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    Postage Currency Used as Postage

    First Issue 50¢ Note Used as Postage. The stamped portion of the First Issue 50¢ note was clipped and used as postage on a large envelope. Although the date is not legible, the postmark of Cincinnati, OH is clear, and the postmark ties the strip to the cover. This is only the third instance that we have seen where postage currency was actually used as postage. This great item popped up in a recent stamp auction where our consignor obtained it for over $1400.

    Although the date is uncertain, it was most likely mailed in the 1890s as it was sent to a Lieutenant H. H. Bandholtz, a member of the 6th U.S. Infantry in Fort Thomas, Newport, KY. The 6th infantry was based at Ft. Thomas from the early 1890s until the outbreak of the Spanish-American war in 1898. Bandholtz, the recipient of this letter, went on to become a Major General in WWI. He was also called on by President Harding to quell unrest in McDowell County, West Virginia during the "Miner's Rebellion" in 1920. Anyone desiring to see a statue of H. H. Bandholtz, need look no further than the front lawn of the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. Only the front of the envelope is present, but the postage currency strip and the addressee's information is fully present and crystal clear.

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    September, 2008
    17th-21st Wednesday-Sunday
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