PHILADELPHIA CITY-VIEW LETTERSHEET SENT TO HANNOVER, GERMANY
PHILADELPHIA CITY-VIEW LETTERSHEET SENT TO HANNOVER, GERMANY
PHILADELPHIA CITY-VIEW LETTERSHEET SENT TO HANNOVER, GERMANY
PHILADELPHIA CITY-VIEW LETTERSHEET SENT TO HANNOVER, GERMANY

PHILADELPHIA CITY-VIEW LETTERSHEET SENT TO HANNOVER, GERMANY

Philadelphia: Dubois (artist) and Wollenweber (printer), 1850. Unbound. This three-page stampless cover city-view lettersheet measures 16” x 10.5”. The lithograph of Philadelphia measures 7.5” x 3”. The three pages of text are in German. Its letter is dated November 2, 1854 and bears two red circular Philadelphia postmarks, one dated November 3 and one dated November 4, as well as a “Paid 15” handstamp also in red. It additionally has a three-line blue handstamp, “America / Uber Bremen / Franco” and corresponding circular stamp, “22 / 11 / A” which were applied when the letter was received at the port of Bremen on November 22 indicating postage had already been paid. The cover also shows a small, blue, circular “Landbote M / 27 /11” handstamp indicating the letter was dispatched to the addressee from Bremen by a rural messenger on November 27. The lettersheet is complete with some wear, soiling, and mailing folds. It is missing two 1” square pieces where a wax seal was removed upon opening. Very good. Item #008908

Lettersheets were created as an economical way to send mail because, despite their size which allowed for up to four pages of text, they were designed to be folded into a compact letter, and post offices considered them to be only one sheet of paper.

Milgram, in American Illustrated Letter Stationery 1819-1899, notes that the city-view illustrations like this were reminiscent of European city-view prints and especially popular among German immigrants. This lettersheet is type PH-LS-1 to which Milgram has assigned a “rarity estimate” of R-3, meaning less than five examples are known.

Price: $400.00

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