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    JULY 26, 1775 TO JUNE 30, 1851
    Earliest Recorded Newspaper Sent by Post
    During the Confederation Period

    1783, January 2 and January 9, Boston, Mass. Two highly important copies of The Continental Journal and Weekly Advertiser, four pages each, 9¾x15; the January 2 edition bears a manuscript "Post" above masthead and is the earliest recorded Confederation period newspaper to bear a definite postal marking; it also bears the handwritten address line, "Falmouth Way". Both papers have archival filing holes along the left edge, the first has pages partly separated, Fine to Very Fine.

    Of particular note to postal historians is an article which is serialized on the second page of the two papers: "Extract from an Ordinance passed by the United States of America, in Congress assembled, October 18, 1782 entitled An ORDINANCE for regulating the Post Office of the United States of America."

    Estimate $4,000-$5,000.

    THE JANUARY 2 EDITION IS THE EARLIEST RECORDED NEWSPAPER IN PRIVATE HANDS TO BE CARRIED BY THE MAILS AFTER THE ADOPTION OF THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION, MARCH 1, 1781.

    The January 9 edition is addressed to subscriber "Geo. Thatcher, Esq." Thatcher, a lawyer, jurist and politician from the Maine district of Massachusetts, was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1787 and 1788.

    N.B. This item is new to philately.

    From the Ron Cipolla Collection


    View all of [The Ron Cipolla Collection of Printed Matter ]

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
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