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Confederate State Stampless Marking; New Iberia, La., P A I D 5, Aug 15 (1861) For Sale
Confederate State Stampless Marking; NEW IBERIA, LA., P A I D 5, AUG 15 (1861)
Lemon-colored envelope with NEW IBERIA, LA., AUG 15 (1861) circular datestamp (cds), and what appears to be an attempt at aP A I D 5.
"5 (?) A D (M)." The post office may have been experiencing hostilities—the clerk and/or postmaster/mistressunder
Who knows? Addressed to H. Bier Esq. / I.O.O.F. / New Orleans. At the time, New Iberia was located in St. Martin Parish. Iberia Parish hadn't been created yet—not 'til 1868. Cover has some backflap problems (visible in scan). …All-in-all, adecent and scarceIberia Parish,Louisiana CSA item.
On Feb-24-13 at 13:30:52 PST, seller added the following information:
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PLEASE NOTE: An astute and knowledgeable member was kind enough to advise that this probably is not a "P A I D," butthe New Iberia postmaster's initials. When Louisiana was admitted to the Confederacy, Mr. Abner D. Miner (initials A D M) was postmaster at New Iberia. Mr. Miner continued on as postmaster until a Mr. Aristide Mestayer took over on September 3, 1861. ...With this in mind, ahumblereassessment of the cover suggests this assupmtion to be correct. This being the case,the covercould be considered exceedingly scarce orrare—at leastfor the State of Louisiana so-called Confederate stampless markings (aka "Handstamped Paids"). A very interesting, perhaps unique CSA item.
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Confederate State Stampless Marking; New Iberia, La., P A I D 5, Aug 15 (1861): $283