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Cover-Roger Williams University-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0016300

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This is an advertising cover addressed to Roger Williams University in Nashville Tn.  The cancel is from Cincinnati Ohio.  Journal and Messenger in Cincinnati. Torn in two places with a tear down the left edge.  The flap on the back is missing as well.

Here is some information about the university taken from Wikipedia.

Roger Williams University in Nashville, Tennessee was an historically black college. It was created in 1866 as one of numerous schools established in the South by the American Baptist denomination, and became the largest Baptist college in the area for educating African Americans. Protestant mission groups sponsored new educational facilities for the freedmen. The college was named for Roger Williams, the founder to the First Baptist Church in America. Daniel W. Phillips, a white minister and freedmen's missionary from Massachusetts, taught the first classes. It helped educate numerous African-American teachers and other leaders in the South throughout the 19th century, including William Madison McDonald, who became an influential Republican politician in Texas. In 1929, the university became involved in mergers that eventually culminated in the formation of LeMoyne–Owen College

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C M Pasley-Stables-Thomaston Ga-Graphic Cover
Item #: NEW-0016148

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This cover was not mailed but I like the graphics on it.

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Foy Hotel Graphic Cover-Indian Springs Hotel-Ga
Item #: NEW-0016026

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I believe the date on the cancel from Indian Spring Ga.  spindle hole  http://archive.org/stream/indianspringshot00norw/indianspringshot00norw_djvu.txt

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Nordland Dakota Letter-Cover-1884
Item #: NEW-0015938

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This is a letter from Youmans Brothers & Hodgins, who were Lumber Manufactures. One page letter signed by Ed Beuke?  Advertising cover with a clear cancel and a star fancy cancel. Cancel on back for Tracy Minn and another fancy cancel.

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Rosskam Big Stock Co 1908 Cover-Chicago
Item #: NEW-0015634

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Roughly opened on the right edge.

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Tn DPO-Andrew Chapel-Scarce Stamp-Cover
Item #: NEW-0015355

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This cover was addressed to Thomas M Meriwether who was a judge in Oxford, Newton Co. Georgia.  This stamp fell out of favor pretty quickly. Andrew Chapel is a discontinued post office in Tennessee.

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James K Polk Campaign-1844 Stampless Cover
Item #: NEW-0015354

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This is stampless cover with a faint red cancel from Rogersville Tennessee, dated July 12, 1844.  Addressed to William M Lowery, Post Master Esq Greeneville Tn with "free” written in pencil although it is not period writing. Signed by R G ? ( disclaimer-pencil writing says 1849 but Polk was dead before letter was written since he died on June 15, 1849  I thought it said 1829 but that does not fit either)  Use your own research and judgment.  Polk was the surprise winner for President in 1844. Folds and one tear.
 
See link https://books.google.com/books?id=UY6mGC_HGVIC&pg=PA611&lpg=PA611&dq=lowry+postmaster+greenville+tn&source=bl&ots=FPRbxhXNRR&sig=QzC9qgjYRyESUqn9HFrGCCGcysA&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-LvYVIq5DMmTyATKk4GgBA&ved=0CCUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=lowry%20postmaster%20greenville%20tn&f=false

Here is what I can make of the content:  Dear Lowery, We will make an effort to have a very large turn out for your mass meeting on the 8th August. We think we can safely count on 500 and we intend to make an effort for 1000.

Write me and let me know what distinguished speaker you calculate will be in attendance.  Will you be able to get any of consequence from ?   What free Democrats that are in that county ought to make a great effort to get their whig friends to turn out--.  Polk will in my opinion make a gain in every county in the whole state and I unhesitantly say,  ? ..certain for Polk and he will certainly be the next President.  

If it is utterly impossible  for Johnston to attend the 3 appointments made for him in this county, you must send Millakin without fail, ( I can’t read the closing comment) Signed R G Fain

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L E-H E Welch-Druggists-Albany Ga-1869 LH-Cover
Item #: NEW-0015339

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Business letter signed by L E Welch addressed to R H Hardiway.   Nice graphic of Welch's Corner.  Interesting advertising cover with a stamp you don't see every day and a fancy star cancel. Postmarked from Albany Ga.  Ask for a more economical shipping rate with light protection, if you wish.  

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Stampless Cover-Forsyth Ga-1837-Green Cancel
Item #: NEW-0015276

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This cover was mailed to Mr William J Henry, Walker C H (Court House/) Ga.  It is a large legal document on rag paper.  Overall foxing and some dinginess.  It is a land indenture in Monroe County Ga.  James Holder William Henry

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Piney Woods Hotel-Thomasville Ga-1894 Cover
Item #: NEW-0015265

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Roughly torn at the top with a cancel from Thomasville Ga.  Addressed to Col Dudley C Smith -McLean Co Ills.

 Piney Woods Hotel was a luxurious hotel in Thomasville Ga.  

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Joseph M Boardman-Bookseller-Macon Ga Cover
Item #: NEW-0015264

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This cover is badly damaged but I like these advertising covers that cove the entire cover.  Boardman was a prominent bookseller and other paper things like stationary.  This cover is addressed to John R Lamar, Esq in New York.  There is pencil writing on the left side, which I could have erased to make it look better and part of the information where an owner wrote "stamp" at the bottom left hand corner which also has a partial cancel.  Macon Ga Cancel as well. 

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Rufus Carter-Tobacco Dealers-Augusta Ga.Cover-1887
Item #: NEW-0015263

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Neat graphic of the warehouse on the advertising cover with an overstrike of the successor to this company, Thomas S Bean.  Addressed to Thomas S Bean, Esq, Augusta Ga.  Faint cancel for Gaffney, S C.  

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Chattahoochee Valley Exposition-Graphic Cover-1888
Item #: NEW-0015262

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This is the back of an advertising cover for the Merchants and Mechanics Bank in Columbus Ga.  Roughly torn and dingy in areas.  Fancy cancel on stamp.  Two Columbus cancels in August, can't quite read the day.  

This event was known as the Chattahoochee Valley Exposition as well as the Chattahoochee Valley Fair over the course of its existence. It was founded as a charitable fundraiser in Columbus, Georgia in the 1880s and was dissolved in 1997, when its assets were taken over by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.

http://archives.columbusstate.edu/findingaids/mc98.php  

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Estes-Patterson Co-Columbus Ga-Graphic Cover
Item #: NEW-0015261

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Dingy in spots but front and back are in good condition for a used cover.  Addressed to G J Patterson in South Carolina. I have two covers from this company which must have been a shoe store. The other, also on site, shows a man trying on shoes.

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Estes-Patterson Co-Columbus Ga-Graphic Cover
Item #: NEW-0015260

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Nice graphic on this cover from the 1870's (I think).  Fancy cancel on the stamp and cancel is from Columbus, no year given.  A couple of discrete jagged tears at the top of the cover where it was opened.  Back of the cover is free of problems other than where it was opened.  Address to Giles Patterson Chester C H South Carolina. 

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Cover Mailed by Ship-Paid 5 Corrected to 8
Item #: NEW-0014991

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Faint red cancel which I can't read but I believe it was mailed to Philadelphia from Barbados due to the seal on the back cover.  Printed Shi and paid 5, corrected to 8.  Mailed to William G (?) Thomas Esq in Philadelphia. 

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Worcester Salt-Graphic Postal Cover-1898
Item #: NEW-0014990

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Advertising cover for John Ford General Merchandise is Chemung New York.  The cover bears a 1898 cancel from Chemung on the front and an Elmira N Y cancel on the back. This brand of salt received the highest award at the Chicago World's Fair.

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Stampless Cover-Steamer American-Br.Packet- NYK Cancel
Item #: NEW-0014989

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This cover has a lot going for it. Large 4 in red which I guess is the cost. There is some very faint red printing but the only thing I can read is Nova Scotia.  Mailed to George Town D.C ?  Letter is dated 1850 but is torn, with some of the content missing.  See scans. 

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W A Maurer Graphic Cover-Council Bluffs Iowa-1895
Item #: NEW-0014988

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See scans to view this advertising cover

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The Big Store-1897 Postal Cover-Minneapolis Minn
Item #: NEW-0014982

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Beautiful engraving on the back of this gigantic department store  owned by S E Olson Co. According to the card inside the site was on Marquette and 5th Street. It opened in 1893 and was the predecessor of  the Powers Mercantile Company. See scans.  The front has some staining and I erased some of the dirt. 


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W R Strong Fruit Co-1883 Graphic Adv Cover-Sacramento
Item #: NEW-0014951

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nice condition front and back.

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1832-Macon Ga Cover
Item #: NEW-0014913

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This appears to be a home made cover with an early Macon Ga cancel plus a hand cancel by the post master.  Empty cover with stamp hinges on the back.  The person I bought it from has written in pencil 1831 and I believe it is accurate because of the expertise and honesty of the seller. 

