Details For Cover ID# 21623

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jan 13, 14
Edited on:Jan 13, 14
 
Postmark: circa May 30, 1874
Origin: Weatherford, Texas, UNITED STATES
Destination: Alfred, Maine, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

3-cent green on cream entire (#U84) and 15-cent yellow orange Continental Bank Note (#163) tied by cork cancel, on circa 1874 registered cover with "Weatherford Tex. May 30" circular datestamp to Alfred, Maine, with manuscript "#46" registry marking. H.B. Shaw correspondence.

"Mr. H.B. Shaw" was actually a woman - Harriet Shaw, a pioneer in the mail order business. She sold patent medicines and notions through extensive advertisements in rural newspapers all over the nation, between 1865 to 1880.
Source: Linn's Stamp News, page 3, article by Michael Laurence, January 26, 1987. 

The violet manuscript "3.00" was written by Harriet Shaw to indicate that $3 in cash was enclosed for a patent medicine order. The handwriting matches hers on other similarly marked covers.

For other covers from this famous Shaw correspondence see cover IDs # 19019, 19020 and 21622.

Owner's ID: 374
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
Stamps:Stamp images are from reference catalog. Click image to view at larger resolution.
[SNS 43] SNS# 43 [1870 15¢ Orange - USA Stamps 1870-1880 Issues]