Sharing today this writeup that I did a year ago for my Facebook page. It showed up as a 'facebook memory' today. The writeup was intended for non collectors, but it's still interesting.
Enjoy! Stan Shepp
This is a recent acquisition. A beautiful example of a #10A.
This 4-margin #10A was printed from plate 5 in its Early state. The early state of Plate 5 only produced 10A's. It was only used for a short time, first showing up on July 22, 1851. It only produced Orange-Brown stamps until it was reintroduced in its late state, Sept. 3, 1851.
From the 200 positions of Plate 5E, only 5 are C-relief, with the shoulder gash. 82 positions are A-Reliefs & the other 113 positions are B-relief.
A-relief examples generally came from the odd rows 10's, 30's, 50's, & 70's.
This A-relief is the 3rd stamp from the 7th row of the right pane.
Plated Position 73R5E
It is still attached to an FLS (Folded Letter Sheet) with an excellent strike of a blue CDS (Circular Date Stamp) from ABINGDON, Va AUG 20, (1851)
Abingdon is a beautiful little town in the extreme South-West strip of Virginia. Down where they make fun of the hillbillies in Tennessee and Kentucky - without realizing that they are literally the same breed of hillbilly, they just live on the other side of some imaginary line that allows them to call themselves 'Virginians'. But this is a much different Virginia than the area surrounding Washington, DC.
The earliest (& closest) Census (1870) shows 715 people living in Abingdon. In 2010, there were 8,191 residents. Still a small town.
The letter is addressed to Lynchburg, Va. A much more refined area of Virginia.
The unusual Guide Dot in Upper Right Corner (usually reserved for top row examples) is actually the Lower Right guide dot from the B-relief example in the position above - Position 63R5E
There is a short scissors cut coming in from left side, at the top left, just along the top frame line. About 4mm (I'm guessing, not measuring this time)
In this closeup of the stamp, the cancel looks 'off blue', almost ultramarine. I know that it's a blue cancel, because I have the whole cover and it matches the CDS.
The letter appears to be from a law office to a law office about a $9.94 credit being applied from one account towards another.
This is one way to collect stamps. I don't have an album page that calls for this. Not for the stamp, nor the cover. I have created a place for the cover, so that it has a home. And I have created a place for the various positions of the 3c, 1851 George Washington stamps.