Confederate envelope

RSMorris

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Have something interesting. Don't know if it is worth anything but not for sale anyway. It is an envelope addressed to a Mr. Charles Holst in Chester South Carolina. It has a stamp through some research is a Jefferson Davis #12 die B. What is interesting is the dates. Looks to have been sent on April 7th 1865 and delivered on April 9 1865. The very day Lee surrendered to Grant in Virginia.

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RSMorris

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Still trying to figure that out... so far I have.... "Mailed through.... Politemefs of the ...." I am not sure of the spelling of the politemefs and don't know what is after of the... I am still working on it and researching.
 

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I believe it says mailed thru the Politeness could you post a closer photo?

I was typing the same
 

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I 've often wondered how they got the stamps to stick to an envelope. The few I've seen did not have an adhesive or gum on them. And yes thanks for sharing.
 
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RSMorris

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It has this written on the back. Don't know if it means anything or someone just jotted down a reminder or something....
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As a retired letter carrier, I find it amazing that only the person's name and town were required to get letters delivered!
I once read that, back in the day, you could even make the address into a puzzle to see if the postmaster could figure it out, but the only example I can remember is

Hill
John
Massachusetts

Which was apparently delivered to John Underhill, Andover, Massachusetts.

I think I read it in a very old issue of Smithsonian magazine.
 

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Is that really an M after Mr? It looks more like a W to me, as if an abbreviation of a familiar name, like Wallace. Wm (William) is not likely - it does look like a little c.
 
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