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Posted 09/07/2021   1:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add mitchell0906 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message




Hi, I received all of the above from a family member. I am looking for information regarding everything in the picture if possible. I know one is postless stationery, and the 4 Texas covers of stamp-less covers (Mid 19th century)

Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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Posted 09/08/2021   02:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is not my area of expertise, but I think it would be helpful to have the year dates of the Texas stampless covers. For that you'll need to carefully open them and see if the contents are dated. I suspect there would be a lot of collector demand if any of them are from the Republic of Texas period (1836-46).
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Posted 09/08/2021   07:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jobi01 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The postal stationary item is an EFO worth a premium as a double surcharge. The catalog listings for a double surcharge are for both surcharges touching the stamp so the item pictured is worth less than catalog value. The angle of the item makes proper identification difficult.

The remainder of the items shown is outside of my expertise.
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Posted 09/08/2021   11:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mitchell0906 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi, I appreciate both of y'alls replies.

I had no idea there were contents inside the stampless covers!

I will take better pictures this evening or tomorrow morning. I need to get a box of gloves to work with these, as I am worried about touching them again without gloves.
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Posted 09/08/2021   11:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gloves will be overkill for the covers. Just thoroughly wash/dry your hands and work slowly with the covers. The paper is quite sturdy.

Postmarks of this era seldom had year dates, so the contents of the letters or notes made by the recipient (often called docketing), may enable you do determine dates for some of these. By 1850, envelopes were becoming more common (it looks like the grouping of 3 may just be envelopes), with the resultant separation of the letter from the postal markings making dating more challenging. Contents in the envelope era are often missing or placed back in the incorrect envelope.

The 5 and 10 cent rates indicate use after July 1, 1845, so highly unlikely there is anything in the "Republic" period. The best source for information on the markings is the "American Stampless Cover Catalog" found at the link here:

https://www.uspcs.org/resource-cent.../your-input/
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Edited by John Becker - 09/08/2021 11:40 am
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Posted 09/08/2021   2:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mitchell0906 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These are more detailed photos of the double surcharge stationery




This is the Austin Texas Stampless Cover, Front/Back/Letter Inside



This is the Front and Back of the Huntsville Stampless Cover (Nothing Inside)



Clarksville Stampless Cover had nothing Inside or on the back.



Front and Back of Houston Stampless Cover, Nothing inside


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Posted 09/09/2021   2:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stephen J Bukowy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like the Houston cover has 10 May (18)53 for the receipt and Answered the next day.
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