece? What stumps me is how I came up with so much unopened mail, with a lot of it being addressed to different people across the US. I know that it being an old collector is probably the reason for this. Just wondering if it is normal to have so many different postmarks w/ old stamps? <Thanks

  • RustyShaklefordRustyShakleford Posts: 20
    edited August 19, 2020 10:25PM

    Here are a few more random examples of what I'm looking at right now if that gives any more context. What do you think?





  • JBKJBK Posts: 8,183 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is someone's cover (envelope) collection. Stamp collecting used to be a very popular hobby in those days.

    They are of interest to collectors, and probably retail for a couple or a few dollars each, but some will be a very slow sell.

    Some are just what they appear to be, but a few, such as the one with a block of 6 stamps could be First Day Covers from the time before special cancellations.

    I would not get hung up on the fact that they are unopened. Chances are the flaps got stuck down due to humidity or moisture.

  • 291fifth291fifth Posts: 19,680 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The pate block of 6 of Scott # 798 is a first day cover. The British cover celebrates the marriage of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen) to Philip. The others are various event covers. These were avidly collected at the time they were issued. There is still some demand for them though I doubt if any are worth very much.

    As a side note, event covers regained popularity during the 1970s - 1990s. The USPS offered many, many special cancellations during that period. I created or worked on many such covers for a stamp club I belonged to at the time. We sold the covers for $1.50 or so at the local club show each year,

    All glory is fleeting.
  • @JBK said:
    This is someone's cover (envelope) collection. Stamp collecting used to be a very popular hobby in those days.

    They are of interest to collectors, and probably retail for a couple or a few dollars each, but some will be a very slow sell.

    Some are just what they appear to be, but a few, such as the one with a block of 6 stamps could be First Day Covers from the time before special cancellations.

    I would not get hung up on the fact that they are unopened. Chances are the flaps got stuck down due to humidity or moisture.

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    Thanks for the input! Yeah I'll probably just let them be, and see if there is more interest in the future. Stamps/postmarks etc. could become a thing that are no longer produced in the somewhat short future, who knows the w/ the way things are going. Have a good one!

  • pab1969pab1969 Posts: 487 ✭✭✭✭

    I live in Wayne County N.Y. about 10 miles from the Sodus cover. That town still has the cherry festival every year. Pretty cool.

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