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Posted 04/21/2008   06:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add The Natural to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all. I'm new here and I'm not sure if I'm in the right place. I have a bunch of stamps and old letters that I would like to get some info on if possible. Here are a some old letters:
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This letter with leaves and flowers is from 1872.
The others are pre 1900.
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http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/...scan0039.jpg
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98% have letter cover and stamp. I have around 200 of these pre 1900 letters from around the US. Can anyone point me in the right direction to find out value or anything on these? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Sorry If I posted in the wrong place.
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Posted 04/21/2008   08:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome to the stamp community!



This is a cover and letter enclosure written in Sacramento, Ca in 1872, and addressed to
Eustace R Edwards of Turners Falls, Mass.
I am not sure that the flowers and leaves have anything to do with the letter, you could read it to find out.
The envelope does say Cephalanthus on it, which is a type of plant which grows in California.
The cover has a piece missing at top and the stamp, which is a common one, is creased.
Value is a 1-2 dollars.



This is a cover, receipt and return envelope dated Oct. 24, 1900 from Wood, Curtis and Co,
a grocer in Sacramento.
The cover is roughly opened at right.
The receipt is undamaged and interesting because it lists potatoes and butter.
It has a 1c revenue (tax) stamp affixed which is a common one.
The three items together are worth about $15-20 retail.



This is cover and a shipping receipt for 4 bales of hops transported to San Francisco on the
Steamer Mary Garratt in Sept. 1878.
The cover is in nice condition and the receipt has a very nice engraving of a steamship.
Retail value is about $10-20.



This a a cover and receipt dated Oct. 16, 1900 from The Towle Bros. lumber and supply company.
The cover is roughly opened at right but the Towle, Cal. town cancel is probably scarce.
Retail value about $20, maybe more if the cancel is a scarce DPO (discontinued post office).



3 Wells Fargo money orders from 1899. I would estimate about $10-15 for the set.
The document records the three money orders (purchased by ER Edwards) and should be kept with them.



Trukee Lumber company receipt, dated 1900, toned a bit a top, est value $1-2.



Interesting receipts from Mebius & Drescher, dated 1894, worth a few dollars each.

For the remaining of the 200 letters, look especially for registered letters with higher value stamps on them
(other than 2c or 3c) and receipts with nicely engraved illustrations.
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Posted 04/21/2008   4:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add The Natural to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for your Info. I was wondering can the people in the letters make it have more value? The Towle Brothers founded the town of Towle near Alta. Once again thank you for your input, I really appreciate it. The flowers and leaves where in the letter and it's kind of hard to read.
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Posted 04/21/2008   6:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t360 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

The story of the Towle brothers and the town of Towle is an interesting one!
The town was torn down shortly after 1900 and today the townsite is under Interstate-80.

Your cover with the Towle cancel is undoubtedly scarce, but the value depends critically on the demand for the item
from collectors of California postal history. You should definitely provide the history of Towle in the
description of the cover when you sell it, so that people will better appreciate what you have.
Providing the historical background could bring you a better price,
maybe $40 if you can connect with the right collector.
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Posted 04/21/2008   6:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nr-notrare to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello Natural.....

Welcome to the club......would love to see and hear more about your group of covers.
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Posted 04/22/2008   08:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add gussyboy1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Welcome, Natural!

I love the old letters and receipts! Cool stuff! Do you have more in your collection? Would love to see them!

Gussyboy1
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Posted 04/22/2008   5:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add The Natural to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, and yes I do have quite a few more. I am currently working on a web page to display them.
I'll try to post some more here when I have the time. Also when I finish my web page I will leave
the url.
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