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.
Rutherfordton, NC, April 9, 1855, a letter of grief or mourning cover from Rutherfordton in Rutherford County. The envelope was posted April 9, 1855 and is the earliest recorded mourning cover from North Carolina. The 2.5 mm Black Border on the cover indicates someone had died and the writer was in mourning for their death. Queen Victoria of England is attributed as making mourning covers popular during her reign from 1837-1901. The latest known North Carolina mourning cover is 1934.
Petra Mills, NC, Sept. 3, 1887, a P.P. Hammond Co. of Aurora, Illinois, double circle CDS Pinwheel cancel tying a Scott #210 issued October 1, 1883 to envelope. The envelope is posted to Little River, NC in Alexander County. Petra Mills was located in Caldwell County. It first opened in 1873. The name was changed to Petra in 1894 and the Post Office was closed in 1906. Postmaster John R. Heath was appointed postmaster on May 26, 1886 and served until August 2, 1890. He would have been the postmaster who ordered the handstamp device and posted this cover. Only ten cities are recorded using this pinwheel type cancel in North Carolina.
Articles for the Winter issue, Volume 34, No.1, Whole 129, January 01, 2015
Edgeworth Female Seminary, Richard F. Winter
Elizabeth City, Stampless Handstamp Rate Markings 1835-1840, Tony L. Crumbley
Some Raleigh Covers Commemorating Anniversaries of Andrew Johnson’s Birth, Maurice M. Bursey
Western North Carolina Space Covers, Scott Steward
New Mystery Cover
Old Mystery Cover
Articles for the Spring issue, Volume 34, No.2, Whole 130, April 01, 2015
A Tale of Two Cities: Fuquay Springs and Varina, Tony L. Crumbley
Mail from Camp Stokes CSA in 1864-1865, Stefan T. Jaronski
North Carolina Postal History from the Robert J. Karrer Collection, Scott Troutman
Scott M. Troutman, 1950-2015, Tony L. Crumbley
The Greensboro PAID Handstamp Revisited, Thomas S. Richardson
Old Mystery Cover