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Bartlett Letterhead (c1900)

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Bartlett Letterhead (c1900)

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Bartlett Letterhead (c1900)

75.00

Title: Arthur A. Bartlett Letterhead.
Description: A single sheet of letterhead measuring 8 1/2 x 11”. Produced for the late 19th-century Charlottetown dealer of British Colonial postage stamps. The sheet carries a watermark for “E. & K. Extra Strong Linen”. Shows 2 horizontal folds.

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"Arthur Bartlett was a member of the consortium who bought up the remaindered PEI stamps in 1873. He was taken to court as this letter head was thought to be too good and items cut from it might be used to defraud collectors. In the end he was allowed to keep all he had printed but not allowed to print any more. His wife and daughters continued to use them after his death.”

Source: Mike Salmon, The Island Register

The letter head was printed in Hamburg, Germany, at considerable expense in both quality and design. The stamp images were deemed to be “too good” and were being passed off a real postage. When his daughter was selling and clearing the family house in 1934, she discovered a box of the stationary remainders. Even today, they can be offered for sale for as much as $100 - assuming they have not been folded and remain in good or better unused condition.