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Postage Currency Used as a Stamp.

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Postage Currency Used as a Stamp.
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Postage Currency Used as a Stamp.

A Fr. 1230 First Issue Five Cent Postage Currency is mounted in the upper right corner and used as a stamp, and hand cancelled with an X written across the face of Jefferson. At left of center a postmark dated October 20, 1864 in Chester, Illinois. At lower left is handwritten, “Stamps / J B Senauh (???) / Oct 22, 64 / 43,00.00, likely when the letter was received at the office of the addressee. W.C. Flagg, Esq, Alton, Illinois was an Illinois politician, fervent abolitionist, and an Abraham Lincoln appointee as the Collector of Internal Revenue for the 12th District of Illinois, a position he held until 1869. Flagg also served on the board of trustees for the University of Illinois until his untimely death from influenza in 1878 at the young age of 48. The envelope was opened from the right edge, and has some small splits along the top, with a small stain at upper left. A rare item nonetheless, and with a history tied to President Lincoln.

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