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Mystery Unfolds from Saxonville Civil War Era Envelope

Filed under: General Interest,Politics by Randy Harris at 1:36 am on September 28, 2011
Civil War Era Postal Cover Mailed to Saxonville, Mass.

Seymour & Blair Civil War era postal cover mailed to Mr. John Lewis, Saxonville, Mass. is one of only two known to exist. (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)

FRAMINGHAM, MA -After ten days on the online auction site eBay, an envelope mailed over 100 years ago to Saxonville sold for $688.76 to the high bidder.

The envelope, or "cover" as it's more accurately called by philatelic collectors, bears a patriotic image of Horatio Seymour and Frank P. Blair campaigning for President and Vice President of the United States in the election of 1868.

Seymour lost the election to Ulysses S. Grant.

The cover had been mailed from Auburn, Mass to a "Mr. John Lewis, Saxonville, Mass." in the 1890's, (as noted in the auction listing -- the date is uncertain as ...[read more]

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