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1893-Adv Cover-Macon Georgia
Item #: NEW-0014903

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The back of the cover is advertising Macon Ga and its benefit.  Business cover and letter from R B Park (Robert).  Business letter addressed to his brother. See scan to view the condition. 

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Alabama-A Glimpse of it's Postal History Booklet
Item #: NEW-0014854

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This booklet was published in 1969, compiled by Gilbert and Patricia Penny.  I have read this interesting booklet which contains information about other Southern states including Tennessee and Mississippi.  It is very informative regarding the trials of the postal carrier and the rough routes they had to travel.  It also shows the dedication of the the U S Government to move letters.  Postal carriers were exposed to great danger and hardships but were actually paid well for the time.  There are some illustrations of early Alabama covers and stamps.  Not paged but about 20 pages, front to back.  

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J W Burke Booksellers-1871 Adv Cover-Macon
Item #: NEW-0014757

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Nice cover cancelled from Macon Ga from a famous book store in Macon.  See scan

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C R Shumate-Atlanta Ga-1921 Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0014448

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See scan.

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1894 Graphic LH-Cover-The LaGrange Hotel-LaGrange Ga
Item #: NEW-0014391

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One page letter which is completed on the other side.  The cover is stained as can be seen in the scan.

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Lyon-Jackson-Nisbit Attorneys At Law-Postal Cover-Macon Ga
Item #: NEW-0014389

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Jackson has been crossed out on the cover and Nisbit has been added.  Clear cancel from Macon Ga and a fancy cancel on the stamp

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Madison Ga-L M Thompson-Carriages-Buggies-Coffins-1893 Cover
Item #: NEW-0014381

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The 1893 cover is very acidic with toning and chipped corners on the right side.  Thompson apparently used to be located in Sharon Ga which is marked out.  Clean back with cancel from Charleston 

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1895 Atlanta Cotton States Exposition-1895 Postal Cover
Item #: NEW-0014380

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Nice graphics on this cover for the Cotton States and International Exposition in Atlanta Ga in 1895.  Produced by the Atlanta Clearing House Association.  Nice clear cancel from Atlanta and one on the back from Louisville Ky.  Slight wear

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Kimball House-Atlanta Ga Advertising Cover-Historic Hotel
Item #: NEW-0014363

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I can read the cancel on this cover which shows the first Kimball House, a famous house in Atlanta.  H.I. Kimball House was built by Horace Kimball.  S E Crittenden was the proprietor. I would estimate the date on this cover in the late 1870's.  Cut at the left edge and wear to the upper corner.  Clean back

Here is a brief history of this historic hotel.  A more complete history of the two Kimball Hotels can be found on this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimball_House_(Atlanta)

The Kimball House was the name of two historical hotels in Atlanta, Georgia. Both were constructed on an entire city block where the Atlanta Hotel had been before being burned in 1864 during the Civil War. Kimball began construction, promising to have the hotel complete by October 1870. Kimball hosted a dinner to celebrate the opening of the hotel on October 17 that year, although the structure was only two-thirds complete, and parts of the interior work would take the better part of a decade to be finished. four-story open-air lobby filed with plants, flowers, and a 12-foot-diameter  fountain. The House also boasted gas-light chandeliers, a central heating plant, a laundry, billiard hall, and 500 hotel rooms. It also had sixteen stores. It was the first building in Atlanta to have elevators and central heating. It was the host to many famous citizens and celebrities over the years.

A fire in 1883 completely destroyed the building. The second Kimball House was built in 1885 but was razed in 1959, the first of many historic buildings demolished in Atlanta during the 1960s and '70s, and replaced by a parking deck which still stands
   

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Hotel Humes-Mercer Pa Advertising 1904 Cover
Item #: NEW-0014362

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Nice graphics on this cover. Cancel markings on the front.  Flag cancel on the back from Sharon Pa.

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Etowah Milling Co-Cartersville Ga Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0014361

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This cover was cut at the right edge and at the top there is staining.  I was unable to find out much about this grist company on the web but gather it is no longer there. The date on the cancel is either 1903 or 9, I can't tell.

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Wheeler & Wilson Co-Savannah Ga-Graphic LH-Cover
Item #: NEW-0014360

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This letterhead and cover are dated July 10th 1876.  It has had some moisture damage evidenced by some rippling on both items.  There is slight running of the ink on the letter. The cover has staining on the front and back.  This Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing company is not a maker of sewing machines. According to my research on the web, this company in Savannah produced tobacco. According to this link: http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/29289, the company was moved to Macon Georgia shortly after this letter was written due to the Yellow Fever epidemic in Savannah. The proprietor was W B Cleves and he wrote this letter in July of 1876 and the company was moved in September. I have been unable with my brief research to learn the history of the company when they moved to Macon.

