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ILLINOIS POSTAL HISTORY

                           Page last updated:  8-15-2018

CHICAGO 

Image Hand carried – Red lithographed Cameo: Daily & weekly Tribune – “Gem of the Prairie”
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 icon Chicago stampless
Full envelope with red “Chicago Sep 24 Ill. CDS” and “5” in sawtooth circle rating mark accompanies. A couple of small edge nicks at the bottom. $15.00

Image icon Chicago stampless
FLS notice of payment due. Black “Chicago Jul 31 Ill. CDS and red “PAID”. Blue “Geo. Smith & Co. PAID Chicago” circular making. It is addressed to C.L. Bissell Chicago. C. L. Bissell is a prominent name from the mid-nineteenth century in Chicago. He founded the law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook. Ex-Stiss $175.00

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 icon 304 – Chicago registered cover
5c Blue pair tied by oval cancels to full registered cover going to the famed Burger Brothers in New York City. The cover is from a very famous Chicago stamp dealer: B.L. Voorhees. $35.00

CHICAGO BLUES

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 icon U122 Entire – Chicago “Blue” unlisted Wedges
2c Brown entire struck with blue circle of arrow heads on cover with strike of blue circular “returned to Writer” marking. William Eschenburg Mar 27 1876 circular marking in blue in the lower left hand corner. Blue Chicago N.D. Station CDs on back with partial strike of Berg No. SRT-21. $20.00

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 icon 148 – Chicago, “Blue” shield going to Canada East
6c Carmine tied by full strike of “Shield” Chicago “Blue” cancel (Berg No. SHD-1) on cover to Montreal, Canada. Blue Chicago – Dunlieth R.P.O. cancel. Docketed: manuscript “8/17-71”. Small fault upper right corner, stamp not affected, with PF certificate. $275.00

Image icon 157+U153 – Chicago, Blue “C” going to Denmark
2c brown and 3c green entire tied by double strike of the letter “C”, Chicago “Blue” cancel on full cover (Berg No. LC-1). Red Chicago, Ill Paid All transit mark on the front. Black Slagelse receiving mark on the back. Ashbrook notes in pencil on the back: “Blue Chicago “C” killer red Chicago Ill Paid All”. $175.00

158
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue "Four Bars" killer (Berg No. 4B-39). It was used from May 22nd - Jul 22nd 1876. $25.00

158 - Cover front
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue "Square of Solid Triangles" killer (Berg No. SST-4). It was used from Jul 7th - Oct 10th 1875. Great strike of this killer. $20.00

158
3c Green tied by Chicago Blue “Geometric Spoke” killer (Berg No. GEO-25). Nice illustrated enclosure for Fred P. Fisher, general insurance agent, dated “August 31, 1875”. Scarce cancel $75.00

Image icon 158 – Chicago, “Blue” Crossroads
3c green tied by full strike of blue “Crossroads” cancel to cover going to Oglesby, Illinois. (Berg No. CR-1). Fresh clean cover. $100.00

Image icon 158 – Chicago, “Blue” Geometric diamonds – Home for the Friendless 9078
3c Green tied by full strike of unlisted “Geometric diamond” Chicago “blue” cancel on full cover. Two minor edge tears at top. $75.00

Image icon 158 – Chicago “Blue” Maltese cross
3c Green tied by ornate, full strike, blue “Maltese cross” cancel to smaller cover going to Conway, Mass. (Berg No. M-9). Chicago Jun 6 4 PM Ill CDS accompanies. According to Berg this was the first day of use.  $100.00

Image icon 158 – Chicago, “Blue” Geometric – S.H. Greenbaum & Co. corner card
3c Green tied by full strike of “geometric” Chicago “Blue” cancel on full cover (Berg No. GEO-53). Large well centered stamp, small edge tear, small amount of paper loss on back. Imprint on back for the “great Inter-State Exposition of 1875” in Chicago. Ex-Beane $200.00

Image icon 159 – Chicago, “Blue” negative A – going to London
6c Dull pink tied by “Negative A with 3” Chicago “Blue” cancel to full cover (Berg No. NA3-19). Red New York marking on face, black Glasgow and red London receiving marks on the back. Fresh, clean, attractive cover! Ex-Stiss $275.00

Image icon 159 – Chicago “Blue” Stylized “D” – Illuminated dental Products advertising
6c Dull pink tied to allover gray illuminated advertising by “Stylized “Chicago “Blue” cancel. (Unlisted in Berg). Double rate cover going to Knoxville, Illinois. Ex-Landau $750.00

Image icon 161 – Chicago, “Blue” negative A – going to the Netherlands
10c Brown tied by full strike of “Negative A with 3” Chicago “Blue” cancel to full cover (Berg No. NAO-20 late use). Red New York Paid All Br. Transit mark on front, black Utbecht receiving mark on the back. Fantastic cover! $275.00

Image icon 178 – Ladies College – Chicago, “Blue” Oval  
2c Vermillion tied to unsealed envelope by “Oval” Chicago “Blue” (Berg No. OV-38) cancel. Beautiful orange-ocher woodcut of Highland Hall Ladies College in Highland Park, Illinois $300.00

UX3
With Chicago Blue "R" in circle killer. As complete a strike as you will find. Datelined: Chicago June 1, 1974. (Berg No. LR-1) used for only nine days, damaged plate variety. $75.00

Chicago World's
Columbian Exposition

232 J.A. Pierce cover
3c Green tied by World’s Fair Station, Chicago, Oct 30, 4-PM, 1893 machine cancel to five centavo Chilean entire. Blue Columbian half-dollar and Columbus Day imprint. This cover was prepared by pioneer Chicago stamp dealer, J.A. Pierce. Ex-Bilasco $300.00

 

The Balance of Illinois

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 

Carmi 19 Nov manuscript White Co.
FLS single page letter, dated 1849, about sending medicine to his father via stage coach. Rated 5c. $30.00

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 icon Coles C.H., Coles Co.
Three-page FLS datelined: “April 1842” and it is a lengthy legal document regarding a debt, which was sent “FREE” to the post master at Carmi, Illinois for filing with the court in White Co.  Coles C.H. Ill Mar 3 CDS. $30.00

Image icon Coles C.H., Coles Co.
Single page FLS datelined: “Charleston Apr. 4th, 1843” and regarding payment of back taxes on a piece of land. He enclosed $10.00 to start the redemption process with the balance to follow by either gold or silver. Sent to the court in Monmouth, Warren Co. Coles C.H. Ill Apr 3 CDS with “PAID” marking and rated “18 ¾”. $30.00

Farmington IL August 13 - Typeset straight-line cancel Fulton Co.
FLS (circa. 1839) rated 25c. Couple of tears along the bottom edge. Contains portion of family letter. A very scarce marking. $250.00

Jacksonville Ills Dec 20 red CDS Morgan Co.
FLS outer leaf docketed 1834, rated 25c. Bold strike on fresh letter sheet. $40.00

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

Libertyville, Lake Co.
FLS with red Libertyville Jan 25 Ill CDS and fancy “Paid 3 Cents” in circle going to John Brainerd in Connecticut. Three page letter from Brainerd’s brother, datelined: Fremont, January 24, 1853. Fremont was the township in which Libertyville is located. Letter discusses farming on the prairie and people in the community. This is premier Illinois fancy cancel. $350.00

Libertyville, Lake Co.
Full cover with red Libertyville Jun 7 Ill CDS and fancy “Paid 3 Cents” in circle going to Miss Albina Drew in Steuben County New York. The pencil docketing has been erased but the year appears to be 1855. This is premier Illinois fancy cancel. $350.00

U6 - Libertyville, Lake Co.
3c Nesbitt entire, full cover, with a full red strike of the second date stamp used by the Libertyville post office. Most of the early covers from this town come from the Drew correspondence with this one addressed to the Minnesota Territory. Tiny tear middle top. Ex-Barkhausen $150.00

Image icon 26 - Mattoon, Coles Co.
3c Dull Red tied by blue Mattoon Oct 10 Ill. CDS to cover going to Springfield, Ill. Part of the Newton Bateman correspondence. Stain in lower left corner. $35.00

Image icon 145 - Mattoon, Coles Co.
1c Ultramarine tied by Mattoon Dec 25 lll. CDS to bee advertising cover going to west Groton, New York. Includes printed one-page circular, dated 1872, for: “S.D. Barber late dealer in Italian Bees, Queens and Hives”. $75.00

Image icon 2c, 3, 4c, First Bureaus + 3c Entire - Mattoon, Coles Co.
Stamps struck or tied by solid circular cancel, Mattoon Aug 23, 1895 Ill. CDS accompanies on a registered cover going to Belgium. New York registry and Brussels backstamps. No back flap. $95.00

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 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

Nauvoo Ills Apr 12 red CDS Hancock Co.
Hancock Co. FLS single page letter, dated 1849, regarding legal matter. With red “PAID” marking. $50.00

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 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

Pekin, Ill June 8 – Typeset straight-line cancel Tazewell Co.
Outer FLS docketed 1835, rated 18 3/4c. Minor aging along the edges. Scarce marking. $175.00

Pekin, Ill Oct 9 – Typeset straight-line cancel Tazewell Co.
FLS rated 25c, three page letter, dated: October 7, 1835. A lengthy letter regarding the probate of an estate. Scarce marking. $150.00

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 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

Shawneetown ILL Jan 14  – Dark red oval CDS Gallatin Co.
FLS rated 25c, three page letter, dated: January 8, 1827. A lengthy letter regarding cash receipts. Scarce marking. $150.00

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

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