Salisbury, NC, Rowan County, August, 1860. Strip of three Scoot #24. This cover bears a die sunk cameo of Martin Richwine Oak Grove Rowan County, NC. Printed by William Eaves, a printer in New York from 1858-1860. Eaves was one of 80 known printers at that time of die sunk cameo covers. No post office ever existed at Oak Grove in Rowan County. A church by this name did exist at this time. The cover is addressed to Will L. Scott, Esq., Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina. Scott was an attorney in Greensboro. The notation indicates the cover was from or about I. E. Hopkin and $30.00.
Yadkinville, NC, Dec. 4 ca 1860, Yadkinville opened its first post office on September 17, 1853. Some time after its third Postmaster William H. Rodwell was appointed on August 22, 1859. He began using this very unusual handstamp made from printers’ type, the scalloped edges around the town name makes for a very distinct handstamp. Straight edge postmarks are among the scarcest used in North Carolina. By August 9, 1860, a new handstamp device would be in use in Yadkinville.
Female Institute, Warrenton, NC, Slave carried cover, ca. 1850s. The Warrenton Female Academy was founded in 1841 as a Presbyterian school for girls. It changed shortly to a Methodist affiliation. The name was changed to Warrenton Female College in 1856. The school was highly praised by contemporaries. In 1863 after the burning of Greensboro Female College, many of the schools’ students transferred here. When Greensboro reopened in 1873, Warrenton College closed. This cover addressed to Wm. Hedrick Esq. is manuscript (per boy). This was an indication of a slave carrying the mail to an individual.
Oxford, NC, July 21, CA 1863. This horizontal strip of five of Confederate Scott number 3 was posted from Oxford in Granville County, NC on a previously used pre-war cover from Petersburg, VA. The two cent green stamp was issued in March of 1862 to pay the drop letter and circular rate. The stamps were printed by Howyer & Ludwig of Richmond, VA. This is an example of the stamps being used to pay the 10 cent letter rate which went into effect July 1, 1862. This cover is one of two such covers recorded from Oxford and 17 known from North Carolina.
Wilmington, NC, Airmail sub-station Highwood Park, January 1, 1912. The first airmail flight in the US took place in New York on November 3, 1910, just over a year later, a group of North Carolinians met at the Highwood Park in Wilmington to watch a Curtiss Exposition plane, flown by Lincoln Beachey, take off from the park carrying 1200 pieces of mail. It flew about the park and then landed. Today, only six examples of mail carried on this flight remain. This was the thirteenth recorded airmail flight in the US. The postcard is Scott UX22 which was issued April 13, 1910.