Amongst the voluminous amounts of philatelic material I have recently been bestowed I found what appears to be a complete set of letters that seem to chronicle the route of the North West Expansion b means of a re-creation. Apparent; my Great Grandfather Williams went on this little expedition. I'm unsure of the exact origin of these but I believe, at least in part, that I'm on the right path! (pun intended)
Henry Button & Marion V. Button were my Great-Grandparents on my step-fathers side of the family.
"The Northwest Territory Celebration letters chronicle the daily experiences of a group of re-enactors who traveled from Ipswich, Massachusetts, to Marietta, Ohio, by ox-driven Conestoga wagon and self-made flatboat in 1937-1938 to mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Northwest Territory."
A pile I grabbed for a picture just to show the volume of these alone! Quite impressive!
These are all done up like folded letters complete with sealing wax.
A good friend of mine revcollector found this about the penalty aspect of these covers.
Northwest Territory Celebration Commission, 1937-38, -- first some background -- in 1937, the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society proposed a national celebration in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which provided the framework for the government of the Northwest Territory that was established on July 15, 1788 in Marietta, Ohio. One of the two major events of the celebration was a caravan retracing the footsteps of the original settlers who had departed for Marietta nearly 150 years earlier. The caravan started in Ipswich, Mass. and passed through parts of MA, CT, NY, NJ and PA, covering approximately six hundred miles over five months and ending in Marietta on April 7, 1938. This lot consists of 64 folded letters with different cachets at left sent to Mr. George R. McNeil in Hannington West VA with 54 sent between Dec. 12, 1937 and March 31, 1938 from towns in Mass., Ct., NY, NJ, and PA as the caravan journeyed through these states to Ohio, then six were mailed July 21-22 from Marietta Ohio and four are uncancelled, all 64 describe the events and in some cases show illustrations, and were sent stampless with the official business verbage at top right because the event was paid for primarily with federal dollars.
I mainly collect the US Classic singles & covers also, classic era B.O.B. items.