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Correspondence on the proposed Southern Convention Mar. 7, 1850 referred to as the Nashville Convention
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Correspondence on the proposed Southern Convention Mar. 7, 1850 referred to as the Nashville Convention

By D.L Yulee

three page document with letter from the Florida delegation with printed signatures of D L Yulee, Jackson Morton and E.C Cabell. The letter contains strong statements about the North seeking to undermine the Southern "social structure" (slavery) and urges support of the Nashville Convention to organize Southern opposition to the Compromise of 1850. The document was sent in the form of a stampless folded letter, with green Tallahassee, Flor postmark and 10 rate marking, also in green. This was in the famous Maroni collection. Please read the document in the photo section regarding the Nashville Convention. This will be included with the letter. This is a scarce document regarding this important event in American History leading up to the American Civil War.

$750.00

overall illustrated advertising envelope with image of Railroad Wheels made by N & A Middleton
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overall illustrated advertising envelope with image of Railroad Wheels made by N & A Middleton

As the Civil War came to a close in 1865, many companies were expanding to the West. This opened up a vast territory for railroad expansion, and many companies began manufacturing parts for railroad cars and engines. N & A Middleton, of Philadelphia made wheels for railroad cars. This pretty overall illustrated advertising cover has an image of the wheels made by this company. The stamp was issued for the Civil War period, and has a vf negative anchor cancel in black. The postmark is station K Phila. VF illustration and postal cancel.

$250.00

overall illustrated envelope with stock image of Springfield, Vt showing houses and gardens
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overall illustrated envelope with stock image of Springfield, Vt showing houses and gardens

By unk

Many towns wanted to present the best image of their town as they could. Springfield chose this stock envelope illustrated image to present what they felt was an inviting image of their town. Other New England towns used this envelope to advertise their village. A vf envelope with image of a town, showing the American flag, Victorian houses, and a manicured garden, with people walking freely about town. The envelope has a Springfield, Vt postmark, which is dated 1894. The stamp is the 2ct Columbian issue, issued for the Columbian Exposition.

$75.00

overall advertising envelope with image of the Howe Sewing Machine factory and steam boat in Bridgeport, Ct.
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overall advertising envelope with image of the Howe Sewing Machine factory and steam boat in Bridgeport, Ct.

By unk

Between 1865/67, Elias established The Howe Machine Co. in Bridgeport, Connecticut that was operated by Elias's sons-in-law, the Stockwell Brothers until about 1886 An 1868 letter and mailing envelope are offered here. The envelope has a beautiful overall advertisement for the Howe Sewing Machine Co., of Bridgeport, Ct. It shows a huge factory with steamboat named the Elias Howe Jr in the foreground. I'm not sure how many liberties Howe took when designing this envelope used for advertising purposes in 1868

$250.00

overall illustrated advertising cover for the Bullard and Parsons Co of Hartford Ct with image of a Bullard Drill press 1860\'s
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overall illustrated advertising cover for the Bullard and Parsons Co of Hartford Ct with image of a Bullard Drill press 1860's

By unk

As the Civil War came to an end, New England became a major hub for industry and manufacturing companies. Many towns from Vermont to Rhode Island became hubs for the machine tool industry. One of the major companies was the Bullard Machine works, of Hartford, Ct. This advertising cover has a wonderful overall image of the drill press, which was produced by the Bullard & Parsons co. Many companies used their postal envelopes to advertise their wares, and this envelope is a wonderful example of such advertising.

$150.00

Beautiful overall  illustrated advertising cover for a music store in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1864
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Beautiful overall illustrated advertising cover for a music store in Milwaukee Wisconsin in 1864

By unk

American Advertising in the 1860's and 70's came in many forms, including circulars and broadsides. Trade cards were introduced later in the century. Some of the fanciest advertising came in the form of postal covers. Merchants could mail correspondence nation wide for 3cts, and many took advantage of this cheap postage to advertise their products while sending correspondence to their customers. This postal cover in gray, with an image of a lyre is a wonderful example of an advertising cover used to sell a music store business in Milwaukee during the Civil War. The stamp was the one issued for the Civil War period as the previous issue had been declared void once the southern states had left the Union. A previous owner paid $175.00 for this in 1991.

$150.00

overall illustrated advertising postal cover with a vf illustration of the factory run by Henry Troemner  in Philadelphia.
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overall illustrated advertising postal cover with a vf illustration of the factory run by Henry Troemner in Philadelphia.

