Details For Cover ID# 29102

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:May 26, 21
Edited on:May 30, 21
Postmark: circa May 8, 1866
Origin: West Brookfield, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
Destination: New York, New York, UNITED STATES

1861 3c rose (65) with target cancel and "West Brookfield, Ms. May 8" circular datestamp on yellow cover to Messrs. Bulkley & Lapham, New York, with oval corner card of "John M. Fales, manufacturer of Men's, Boys' & Youths' Boots, West Brookfield, Mass."

Bulkley & Lampham, located at 28 Ferry Street, New York, was a leather brokerage firm that bought and built tanneries throughout the hemlock forests of New York State and Pennsylvania. Henry G. Lapham was a Vermont native who in 1854 went to work for his uncle, tanner turned leather merchant Anson Lapham. Anson Lapham had gone to work in New York City’s Swamp District in the 1830s. By 1840, Anson was in a partnership with tanner Joseph E. Bulkley. Lapham and Bulkley remained in business until the 1870s when it was succeeded by H.G. Lapham & Company.

H.G. Lapham (1822-1888) took an active part in the production of petroleum in Pennsylvania and Ohio. His son Lewis Lampton's 1934 New York Times obituary connected the dynastic dots in the family’s trajectory from tanners to oilmen: “Mr. Lapham was born in Brooklyn, son of Henry G. Lapham, head of the leather firm of his name,” wrote the Times. “The son started to learn the business at age 19 … Through discovery of oil some thirty-five years ago in a region of Pennsylvania where he had owned a tannery, Mr. Lapham entered the oil industry and helped to form the Texas Oil Company.” The Texas Oil Company later became Texaco.

Owner's ID: 2466
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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[SNS 18] SNS# 18 [1861 3¢ Rose - USA Stamps 1861-1865 Issue]