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    Printed Pamphlet - 2½¢ First Ounce, 1¢ Each Additional Ounce

    1851, May 15, New York, N.Y. to Newport, R.I. 8" x 10" ten-page (plus covers) Auction Catalogue for Teas franked on back cover with an 1847 5c Red Brown (1), four margins except nicked lower right corner, tied by red grids with matching "U.S. Express Mail, N. York" c.d.s. alongside, two red wax seals (and a spot where a third would have been) indicate that the catalogue was rolled into a tube shape so that it would have been open on both ends as required by postal regulations; multiple file folds and small flaws, front cover reattached, still Fine and a remarkable record of early U.S. Post Office handling of printed matter.

    Estimate $7,500-$10,000

    THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF ANY 1847 ISSUE STAMP PAYING THE CORRECT RATE ON A PIECE OF PRINTED MATTER AND, AS SUCH, A KEY COVER IN ANY SERIOUS COLLECTION OF 1847 POSTAL HISTORY.

    The catalogue weighed a little over 1½ ounces. Had it been handled as letter mail, the postage would have been 20¢ and, accordingly, it would have been marked for 15¢ postage due. Since there is no such indication, we conclude that, without question, it was handled by the post office as printed matter. The postage required for this catalogue would have been 2½¢ for the first ounce plus 1¢ for the fraction of the second ounce, for a total of 3½¢ - an overpayment of 1½¢, though there could have been an additional 1¢ charge for a carrier fee. Therefore, because the Post Office accepted the 5¢ stamp as full payment, the catalogue had to have been processed and sent as printed matter.

    Several examples of printed circulars weighing under a half ounce and franked with the 1847 stamps are recorded. These, however, as was often the case, a written note of letter could have been included with the circular (now separated), thus requiring the 5¢ letter rate. Further, it would be highly unlikely that printed circulars, which were often mailed in large numbers, would each would have been franked with an overpayment of 3¢ or 150%. For these reasons, none of these other examples are conclusively a printed matter rate, leaving this catalogue as the sole surviving example recorded to date.

    From the Ron Cipolla Collection


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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