Details For Cover ID# 28858

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Oct 14, 20
Edited on:Oct 14, 20
 
Postmark: circa Apr 1, 1881
Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES
Destination: Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

1879 3c green (184) with "Philadelphia Pa. Apr. 1, 2 AM" cds and three-ringed cancel with "4" on cover to Chicago with colorless embossed corner card of Continental Hotel, Philadelphia. Back flap has ornate advertisement for The Continental with room rates. "Chicago, Ill. Carrier Apr. 2, 11 AM" violet backstamp.

The Philadelphia postmark is Clarke type 136b, recorded with EKU of 10/13/1880, and LKU of 3/12/1883.

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. The hotel was demolished in 1924 and replaced by the current Benjamin Franklin Hotel.

Compare the colorless embossed corner card of the Continental Hotel on this cover to a similar but different embossed corner card on an earlier (1863) Philadelphia carrier cover, Cover ID 28489.

Owner's ID: 2386
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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[SNS 38] SNS# 38 [1870 3¢ Green - USA Stamps 1870-1880 Issues]