Various New England and New York locations: 1860s to 1910s. Unbound. The envelopes range in size from 4.25” x 2.75” to 5.75” x 3.75”. All of the artwork is in black ink, and two of the designs incorporate the cover’s stamp into its design. Stamps include two 3-cent Washingtons from the mid-1860s (Scott #65), a 3-cent locomotive from 1869 (Scott #114), a 3-cent Washington from the 1870s (Scott #147), and a 2-cent Washington from the 1910s (Scott Type A140). All are in nice shape; two of the envelopes were trimmed along the right edge when opened. The clever artwork appears to have drawn by the same person over a span of 50 years. The first shows a panicked rider on a runaway horse and is captioned “No exercise I find is milder, more charming and stirring to the intellect of a student than Horseback-Riding.” ride Chesterfield’s letters.” (No doubt a reference to Lord Chesterfield’s letters to his son.) The second is of a scholar in top-hat and tails absorbed in a book while walking down the middle of a railroad track oblivious to a freight train that is rapidly approaching from behind. It is captioned, “Theoretical Theology.” The third has a drawing of a man dressed in somewhat tattered clothes carrying a large bundle under his arm. It is captioned “Ye ‘Job Lot’ man ‘hopeful.’” The fourth features a pugnacious sailor in a boxing stance next to a postmarked Washington stamp which is affixed so it appears to be lying on the deck of a ship. It is captioned, “See Here Now!! Stop That! It is bad enough to give Geo. Washington a licking without then stamping on him.” And the last shows a wagon, with a stamp affixed crookedly behind, being chased down by two men who are shouting, “Hi! You’ve dropped your stamp!”. Very good. Item #008924
A very nice collection of postal art drawn by a witty and skillful artist.