Please views the scans to see the condition on these envelopes. One is from the Free Tire Service Co in Fort Wayne Texas but cancel reads Fort Wayne Indiana. The other is from the Automobile College of Washington in DC.
1900 Cover-Bell's Sons-Stationers-Printers-Alexandria Va
Item #: NEW-0010150
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Graphics of Pens on the front and advertisements for musical instruments on the back. This dealer was established in 1827. Cancel is from Glenalice (Roane Co) Tn which is a discontinued post office. Newsprint type paper so cover is acidic with some wear.
Bona Dea was the Roman goddess of fertility so this may be a clue as to this quack remedy, "Bona Dea for all female complaints" is written across the area the address covers, long with other products. Please see scan to view the condition which includes some chipping and tears.
This is a rare lot relating to the raising and selling of fighting cocks The lost consists of a graphic advertising cover and four inserts, three shown in the scans. 1. Advertising letter sheet displaying to cocks and how much they cost. The back contains "unsolicited testimonials", some including descriptions of the fights, 2.Insert titled Mountain Eagles Price List for the Year 1909. Listing on the back which shows the prices for the various cocks. 3.Excerpts from letters received from his customers. See scans.
Nice graphics on the front and back of this interesting 1914 advertising cover with insert which is a self stamped envelope with different graphics on the front and the same graphics on the back of the mailed envelope. The company was in St Louis Missouri. nice condition.
Nice cover from the Clarksville Female Academy, Rev A L Hamilton President. Partial date on the cancel reads 187. Trimmed edge. I don't know how long the academy was in existence but it is quite famous for it's connection to the Civil War.
Please view the scans to see the appearance of this letter. The letter portion if heavily age toned and has tears and separations at the folds. The letter is dated January 7, 1823 and addressed to an E. Miles (?) Esquire. I can't figure out the town. There is a faint red cancel from Albany. Note the red seal and the tear on the back of the letter. The scan is representative of the appearance. Content relates to some land that the addressee has expressed some interest in buying.
Clinton ran for President in 1832 for the Federalist Party and narrowly lost the election to James Madison. He was a US Senator and a Governor of New York. He is acknowledged for the building of the Erie Canal which at the time was known as "Clinton's Ditch."
Great color graphics on this lettersheet signed Mr & Mrs. Breslauer and advertising envelope cancelled from Minneapolis Minnesota. Michael Breslauer was an important pioneer in the outdoor advertising area.
Included in this lot are three pages on the Antigo Opera House Co dated 1904. Note the acidic marking on the front page only. Content relates to plans for the new bowling alley. An advertising palm card for the "New Opera House" with the photograph of the building on the front and the back reads Beimer & Huefner advertising the New Opera House Buffet and in heavy print Bowling Alleys in connection. A small flyer advertising the opening of the bowling alley plus Hot Roast Pig. It must have been a grand event. Finally all of these items were mailed in a beautiful envelope showing a great street scene of Antigo Wisconsin. Cancel on the front from Antigo. Small chip out of the lower right hand corner. The reverse is covered completely with facts about Antigo. Cancel from Fountain City Wisconsin, at least I think that is what it says.
This stampless cover is actually a form from the District of Mississippi-Port of New Orleans which is a customs form for a ship from the port of New Orleans. The letter is addressed to the Collector of Customs in Frankfort Maine.
Interesting content on this "Free" cover from Washington D C dated August 31st 1833. The cover is a document which details the requirements for Revolutionary War soldiers being eligible for pensions. According to the Congressional Act any veteran of the revolution who served at least two years would receive full pay for life. On the back of the cover several veterans are listed along with their pay. Wear along the folds, one area almost completely separated and another rather long separation as well. See scans.
Two page circular sent from New York to McCorkle & James in Lynchburg Virginia. News about the availability of tobacco in various parts of the country. Edge tear at mid fold. Paper is a blue rag. My scanner doesn't like the color blue. Nice early tobacco item.
