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POSTAL HISTORY > Union Patriotic Covers

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Authentic, original Civil War period patriotic envelopes manufactured in the North to promote patriotism for the war effort and to spoof their Southern foes

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Mem7924

Patriotic Cover Signed by Massachusetts Officer

Killed in Action at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Va.

Postally used patriotic envelope that is trimmed in red and blue with an embossed American shield with spread winged eagle and the motto, Union And Constitution on the reverse of the envelope. Partial postmark from New Orleans, [La.] with the month of Jul visible and it is also stamped [due] 3 at upper right. Addressed to Mr. Danl. H. Cutter, Newburyport, Mass. Signed at left, "Soldier's Letter, F.G. Ogden, Adjt. 48 Regt. Mass." Irregular right edge where the envelope...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7899: Patriotic Cover, President Abraham Lincoln

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Mem7899

Patriotic Cover, President Abraham Lincoln

Unused patriotic envelope with illustration of President Abraham Lincoln with his name printed below his likeness. Very fine.  

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Patriotic Cover, Running The Blockade

Unused Civil War patriotic envelope with the above title below a vignette of a man riding on an alligator's tail with a box on top of its back with the imprint, "For New Orleans And A Market." Mounting traces on the reverse. Uncommon.  

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1863 Patriotic Cover Postmarked at New Orleans, La.

Full color vignette of a star burst, spread winged eagle, American flags and interlocking U.S.A. in an oval. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Feb. 13, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Mrs. Sarah G. Ewell, Rockville, Maine. Light age toning. Very fine war date used patriotic envelope.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7851: 1862 Union Patriotic Cover Mailed From New Orleans, La.

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Mem7851

1862 Union Patriotic Cover Mailed From New Orleans, La.

From a Vermont soldier who died during the Civil War

Vignette of Columbia holding an American flag and pointing to a large star burst at the upper center of the envelope with the motto, "Save The Union." C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Jun. 9, 1862, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Mrs. L.W. Streeter, Danbury, Rutland Co., Vt. Light edge wear and staining. Desirable war date, used patriotic envelope with stamp.

WBTS Trivia: The sender of this envelope was Civil...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7845: Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis Going To War

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Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis Going To War

Civil War patriotic envelope with a clever Yankee spoof illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis with the slogan "Jeff Davis Going To War." When you view the cover normally it looks like a soldier in uniform wearing a hat, but when you turn it sideways it turns into a donkey eating leaves, with the slogan "Returning." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati, O.[hio]. Light age toning.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7841: Patriotic Cover, The Lock and Key

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Patriotic Cover, The Lock and Key

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a padlock with the word "Slavery" printed on it. The barrel of a musket with fixed bayonet is being put into the key hole of the lock. Printed just below the barrel of the rifle is "U.S. Rifled." "The Lock and Key" is printed below the illustration. A couple of small stains and some old mounting remnants on the reverse.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7840: Patriotic Cover, A Rebel Attack on Pickin's

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Patriotic Cover, A Rebel Attack on Pickin's

Civil War patriotic envelope with illustration of a Confederate soldier with a bone in his mouth. Caption: A rebel attack on pickin's. Imprint of S.C. Upham, 310 Chestnut St. [Philadelphia]. This cover has a double theme. Beside the obvious reference to Confederate food or [pickin's] it also refers to the Rebel attacks on the U.S. military fort on Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens, Florida.

WBTS Trivia: Despite repeated Confederate threats, Fort Pickens was one of only three Southern forts to remain in Union hands throughout the War Between The...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7832: Patriotic Cover, Master Jeff and his Navy

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Patriotic Cover, Master Jeff and his Navy

Civil War patriotic envelope with an illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis holding a small boat with a skull and cross bones flag and a rebel flag. He is standing next to a large wooden bucket no doubt to sail his ships in. His hat has the initials "J.D." on it. Slogan below the vignette, "Master Jeff- and his Navy." Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, Print. 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Sts., N.Y. Light age toning and edge wear. Old mounting traces on the reverse.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7830: Patriotic Cover, A Flying Rumour For Jeff Davis' Private-ear

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Patriotic Cover, A Flying Rumour For Jeff Davis' Private-ear

Civil War patriotic envelope with illustration of a large sailing ship with the slogan, "A flying rumour for Jeff Davis' Private-ear. The opening of the ports on the rebel coast." Imprint of S.C. Upham, 310 Chestnut St., [Philadelphia]. Light age toning and mounting traces on the reverse.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7829: Patriotic Cover, The Man For The Times- Ben F. Butler

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Patriotic Cover, The Man For The Times- Ben F. Butler

Civil War patriotic envelope with full color American flag and the slogan below, "The Man for the Times- Ben F. Butler." Circa 1862 cover with reference to General Benjamin F. "Beast" Butler and his military occupation of New Orleans. Light glue stains on the 4 corners of the reverse.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7825: Patriotic Cover, Nationality & Protection

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Patriotic Cover, Nationality & Protection

Civil War patriotic envelope with beautiful large full color illustration of a spread winged eagle holding arrows and an olive branch in its talons while perched on top of a Union shield with stars and stripes and the motto, "Nationality & Protection" on the front edge of the shield and a large waving American flag in the background. Imprint on the reverse, "Harbach & Brother, No. 36 North Eighth Street, Philadelphia." Very desirable Civil War patriotic envelope.  

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