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Posted 11/30/2020   10:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This one may be less interesting to philatelic collectors, but it is now my earliest bank check. You don't see many from the 1820s and this one is engraved, which is even less common.



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Posted 12/01/2020   07:28 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely! I've not seen one that early with ornate engraving.
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Posted 12/01/2020   8:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There's no printer's imprint on that check, but it probably came from Murray, Draper, Fairman & Co. They had a very distinctive style of ornamentation (no lathework, all hand engraved). If anyone can match up the lady in the boat, let me know.
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Posted 12/01/2020   9:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Isn't the JP & S, No 2 at the bottom right of the lathework an imprint?
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Posted 12/02/2020   11:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
JP&S stands for John Pratt & Sons, I think, which appears to be the banking house.
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Posted 02/04/2021   12:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It seems to have gotten quiet in these parts lately, so time for a bump. This was an interesting recent pick-up. It's a federal check, so no revenue stamp, but the subject matter is intriguing. It appears to be made out for a day laborer's wages for "Breaking stone in N. Cap. St." (North Capitol Street).

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Posted 02/04/2021   10:03 am  Show Profile Check 1typesetter's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 1typesetter to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
$32.82 in today's money
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I'd bet that the $1.26 bought a lot more for this hard working guy in the 1870's than the $32.82 would for you and I now.
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Posted 03/22/2021   2:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Phillystamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
What may appear to be a mundane check from the 1870s is actually a check from the settling of the estate of Samuel Carpenter of Toppan and Carpenter. The guys who printed a lot of stamps from 1851-61. The R135 on it is nicely centered as well. I got it from one of his descendants.
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