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image of 1865 -- "THE FLEET ARE NEAR READY TO GIVE VICKSBURG A TRY."

1865 -- "THE FLEET ARE NEAR READY TO GIVE VICKSBURG A TRY."

by Thomas Dennis Allen Briggs

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Published
1865
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Very good
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A significant archive of letters and ephemera from a Civil War gunboat sailor who served on Commodore Porter's flagship and participated in the siege of Vicksburg and the Red River Campaign. Mississippi River, Yazoo River, and Red River: Frigate Sabine, Gunboat Eastport and Flagship Black Hawk, 1865. Ten letters (31 pages of text) and two printed poems document a gunboat sailor's… Read more
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Boston, 1898. Unbound. Very good. Both broadsides measure 6" x 17" and feature an illustration of steamship. Both have been glued to pages from an old ledger. They are in nice shape with toning and some edge wear. The Rose Standish, named for the first wife of Myles Standish, was one of several ships in the Nantasket Beach… Read more
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image of THE IRON CLADS IN THE RIVER ARE ABOUT TO MAKE AN ATTACK ON US AND I SHOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE SHOULD BE UPON US SOME STILL DARK NIGHT. . .. WE DON'T MEAN TO RUN AND GIVE UP THE BLOCKADE." Letter from the first African-American graduate of Yale who became the U.S. Navy's only African-American Ship's Surgeon during the Civil War

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U. S. Steamer State of Georgia off the Carolina Coast. Unbound. Very good. This six-page letter is datelined, "U.S.St'r State of Georgia / Feb. 20th 1864". It was sent by Richard H. Green, an African-American Ship's Surgeon, to his fiancé, Lottie [Charlotte A. Caldwell] of Bennington, Vermont. There is no mailing envelope. A transcript will be provided. … Read more
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image of ON ONE OCCASION THEY MET 14 MILES THIS SIDE OF ALTOON MORE THAN 200 STRIKERS." Letter from a prominent Pennsylvania woman to her overseas Naval Officer son describing the Philadelphia City Troop's response to the Great Railroad Strike of 1877

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Idlewild [Hotel] near Medina, Pennsylvania to the U.S.S. Trenton at London, 1877. Envelope or Cover. Very good. Four-page letter with an accompanying envelope addressed to Louis D. Beylard, U.S.S. Trenton, in care of Mr. B. F. Stevens of London. The envelope is franked with a blue 5-cent Taylor stamp (Scott #178) cancelled with a Medina, Pennsylvania postmark. It… Read more
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image of DEAR FOLKS, WELL HERE IT IS THE END OF THE SECOND DAY AND QUITE A BIT OF WATER HAS GONE OVER THE DAM ALREADY." Huge four-year correspondence archive from a cadet enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Basic School at San Mateo, California as it transitioned into U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and consolidated operations at Kings Point, New York

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Letters to his parents from various locations, 1949. Ring-bound. Very good. This archive consists of approximately 100 letters plus postcards, telegrams, short notes, and holiday cards sent from Burnett to his parents. Most were sent from either the Cadet Basic School at San Mateo or the Academy at Kings Point. Some were sent while from cruise locations. There… Read more
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image of KANSAS / THE BEST PART OF THE WEST TO BUY A GRAIN FARM . . . STOCK FARM . . . SHEEP RANCH . . . OPEN A STORE, OR TO PRACTICE A PROFESSION." The Immigrants' Guide to the Most Fertile Lands of Kansas. . .

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Kansas City, Mo: Land & Immigration Office of the Kansas Division (formerly Kansas Pacific Railway) Union Pacific Railway Company, 1880. Unbound. Very good. This 6-panel brochure measures approximately 7.5" x 10.25" unfolded. It was published by the "Land & Immigration Office of the Kansas Division (formerly Kansas Pacific Railway) Union Pacific Railway Company." The brochure was printed by… Read more
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image of THE CAPTAIN . . . A QUAKER FACE WHICH IS EASILY RIGGED ON, BAFFLES THIS NUMBSCULL." A candid and gossipy letter to his wife by a physician serving aboard the flagship of the Home Fleet who would go on to become a Medical Director of the Navy and serve three times as a Fleet Surgeon

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U.S.S. Independence at New York, 1843. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This three-page stampless folded letter, measuring 16.5" x 9.5", is datelined "U. S. Ship Independence / New York, Nov. 21st. 1843." It bears a manuscript "12½" rate mark (the cost to send a letter from 80 to 150 miles) and a circular red New York postmark dated… Read more
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image of 1917 -- "TAKING SURVIVORS ABOARD [FROM THE] FINLAND AFTER BEING TORPEDOED."

1917 -- "TAKING SURVIVORS ABOARD [FROM THE] FINLAND AFTER BEING TORPEDOED."

by Compiled by Quartermaster 3rd Class Charles Chambron

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Published
1917
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Very good
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£1,864.50

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A terrific photographic record J. P. Morgan's yacht, the USS Corsair, which was leased by the Navy during World War One to serve as an escort and patrol ship. The Atlantic Ocean, 1917. This large album measures 12" x 9.5" and contains well over 250 glued-in photographs, most measuring about 4" x 2.5". The photographs are captioned in white ink on 46… Read more
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image of 1900-1910 -- A 'WHO'S WHO' GUESTBOOK OF PASSENGERS ON AND VISITORS TO ISAAC STERN'S LEGENDARY STEAM YACHT <i>VIRGINIA</i>

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Guest Book of the Virginia, owned by New York's legendary department store tycoon, Isaac Stern, along with Ten Thousand Miles in a Yacht which chronicled the ship's trip up the Amazon River in 1911. The Virginia's guest register is a bound leather book measuring approximately 8.5" x 10.5" with approximately 250 gilt-edged pages. About 75 of those pages are filled… Read more
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image of A NEW YORK COMPANY BEGINS TO STRIP BARE THE VIRGIN LOWLAND FOREST NEAR CHARLESTON DURING THE SOUTH CAROLINA LUMBERING BOOM  - 18 photographs detailing the operations of the A. C. Tuxbury Lumber Company

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This lot has 18 card-mounted albumin photographs detailing operations of the Tuxbury Lumber Company in Charleston, South Carolina. Ten images, measuring approximately 4.5" x 3.5" are mounted on dark grey cards measuring about 6.5" x 5.5". Eight images, measuring approximately 5" x 3" are mounted on white cards measuring 7" x 5". "AC Tuxbury Lmber Co" is written… Read more
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image of 1943 -- "I HAD IT BETTER . . . BEING KEPT IN THE CAMP HOSPITAL . . .. NEVERTHELESS I LOST ABOUT TEN POUNDS . . .  HARD WORK AND POOR FOOD."

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Letter from an American missionary to her brother as she travels home aboard the Swedish Repatriation Ship Gripsholm after having been released from a Japanese internment camp in China. This two-page airmail letter sent by an American missionary is written on "Motorship Gripsholm" stationery and datelined "Nearing Rio de Janiero S. A. / Nov. 12, 1943." The envelope is franked… Read more
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image of 1869 -- AN ENGLISH BUSINESSMAN  ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

1869 -- AN ENGLISH BUSINESSMAN ANTICIPATES COMPLETION OF THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD

by Red. McKnight to George McKnight

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Published
1869
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Very good
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£559.35

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A stamped folded letter from San Francisco to Liverpool, England franked with a black 12-cent E grill stamp and accompanied by a Philatelic Foundation Certificate. This one-page folded letter is franked with a 12-cent black Washington stamp embossed with an E-grill for postal security (Scott # 90). The stamp is canceled by a fancy radial cork handstamp. It bears… Read more
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image of 1863 -- A FORMER OFFICER IN THE "ARMY OF CALIFORNIA" BECOMES AN EARLY EMPLOYEE OF THE UNION PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY EASTERN BRANCH (KANSAS PACIFIC RAILWAY) AFTER BEING PROMISED A JOB AS THE CONDUCTOR OF ITS SECOND TRAIN

