Lot 759 Canada #35, F1 1888 Registered 1c + 2c Drop Letter to Dead Letter Office, mailed to and from Ottawa on JUL.9.1888 (boxed registration datestamp), the recipient could not be found, as evidenced by “could not be found on…” manuscript note, with octagonal “NOT CALLED FOR / OTTAWA / JUL.31.1888” datestamp. Then sent to Dead Letter Office and received there on AUG.6, (large c.d.s. on back) then with AUG.9 large broken circle on back. This very fine cover is franked with a 1c SQ and 2c RLS (both tied by rosette fancy cancels), paying for the drop letter registered rate. Estimate C$250.
Lot 1105 Montréal D.L.O. Postmarks Collection, well mounted and described on album / exhibit pages (with Plain Catalogue #s) with a total of 80 covers or cards covering the period 1903-1950s (a few later). We note many Oval types used in different colors (including a scarce 1920 BRANCH DEAD LETTER OFFICE G. #MON2b-b7a); some RETURNED FOR WAR TAX Postcards; some unusual association of types; Ambulance covers; various DLO c.d.s., auxiliary markings, etc. A fabulous collection and viewing is strongly recommended to better appreciate the quality and interest of this collection. A few faults but overall both strikes and covers are in fine condition. From the Brian Plain Collection. Estimate $800, sold for C$2,100.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1098 Edmonton D.L.O. Postmarks Collection described on eighteen pages with a total of nineteen covers/cards and one piece, all dated between 1911 to 1945. We note a 1945 cover with scarce EDMONTON BRANCH cds without indicia (the only known example according to owner); a 1914 ambulance cover with 2c Postage due stamp; various cds, oval and other auxiliary markings. Few faults, but overall both strikes and covers in fine condition. From the Brian Plain Collection of Canadian Dead Letter Offices. Estimate $200, sold for C$500.00 plus 17% buyer’s premium.
Lot 1111 Group of four Better Early D.L.O. Covers, including: #DLOS-1, maybe unique “3” in circle on Nov. 24, 1875 Chateauguay Basin, L.C. cover addressed to Canton, Massachusetts under franked 3c Small Queen with “OVER ½ OZ.” and “RETURNED FOR POSTAGE” auxiliary markings, sent to the Montréal D.L.O. where additional 3c stamp was added (cancelled JA 24, 1876 D.L.O. cds). From the Brian Plain Collection of Canadian Dead Letter Offices. This cover is illustrated on front page of Mr. Plain’s book The Dead Letter Office in Canada 1830-2002: An Illustrated Postal History, Second Edition. Next is a #DLO-5 “2” on back Hamilton Dec 2, 1879 cover; #DLO-9 “1” on back Hamilton JY 4, 1878 local cover. Diamond shape “1” on back alongside 2 different D.L.O. cds of an undeliverable 1891 Winnipeg large size cover and finally an oval D.L.O. Branch / P.O. Dept. Canada oval cds on Oct 7, 1895 red envelope to Boston, with D.L.O. cds on back alongside purple P.O. Inspectors; London, Ont. oval dated Jan 16, 1896. A fascinating group with three well described on exhibition pages. A few faults but overall very fine. Estimate $400.
Lot 886 AMCN #3331b July 25, 1933 Balbo Flight Cover from Shediac NB to Rome, Italy, sent registered and addressed to Fred Jarrett in Rome, with three different Rome backstamp receivers (Aug 12 to 14). Returned to Canada via Montreal and the Ottawa Dead Letter Office to Jarrett in Toronto. The cover is franked with a total of $3.30 (including three different $1 stamps) and has a “Canada Carbon Ribbon Co.” corner card and a “Beaver Brand” illustration on back. Tiny bit grubby, still a very interesting and “busy” cover, with only 70 flown pieces. AMCN CV$1,000.