Please view the scan to see the front and back of this cover. Note it is a double advertisement-one for the store and its' products-Knox Brand Goods", but also for the Knoxville Great Carnival and Musical Festival 1908
This appears to be a hand delivered letter by "Dr Carter" to Col Francis Preston- Salt Works from Francis Wacken (I think) of Loyal Company (I think). The date is either 18801 or 1805. It is a business letter where the writer is asking for a recommendation of a potential employee. Condition includes ragged edges. See scan.
I believe I have found the right Frances Preston on the web: PRESTON, Francis, 1765-1836 (several relatives are listed as living in Salt Works Virginia).
PRESTON, Francis, (father of William Campbell Preston and uncle of
William Ballard Preston and William Preston), a Representative from
Virginia; born in Greenfield, Botetourt County, Va., August 2, 1765;
was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. in 1783; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in
Montgomery and Washington Counties; member of the State house of delegates in 1788 and 1789; elected to the Third Congress and
reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); declined to be a candidate for renomination; settled in Abingdon, Va., and resumed the practice of law; again a member of the State house of delegates 1812-1814; Colonel of Volunteers in the War of 1812; served in the State senate 1816-1820
Col Frances Preston was the father of John S Preston who was a prominent politician in South Carolina and was a Confederate General during the Civil War.
Interesting content on this letter which is addressed to John E Willcoxson-28th Connecticut Regiment and signed by Robe (?) Southworth, Adjutant of the 28th Regiment. Here is the content:
"By order of the Lieut Col Comde (?) I am directed to acquaint you that the 28th Regiment will parade on the 22nd day of September next for inspection and review at (?) at 8 o'clock in the forenoon of said day.
The General of Division recommends to those officers who compose his division, that they wear a black crape on their left arm on said day, as a tribute of respect to the memory of the late Jonathan Trumbull, late Governor of the State and Captain General of the Militia, for his respectability a statesman and his military services as an officer of the late Revolutionary War. "
Governor Trumbull was the son of Jonathan Trumbull who also served as Governor when Connecticut was a colony and later when it became a State.
See the second scan which was sent from Stratford. "Public Services" denotes that no postage was charged. Tear where the seal was broken.
Included in this lot are two letters written by William Mayo to a friend and brother. Here is the transcript of the first:
This 1817 letter is on heavy rag paper, numerous folds, some separations mended with acid free, archival tape. Some holes at the fold, a few stains. See scans
Stampless cover, cancel not that legible but Sav is clear, paid 25 addressed to Samuel Wilson Hallowell Dis.main (?)Massachusetts
Savannah Georgia Nov 6 1817
Sir I arrived here on the first of November having twelve days passage from Boston. I have been looking for work and what wages are for ship carpenters, and I can get two and a half doll per day and have my pay every Saturday night and if you have a mind to come on I will ensure you the same for men here are very scarce and there is plenty of work at repairing, up the country as far as Augusta which is about seventy miles you can get from two doll and half to three doll per day and board found ? But to work in the city of Savannah your board will be four doll per week. I would advise you to come on for when get to Boston you can work your passage out. I wish to tell Mrs Shurburne for James that he has left the schooner Kennebec Trader on account of bad wages from the mate whose name is Wm Athens from Bath and all hands have done the same the schooner is expected to take freight and sail for Providence next week James Shurburne is now at work cooking for half a dozen men and gets sixteen doll for month. Letter is written to Samuel Wilson Signed Wm Mayo
Here is the transcript of the second letter:
The second letter is also a stampless cover from Savannah, dated November 20, 1817. This is written by William Mayo to Ephraim Mayo, his brother.
I embrace this first opportunity to informing of our arrival here on the second of November having twelve days passage from Boston and in that time learned enough about going to sea as I was sick eight days on the passage but am now in as good health as ever and I hope to hear the same from you all it has been very sickly here since we arrived. The first and second week then or twelve died every day but since cold weather has commenced which has been about a fortnight it is very healthy. I have been at work on board the schooner about three weeks since we arrived but am now at work on shore for a man from New York at repairing vessels at two and a half doll per day and find my board which is four and half per week. Ship carpenters here are very scarce and if Obed should come here with a good caulker they could make eight or ten dollars per day, bricklayers ? And stone layers is very good journeymen’s wages from two doll to three per day. I am impatient to hear from home for here I am neither at home nor abroad and it is the most lonesome place I ever saw. I expect to stay here until next may or June and shall then return home. I wish you to remember me to Aunt Crowell and to all my relations. Write to me if you think me worth your notice. I remain your ever affectionate brother.
One repair to a separation with acid free tape. Condition is much better on this letter.
My research leads me to believe that the brother Ephraim Mayo was a ship Captain. William and Obed Mayo names come up in the same family group. Wing family, members came over on the Mayflower. Hallowell is in Maine rather in Massachusetts so I can't explain the address on the cover. The family was originally from Massachusetts.
Three and a half pages (front to back) from Joseph G. Eastland, (his history follows) San Francisco, November 30, 1857 complete with cover which is worn and dingy. Cancel reads San Francisco December 10, number 5. Written at the top is written Pr "Golden Gate", which was a steamer that carried the mail. Written to Edward Hicks, Nashville Tennessee, a Tennessean who had been a Forty Niner.
"Your letter from Chagres reached me safely, giving me the satisfaction of knowing that your journey, with the exceptions of the "shakes" on the "Columbus", and the mud on the Isthmus, had so far been a pleasant and expedition over. I hope it so continued, until you had passed a pleasant stay in New Orleans, and went booming up the river on some fine steamer, you jumped ashore on the rocky wharf of our beloved "City of Rocks" (Nashville). Much would I have liked to have been with you, but Fate rules otherwise and I must content myself with a while longer stay in California, with a lively hope of "the good time coming"--
Things in this country go on, about as when you left. San Francisco is still improving very rapidly, Brick houses becoming almost as plenty as tents used to be, the flats in front of the city still being filled up, the wooden streets, which were almost burnt up by the great fires, are being repaired, the sand Hills in our part of town, (Happy Valley) are being leveled, and in fact everything betokens that should, the mines continue as productive as they are, this will in time be on of the great cities of the earth.
The miners are yielding about as when you left-though within a week or two there have been new discoveries made of very rich localities, one of them, Bear Valley in Mariposa County, is said to be rich beyond precedent-the gold being found at a depth of about 12 feet interspersed through a stratum of clayish soil, similar to the "coyote" diggings about Nevada City. New discoveries of quartz heads (?) have also been made-both the North and South, all going to show the inexhaustibility of the mines for years to come. So Ed, should you ever become tired of the sameness of home-life, and bend your steps hither, no fear but that you will find diggings enough where you can "stake out" a "clam" and again take up "de shubbel and de hoe"
The rainy season has not yet commended in good rains, though since I have been writing, there has been a fine shower, but now the sun is shining brightly upon the re freshened earth–there are many in the mines who are waiting anxiously for the rain, being unable to do anything until it comes, which I hope may be soon, and that may not be disappointed as they were last winter...
The two fine theaters here are in full blast and really present very creditable performances-for which they are well repaid by the "play-goers," ( a large class in this city) The gambling saloons are consequently less resorted to than of yore, and as large a crowd collects to a man is a fifty dollar "slug", as these
used to would to witness a bearded miner, "pongale down" his greasy bag containing a couple of thousands.--
Col. Crussman, of Clarksville died here about three weeks ago and was followed to the grave by about twenty of us, principally from old Tennessee–he was an estimable gentleman, liked by all who know him. (his history follows)
Rest is personal news
Two of the individuals named in this letter, which is quite legible, are named in a book by Walter T Durham, "Volunteer Forty-Niners: Tennesseans and the California Gold Rush." Joseph B Eastland accompanied his father Thomas B Eastland to the gold rush and his memoirs were printed in the California Historical Society Quarterly 18, no 2 June l939) which was titled "To California Through Texas and Mexico, The Diary and Letters of Thomas B Eastland and Joseph G Eastland, His Son." Eas