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ILLINOIS POSTAL HISTORY

                           Page last updated: 4-24-2017

CHICAGO 

Image Chicago, Cook Co. Sold!
Nov 30 CDS with manuscript “25” rating mark on four page FLS going to Canaan, New York. The letter is from a daughter to her father, dated: “Nov 30th 1839”. $50.00

ImageChicago, Cook Co.
Red Dec 2 CDS with “PAID 3” in arc on full cover going to Maine. Two page letter from a son to his father, dated “December 2, 1851”. $25.00

Image Chicago, Cook Co.
Red Sep 24 CDS with “5” in serrated circle rating mark on full cover going to Niles, Michigan. $15.00

Image Chicago, Cook Co.
Red Dec 3 - 3 Paid CDS on full cover to Kane (sic) New Hampshire, docketed “Chicago C.J. Wilder Dec. 1, 1854”.$15.00

Image 2 - Chicago, Magenta grid cancel
10c Black, tied by the scarce magenta seven bar grid cancel on 1848 outer leaf of a FLS sent to Philadelphia. Magenta Chicago Ill, Nov 23 CDS is struck at the left. With PF certificate. Ex-Stiss $1,500.00

Image Hand carried – Red lithographed Cameo: Daily & weekly Tribune – “Gem of the Prairie” 52
Hand carried to Rushville, Ill and docketed in pencil on the face: June 3, 1852 John leaves the Tribune today his letter enclosed.” The paper was published by Stewart, Waite, & Co. located at 173 Lake Street in Chicago (1848-1858). A focus of the paper was temperance issues. Over the years several prominent print journalists served as editor. This paper was not the Chicago Tribune. $125.00

Image 26 – Chicago, Marvelous woodcut design
3c Dull red, Sent from Chicago to Dr. John Kennicott at “The Grove” which is located just off Milwaukee Avenue and just North of Glenview, Ill. The Grove was the home of visionary horticulturalist and educator Dr. John Kennicott who brought his family from New Orleans to settle on this land in 1836. His home functions as a horticultural museum today open to the public. $375.00

Image 63 – Chicago, Illuminated advertising cover
1c Blue, Straightedge strip of three tied by blue Chicago duplex CDS to all over Hartford Fire Insurance Co. cover. Opened at left, full cover, in pristine condition. Ex-Pacetti $500.00

Image U82 – Chicago, “Blue” clover leaf
3c Green entire, Clover leaf (Berg no. CL-1) struck in blue, was in use from April 24 to May 16, 1874, 95% strike. Envelope obviously used to practice penmanship hence just $75.00

Image 158 – Chicago, “Blue” Negative “A” without “3”
3c Green, on C.E. Roberts & Co. advertising cover with stamp tied by (Berg no. NAO-20)  Negative “A” without “3” blue duplex CDS. This cancel was in use from January 26 to April 1, 1875. Roughly opened at right. $30.00

Image UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Unlisted geometric
1c Brown postal card, Chicago & Dunleith R.P.O. CDS in blue accompanied by unlisted (in Berg) geometric cancel. $75.00

Image UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Letters – Reverse “R” in Square
1c Brown postal card, Chicago May 31
st CDS in blue accompanied by (Berg no. LR-2) Reverse “R” in Square cancel. Latest known use, one of two known examples of this cancel.
$150.00

Image UX1 – Chicago, “Blue” Double wedges
1c Brown postal card, Chicago Sep 5th CDS in blue accompanied by (Berg no. DW-6) Double wedges cancel. This is about three weeks after the latest use listed by Berg. Great strike! $50.00

 

The Balance of Illinois

 

Image Belleville, St. Clair Co.
Nov. 26 CDS, rated 18 3/4c, complete FLS, legal letter dated “Nov. 25, 1836”. $50.00

Image Bloomington, McLean Co.
May 7 CDS, with large “PAID 3” in arc, on full cover going to Cincinnati. $25.00

Image Canton, Fulton Co.
Jul 6 CDS, with large “PAID 3” in arc, manuscript “paid 3c” on full cover going to New York. $40.00 

Image Carthage, Hancock Co.
Manuscript town marking with “Aug 23” and “10” rating mark on small ornate, full,  ladies cover with seal on back. Light foxing. $30.00

Image Freeport, Stephenson Co. Sold!
Red Apr 17 CDS with fancy “5” rating mark on FLS going to Galena, Ills. Legal letter dated: “April 17th 1849”. $40.00

Image Griggsville, Pike Co.
Red Mar 26 CDS with straight-line “PAID”, manuscript “25” on FLS going to Vermont. Letter from one brother to another dated: “March 25th, 1841”. $40.00

