Hello All --
This thread has been idle far too long now -- and needs a boost. Thought I'd show a July 8, 1851 (i.e., an "8th day of use") folded letter sheet that I snagged on eBay
a few weeks ago for the ridiculously low price of $31.
Stamp is a Scott #10A -- position 84L1E -- with a 13 bar NY square grid killer (reference: Skinner / Eno # SD-G93).
The body of the inside of the FLS is a very simple receipt for a $123.27 payment made by a person in Albany (last name Townsend) to a firm by the name of Sanderson Bros. & Co. in NYC.
Most interesting are the handwritten notations on the back of the FLS -- made some time before the Scott catalogue number changed from #33 to #10 (and then in 2008 changed again from #10 to #10A). There are two distinctive notations -- as follows:
-- one which is very short and says "Early orange-brown color per Ashbrook 11-57". I know I have seen this distinctive handwriting a few times in the past, but have no idea whose it is?
-- the other annotation is quite lengthy -- and written in an almost "calligraphic" style -- (see the image posted below). There is also a notation in the same hand at the extreme lower left corner of the back of the FLS with what looks like some initials and a date of "Jan '28" -- not sure what it means -- but perhaps an owners mark or cost code and the date acquired? Likewise, I have no idea why the same collector made a reference to "?_gd_?, Troy, NY" (maybe the name of a dealer or auction house from which the FLS was acquired?)
In any event, if anybody out there recognizes any of the handwriting on the back of this FLS, I would be interested in knowing more.
Regards // ioagoa