By unk

American Advertising in the 1860's and 70's came in many forms, including circulars and broadsides. Trade cards were introduced later in the century. Some of the fanciest advertising came in the form of postal covers. Merchants could mail correspondence nation wide for 3cts, and many took advantage of this cheap postage to advertise their products while sending correspondence to their customers. In this example of advertising, Mr. Troemner mailed postal envelopes to his customers with images of his large factory in Philadelphia. This was a inexpensive form of advertising, and it gave his customers an impressive view of his business. The cover has a vf Philadelphia postmark, and is franked with the 3ct banknote issue, with 5 in the center of a target cancel

$75.00

3 overall illustrated advertising covers all with designs showing the famous Profile House located in NH\'s White Mountains
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3 overall illustrated advertising covers all with designs showing the famous Profile House located in NH's White Mountains

By unk

American Advertising in the 1860's and 70's came in many forms, including circulars and broadsides. Trade cards were introduced later in the century. Some of the fanciest advertising came in the form of postal covers. Merchants could mail correspondence nation wide for 3cts, and many took advantage of this cheap postage to advertise their products while sending correspondence to their customers. In 1852, when Richard Taft and his company, the Flume and Franconia Hotel Company, bought the Lafayette House at the north end of the Notch, construction began on the first Profile House and it opened in 1853, a simple three and a half story building. It was expanded several times, by the addition of first one wing and then another. A large dining room was added, outbuildings were added and starting in 1868, a number of "cottages" were constructed. There would eventually be about twenty of these cottages, which were connected to one another and the main building by covered walkways. Cottages were initially rented but were later owned by well-to-do guests who would spend the entire summer at the hotel but wanted more privacy than the hotel itself offered. A stable accommodated 350 horses and carriage sheds housed the wide variety of wagons and coaches needed. In 1872, the owners of the hotel built a narrow-gauge railroad from Bethlehem Junction to eliminate the stagecoach ride for guests arriving from the north. The nine and a half mile railroad had two engines; the Profile and the Echo, as well as freight houses and service facilities. (Rail service from the south never reached the hotel. In 1883, service was opened from Plymouth to North Woodstock and guests completed their journey by stage.) When the Boston and Maine Railroad bought the line in 1892, they converted the narrow gauge track to standard gauge. The line ran until 1921, when declining business forced its closing. The station survived for many years and it was home to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen until it was demolished when Interstate 93 was constructed. The hotel was practically a self-sufficient community. They operated a large farm with a herd of dairy cows and a large greenhouse. There was a power plant, a boathouse with a steam launch on Echo Lake, dormitories for the help, a bowling alley, post office, telegraph office, barbershop, billiard hall, music room, souvenir shops, a golf course, and more. There was a fish hatchery for raising trout to stock the small trout pond (which today is on the east side of Rt. 93, easily visible from the highway). The hotel owned thousands of acres in Franconia Notch, including the Old Man of the Mountain, The Basin, The Pool and The Flume. A mineral spring house provided water for the guests, and the spring still provides water for local residents and visitors. (It's near Boise Rock.) Recreational facilities included hiking, tennis, badminton, croquet, fishing, boating, horseback riding, etc. These 3 postal covers show the House above the Echo Lake located in Franconia notch in the White Mountains of NH. All 3 have postmarks of the Profile House post office, which has been discontinued for years. These are wonderful visual reminders of NH's history of hotel's and travel.Notes on the Profile House were taken from Whitemountainhistory.org

$250.00

Cover carried on the Rutland & Burlington RR & postmarked with an agent\'s ticket stamper at Sutherland Falls, Vt. in 1865
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Cover carried on the Rutland & Burlington RR & postmarked with an agent's ticket stamper at Sutherland Falls, Vt. in 1865

According to George Slawson's work "The Postal History of Vermont", Railroads came late to Vermont, due to the mountainous terrain, and lack of a large population in the cities. One of the 1st railroads to set up business in Vermont was the Vermont Central, followed by the Rutland & Burlington RR, both established to bring traffic from Southern New England to Canada. Ticket stampers were used to postmark the mail in the 1870's but some are seen as early as the 1860's. This envelope with it's oval Sutherland Falls R & B RR used in 1865 is among the earlier uses of a ticket stamper postmark. The stamp was issued in 1865 to replace existing stocked which had been voided due to the Civil War. This is one of the scarce Vermont Railroad postmarks. Today Sutherland Falls is known as Proctor, known for it's marble quarries.

$150.00

The Natural and Civil History of Vermont
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The Natural and Civil History of Vermont

By Samuel Williams

A sound copy of this scarce book on the Civil and Natural History of Vermont. The map is complete and tipped into the front. The map was created by James Whitelaw, of Ryegate, famed surveyor. The book was published in 1794 by Isaiah Thomas and David Carlisle and sold at their bookstore in Walpole, NH, and by Thomas at his bookstore in Worcester, Mass. The book was written by Rev. Samuel Williams, who was the grandson of Rev. John Williams subject of the famous 1704 Indian raids on Old Deerfield, Mass, which was the subject of the book by Mary P Williams "The Boy Captive of Old Deerfield" This is a classic Vermont book. 12 are listed in OCLC.

