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    Atlanta, GA- "The Old Book Store" Ad
    "The Old Book Store" was established circa 1875 and was located at 38 Marietta Street in Atlanta. This lot contains an interesting ad that was printed on the back of a lightly printed sheet of Confederate States Ten Cent stamps featuring a portrait of Jefferson Davis. The stamps were "printed from the genuine plate- captured at the fall of Atlanta- on Confederate-made paper." The large portrait at top center is assumed to be that of owner W.B. Burke, who advertised himself as "The Napoleon of the Book Trade South." The ad includes an interesting price list for Confederate bills that were "warranted genuine and in good condition." Denomination sets were available for a mere $2 and a $500 note could be acquired at the cost of $1. In addition to the Confederate notes, Burke also sold Confederate sheet music, billed as very rare, with 87 varieties available for 25ยข per copy. The ad was printed by the Franklin Publishing House in Atlanta. The store's entire stock and fixtures were sold by court order in 1896 and were purchased by James F. Meegan of 23 Marietta Street. Some, if not all, of the paper remains at the two nicks at the right margin. An area of paper loss and repairs along the center fold are observed. A neat item for a numismatist or a philatelist.
    From The Honorable William H. Kelly Collection


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2012
    4th-10th Wednesday-Tuesday
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