Thursday, July 27, 2006

A Love Letter That Wasn't Burned

Who says people don't save love letters forever?

An empty envelope postmarked in 1847 with a unique Alexandria Blue Boy stamp sold for $1 million dollars at auction in 1981. It was exhibited in the Court of Honor at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition in Philadelphia (held only about once every 10 years).

May Day Taylor, a philatelist, was helping with the preparations and became thoroughly intrigued by the mystery of what that empty envelope contained. She began an extensive search through genealogy and old town records that consumed her interest and time for more than 20 years.

Believe it or not, from two names, Ms. Taylor tracked down the love letter that that was saved in a scrapbook.

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