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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Jul 9, 20
Edited on:Sep 2, 20
Postmark: circa 1854
Origin: Charleston, South Carolina, UNITED STATES
Destination: Charleston, South Carolina, UNITED STATES

"Charleston S.C. 1" integral rate blue 30mm handstamp on 3c red on buff Nesbitt postal entire (U10) with  "Charleston Hotel, D. Mixer, Charleston S.C." 33mm circular hotel handstamp. The hotel offered as a service to its guests mail delivery to the post office ("to-the-mails") and marked such letters with its handstamp. It is not known if a fee was charged for this service. Two different oval handstamps for Charleston Hotel are recorded in the Hotel Mail Markings section of the American Stampless Catalog, Vol. II, page 78. However, this particular circular marking is not listed.

This blue "1" rate handstamp was usually used for circulars and unstamped drop letters, so this is an unusual use. This is a convenience use for an overpaid drop letter, locally addressed.

The Charleston Hotel was built in 1839 at 200 Meeting Place, Charleston, S.C. It was designed by architect Nathaniel E. Potter, and was described as a striking structure, with Parthenon-style facade denoting architecture of the Greek Revival period. Source: Southern Patriot (Charleston) newspaper (published 1825-1848), issue of October 26, 1839.

Owner's ID: 2316
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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