Stamp Dealer Covers

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by Molokai, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    https://www.brownscoinandstamps.com/contact

    Same one?
     
  2. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Probably so. I'll check it out. Judging by its website, it looks like it has gone over to coins exclusively. More money (no pun intended) in coins than stamps.

    Don
     
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  3. DonSellos

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    This cover has remained in the shoe box album for several years. It should be written up and put into my Stamp Dealers collection because of Elliot Perry's prominence among philatelists and dealers. He was born in 1884 and died in 1972 at age 87. He was a expert on 19th century U.S. stamps and revenues. Wikipedia lists him as a engineer by occupation, but I believe he was a stamp dealer in Westfield, N.J. for most of his adult life. He wrote several articles on early U.S. stamps and a series entitled Pats Paragraphs, ultimately collected and published as a book. The American Philatelic Society enrolled him in its Hall of Fame in 1973. I may be wrong, but I don't remember him being mentioned in Herman Herst's Nassau Street. Strange omission given Perry's prominence during the time period Herst wrote about. .

    Don

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  4. Molokai

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    I think I have two or three EP covers in my Stamp Dealer Covers shoe box.

    He was apparently quite a character and very opinionated. I believe he had a long running dispute with another researcher - Stephen Rich if memory serves. He used the pseudonym 'Christopher West' to write about revenues.

    Funny, I don't recall his name in Nassau Street; I'll check, see. There are quite a few mentions of him in Bierman's excellent books (2 volumes), The World's Greatest Stamp Collectors.

    Pat Paragraphs is a wonderful book!
     
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  5. DonSellos

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    I don't recall seeing a cover from the legendary Scott Stamp & Coin being posted on this thread. I dug into the shoe box and found this ratty cover with messy cancels from 1927. It didn't have to travel far and I don't have any information on the addressee. Given the condition of this cover, it must have been in a lot of stamp dealers covers. I don't think I would have bought it as a single item because of the condition. Maybe someone can post a better example.

    Don

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  6. DonSellos

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    This Herman Herst, Jr., cover doesn't seem to fit his advertising style. The other Herst covers I have show his name and address much more prominently. On this one it is barely squeezed on to the left edge. Looking on eBay turned up a couple of these covers used by the Tribune Stamp Company of Larchmont, NY., which leads me to believe that some company printed these envelopes to commemorate the 1953 coronation of Elizabeth II with an option for a dealers address custom printed on the left edge. That being the case, there might be an opportunity for a mini collection of these covers. Has anyone seen them from other dealers? Since this one was posted in 1959, it was probably a left-over and there should be others from Herst out there, although, I have never seen one. No info on the addressee, but he was not very careful in opening this cover, he clipped the lower left edge of the stamp!

    Don

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  7. DonSellos

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    The Tribune Stamp Company mate to the above cover arrived yesterday. Different color printing and earlier usage (November 2, 1953). I'm looking for other examples of this design used by other dealers. I haven't figured out for what usage this cover was designed. Usage in the United States wouldn't allow franking with any British coronation commemorative stamps and I doubt that a facsimile of a Mulready envelope would have elicited that much excitement. Kind of strange. Does anyone have ideas or information on its background?

    Don

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  8. DonSellos

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    This cover originating in Notabile, Malta, to the Bombay Philatelic Company is a recent purchase from an APS sales book. I bought it as an addition to my collection of Nassau Street stamp dealers. As I recall, the Bombay Philatelic Company was a consistent advertiser in philatelic publications and specialized in issues of British commonwealths and colonies. I thought the receiving cancel on the reverse interesting as well. I have not seen a cancel from Peck Slip Station before. I have since learned that it was in lower Manhattan and is no longer in operation.

    Don

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  9. DonSellos

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    A recent eBay purchase arrived in the mail yesterday. It is a first-day cover on a Kenmore Stamp Company envelope and addressed to the person who I assume is the proprietor. This Kenmore Stamp Company is not the Kenmore Stamp Company, Inc., in New York state and that is the reason I purchased the cover. Note in the return address the phrase "not inc." Only speculation on my part, but I am guessing that the "not inc" is there to eliminate confusion, (probably at the larger Kenmore's request), with the New York state dealership. I did a Google maps search on the address and it appears that 4943 Kenmore is a residential street on Chicago's north side. The building at that address looks like an apartment or residential hotel building, at least now. Speculating again, William Ackermann was probably a part-time dealer operating out of his residence, wanted a first-day block of four of the Maryland stamp for his collection, and used his dealership stationery to get one.

