Lot# 46 - Erivan Sale 1

  • Lot# : 46 Local and Private Posts

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    Mercantile Library Association, NY City, 105L3, 1870-75 5c Blue, horizontal pair (probably from upper left corner) tied by double oval blue "Mercantile Library Association Nov. 18 1875" and "Dec 13 1875" handstamps on addressed card used for delivery of a book to the client, stamps fresh color and clear to large margins, card with edge flaws, Very Fine overall; signed "Geo. B. Sloane" (Scott $1,400 for a pair on "postal card and $1,000 for two used stamps)

    The library delivered books to patrons by horse and wagon for a fee of five cents, until business declined and it stopped service at the end of 1873. It re-opened in December 1874, using messengers for home delivery, but with the fee increased to ten cents. This accounts for the two five cent stamps on this library loan form. For an interesting and in-depth look at this particular local post, we recommend the article by Larry T. Nix, John D. Bowman, and Gordon Stimmell ("Unraveling the Story of the Delivery Stamps of the Mercantile Library of New York") from the December 2007 issue of the American Philatelist.

    Start Price : 200 USD
    Current Opening : 210 USD
    Hammer price : 575 USD