Stamp Dealer Covers

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

  1. DonSellos

    DonSellos Moderator Moderator

    A recently acquired cover from the stamp auction partnership of Billig & Rich. Billig, was Fritz Billig, an immigrant from Austria of the late 1930s, and Rich, who was Fred Rich, also from Vienna, Austria, and Billig's former stamp dealer partner there. Billig was the better known of the two because of his voluminous publications on forgeries and postmarks. Billig was also a bibliographer of philatelic literature. The franking on this cover is Sc. 966, the 3 cents stamp issued August 30, 1948, and commemorating the Palomar Mountain Observatory located in southeastern California (San Diego County). Not sure where in NYC it is, but this is the first cover I have postmarked at the Bryant Station.


  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Hi Don,
    The Bryant Station P.O. is 23W 43rd Street fairly close to 55 West 42nd Street. I love the markings on this piece, the football shaped 18 stamp with the Bryant Station stamp apparently duplicated over the stamps.
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  3. DonSellos

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    Hi Hochstrasse:

    I have a question about the 18 in the killer portion of the canceling device. I initially thought it might be the number of the canceler in that station, but then I noticed that the return address was New York 18, N.Y. and realized that the 18 was likely the station's zone number.

    Do you, or anyone else, know what the 18 in the killer represents?

    Thanks for the location of that station.

  4. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator


    I think the 18 is a notation of zip code. The Bryant Station is in midtown New York in the 10018 zone.
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  5. DonSellos

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    Hi Hochstrasse:

    Thanks for the confirmation. Couldn't be Zip Code, though. Zip Code didn't appear until 1963 and the post mark is from 1949. I'll go with Zone number. Interesting that Bryant Station retained number 18 in the transition from Zone to Zip.

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  6. Hochstrasse

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    Hi Don,
    You are right about the introduction of zip code coming much later, but what many people don't know is that the precursor of the zip code system happened much earlier as the article I'm linking to alludes to. It began as an outgrowth of WWII. USPOD "created a coding system in 1943 to divide delivery areas within the 124 largest cities in the country. The code would appear between the city and the state (e.g., Seattle 6, Washington)." The number 18 would be such a code developed at that time.
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  7. DonSellos

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    A couple stamp accessories dealers covers. The Lindner Company is still around and going strong. It originated in post-WW II Germany, started by August Lindner in 1947. Now into its fourth generation of the Lindner family according to its webpage. Lindner manufactures and sells both coin and stamp collecting accessories. This cover came with a refund letter for an item not in stock.


    Not sure what became of the Aristocrat Stamp Album Company. I believe there is still a stamp album marketed under the name Aristocrat, but I don't know if it is made and sold by the same company or a successor. I also don't know how the page design as shown on this cover worked. Looks like a quadrilled blank page was overlaid in black with openings for stamps with titles preprinted. My impression is it was a premium album in its day. Anyone still have one of these albums? I don't remember ever seeing one.


    Don Sellos
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  8. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Hi Don,
    I'm very familiar with Lindner products, but alas use them only for supplies like stock pages, stock books or hinges.
    I think the Aristocrat album pre-dates my experience. I don't know if the Aristocrat Stamp Album Co. was a subsidiary of Grossman Stamp Company Inc. or not because Grossman did market albums under the Aristocrat name. I have seen some album auctions online and they do look like very nice albums. Grossman Stamp Company Inc. filed for dissolution as did many of the old time stamp companies, as you know. Beside Scott I have Kabe, Minkus and White Ace albums. They are all still in print.
    Love those great covers that are historical markers for the hobby.
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  9. RichardBabcock

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  10. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Nice use of express mail and priority mail stamps Richard!
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  11. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    To me it looks like a good example of an incompetent postal service
    and a sender,who is not much better.
    The upper stamps are pasted on a fold,so that all but one were damaged
    on the way.Cannot really see,wether the tape at the top did further
    damage.As so often in some countries,the stamps are not cancelled,
    let alone nicely cancelled.
    So a fine letter for a horror-show.What a shame !
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  12. Hochstrasse

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    Werner you nailed it! The USPS isn't known for its careful treatment of postal material with respect to philatelists. I have lots of examples of high value stamps on envelopes and flats with clerks putting tape on them, ink smears from flat cancelers and folds and wrinkles from folding flaps.
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  13. DonSellos

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    A couple of recently acquired stamp dealers covers. I collected the Hussman cover for its larger than usual company advertising on the left side. Not sure why the cover was assessed postage due. Might have been over weight or maybe should have been 3 cents postage, i.e. 1 cent postage due, plus 1 cent penalty assessed, or possibly returned and postage due?? I don't know enough about postal rates to analyze this one.


    The second cover from Blox-O-Stamps Brokerage caught my eye for its use of the 2 cents National Parks issue and for the light cancel admonition printed in the upper right corner of the envelope, plus the Kard-Kwote statement lower left. I take the latter to be "card-quote" which may have been some type of preprinted response for want lists.


    Both headed for my Stamp Dealers Covers collection.

  14. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Hi Don,
    I think your instinct about the Hussman Stamp envelope is likely correct that it was probably overweight.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2021
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  15. RichardBabcock

    RichardBabcock Active Member

    Tape was not sticky came right off, Yes its true I would have like some nice cancel on my materials but usually just a marker strike or nothing at all, Like they are scared to place a real cancel on this material? I opened from the top with a letter operner forged by my son.A minni sword, Nice and sharp cuts the top on the whole seam no damage.
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  16. DonSellos

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    Below are three recently acquired covers for my Philatelic Publications collection. According to the American Philatelic Research Library catalog, the first cover is from a one issue only publication. World Philately published Vol 1, No. 1 in September 1935 and no other issues followed. This is a wrapper and may have carried a sample copy.


    The second cover, The Philatelic Tribune was published from 1885 to 1909 with breaks in the early years of the 20th century.


    L. T. Brodstone of Superior, Nebraska, published Philatelic West and Collectors World. It ran between 1901 and 1930 with several title variations. During its last years, it was the official organ of the Nebraska Philatelic Society. It was ultimately merged into Hobbies Magazine. The atrocious handwriting reads: Crawford Stamp Company, 2355 N. Grand, Connersville, Ind. Since there are no "Return to Sender" markings, the letter, presumably, was delivered.


    Don Sellos
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  17. DonSellos

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    A recent Nassau Street acquisition. I am not familiar with P. Goodman as a stamp dealer. Don't even remember seeing any of his ads in the stamp publications. He is, however, on the American Stamp Dealers Association list of Nassau Street dealers, so I can check off one more. The ASDA list indicates he started on Nassau Street in 1945. The cover is not dated, but I estimate it is from the late 1940s.

    Don Sellos

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