Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Rare cover recovered

A unique philatelic item which was stolen more than 40 years ago has turned up in Chicago.

Known as the "Ice House Cover" because its address reads, "Ice House, Calcutta, E. Indies," it was stolen in 1967 from a collector in Indianapolis according to both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times.

Sent from Boston to Calcutta in 1873, the envelope has a 1869, 90-cent Lincoln along with two others (see photo above). Apparently the envelope, which may be worth close to $1 million, is only one known to have a genuine 90-cent Abraham Lincoln stamp affixed.

Chicago police have turned the stamp over to the Indianapolis office of the FBI, which is investigating its theft.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM