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Shipping Receipts 1840s-1870s

Today we refer to anything sent in bulk or over any distance as having been "shipped." The reason for this is because prior to modern mail, items of all sizes were transported by ship, whether it was as small as bottles of perfume or as large as a piano.

Whenever goods are stuffed into something as large as a ship, crates must be meticulously numbered, labeled, and accounted for. This form allowed for individual packages to be listed, labeled, and their contents inventoried. No shipment arrived at its destination without a form such as this accounting for what was delivered.

These ten forms, copied from an 1862 original, allowed for the identification of the shipping company, the vessel's name and that of her captain, and both departure and arrival ports. A detailed listing of packages, their contents, and where they are to be delivered, is provided for below the heading. No shipment would be complete without one!

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Civil War Lined Stationery

The American Civil War is unique for many reasons, but one of the more interesting of these is that this was one of the first "literate" wars; the majority of soldiers on both sides could read and write. Paper, formed when pulped fibers of cellulose are spread onto a mesh and dried, had changed little since its invention by the Han court of China in the 2nd century BC. It was an inexpensive commodity that almost every citizen owned and used.

The paper in this package is a less refined, more common style used throughout both Union and Confederate states: laid paper. One can feel and even see the texture of the screens used to dry the oversized sheets as they were created. The primary difference from modern lined paper is that the lines ran the length of the sheet, not the width. As a result, the paper could be folded creating a sort of booklet; one started writing on the "cover," continued the letter on the inside, and closed the letter on the back. The whole letter was then folded and put into an envelope to be mailed.

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Civil War Blockade Run Letters

Confederate Blockade-Run Envelopes

Begun immediately at the outbreak of the Civil War in April of 1861, the Union blockade of southern ports would eventually spell the end of the Confederacy by denying it desperately needed food, supplies, war materiel, and trade. One of the most vital items run through the Federal blockade was mail. As hazardous and expensive an undertaking as it was, it was still much less costly than transporting mail overland, either by rail, horse, or private courier.

Enclosed are six envelopes, prestamped and ready for you to address and use. Since not all letters were dated or even stamped by their issuing post offices, this collection is accurate and authentic, and includes letters forwarded through one of the principal transfer points of Nassau and Bermuda in the British West Indies.
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