Iowa: 1880’s.

(C-0054) 1880 Postal Cover & Letter -U.S. #184  – Series of 1879  3¢ Washington  Earliest Known Use: July 2, 1878. 2-page hand written letter by Charles Elliott to Oscar Watkins from Inland, Iowa on January 1, 1880. Postmarked January 2, 1880 in nearby Wilton Junction, Iowa.
(C-0277) U.S. #183 1879 2¢ Jackson American Bank Note Printing (Earliest Known Use: August 18, 1878); U.S. #186 1879 6¢ Lincoln American Bank Note Printing (Earliest Known Use: April 18, 1879); U.S. #188 1879 10¢ Jefferson Type II American Bank Note Printing (Earliest Known Use: October 5, 1878) Postmarked February 8, (1880-1882) in Iowa (city unreadable). This letter took 18 cents to mail. More than likely, the letter contained very important legal documents that needed special handling since the postage rate at the time was 3-cents for 1/2 ounce. In March 1883, the postage rate decreased to 2-cents and a new 2-cent Washington stamp (U.S. #210) was issued in October. Since this cover uses the 2-cent Jackson (U.S. #183), the letter must have been mailed prior to October 1883, but after April 1879 when U.S. #186 Lincoln was released. Our estimated date is 1880-1883.
(C-0053) 1880 Postal Cover & Letter U.S. #184  Series of 1879  3¢ Washington Earliest Known Use: July 2, 1878 Postmarked –  October 4, 1880 in Iowa City.
(C-0055) 1880 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #184  Series of 1879  3¢ Washington  Earliest Known Use: July 2, 1878. 3-page hand written letter by Charles Elliott to Oscar Watkins on November 1, 1880 from Law College of the University of Iowa @ Iowa City. Postmarked November 1, 1880 in Iowa City (the date & time postmark has the changeable type upside-down).
(C-0043) 1884 Postal Cover  U.S. #U231  Embossed Envelope 2¢ Washington  Postmarked April 7, 1884 in Iowa City This postal cover is a letter from Thomas B. Wales and is addressed to “Messrs Powell Bros” of Springboro, PA. The cover features the Holstein Breeders Association of America logo.
(C-0021) “The Hawkeye” Postal Cover  U.S. #210  1883 2¢ Washington   Earliest Known Use: October 1, 1883 Postmarked August 26, 1884 in Burlington.
(C-0056) 1885 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #210  – 1883  2¢ Washington  Earliest Known Use: October 1, 1883. Hand written note by Charles Elliott to Oscar Watkins on February 20, 1885. Postmarked February 20, 1885 in Minneapolis with envelope & letterhead printed: Charles B. Elliott, Law Office, 31 Kasota Building, Minneapolis, Minn.

(C-0283) U.S. #210  1883  2¢ Washington  Earliest Known Use: October 1, 1883 Postmarked March 2, 1886 in Kansas City.

1886 Postal Cover  In a recent Ebay sale (1/5/21), another interesting cover set from Thomas Wales, Secretary, came up for bid. It’s a beautiful etched cover on a U.S. U113 1¢ Franklin embossed envelope, addressed to a potential customer in New Jersey. Postmarked in Iowa City in August 1886, the enclosed sale flyer has a treasure-trove of items for sale through the Association.
(C-0057) 1887 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #U45  Embossed Envelope 3¢ Washington. 3-page hand written letter by Charles Elliott to Oscar Watkins on September 4, 1887 from Muscatine, Iowa. Postmarked September 5, 1887 in Muscatine, using the letterhead of Jayne & Wilson Brannan, Muscatine, Iowa.
(C-0058) 1887 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #210  1883  2¢ Washington  Earliest Known Use: October 1, 1883. Hand written note by Charles Elliott to Oscar Watkins on September 11, 1887. Postmarked September 12, 1887 in Minneapolis with envelope printed: Charles B. Elliott, Attorney at Law, 245 and 246 Temple Court, Minneapolis, Minn.

(C-0289) 1887 Postal Cover  U.S. #213  – Series of 1887  2¢ Washington  First Day of Issue: September 10, 1887 Postmarked  December 11, 1887 in Iowa City.

(C-0047) 1888 Postal Cover  U.S. #213  – Series of 1887  2¢ Washington  First Day of Issue: September 10, 1887 Postmarked 8 PM –  February 27, 1888 in Iowa City.
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(C-0232) 1888 Postal Cover & 4-page letter – U.S. #213  2¢ Washington Postmarked July 26, 1888 in Iowa City.
(C-0059) 1888 Postal Cover & Letter – U.S. #213  Series of 1887  2¢ Washington  First Day of Issue: September 10, 1887. Hand written note by Charles Elliott to Oscar Watkins on July 27, 1888, soon after a visit from Oscar Watkins to Minneapolis. Postmarked July 27, 1888 in Minneapolis, arriving in Fultonham, Ohio on July 30, 1888 with envelope printed: Charles B. Elliott, Attorney and Counselor at Law, 245 and 246 Temple Court, Minneapolis, Minn.
(C-0044) 1888 Postal Cover  U.S. #213  Series of 1887  2¢ Washington.  First Day of Issue: September 10, 1887 – Postmarked November 30, 1888 in Iowa City.
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(P-0090) U.S. #UX8 Postal Card  1885 1¢ Thomas Jefferson  Postmarked on January 14, 1889 on the Clinton & Iowa City RPO.
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(C-0045) 1889 Postal Cover  U.S. #212  Series of 1887  1¢ Franklin.  Issued: June, 1887  Postmarked February 11, 1889 in Iowa City.
(P-0251) U.S. #UX9 Postal Card  1886 1¢ Thomas Jefferson  Postmarked on May 15, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois
(C-0048) 1889 Postal Cover   U.S. #212  Series of 1887  1¢ Franklin – Issued: June, 1887 Cover is Postmarked –  July 9, 1889 in Lester Prairie, MN and arrived in Iowa City on July 11, 1889. Addressed to H.W. Boerner, Iowa City, Iowa.
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(C-0038) Late 1880’s Postal Cover  State University of Iowa cacheted envelope U.S. #210  1883 2¢ Washington   Earliest Known Use: October 1, 1883 (This cacheted envelope is postmarked January (late 1880’s?) 5:30 am in Iowa City, Iowa. It’s a letter written on State University of Iowa stationary and includes a beautiful cachet etching of the University campus.

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