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"____ 190 / Gentlemen: / Without committing myself I will be pleased
to / have you submit for my approval your latest Disability / Policy, ... "
unused form on postal card pre-addressed to the Casualty Company of American
at 52-54 William Street in New York City, bottom corners with long creases,
stress marks elsewhere, numerals on address side may encode the source. The
address is in the Financial District of Manhattan, which is now part of the
Cub Quarters Downtown Hotel (sometimes called the Schiff Estate Building).
Apparently the company was short-lived, because paper collectibles from it
are seldom offered. $15.00 in(m)
30TH ANNUAL CONVENTION NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIFE UNDERWRITERS/BOSTON, SEPTEMBER 21st-23rd, 1920. "R. D. ANDREWS - WM. CHAPMAN - R. C. STURGIS, ARCHITECTS/ 72068 STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MASS." Phostint post card with red convention printing on back, used there 1920, corner crease, toned top front edge. $4.25 eimd
"2-M-11-90 / North British & Mercantile Insurance Co. / No. 54 William Street / New York, 13 JUL 1894 ..." government postal card with form over the handstamp of H. E. Bowers (successor to Sam P. Bladgen as Manager there), stating that agent H. Lyman in Westfield Massachusetts had an account current through June, handstamped signature of J. N. F. Levick. A little cancel ink & light toning on the front; back is fine. The address was in the Financial district of Manhattan. $4.00 in(m)g(b)g(l)
"AHOY GOOD BOATERS! / Are you getting credit for your experience?..." insurance advertising for the Ed Jones Agency in Cincinnati Ohio, mailed per Permit No. 790 to Robert E. Abell in Galena Ohio, address label partially obscures message, good edges. $2.00 is(p)o(c)
"Assessment 34 [$2.00] Expires March 28, '92 / Millinery Mutual Benefit Association" government postal card from Charles W. Farmer (Secretary & Treasurer) on account of the death of member George A. Telford in 1891, browning of the paper with age, much corner wear & rounding, 2 corners creased. $4.50 mg(f)g(t)i NEW / NOVÝ / NUOVO
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"DODGE COUPE / Reward for information leading to recovery / DESCRIPTION / 1920 model, painted black ... / Owner, Robert Guinther, Akron, Ohio ..." postal card mailed 1921 to the Chief of Police at Noblesville Indiana from American Automobile Insurance Company in Cleveland, light toning at one back corner & along lower front edge. $10.00 ialo(a)g(g)
"EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, PRESIDENT'S OFFICE. / THE NATIONAL BENEFIT LIFE INSURANCE CO., WASHINGTON, D. C." in notably cramped quarters, post card mailed AUG 16 1922 in Baltimore, upper corner creased, minor corner & edge wear, noticeable spotty toning. Information about this Negro life insurance company is sparse; it folded during the Great Depression. Harry McAlpin handled its publicity & advertising during its latter days & might well be in this image; later he became the first African-American reporter at a US Presidential News Conference. We found a useful mention of this company in Mary L. Heen's article 'Ending Jim Crow Life Insurance Rates' in the 2009 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. Rare. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 dbi
"Fire Insurance / New York / Underwriting / Agency // Copyright 1905 by De Witt C. Wheeler. / 51315 Firemen wetting down Ruins, N. Y. City." black & white postcard with red caption & undivided back, mailed 1907 from Thornville Ohio to a local resident, mild edge wear includes a small scrape, album toning & 1 small scrape at the back corners. $7.00 fnpi
"FORD TOURING MOTOR NO. 4652615 / ... $125.00 REWARD / $25.00 for Recovery of the car / $100.00 for Sentence of the Thief / ILLINOIS AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE EXCHANGE / Bloomington, ILLINOIS / July 21 1921" government postal card mailed to the chief of Police in Richards, Missouri, long creases reinforced by clear tape on back, several scrapes on front with missing information penned in. As is. $0.75 ii(b)a
