Details For Cover ID# 28489

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Feb 7, 20
Edited on:Feb 7, 20
Postmark: Jan 9, 1863
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
Destination: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

1861 1c blue (63) tied by "U.S. Penny Mail A Phila Pa. Jan 9 PM" (1863) octagon carrier datestamp, with additional strike, on locally addressed carrier cover with albino embossed cameo corner card of "Continental Hotel, Philadelphia." with image of hat with medallion, ribbon, feather and inscribed "1776". Ex William O. Bilden.

This octagonal U.S. Penny Mail Phila. carrier marking is known used from April 11, 1862 (recorded by Elliott Perry) until the end of June 1863. This cover demonstrates the usual pattern of use: the marking is usually struck twice on the front of the cover, once to cancel the stamp and once as a carrier postmark.

This postmark was rendered obsolete by the elimination of carrier fees effective July 1, 1863. Hence the January month in this example identifies it as an 1863 use.

The famous Continental Hotel, located at the SE corner of 9th and Chestnut streets in Philadelphia, towered over the Washington Square neighborhood at a height of six stories, which was quite tall for its day. It opened is doors to the public in 1860 and featured one of the first elevators in the nation, in addition to a grand stairway crafted out of polished Italian marble that ushered guests into its world of extravagance. Designed by architect John McArthur, Jr. (known for Philadelphia City Hall), the Continental Hotel stood in a class of its own and could accommodate 1200 guests on a busy evening. Its countless amenities included the lobby's ornately painted ceiling, an in-house barbershop, and an exquisite roof garden complete with bark-covered walls and hanging ferns.

Hundreds of spectators flocked to the balcony above the Continental's main entrance on Chestnut Street to hear president-elect Abraham Lincoln give his pre-inaugural speech on February 21, 1861. The Continental Hotel was torn down in 1924 and replaced by the current Benjamin Franklin Hotel.

Owner's ID: 2241a
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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[SNS 16] SNS# 16 [1861 1¢ Blue - USA Stamps 1861-1865 Issue]