    Don

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  10. DonSellos

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    Out of the shoe box album comes this cover, a rather "plain Jane" one with a lot of history behind it. It originated from the Stamp Department of the famous Gimble Brothers department store in NYC.

    Gimble's stamp department was the creation of Jacques Minkus, a Polish immigrant to America around the turn of the 20th century. In 1931, Minkus talked the owners of the store into letting him open a small counter given over to selling stamps for collectors. That beginning had a tremendous effect on the growth of stamp collecting.

    Philatelically, Minkus did it all, bought and sold stamps, prepared first day covers, designed cachets, published stamp albums, started stamp clubs, and even published his own catalogs. He also branched out and opened stamp departments in other department stores throughout the country.

    I don't know if Minkus established the stamp department in the Brandies Department Store in Omaha, but I do remember it with fondness, and I visited it frequently in my early days of collecting in the mid-1960s. The stamp department in department stores introduced multitudes of non-collectors to stamp collecting and provided an outlet for stamps, and equally important, stamp collecting supplies that they would not have otherwise had.

    Don

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  11. DonSellos

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    I found this cover in a forgotten box of covers. Certainly not a biggy in the dealer world, probably a part-timer operating out of the home. A label on the reverse says that Cornhusker sold U.S. and foreign stamps. It is franked with two Oregon Territory Centennial commemoratives, Sc. 783, issued July 14, 1936. The 6c postage met the 1 ounce airmail rate in 1936. Crete is about 30 miles SW of Lincoln, the closest city on a scheduled airmail route, so it probably would have been dispatched there. I know nothing about the addressee, but it was nice hand that addressed the cover. The writing style looks feminine.

    Don

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  12. DonSellos

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    It has been quite awhile since I have posted a stamp dealer cover. This one, out of the shoe box, is from a long-time dealer who advertised extensively. Tatham seemed to appeal to new collectors and sold approvals if I remember correctly. As noted on the reverse of this cover, it also sold a full line of stamp collecting supplies.

    Don

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  13. DonSellos

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    While rummaging in the shoe box, I came across this item acquired sometime in the hazy past. It is one-half of a prepaid reply card asking for a credit reference on a potential stamp approval customer. Most approval ads of yesteryear, and contemporary ones as well, would ask for references. I never knew if anyone really checked them or not, apparently some (The Robt E. Ramsey Organization) did. Currently, it is my impression that membership in philatelic organizations, i.e. the American Philatelic Society, are used as references. The last time I remember giving a reference was when I joined the APS back in 1981. The APS asked for a credit reference and a personal character reference.

    Don

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  15. Jerryakatz

    Jerryakatz New Member

    William O. Siebold was an employee at the U.S. Patent Office and the best friend of Henry Hammelman who got him started in FDCs. The script on the cover is Siebold's. The dealer reference on the cover is an add-on.
     
  16. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    Hi Jerry:

    Are you saying Siebold addressed and sent the letter to himself and that the dealer hand stamp corner card was applied after the letter was posted and received?

    It is a little difficult to see, but to me, it looks like the cancel dial is over the dealer hand stamp. Maybe @Molokai will re-scan the cover and crop the corner card and cancel and we will have a better view.

    Welcome to the Exchange. What all do you collect?

    Don
     
  17. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    I will try to get a better image posted. Difficult to tell even under magnification but possible the hand stamp is over the postmark.
     
  18. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    This stamp dealer needs no introduction. It is a new acquisition. I think this brings my Herman Hearst covers to five different now. He obviously used a variety of cachets to mail out his sales. While the cover is a little rumpled on the edges, this one, in my opinion, is the one of his better cachets.

    Don

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  19. Molokai

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    "See Hearst First." Nice cachet, I wonder how many total? Do you have a cover for each of his three locations - Nassau Street, Shrub Oak and Boca Raton?
     
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  20. Harry Golightly

    Harry Golightly NonHinged

    Great Cover & remembrance to 'Pat' Hearst. Think I'm reading 'Nassau Street'
    now for the 6th time.
    HG
     
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