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Stevens Pottery Georgia-Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0014356

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This cover from the Stevens Brothers in Stevens Pottery Ga was never mailed. See scan. This defunct plant has a very interesting history.  See the links below.  In summary, the town was after  Henry Stevens who had a saw mill and pottery there which for a time after the civil war was the largest industry in Baldwin County.The plant was burned by Sherman in 1864 but was rebuilt after the war.  In 1876 Stevens sold the plant to his sons.and they then only made brick, drains, sewer and water pipes, jugs and other such things.  The plant was closed in 1960 passing through others hands.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gabaldw2/stevenspottery.html
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gabaldw2/twincities.html
 


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The Dixie Company-Macon Ga-Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0014355

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Nice graphic of the Dixie Company which dealt in millinery on third street.  In the manner of the day, the company sought to elicit support from Southern loyalists.  Unfortunately they were unable to compete with the better stock of a store with Union in the title.  Torn at the side and a little dingy on the right edge.

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Talbott Machinery-1898 Graphic Advertising Cover-Macon Ga
Item #: NEW-0014351

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Tear at top near the stamps and a stain above the stamps.  Cancel from Macon and a flag cancel as well.  Cancel from Richmond Va on the back.   

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The Wigwam-Indian Springs Ga Hotel-Graphic 1892 Cover
Item #: NEW-0014348

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Please view the scan carefully to see the condition problems which include tears, stains, and other wear.  Clear cancel from McDonough Ga on the front and Buenavista Va on the back which is dingy and greater wear on the right bottom corner than is on the front.  The Wigwam Hotel opened in 1891,"with 134 rooms and an elegant ballroom."  It stood just above the original Indian Reserve.  It burned in the summer of 1921.  Some of the recovered wood was used to build the Indian Springs Hotel. Note:  Cover is lighter than the scan since I scanned it in a holder.


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1896 Envelope-Fiesta de Los Angeles-Great Graphics
Item #: NEW-0014327

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This envelope was never mailed

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Dolls-Graphic 1895 Cover-Hayden-Chester-Providence R I
Item #: NEW-0014326

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Nice graphic of a doll from this company.  Cancel from Providence. Flap missing on the back.

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Graphic Cover-Planters Old Time Remedies-Greeneville Tn-1892
Item #: NEW-0014325

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Nice cover showing a Southern Planter which was the logo for this successful quack remedy company.  Faint cancel from Greeneville and a fancy cancel. This would be a nice go-with for the bottles.   

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1897 Racine Fire Engine Co-Racine Wisconsin Graphic Cover
Item #: NEW-0014324

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Beautiful cover in good condition.  See scan.

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Humphreys Cures-Quack-1897 Cover
Item #: NEW-0014316

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Beautiful cover with minor wear.  See scan.  Advertises Humphrey's Specific No. Seven which "cured an array of maladies" which are outlined on the back.

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W B Belknap Hardware-Louisville Ky-1895 Graphic Cover
Item #: NEW-0014315

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Nice advertising cover for Louisville's famous hardware store.  See scan.  Logo on the back of the company.

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Hoyts German Cologne-Lowell Mass-Cover
Item #: NEW-0014297

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Attractive and clean cover from E W Hoyt & Company.  Rubifoam. Back is clean. This would make a good go-with for the bottles.

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Kalamazoo College-1879 Postal Cover-Michigan
Item #: NEW-0014295

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Please view the scans to see the condition of this nice cover. Flap is intact and the cover was cut open at the side.  Some pencil writing.

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Bradshaw Novelty Co-1897 Graphic LH-Cover-East Liverpool Ohio
Item #: NEW-0014250

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Large, beautiful graphic of the Headley Revolving Sand Rigging, whatever that is.  From the Office of the Bradshaw Novelty Company, T. R. Bradshaw and H Headley, officers. Folds and a couple of tiny tears at the top.  Full graphics on the cover as well.  

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Cover-Black Jack Stamp-Painted Fancy Cancel
Item #: NEW-0014138

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Addressed to C Moon Oxford Valley Penn.  Ink stain on left edge.  Back is clean. 

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E E Sawtelle Photographer Biddeford Maine-1887 Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0014011

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Sawtelle was an early traveling photographer

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Grand Rapids Chair Company-Graphic Advertising Cover
Item #: NEW-0014010

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Beautiful advertising cover from a chair company in Grand Rapids Michigan. Cut at the right edge. Fancy cancel

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