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CENTENNIAL EXHIBITION The Centennial International Exhibition of 1876, the first official World's Fair in the United States, was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. Excellent U.S. Centennial memento. a letter on "Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, Machinery Hall" letterhead with Liberty Bell imprint at top margin marking the 1876 anniversary of American Independence. Accompanied by transmittal envelope to Harry Anderson, Ladoga, IN with Centennial, Philadelphia postmark beside green 3 cent embossed 1776-1876 stamp. Backstamp of "Typewriter J.W. Bain, Agt. Philadelphia". Fine T.L.S. "Papa", 1p., 8vo., integral leaf, Nov. 9, 1876. In part: "...Standing in this grand hall, and amidst a world of splendid machinery, exhibits from all countries, and people of all climes and races...Wishing you were here to behold this grand sight, which I am unable to describe. I am delighted with all I see and send you this printed letter as a 'Centennial Memento'. Hoping you will kindly preserve it...". At the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition you would stand in line and pay twenty-five cents to type your name and address portion and mail it from the exhibition. Including a recent article from Linn's Stamp News calling this machine cancel the "find of the decade". Envelope almost entirely separated at bottom fold with some paper loss at right edge. Else, very good.
Estimate $ 500-700

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