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Title: First day of issue envelope, "Erie Canal Sesquicentennial, 1817-1967", July 4, 1967

Accession Number: 2002.58.24
Category: PHILATELY
Type: first day of issue envelope
Maker: United States Postal Service
Place: USA, NY, Rome
Date: 1967-07-04
Materials: paper
Description: First day of issue envelope with stamp honoring the 150th anniversary of the Erie Canal; stamp with illustration of canal boat, aft view with rudder and tiller visible, vignette at left of small canal-side town with two locks visible, canal boats being drawn by horses and swans in the canal, oval portrait of Dewitt Clinton, former governor of New York and canal advocate, map of upper New York state with canal shown and a bar of music for the Erie Canal (Mule Named Sal) song; printed at left "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE", "DEWITT CLINTON/ FOREMOST ADVOCATE OF THE ERIE CANAL/ CONNECTING ALBANY AND BUFFALO", "ERIE CANAL/ Sesquicentennial/ 1817-1967", "Art Craft" and "FIFTEEN YEARS ON THE ERIE CANAL"; printed on stamp "U.S./ POSTAGE/ 5ยข" and "ERIE CANAL/ 1817 1967"; stamp cancelled "ROME, NY/ JUL/ 4/ 1967/ 13440" and "FIRST DAY OF ISSUE"; envelope is addressed to "Mr. Martin Wiegand/ Martin Wiegand, Inc./ 6000 Chillum Pl., N. E./ Washington 11, D. C." Enclosed in the envelope is a letter to Martin Wiegand from United Air Lines with brief history of the Erie Canal and its importance to commerce and then touting their own place in today's business world.

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