First Day Covers

When the post office issues a new stamp it is most often designated a release on a specific date and in a specific city. Collectors place the new stamp on an envelope, have it cancelled in that city on that date and add artwork (cachet) that relates somehow to the topic. We carry the country's largest inventory of fine and rare first day covers as early as 1901. We specialize in cachets of scarcer production numbers and do not stock large houses such as Fleetwood, ArtCraft, House of Farnam, Ioor, Grimsland, Artmaster, Colorano and Readers Digest to name a few. You will find covers by Dorothy Knapp, Staehle, Weigand, Crosby, Adler, Enriques, Adler, Fluegel and hundreds of other fine artists in our inventory. We have purchased some of the most important collections to come to market in the past several years and are always looking for better first day cover collections.

C12 Winged Globe 1930 FDC

Autographed by Herbert Hoover.  BUY

$ 275

Laffert Calligraphy Complete Set Presidential FDCs

Rare & Beautiful Set on rag envelopes Hand drawn.  BUY

$ 2950

Dorothy Knapp Armed Services Combination FDC

Hand drawn & hand painted of the period.  Several designs known.  Only a few of each.  BUY

$ 2500

#294 Pan American First Day to Paris France

Correct and rare first day use from Bryn Mawr PA.  PF Certificate.  BUY.

$ 3250

#323-324 St Louis Expo First Day Combo

The 1 cent fdc is scarce.  The combo is rare.  Boston Apr 30, 1904 flag cancel.  BUY

$ 6950

#637, 639 Combo Gorham U/O FDC

Washington Navy Dept Sta unofficial.  Gorham embossed return reverse with 2 other Mar 24, 1927 Washington postmarks.  BUY

$ 475

C32 FDC Stawuszewski 1946

Hand painted and of the period.  ex Walter Jarrett.  VF and scarce.

$ 150

Flight Covers

Aerophilately is the study of airmail. This includes postal history, the actual commercial use of air transportation to deliver the mail and philatelic airmail covers. Philatelic covers are covers made for collectors. The first airmail flight from Chicago to St Louis by Lindbergh was announced and collectors rushed to have a cover flown on this first flight. This is just one of tens of thousands of examples of a first flight cover. We carry CAMs, FAMs, Lindbergh, Government Flights, Pioneer Flights, Historical, Trans-oceanic, PAA Clipper, U.S. Airships and Zeppelin Flights, and many more. Famous for our quality flight covers, we have the largest inventory of Lindbergh material anywhere.

Bruce McIntyre Zeppelin Flight

Unique C13 cover serviced by this famous artist.   BUY

$ 1450

Charles Lindbergh Autographed CAM2 Test Flight

First airmail Lindbergh ever flew.  Only a handful made.  BUY

$ 2895

Amelia Earhart Autographed Amphibian Flight

CAM 27E27  flown mail by Earhart.  BUY

$ 1750

Mildred Bruce Around the World Flight

TO 1121.  Serviced by post office dept official Steiger.

$ 350

Joseph Costa Trans-Oceanic Flight 1936

Nice cached cover.  Autographed.  TO 1263.  BUY

$ 194.95

Postal History

Simply put, postal history is anything that has been through the mail with or without its content. This mail offers us a glimpse at our past and there's something for everyone to identify with. It could be a letter from a descendant or place that means something to you. It could be an advertising cover from a business your family owned or topic that interests you like oyster farming or businesses from New Orleans or other city or state that has meaning to you. There's as many topics as there are people interested in collecting this vast collectible category. Our inventory contains dozens of different types of postal history. State postal history, advertising covers, foreign destinations, scarce usages of stamps on cover, stampless covers, airmail, exposition, fancy cancels and many others. As none of these were specifically made for collectors, some of it can be scarce and hard to find. We pay high prices for this material and are always looking to buy more.

Columbian 50c Solo on Photograph Envelope

1894 Registered to Germany.  Scarce commercial solo use.  BUY

$ 469.50

Spanish American War Prisoner’s Cover

With dead letter office label due 4 NY.  BUY

$ 1750

Illustrated Whale on Soapine Advertisement

1882 Simon Baer Grocers Wheeling WV.   Scarce illustrated whale.  Click to see reverse:  BUY

$ 325

Merchants Western Line Illustrated Steamboat & Train

#114 Locomotive use c1870 in green NYC.  BUY

$ 149.50

1916 Remington UMC Advertising Cover

“Three Dogs by the Window” Aledo IL Rare Gun Cover Design.  BUY

$ 950

APO Trinidad – Puerto Rico – PA 1942 Censored Twice

$ 175
Tiltons Initial Stationery and Box Company Advertising Cover Boston MA

Tilton & Company Boston Advertising Cover

#65 Tied by Boston MA fancy cork cancel. All-over beautiful design for fancy boxes. Very fine.   BUY

$ 395

Wells Fargo Pony Express Virginia City NT

SOLD

Confederate 20c Bisect 1863 Civil War

From Camp Beulah Mobile Alabama.  CV$2500.  BUY.

$ 1575

Postal Stationery

A piece of postal stationery is a stationery item, such as a stamped envelope, letter sheet, postal card, lettercard, aerogram or wrapper, with animprinted stamp or inscription indicating that a specific rate of postage or related service has been prepaid. These are still sold at the post office today and the first were issued in the 1850s. We carry postal cards, postal envelope entires and lettersheets. We currently do not stock cut squares which are postal envelopes that have been cut only to include the imprinted stamp. Our stock is arranged by UPSS number and priced accordingly. We welcome your want lists and are happy to provide mail order service.

UX11 Grant Postal Card

Striking printers waste government issued postal card.

$ 350

Postage Stamp Centenary Revalued Postal Envelope

Very fine and one of the keys to a complete airmail stationery collection.

Sold

First Official Mail Postal Card Used 1914

Sharp corners and very fine.  Bedford IN Oct 1, 1914.

$ 500

U.S. Stamps

We carry better U.S. Stamps.  Typically $30-50 is the bottom of our range at this time.  We are always looking to buy U.S. and Worldwide stamp collections of any quality and quantity.

39 Used w/PF Cert. Repairs. Only 5 known sound used examples.

SOLD

261A Unused O.G. w/ PF Cert

SOLD

78c w/2 PSE Certs – Scarce

SOLD

World War II Patriotics

From Lawrence Sherman's book "United States Patriotic Envelopes of World War II": "Wartime envelope art allowed mailers to add a public message inside, uniting sender and receiver. These patriotic envelopes powerfully evoke the war as seen through American eyes. Their images show us directly how Americans experienced the war, reacted to it, and imagined it from the war's beginning in September 1939 to its end in Sept 1945. This is a wonderful book filled with reference for over 11,000 of these covers. We currently have about 1000 scarcer cachets in our inventory, many hand painted. Knapp, Adler, Linto, Sayama, Fluegel and Staehle are among our best selling and most famous artists in stock.

Dorothy Knapp hand drawn & hand painted.

$ 275

Weigand hand drawn & hand painted.

Dorothy Knapp design.

$ 225

Dorothy Knapp hand drawn & hand painted.

$ 275

Dorothy Knapp hand drawn & hand painted.

$ 275

Dorothy Knapp hand drawn & hand painted.

$ 275

Dorothy Knapp hand drawn & hand painted.

$ 275