"Gee! How I wish I had bought a Ford, / I would still have $2,000 left. // © COMMERCIAL COLORTYPE COMPANY" with a man regarding his totaled auto after colliding with a tree; signed Cobb X. Shinn art on a post card mailed JAN 24 1916 to Mr. Cody Bond in Hazelton Iowa, minor corner wear, light toning both sides. Tells you something about the availability of auto insurance then, does it not? $5.00 a(s)ai!%
"Hail! Hail! // The hail hits here, the hail hits there, / The hail hits all around. / It cuts and tears, rips and bares, / And crops lay on the ground. / ... / C. ORVAL DAVIS / AGENT / WILDORADO, TEXAS" with a 2-stanza poem touting the crop insurance of Cravens, Dargan & Company, soliciting the business of W. N. Cutsinger a local farmer, stamp beyond the top edge (shown), a little extraneous writing on back. $4.00 itpm
"Home Office Bui8lding, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., Springfield, Mass." showing its exterior, postcard mailed 1949 by the company with a preprinted message refusing politely to send their wall calendar to Ohio. minor corner wear. $2.75 mic
"HOME OF WOODMEN OF THE WORLD LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETY / INSURANCE BUILDING, OMAHA, NEB." corner view with pedestrian & auto traffic, unused white-border era post card printed by the Max Rigot Selling Agency, trivial corner wear, otherwise fresh. (2 available) $4.00 each. ni
"If You Are Between / 64˝ and 70 / Don't Go to a Doctor / or Hospital Without an / AFBA / MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT / ..." unused business reply card for the AFBA Medicare Supplement Program in Alexandria Virginia, near mint. $1.25 v(a)i NEW / NOVÝ / NUOVO
"IOWA FARM MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPNAY / PROXY / ... " dated December 1945; unused legal form on government postal card pre-addressed to D. B. Groves Secretary at Valley Bank Building in Des Moines, a little cancel ink on front, minor edge wear. The company now does business under the name Far Bureau Property & Casualty Insurance Company, now located in West Des Moines. $3.75 aig(g)i(d)
ITALIAN CRUISER 'VARESE'" side view, flag shown in sky; unused color post card published by The Prudential Insurance Company of America, browning paper with age, album marks at corners both sides, corner wear & rounding, corner crease, 3 small scrapes in address area. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg or .tif format. $1.50 s(m)ii
"John F. Stratton & CO. / No 55 MAIDEN LANE, / NEW YORK, .... 1877." receipt on postal card mailed September 25 1877 crediting John McElroy of Chapinville CT, firm's almost complete double-ring violet handstamp mimics a postal marking, long & heavy corner crease, minor toning both sides. Mr. Stratton's partner Charles H. Parsons is also mentioned on the front. This address & its neighbors in the financial district of Manhattan is long gone, making way for the Home Insurance Plaza. $20.00 n(m)n(n)ig(s)
"KEEP 'EM POSTED! / Mail from home is eagerly welcomed by the / boys in Service. ... / The Western and Southern life Insurance Company / C. F. Williams President / Home Office Cincinnati / Form L-70 / ..." separated from the attached postcard that they offered as service, small corner bend. "BUY! / DEFENSE / SAVINGS / BONDS / KEEP 'EM FLYING!" with art in full color on the back. $8.00 ia(m)o(c)g
"MAKE 1928 Ford Coach / Owner P. H. Harmon / STOLEN Canal Fulton, Ohio 4-3-31 / $50 REWARD / ... / THE MERCER CASUALTY CO. / ... Celina, Ohio ..." postal card mailed APR 10 1931 to the County Sherriff at Lima Ohio, very light toning on back & along left front edge. SOLD RECENTLY lag(h)o(c)i
"Metropolitan Life Insur- / ance Co.'s Home Office / Bldg., N. Y. City. Card / cabinets for Ordinary / Department, containing / the records of more than / $400,000,000 of Ordi- / nary insurance" including many female clerks; unused post card with undivided back, back heavily toned from album contact, small bottom corner crease misses the image. $7.50 in(n)i(m)
"Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.'s Home Office Bldg., N. Y. City. Corner of Engine Room. Electrical and elevator equipment the largest of any office building in the world." Undivided back postcard mailed 1907, album marks on back, corner wear & rounding, corner crease. $4.75 (nie)
"Metropolitan Life Insur- / ance Co.'s Home Office / Bldg., N. Y. City. Part of / the Actuarial Division. / Nearly all records here / are kept on cards, ..." including many female clerks; unused post card with undivided back, back heavily toned from album contact, tiny ding in the top edge, trivial corner rounding. Shown left. $7.00 in(n)i(m). Same, but the divided back version, also unused, light toning on front, heavily toned back from album contract, minor corner & edge wear. Shown right. $5.00 in(n)i(m). Both for $11.00. in(n)i(m)
"MUTUAL RELIEF SOCIETY" assessment No. 10 for 1884, 2-color printing on government postal card, mailed from Syracuse by their secretary pro tem H. J. McCormick. Deceased were: G. M. Hauck of Rondout NY (lung hemorrhage), C. H. Dill of Elmira NY (diabetes), E. M. Thomas of Hoosick Falls NY (typhoid), Moses Wells of Schaughticoke NY (consumption), Hiram Stevens of Liberty Corners PA (stomach ulcer), & E. H. Shedd or Rochester (hydropericordiam). Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 n(r)im
"MUTUAL RELIEF SOCIETY" assessment No. 4 for 1883, 2-color printing on government postal card, mailed from Syracuse. Citing J. G. Hiefner who died of pneumonia. $5.00 n(r)i
Mutual Relief Society notice on government postal card noting the passing of Henry J. Moore by typhoid fever in Amsterdam NY, James Verina by typhoid pneumonia in Yonkers NY & John B. Stevens by apoplexy in Schenectady NY--all in March or April of 1881; yellowish paper, long heavy crease, mild corner wear. $4.75 n(a)i
"NEW YORK LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, NEW YORK. 10820" with red call-outs in the sky pointing out their Annex, Lafayette Street, Leonard Street, Broadway & the Bradstreet Mercantile Agency; made in Germany for Bosselman, this postcard saw very late usage at Stephentown Center NY, noticeable corner & edge wear, lightly toned back. $4.00 bin(n)
"NO PHYSICAL EXAM NEEDED; / ... / SENIORS 40-85 / UP TO / $10,000.00 / OF LIFE INSURANCE / TO HELP PAY FOR FINAL EXPENSES / ..." unused business reply card (Permit Number 1) to Guarantee Reserve Life Insurance Company of Calumet City Illinois. $1.00 i(c)i ILLUSTRATION ADDED RECENTLY
"Pennsylvania R. R. Station, New York." white-border era imprinted with greetings from the 60th anniversary business conference of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the US in New York, August 25-30, 1919. light toning on back, light edge wear along bottom, vertical crease. $3.00 nri
"Royal Insurance Company, Limited / MARINE DEPARTMENT / 84 WILLIAM STREET / New York ..." acknowledgment form on government postal card used to inform a registered mail insurance policy holder (W. L. Gund of Marcus Iowa) that his declaration was received & effective, mailed 3/29/30. A little toning at the bottom front edge & near one address-side corner. $3.00 n(m)i-u(p). Similar but mailed 3/3/30 with more toning address side & light fingerprint toning at top back. The sender's address is in the Financial District of Manhattan. $2.75 n(m)i-u(p)
"SOUVENIR POST CARD CO., NEW YORK. 3893--Aetna Life Building, Hartford, Conn." a corner view with streetcar tracks intersecting in the foreground; monochromatic yellow-green postcard with undivided back, mailed circa 1907 to Ohio, 3 corners creased (1 is long), a little cancel ink in the sky, edge wear, as is. This view is the old building they occupied 1853 to 1930. $1.75 ic
"STOLEN / Buick Touring car Factory No. 201722 / 1918 Model ... / Notify THE OHIO CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY or / Chief of Police Charles H. Stricker, Hamilton, Ohio" offering a reward of $25.00, postal card mailed SEP 7 1921 at Hamilton to the Chief of Police at Noblesville Indiana, good edges. $10.00 o(h)lg(s)ai%
