Details For Cover ID# 25917

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Cover Type: USA domestic stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jul 11, 17
Edited on:Jul 11, 17
Postmark: circa Jul 26, 1850
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
Destination: Lowell, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

G. Carter's Despatch. 90 N. Fifth St. Paid. Small circular handstamp, red "New-York 10cts. 26 Jul." integral-rate circular datestamp with matching "PHILADA. RAIL ROAD" (Remele P6-a) straightline handstamp on buff cover to Lowell Mass., manuscript "P" at top right, small multicolor "Justice" label on back showing Lady Liberty with sword and scales, Very Fine, a nice combination of the Carter's handstamp with the railroad straightline.

Regarding the railroad marking, Towle states: "This marking found on letters to New York. Present evidence indicates it was not applied on trains, but was used at railway terminal or arriving post office in New York."
Source: "U.S. Route and Station Agent Postmarks" by Charles L. Towle, published by Mobile Post Office Society, 1986.

Note that this cover is rated for the full distance from Philadelphia to Lowell, Mass., a distance in excess of 300 miles, for 10c per half ounce, rather than the shorter distance and lower rate (5c) from New York to Lowell, which is about 218 miles on modern highways.

The manuscript "P" at upper right might have been applied by G. Carter's Despatch local post in Philadelphia to indicate that its fee of 2c had been paid for, to deliver this cover directly to the railroad terminal, presumably after the regular mails had closed at the post office.

Owner's ID: 1536
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes