Group of Six Postal Covers: LINCOLN, Abraham -- Philatelic)

Group of Six Postal Covers

LINCOLN, Abraham -- Philatelic)

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Group of 6 unusual postal covers created by Lincoln scholar Thomas I. Starr (1903-65), noted Lincoln scholar from Detroit, Michigan, whose publications include "Lincoln Belonged to a Great Fraternity" (1936), "A Lost Speech of Abraham Lincoln" (1936) and "Lincoln's Kalamazoo Address Against Extending Slavery" (1941). Six identical 6½" X 3½" envelopes, each bearing the then-new 3-cent Lincoln stamp at upper right and, at upper left printed in brown ink, a profile portrait of Lincoln alongside the tiny printed text quoting Lincoln's well-known reply when told that a new city in Logan County, Illinois was to be named after him ("You'd better not do that, for I never knew anything named Lincoln that amounted to much."). Starr typed his Detroit name/address at lower center and mailed these to cities across the country with the word "Lincoln" in them, having them cancelled on Lincoln's birthday (12 February) 1933 and signed by the postmaster of those cities. Thus the envelope cancelled in Lincoln, California has "K.M. Fleming p.m." penned at lower left, the envelope cancelled in Lincolnton, Georgia has "J.M. Wilkes, P.M. / Lincolnton, Ga." penned at upper left, the envelope cancelled in Lincolnville, Kansas has "Axel F. [illegible] / P.M." penned at upper left, the envelope cancelled in Lincolnville Center, Maine has "R.S. Knight / Lincolnville Ctr. / Me." penned at upper left, the envelope cancelled in Lincolnton, North Carolina has "Giles B. Goodson / Postmaster / Lincolnton NC" penned at upper left, and the envelope cancelled in Lincoln, Arkansas has "H.T. Sluth P.M." penned at upper right. A fun, odd group. Bookseller Inventory # 35975

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