Some Great US Postal Advertising Covers & Cards


Gorgeous early US Patriotic Cover with three cent 1868 stamp. In the 19th century the goddess-like figure Columbia often appeared as a symbol of the United States. On this envelope Columbia stands beside the American flag and a shield bearing the stars and stripes.

Apple-Touch-IconAAs a United States stamp collector too, I find myself really enjoying patriotic covers and advertising covers related to history and antique bottle and glass collecting. I have assembled a few here to demonstrate my point. By combining a topic, art, design, a stamp, cancellation and personal hand writing (and some typing) you get a amazing piece of history. My have times changed.


This 1862 cover is considered by many to be the finest U.S. advertising cover, with its artfully executed scene in multicolored crayon lithography by the firm of Sarony, Major & Knapp. (Collection of Benjamin Franklin Bailar, U.S. Postmaster General from 1975 to 1978, and a current member of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee.) – Sheaff


Super cover for Illustrated advertising for Wm McCully & Co, glass works, postmark – Mar 11, 1871, Origin: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Destination – Natchez, Mississippi


Weisbrod & Hess Brewery, Philadelphia. Illustrated multicolor advertising design showing Company Logo Surrounded by Hops on 1907 cover franked with 2¢ regular issue tied by Philadelphia, Pa. machine flag cancel – Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions


Advertising cover for Lawton’s Indian Blood Syrup, A Most Wonderful Remedy, Orleans County, N.Y.


The Masten and Wells Fireworks Mfg. Co. Red illustrated ad showing Man Igniting Fireworks, on cover franked with 2¢ red tied by 1900 Boston, Mass. machine cancel – Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions


2c Carmine, Ty. I, nicely centered single tied to desirable all-over multicolored medical and surgical advertising cover of Seabury & Johnson, one of the most famous and spectacularly beautiful advertising covers known, front shows gold medals and red cross in an ornate design, while reverse depicts three barechested people and extolling the virtues of the company’s “Benson’s Plaster” for backaches, light strike of 1906 New York machine cancel ties stamp, Des Moines, Iowa – Stamp Auction Network


Advertising cover with Two Cent stamp for Dr. Kilmer & Co, Binghamton, N.Y., cancelled 1866 – Sheaf


Advertising cover for Speer’s Vineyards in Passaic, N.J.


Cooper Shop Volunteer refreshment Saloon and Hospital advertising cover


Hunt’s Remedy advertising cover


DANISH WEST INDIES (7c) 1903 BISECT ON WHISKEY ADVERTISING COVER Bisected 4¢ stamp paying 2¢ rate, tied with 1/20/03 St. Thomas cds, handstamped DWI address, on D.C.L. Scotch Whiskey advertising cover, with whiskey bottle at left and company crest on backflap. A few trivial toning specks, otherwise very fine. Cat value does not include any premium for advertising covers.


Perkins & Stearn California Wines – N.Y.C. showing California State Seal


Ayer’s Sarsaparilla, Cure’s That Tired Old Feeling – Lowell, Mass.


Milwaukee Beer Festival, Sept. 8-13, 1902, all-over illustrated multicolor advertising cover bearing 2¢ carmine (279B) tied by “Milwaukee Jul 14 ’02” machine cancel to DeWitt, Ioa., reverse with “Drink Schlitz” slogan.


Breinig’s Pure Linseed Oil Paints. Multicolored illustrated lithograph ad showing Painter Hanging from Steeple Weather Vane, on cover franked with 2¢ red tied by 1903 Jersey Shore, Pa. duplex postmark – Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions

Rub-No-More Washing Powder. Illustrated advertising design in black with red text showing Mother & Baby Elephant on 1906 cover franked with 2¢ Regular Issue (pulled perf) by McConnelsville, Ohio duplex cancel, reverse with all over advertising text

Rub-No-More Washing Powder. Illustrated advertising design in black with red text showing Mother & Baby Elephant on 1906 cover franked with 2¢ Regular Issue (pulled perf) by McConnelsville, Ohio duplex cancel, reverse with all over advertising text – Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions

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Panama Canal advertising card for Hostetter’s Bitters – Meyer Collection


1898 Pabst Brewery advertising card, UX14. A UX14 from Milwaukee, Wis to Buffalo, NY in 1898. Fantastic colorful Pabst Brewery advertising on the back of the postal card. – DK Enterprise


1880 Bourbon Whisky Advertising Cover Boone’s Creek – Cover Franked With 3c Banknote, Tied By Black Cork And Postmarked With Faint Cds (Fayette County). Illustrated Advertisement For Hand Made Sour Mash And Pure Bourbon Whisky From Hc Clay & Co Distillers Of Boone’s Creek Kentucky. Addressed To Circlesville.


2c Carmine, Ty. I, tied to an immaculate all-over multicolored advertising cover depicting a huge adorable baby’s face for the Paris Medicine Co. of St. Louis, listing several of the company’s products both on the front and reverse, clear “St. Louis, Mo./Oct 13, 1904” World’s Fair slogan postmark, extremely fine; an especially striking advertising cover


1887 Medical Advertising Cover ‘Gooch’s Mexican Syrup For Coughs And Colds’ Liberty (Casey County) To Lawrenceburg Kentucky.Versailles


The Eagle Brewing Co. Illustrated multicolor advertising design showing Two Bottles of Eagle Beer on 1934 cover franked with 3¢ Washington tied by Utica, NY machine cancel – Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions

Read More: A Picture is Worth a Thousands Words – Patriotic Envelopes – Part I

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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