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( Originally Published 1893 )


AFTER waiting with a patience quite equal to that of Job of old, for a period of nearly six months, we have received the long promised " Blue Book." It is superbly gotten up, consists of nearly 30o pages, and gives the names and data of one thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine collectors and dealers resident throughout the United States of America and the Dominion of Canada. We wish to state that this number does not represent all of the " Philatelic flock in these two great countries. Far from it. After we had glanced through it—we say glanced because we had only a few moments in which to look it over—we came to the conclusion that it was, without a doubt, the most valuable book of information ever put before the Philatelic world, and an invaluable one to the Philatelist, be he collector or dealer.


Vol. I No. 7, June 15th, 1893.

THE first of the June monthlies to be received by us was the Postal Card. In its two pages of reading matter can be found more interesting items of news than in most of the twenty-five cent a year papers that are received at our sanctum.


Vol, L, No. 4, May, 1893

THIS is the first number of this Canadian contemporary of ours that we have gazed on, and we cannot say that we are very much taken with it. A very good article on the " Forgeries of Venezuela Stamps," by Henry Hechler ; and a lengthened description of " The Coombs Frauds," constitute the best part of this number. We glean from " Canadian Notes " that the new Canadian 8-cent postage stamp will be printed in sage green.


Vol. I., No. 2, May, 1893.

THE only new paper received by us last month was The Brooklyn Stamp. It is very neatly gotten up, and the contents of this number are very fair. The most important article to the Philatelist refers to a U. S. officially sealed stamp which was and is still offered to the Philatelic world at fabulously low prices.

The editor having been requested to buy some, and doubting their genuineness, wrote to the authorities at 'Washington, and received a reply that they were not the official form of seal that was authorized by this Department. A general idea of this stamp may be formed by referring to an illustration on another page of THE CANADIAN JOURNAL OF PHFLATELY, but with a slightly different version of the reading on it. " What can be learned from the Columbian Issue," by R. 6. Tibbals ; a " Review," by " Tim Brology," " Editorial," and a reprinted article from The Philatelic Era. with several notes, etc., of minor importance, compose the rest of this number.

As we have not seen the first number, we are not in a position to say whether any decided improvement is shown with No. 2.


THE New England Stamp Company, of Boston, Mass., held their first auction sale of stamps on May loth, 1893, at 10 p.m. This would seem to many rather a late hour to commence a sale, but it consisted of too lots only, and so was an event of the past in a very few minutes.

It was what is known as a reserve sale, i.e., the prices quoted were the lowest the stamps could be bought for, and all the stamps contained therein were part of the stock of the N. E. S. Co., and were simply samples of the class of goods they had and intend to carry in stock. The total reserve placed upon these 100 lots aggregated $1,123.50, all of which were sold with the exception of 14 lots valued at or having a reserve of $336, an average of $24 per lot. A slight mention of some of the lots sold and the prices realized for them would, we have no hesitation in saying, be welcomed by our many readers.

As is usual with all the American sales, the stamps of the United States had a good showing in the catalogue. An entire sheet of Providence, consisting of eleven varieties of 5 cents and one to cents with a reserve of $60, sold for $61.10. An 1847 unused 10 cents was bought in at $7.33, showing that a decrease in price is not yet imminent with this series. A stamp that placed itself on record in a very short time was the 1861 cents pink, and very few stamps have advanced so rapidly in price as this has done, an unused specimen in this sale realizing $10.59. The three high values of the 1869 issue unused, namely, the 24, 3o, and go cents, realized very good prices, fetching $7.06. $6 02, and $12.04 respectively. The same values of the 1875 issue in an unused condition realized $7.14, $7.11, and $12.06 respectively. This would verify the statement that these stamps are rarer than those of the 1869 issue. A 24 cents of 1870 was knocked under at the small (?) price of $35.56, and an 1875 3o cents, which was catalogued as being very, very rare, in a used state, sold for $11.11. On unused set of Executive, with full gum and brilliant colors, sold for $22.69, and a set of the same, used, all fine, for $22.41. It would seem as though these stamps will soon be among the " unobtainables, " at least to the majority of collectors who have not a very large " wad " in their inside pocket. An unused 90 cents Justice was bought in at $13.06, and a used specimen for $12.14. There were several envelopes, all of which were knocked down at good round prices, notably among them an 1853 10 cents die 4, white paper, unused, which realized $26.05. The second issue, $200 blue, black and red revenue stamp, which, by the way, had a reserve of $100, and the highest priced reserve in the sale, realized $130. A $20 third issue, black and orange, realized $4.50, and an oddity or error of the second issue, 5o cents inverted head, $9.12.

Among the foreign rarities offered were an 1868 15 cents violet, water-marked, of Canada, which sold for $9.21 ; a New Brunswick 1851 3d. red, unused, realized $4.75 ; a Newfoundland 1857 4d. vermillion. $113.60, and a Nova Scotia id. red-brown

A few of the rarities not sold were :—Saxony 1850 3p. red, lightly cancelled. a beauty, with a reserve of $32; a New York 3 cents blue, wove paper, with a reserve of $75 ; and an 1884 2 cents red on white. Kellogg, with a reserve of $40. Although listed. the existence of the latter envelope has been doubted. The total amount realized for the 86 lots sold was $841.54. •

The Western Stamp and Coin Co. held their twelfth auction sale on Tuesday, May 3oth, 1893, at 7.30 p.m. This sale, as is usual, consisted to a large degree of the stamps of the United States of America, and although there were not many stamps that could

^ be classed as rarities, those offered were all desirable ones, the more so seeing that the holidays are drawing nigh and this is the time when the collector is loath to part with his " spare cash," at least to any great extent, preferring to keep it, and go to the mountains and forget the cares of this life, if only for a fortnight.

The first lot tendered the collector was a New York, 1843, blue, glazed paper on original cover, fine margins, and an extra good copy. It filled a blank in its now proud possessor's album for the sum of $14.60. An unsevered pair of New York 1845 on original envelope, sold for $16.05. Of the general issues the amounts realized did not. in most cases, reach catalogue prices—a to cents of 1847, on original cover, realizing only $1.85, and a 5 and to cents of same only $2.05. A magnificent horizontal strip of four, and evenly centered specimens of the 187o 7 cents unused, full gum and light grill. realized $20.50, and a 30 cents of the same series, unused, but with a slight defect in the shape of several needle holes, which were hardly discernible, realized $9.25. Four unused copies of the 1872 10 cents brought from $1.30 to $1.65 a-piece. A $to State Department catalogued as full gum, evenly centered, very fine and rare, realized $29.75, while a $20 of the same, and in a similar condition, realized $31.75. or 75 cents more than was paid for the one in the De Coppett sale. An 1857 1 cent blue on orange late especially so used, was knocked down for $5.o5 ; an 1884 12 cents brown 0n white, letter size, no watermark, fine condition and very rare, for $3.50, and an unused 1887 rejected die, entire envelope, No. 3, oriental buff, $4.55.

There were several lots of Revenues, which consisted mostly of " pairs. A slight increase in value is noticeable in these stamps.

Of the match and medicine stamps a Chicago match, 3 cents black, rare, sold for $6.40, and an unsevered black of four, of Hutchings & 4 cent green, on silk paper, for $2.10.

Among the locals the prices were not what could he called steady, but on some a slight increase is noticed. A one cent Despatch-Washington, 1 cent violet, Scott's No. 1933, used and rare, was run up to $5.30, and an unused Nashville 5 cents carmine, line, to $8. There were 42 wholesale lots of U.S. stamps offered. The prices obtained for them could hardly be called eirormous. Three lots of 50,000 each of the 2 cent carmine of 1890 realized $3.25 for one lot and $3.60 each for the others; and a similar quantity of the 2 cents green, on amber envelope of 1887, realized $1.30 for one lot, and for the others $1.35 each.

Among foreign stamps it cannot be said that high prices prevailed. The stamps, owing to the extreme heat which prevailed at the time, could not withstand the assaults the bids made upon them, so cried out " enough " sooner than they would have done had the weather been cooler. Of Canada, an 1852 6d., nick in top, realized $2.30, and an officially sealed, unused, only $1.35, or nearly so per cent. below catalogue. An 8-cent register brought 85 cents, and the second issue bill stamps, all unused with the excep. tion of the two one-dollar values, realized $4.25. Those who are desirous to become specialists, with the idea of getting together a complete collection of any one country and with very small expense, had better turn their attention to the Ionian Isles, a complete set in tins sale realizing 85 cents. A New Brunswick 1851 3d., red on original cover, was bought in at $1.80 and a used specimen of the 6d. yellow, $3.30. A Newfoundland 1867 3r1„ used, sold for 90 cents, while another realized $1.10. A Sydney view, 2d., blue, 1st type, sold for $4.55. A Nova Scotia 1860 8 1/2 cents, sold for $1.55. An uncatalogued £1 revenue stamp of the Orange Free State, fine postal cancellation, sold for $1.75.

The gem of the sale in the foreign part, taking the price into consideration, was a fine specimen of the very rare Tuscany 1852 60cr., which realized $15.50. A fine collection of postal cards and letter sheets, mostly unused, in a Scott's album, sold for $9.00.

The total amount realized at this sale, which consisted of 435 lots, was $s79.85. Two lots only were not sold and one was withdrawn.

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