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Letter from Grove Watson to a friend reporting that had recently accepted a position with the railroad in Kansas. This letter on the stationery of the Union Pacific Railway Company, Eastern Division is datelined, Wyandotte, Kansas, November 7, 1863, and enclosed in a mailing envelope which bears a circular Wyandotte, Kas Dec 7 postmark and a manuscript "Due 6c" rate mark.… Read more
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image of 1876 -- A RECORD-SETTING NON-STOP THEATRICAL TRAIN TRIP ON THE "LIGHTNING EXPRESS"

1876 -- A RECORD-SETTING NON-STOP THEATRICAL TRAIN TRIP ON THE "LIGHTNING EXPRESS"

by Various

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Published
1876
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£2,796.75

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An archive pertaining to Jarrett & Palmer's famous transcontinental Lightning Express. The transcontinental Lightning Express captured the attention of the nation while transporting a theatrical troupe from New York to San Francisco in under 84 hours, a record-breaking time, for an opening night performance. The national excitement generated by the arrival of the Lightning Express in Oakland was incredible and not… Read more
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image of ERIE CANAL CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS

ERIE CANAL CONSTRUCTION PHOTOGRAPHS

by Possibly Daniel Sullivan

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Published
circa 1910
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Very good
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Album documenting early 20th-century improvement projects on the Erie Canal during the construction of the New York State Barge Canal system. This album measures approximately 7½ " x 10 ½" and contains over 65 photographs ranging in size from 3½" x 2½" to 5¼" x 3¼". All have been glued to the pages. There are no captions, however, some… Read more
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image of Invoice-sent via Boyd's City Express-for property rental to support the Sailors' Snug Harbor, one of the first charitable organizations in the United States

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New York, 1857. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This invoice was sent by Joseph Greenleaf, the Treasurer of Sailors' Snug Harbor on Staten Island to Caleb Swan at 126 Ninth Street. It is dated 28 October 1857 and bills Swan $100 for "Six Months Ground Rent". It bears a somewhat blurred Boyd's City Express postmark dated… Read more
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image of Letter from an American in Liverpool describing his efforts to prevent an Englishman from stealing credit for inventing a longitude measuring device based on a theory by a prominent Georgia physician, Doctor Joel Abbott

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Liverpool, 1818. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This two-page letter was sent from Liverpool to New York on 30 July 1818. After delivery to a ship's agent, it was dispatched on the second voyage the Black Ball Line ship, the Amity, which departed Liverpool on 2 August and arrived at New York City on 3 September where… Read more
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image of Invitation to participate in the Cleveland Yachting Association 1880 Inter-Lake Regatta

Invitation to participate in the Cleveland Yachting Association 1880 Inter-Lake Regatta

by C. B. Krause

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Published
1880
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Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Yachting Association, 1880. Envelope or Cover. Very good. The bi-fold, cardstock invitation is addressed to L. Lockwood Esquire of Sandusky. It includes a chart of the regatta course as well as the regatta rules and list of prizes. Also included are the cover letter and envelope used to forward it; both are branded wtith… Read more
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image of Letter from an American passenger describing the arrival of an immigration ship and informing a prominent, but despicable, Connecticut minister  that his long-suffering wife (who would soon initiate one of the most notorious divorce cases of the 19th century) would shortly be returning from Europe

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Ship Burgundy to Middletown, Connecticut, 1837. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This two-page folded letter measures 16" x 10" unfolded. It bears a circular red New York "Ship" postmark dated August 16 and is in nice shape. The ship Burgundy regularly brought immigrants from Europe to the United States. On this voyage,… Read more
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image of DANIEL'S LIFE PRESERVER IN CASE OF SHIPWRECK [OR FOR] BATHING

DANIEL'S LIFE PRESERVER IN CASE OF SHIPWRECK [OR FOR] BATHING

by From Jacob Cram to Messers Parker & Poor

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Published
1807
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Very good
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Stampless folded letter sent from London to merchants in Boston with a handstamp advertising Daniel's Life Preservers. London to Boston, 1807. Envelope or Cover. Very good. This two-page stampless folded letter measures 14.5" x 9" unfolded. It is datelined "London 7th Jany. 1807" with a manuscript annotation, "per Enterprise via New York" in the lower-left corner. There… Read more
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