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Cover Type: Foreign origin, inbound to USA stampless
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Oct 18, 20
Edited on:Oct 18, 20
Postmark: May 20, 1838
Origin: Little Bolton, Lancashire, UNITED KINGDOM
Destination: Frankford, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES

"Philadelphia Pa. May 20" (1838) blue cds (Clarke type 55a) and matching "Ship" marking on folded letter datelined "Little Bolton (England) March 21st, 1838", to "Mr. Samuel Piling, Frankford Bleach Works, Philadelphia, America". 8c manuscript rate marking, composed of 6c inland postage (under 30 miles) and 2c ship fee, as delivered by non-contract sailing vessel.

Frankfort, Pa. had its own post office from 1800 to 1863, before it was annexed to Philadelphia. In the 19th century, the town became a center for textile production. Other manufacturing industries also flourished.

An encyclopedia published in 1837 in Philadelphia describes the early industry in Frankford:
"The borough of Frankford, on the Delaware, is the seat of numerous manufacturing establishments, including several cotton-mills, calico print-works, and bleacheries, wollen-mills, iron-works, & etc. Here are also an Arsenal of the United States and a Lunatic Asylum belonging to the Friends (Quakers)."

Little Bolton was a township of the civil and ecclesiatical parish of Bolton le Moors in the Salford hundred of Lancashire, England.

Owner's ID: 2394
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? Yes