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RARE UNUSED UNION POSTAL COVER: "TIME -- 1862./ 1. JEFF. DAVIS RETIRES FROM THE PRESIDENCY. 2. STEPHENS ACCOMPANIES JEFF. 3. PICKENS LAMENTING THE ATTACK ON SUMTER. 4. FLOYD IN A FIX DON'T KNOW WHO TO ROB. 5 & 11. WIGFALL & MASON MOURNING O'ER THEIR FATE. 10. DARKEY DELIVERING A LECTURE ON HONESTY, REMINDS 'EM THAT HE'S CONTRABAND. 6, 7, 8 & 9. SCOTT'S AIDS DISPOSING OF SECESSION."
[n.p., 1861. 3 1/4" x 5 1/2". Black ink on a white envelope. Lightly age toned, a few very tiny spots in blank area. Very Good. This interesting, detailed, rare postal cover is a caricature of a well-dressed former slave in a tall hat who stands to the left holding an open book in his outstretched hand. To his right are two caskets, next to four men kneeling and praying. From one of the caskets an ox head, representing Jefferson Davis, protrudes. To the far right, four other men are busy with shovels and pick axes digging two graves. All the men, including the two men in the caskets, are labeled with numbers 1 -11. This cover appears to be rare, copies found only at American Antiquarian Society and Harvard University. Our research did not uncover any copies previously for sale or at auction. As of September 2017: OCLC 191301535 [1-AAS]. Harvard MOLLUS Collection, Patriotic Covers, MS Am 1084 (328), People (CPT). Not in Weiss, Wolcott, or Boyd.
      [Bookseller: David M. Lesser, Fine Antiquarian Books ]
Last Found On: 2018-02-01           Check availability:      ABAA    

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