Image Hanover, Jo Daviess Co. Sold!
Red Mar CDS with “PAID 3” in circle rating mark on full cover to Jacksonville, Ill. $45.00

Image Hennepin, Putnam Co.
Mar 22 CDS with manuscript “25” rating mark on full FLS to Ann Arbor, M.T. Lengthy letter dated: “March 16th, 1836”. Said to be the earliest known from Hanover. $50.00

Image Henry, Marshall Co.
May 21 CDS with “PAID 3” in arc rating mark on full FLS to Three Mile Bay, New York. Letter dated: “May 19, 1855”. $30.00

Image Jacksonville, Morgan Co.
Bold Sep 20 CDS with manuscript “12 ½” rating mark on full FLS going to the Fulton County courthouse. Land transaction letter docketed “Rec 13 Oct 1836”. $40.00

Image Jacksonville, Morgan Co.
Bold Jul 27 CDS with straight-line “PAID” and manuscript “25” rating mark on FLS going to Wilmington, Massachusetts. Lengthy family letter dated: “July 20th, 1843”. $50.00

Image Jacksonville, Morgan Co.
Feb 3 CDS with “5” rating mark on fancy ladies envelope, with enameled seal on back, going to St. Charles, Illinois. $50.00

Image Jacksonville, Morgan Co.
Red Mar 4 CDS with small “5” in circle rating mark on full FLS going to Springfield, Illinois. Dated: “March 3rd, 1847”. $50.00

Image Knoxville, Knox Co.
Red Knoxville, Ill Jun 15 CDS accompanied by large red arc “PAID 3” on cover to Virginia. Letter dated Jun 14, 1852 pertains to a legal matter. Fresh, clean with good eye appeal. $75.00

Image LaSalle, LaSalle Co.
Red Mar 29 CDS with straight-line “PAID” and manuscript “5” on full FLS going to Lockport, Illinois. Letter dated: “March 29th, 1845” mentions payment with Illinois and Michigan Canal script. $40.0

Image Lacon
, Marshall Co. Sold!

Apr 29 CDS with straight-line “PAID” and small “5” in circle rating mark on full FLS going to Quincy, Illinois. Land transaction letter dated: April 29th, 1850”. $50.00

Image Lacon, Marshall Co. Sold!
Bold June 29 CDS with manuscript “50” rating mark on full FLS going to New York, New York. Docketed: “29 June 1828”. Very early for Lacon. $50.00

Image Lockport, Will Co.
Red May 10 CDS with manuscript blue “10” on full FLS going to Chicago, Illinois. Letter dated: “May 9th, 1842”. $40.00

Image Moline, Rock Island Co.
Manuscript “Moline Ills Aug 9th” with “10” rating mark on the outer leaf of a FLS going to Ontario County, New York. $30.00

Image Monmouth, Warren Co. Sold!
Red May 19 CDS with straight-line “PAID” and fancy “5” rating mark on full FLS going to Quincy, Illinois. Land transaction letter dated: “May 18th, 1850”. $40.00

Image Mount Carmel, Wabash Co.
Red July 18 CDS with manuscript “25” rating mark on full FLS Palmyra, Penn. and then forwarded to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Letter dated: “July 17th, 1839”. $75.00

Image Mount Sterling, Brown Co.
Jun 24 CDS and straight-line “PAID” with manuscript “10” on full cover going to Danville, Maine. $40.00

Image Mount Sterling, Brown Co.
May 19 CDS with manuscript “5” rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois. Letter dated: “May 17th, 1847”. $40.00

Image New Boston, Mercer Co.
Manuscript “New Boston Jany 13” with “5” rating mark on full FLS datelined St. Louis, “Decr. 29th 1846”. $30.00

Image Ottawa, LaSalle Co.
Red Jun 5 CDS with manuscript “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Wooster, Ohio. Letter dated; “June 4th, 1846” and regarding moving to Ohio. $50.00

Image Ottawa, LaSalle Co.
Red Jan 21 CDS with “5” in box rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois. Letter dated: “January 2nd, 1847”. $30.00

Image Pekin, Tazewell Co.
Red Jan 9 CDS with straight-line “PAID” and manuscript “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Letter about legal matter dated: January 5th, 1850”. $40.00

Image Pittsfield, Pike Co. Sold!
Sep 3 CDS with straight-line “PAID” on full FLS going to Jacksonville, Illinois with letter dated: “Sep. 27th 1848”. $40.00

Image Princeton
, Bureau Co.

