Here is some recent stuff: #311 on wrapper (cut from larger wrapper to mount like a cover at some point)
I got this for a song but I'm a little skeptical that it's legitimate? On cover/wrapper catalogs at $1,500.00 +/- (I only paid less than 5. bucks shipped!) So it was a deal either way is how I see it. And you?
As to the history of the cover, the return address is from a Rev. J. Wilbur Chapman of Winona Lakes, WI. Here's his biography:
As for the addressee of the cover, Rev. Charles E. Rhodes (a/k/a Dr. Charles Elbert Rhodes) of Buffalo, NY, he was a graduate of Princeton University and was minister of the Central Park Presbyterian Church in Buffalo back in the day of the cover. He later became an educator and was appointed Assistant Principal and Head of the Department of English at Lafayette High School, Buffalo, NY, before being appointed Principal of Bennett High School, Buffalo, NY in 1922. Dr. Rhodes was also a prolific writer of books and texts both on the subjects of literature and theology.
Charles Elbert Rhodes was appointed principal of Bennett High School in 1922. Prior to leading Bennett, he was a teacher and assistant principal at Lafayette High School. He came to Buffalo in 1894 as a pastor at Central Park Presbyterian Church.
I cant remember but I have to assume that it was m friend Bill who was responsible for the biographic information. Just givin' credit where credit is due! Thanks wt1!
Greetings Mr. krash . Great stuff. Just for those that don't know, the 2014 Scott lists the used stamp alone at $90 buckaroos. . For the sake of those who might not know, Mr. krash, please explain a wrapper and the difference between wrapper and cover. Also, please tell us why you expect from the physical evidence that this is not a cover. . Respectfully,
Last Edit: Oct 8, 2013 11:29:07 GMT -5 by Gordon Lee
Because it's just on a heavier wrapper type paper and it was cut from a larger piece. I can see on the back where it sat for years as a folded over larger piece and where it was carefully trimmed. Also just from the nature of Reverend Charles Rhodes extensive travels and work it makes it seem likely it was a legitimate piece.
The negatives: it's not well tied and looks to have a reddish hue peeking out behind the stamp itself like maybe the original #310 or #319 was lifted and replaced. Hard to be certain really? I like the stamp and piece together so it'll remain as it is in my little collection.
I collect United States Classics, classic covers, Tobacco related covers & bill-heads and World fair ephemera (prior to 1930's)
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