Details For Cover ID# 29212

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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Oct 20, 21
Edited on:Oct 20, 21
 
Postmark: circa Sep 14, 1866
Origin: Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES
Destination: Keene, Kentucky, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

Chicago Supplementary Mail. 3c pink on buff postal entire (U59) with double circle "Chicago Supplementary Mail Sep 14" postmark (Type B) to Keene, Jessamine County, Kentucky. Signed on back by postal stationery expert and author J.M. Bartels with note "Found Nov. 24, 1926".

This marking is Piszkiewicz type A-18, which is known used from Jul 15, 1865 to Nov. 12, 1866. The postmark device had a space for for a year slug, but only some strikes of the device show a year. Those strikes are known from the last half of 1865. When a year was not included, a blank slug can usually be seen in the postmark, such as this example. Based on that, this cover is likely from 1866.

Chicago Supplementary Mail service differed from the service with the same name in New York in two ways. First, it had nothing to do with ship sailings and mail carried on ships. Second, no additional fee was collected for the service. It was simply an accomodation by the Chicago Post Office for letters deposited after the regular mails were closed (to depart from Chicago by rail). Source: "Chicago Postal Markings and Postal History" by Leonard Piszkiewicz, James E. Lee Publishing, Cary, IL, 2006.

Owner's ID: 2543
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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