Jan 9 CDS with large “5” in circle rating mark on full cover going to Caldwell, Texas. $40.00

Image Quincy, Adams Co.
Jan 15 CDS with blue manuscript 25 rating mark on outer leaf of FLS going to Martinsburg, Virginia. $40.00

Image Quincy, Adams Co.
Apr 18 CDS with “5” rating mark on full FLS going to Rushville, Illinois. Land transaction letter dated: “Quincy 17 Apr, 1851”. $40.00

Image Rock Island, Rock Island Co.
Red Mar 30 CDS with manuscript “25” rating mark on full FLS going to Massachusetts. Family letter dated: “March 26th, 1844”. $40.00

Image Rock Island, Rock Island Co.
Nov 3 CDS with “PAID 3” in circle on full FLS going to Worcester, Massachusetts. Family letter dated: “Nov 3rd, 1851”. $40.00

Image Rock Island, Rock Island Co. Sold!
Red Nov 13 CDS with “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Worcester, Massachusetts. Family letter dated: “Nov 11, 1850”. $40.00

Image Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
Red Sep 15 CDS with straight-line “PAID” on full cover going to Addison, Vermont. $100.00

Image Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
Full envelope with fancy scroll cancel (Dec 5) with matching “PAID 3” on full cover to Watertown, New York. The post office was established in 1844 and was named for Chief Shabbona of the Potawatomi Indian tribe which was native to the area. Most of the known examples of this strike come from the Hinds correspondence. Ex-Stiss $275.00

Image 11A - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co.
3c Dull red, stamp with pen cancel on cover and accompanied by a fancy scroll cancel (Jan 8) on full cover to Watertown, New York. The post office was established in 1844 and was named for Chief Shabbona of the Potawatomi Indian tribe which was native to the area. Most of the known examples of this strike come from the Hinds correspondence. With PF certificate. $300.00

Image U6 - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – shield cancel
3c Nesbitt entire, full cover, with black DeKalb County, Sep 11, shield cancel. Some scattered toning specks. This is the only Nesbitt that we have records and it comes from the Hinds correspondence, Watertown, New York, as well. $250.00

Image 26 - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – shield cancel
3c Dull red, stamp tied by black DeKalb County, Sep 11, shield cancel to cover going to Prairie City, Illinois. Letter datelined: May 1, 1860 and refers to coming harvest and the opening of schools. Cover reduced slightly at left. $250.00

Image 11A - Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – unique red shield cancel
3c Dull red, stamp with pen cancel and tied by red DeKalb County, Mar 20, shield cancel with an additional strike in the lower left corner. This is the only example in red that we have seen and it comes from the Hinds correspondence. With PF certificate. Ex-Bill Bauer $750.00

Image 147 – Shabbona Grove, DeKalb Co. – manuscript
3c Green, stamp cancelled by two pen strokes. Manuscript “Shabbona Grove, Ill, Nov 15/ 72” along the left edge of the envelope on cover addressed to Lockport, Illinois. $35.00

Image Shawneetown, Gallatin Co.
Red Jun 16 CDS with “5” rating mark on outer leaf of FLS going to New Haven, Illinois. Blue forwarding mark, “Wilson & Redman”. $75.00

Image Shawneetown, Gallatin Co.
Red Jun 17 CDS with “FREE” on small full envelope going to New Haven, Illinois. Black enamel seal on the back. $40.00

Image Springfield, Sangamon Co. Sold!
Green Jan 21 CDS with manuscript 18 ½ rating mark on full FLS going to Oregon City, Illinois. Legal letter dated: “Jan. 19th, 1843”. $50.00

Image Springfield, Sangamon Co.
Red Jan 15 CDS with “PAID” and “5” in circle rating mark on portion of FLS going to Chicago, Illinois. Legal matter. $30.00

Image Springfield, Sangamon Co.
Oct 1 CDS and red “Paid 10” in arc on full cover going to California. $35.00

Image Toulon, Stark Co.
Manuscript “Toulon, Ill July 27 1847” and “10” rating mark on full FLS going to Belville (sic), New York. Interesting family letter. $45.00

Image Warren C.H., Warren Co.
May 7 CDS with straight-line “PAID” on full FLS going to Macomb, Illinois. Letter regarding real estate taxes. $60.00

Image Waukegan, Lake Co.
Oct 30 CDS with large red “PAID 3” in circle on full cover going to Rutland, New York. $40.00

Image Wayne Centre, DuPage Co.
Manuscript “Wayne Centre Ill. June 4 FREE” on full cover going to Mount Vernon, New Hampshire. $45.00

Image Sold! Wethersfield, Henry Co.
Manuscript “Wethersfield Ill Apr 27 FREE S. Blish P.M.” on full FLS going to Glastonbury, Connecticut. Good lengthy letter about farming. $40.00

Image Williamsville, Sangamon Co. Sold!
Balloon Sep 10 CDS with “PAID 3” in circle rating mark on full cover Macoupin County, Illinois. $50.00

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