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Guide to the Decorative Envelopes (Philatelic Covers) Collection
1861-1989
 PR 301

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete (2013); Larry Weimer (2018)

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 17, 2018
Finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of philatelic covers and other decorative envelopes spanning the period from 1861 to 1989. It includes first day and cacheted covers, first flight covers, advertising covers, examples of tax stamps and other early stamps, and envelopes with decoratve views. The collection is organized topically into the following six folders.

Advertising covers span the period from mid-19th to early 20th century, and include hotels and other businesses, products, and lawyers and professional associations. There are a number of envelopes advertising the Acme Haversack of Song and Patriotic Eloquence, published in Syracuse, New York.

First day and cacheted covers commemorate a variety of historical events and people, including the Lake Placid 1932 Olympics, the First Pony Express, the first anniversary of D-Day, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Also included is a Zeppelin envelope.

First flight envelopes include domestic and international mail routes.

Tax and other early stamps include two cartes-des-visites and several bank notes with tax stamps, a few civil-war era stamped envelopes, and other examples of pre-20th century stamps.

Some of the above envelopes were stored in a special case which is included in the last folder of the collection.

Five envelopes with New York City views.