$400.00

History of the Second Massachusetts Battery (Nims\' Battery) of Light Artillery
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History of the Second Massachusetts Battery (Nims' Battery) of Light Artillery

By Caroline E. Whitcomb

Original 1912 first edition of this scarce book by Caroline Whitcomb, published in 1912. It tells the story of the Second Massachusetts Battery, the Nim's Battery. The book traces the history of the Battery from the time it left Boston through their time in La. to their time spent in Mississippi.

$200.00

1861 ALS by JR Thomas Christiansand, Norway regarding trip to Chile, typhus fever, stowaway aboard ship & The Great Eastern
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1861 ALS by JR Thomas Christiansand, Norway regarding trip to Chile, typhus fever, stowaway aboard ship & The Great Eastern

By J R Thomas

1861 letter regarding death of daughter by Typhus Fever, stowaway on sailing ship bound for Chile, other news. Please read letter in printed transcript.

$60.00

1815 Stampless letter manuscript Utica NY postmark and 25.5 War Rate
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1815 Stampless letter manuscript Utica NY postmark and 25.5 War Rate

By Fanny Hopkins

Nice example of a stampless letter used from a small town during the War of 1812. The postal rate reflects the 50% increase applied to all postal rates during 1815. Letter is from Fanny Hopkins, to her friend John Kinsley Scot of Bennington, Vt.

$75.00

History of the fifth Massachusetts Battery
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History of the fifth Massachusetts Battery

By Nathan Appleton

Original 1902 1st edition, but has faults. Excellent history of the Fifth Massachusetts Battery. 978 pages, plus index. Seems to be a difficult book to find in 1st edition, 1902.

$60.00

The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865
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The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865

By Brevet Lt.-Colonel George A Bruce

This excellent book gives recounts of the 20th experiences during the Civil War. There are chapters regarding Ball's Bluff, Chickahominy, Fair Oakes, The seven days battles,, Harrison's Landing to the Antietam, plus several other pages. 443 pages

$150.00

Three Years in the Army The Story of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers
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Three Years in the Army The Story of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers

By Charles E. Davis, Jr.

Story of the 13th Mass Volunteers from 1861-1864; owners hand stamp on facing page. Book has a few maps.

$100.00

The Vermont brigade in the Shenandoah Valley 1864
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The Vermont brigade in the Shenandoah Valley 1864

By Aldace F Walker

First Edition. Brown cloth boards with gilt cross on front cover and lettering to spine,. Map frontispiece. 2 pages loose, all present.

$45.00

Peleg Arnold for Governor 1806 Broadside Smithfield RI
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Peleg Arnold for Governor 1806 Broadside Smithfield RI

By Peleg Arnold

In 1795 Arnold was named the Chief Justice of Rhode Island's Superior Court of Judicature, Court of Azzize and General Gaol Delivery. The name of this court was changed in 1798 to the simpler "The Supreme Judicial Court. The Assembly re-appointed him annually every year until June 1809. After a year off due to illness, they appointed him again from 1810 to 1812. Arnold served again in the General Assembly from 1817 to 1819. Peleg Arnold (1751–1820) was a lawyer, tavern-keeper, jurist, and statesman from RI.. He represented Rhode Island as a delegate to the Continental Congress in the 1787–1788 session. He later served as the Chief Justice of the Rhode Island supreme court from 1795 to 1812. Arnold lost this election. The names of his competitors and the vote count is listed on the back of the Broadside. Printed broadside. 21x13.2 cm (8¼x5½"). Rare election ticket for then-Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice and onetime delegate to the Continental Congress Peleg Arnold, listing also the Lt. Governor choice Isaac Wilbour, ten selections for state senators, the attorney-general,, etc. A handwritten vote tally on the back indicates Arnold came in third in the precinct. OCLC/WorldCat lists only a single example of this broadside, at Brown University.

$150.00

Civilization of the Indian Natives or, a brief view of the friendly conduct of William Penn
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Civilization of the Indian Natives or, a brief view of the friendly conduct of William Penn

By Halliday Jackson

scarce 1st edition of this work regarding Penn. Indians, and their treatment by William Penn. Many printed letters written by Indian chiefs such as six chiefs, and Red Jacket. This book also contains a partial dictionary including many popular words which have been translated from English into the Seneca language. there are 7 pages of translated text, and the entire work has 120 pages. . Please contact me for more information- brad@bradsheff.com

$150.00

Moon Ranch Cal manuscript postmark on 1855 stampless cover & letter
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Moon Ranch Cal manuscript postmark on 1855 stampless cover & letter

By George Eastman

1855 early letter from Moon Ranch California, written by George Eastman to Mrs Salinda Eastman in Springfield, Il. The Eastmans were probably ranchers, as the letter mentions cutting grain, which will produce 8-10,000 bushels, but the hogs are destroying a great deal of it every day, and will continue doing so until we finish threshing it. We have lost every year from 500-1000 bushels of grain by stock. Good timber is so scarce that it is impossible to make good fences with out a great deal of expense. He asks about the great fire in the public square of Springfield. .

$250.00

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