"The Crawford County Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company / Incorporated AUG. 27, 1877. ASSESSMENT NO. 26" in the amount of 92-cents payable by December 15 1902; government postal card mailed at Bucyrus Ohio NOV 15 1902 to Lewis Davis in Galion Ohio. Detailing which farmers lost how much: George W. Palmer ($97), Henry Rule ($50), J. H. Lepp ($3.50), C. M. McKinstry ($50.00), Marion Davis ($3), Bert Flowers ($326.16), M. E. Reinhart ($7.75), etc. $5.00 o(b)if NEW / NOVÝ / NUOVO
"THE LIBERTY MUTUAL INSURANCE CO. / DAYTON, O. // REWARD / AUTOMOBILE / STOLEN // INFORMATION / ON / OTHER SIDE" describing a 1921 Dodge Roadster stolen at Portsmouth Ohio on the other side, postcard mailed June 22 1921 to the Chief of Police at Nobelsville Indiana; 2 corners creased, other corners with minor wear. Sent when J. R. Jones was Secretary of the Company. The company still operates, headquartered in Boston. $10.00 io(d)la
"THE MARKET PLACE, 1928 / ... depicting the growing inter- / dependence of people / on display in the home-office / ... of the Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, Co- / lumbus, O. Artists: Andrew Karoly and Louis Szonto" on an unsent postcard with printed message on back announcing the company's name change to Nationwide Insurance (the name it bears today). $10.00 io(c)
"This picture is a / miniature repro- / duction of the Pru- / dential Calendar / ... / THE PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE CO., Home Office, Newark, N.J." advertising calendar postcard, addressed but not mailed, light toning shows in the front borders, minor edge wear, back paper browning evenly with age. Shown left. Seen elsewhere as high as $12.99, but we need only $6.50 cngdi. Another example with more pronounced paper browning from album contact & considerable corner wear & rounding. Shown right. $3.75 cngdi
UnitedHealthCare Insurance Company advertising coasters about their Nurse HealthLine service for AARP members, pristine & complete set of 6 (not yet punched out of their protective borders). $1.75 i
"U. S. BATTLE-SHIP 'VIRGINIA'" showing a side view with the American flag in the sky; color postcard from the Prudential Insurance company of America, detailed ship statistics printed in back message area, mailed March 1909, browning paper on back, used as an insurance receipt so writing on front is consistent with issuing company, mild corner rounding, small ding in top edge closes well. This ship sailed round the world with the Great White Fleet. $5.00 s(m)i
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"Veterans Administration / Domiciliary Form 5515 / ... / DISCHARGE / Facility Dayton, Ohio / Date Admitted Oct. 18, 1943 / Joseph Burgoon / is hereby discharged from this Facility. Reason for discharge / Maximum hospital benefit 1/24/44 / B. C. Cockrell / Manager / CLINICAL DIRECTOR" card on brown stock, size of a regular postcard but blank back. A sad piece of social history & the only example of its kind we could find when we searched the Internet. $5.00 o(d)g(b)g(c)si
"WILL PAPA EVER BE ABLE TO BUY ME ANY MORE TOYS? / ...(6 line poem) ... / Marion G. Souslin, age, 2 years, 7 months ; weight, 51 pounds. / Son of A. Souslin, who was so unfortunate as to get is neck broken October 23, 1906, while decorating the new N. C. R. office / building, Dayton, Ohio. A. SOUSLIN, R. R. 15, Dayton, O." showing the boy standing amidst an assortment of toys, clutching a baseball bat. Black & white postcard with 1907 copyright, from a photo by Grossman in Dayton, light album toning both sides. Mr. Sousman was stooped over, removing rubbish, when a plank fell edgewise on the back of his neck. He was the sole support for his family of 3, and in those days there was no worker's compensation insurance! Rarely seen, even less rarely offered. $90.00 o(d)gtsbi
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"'WESTHAVEN' GARDENS ON THE ST. CLAIR RIVER, PORT HURON, MICH., HOME OF MISS BINA M. WEST" black & white with sky tint, white-border era from Curt Teich, unused, lightly toned back. Founder in 1892 of one of the first fraternal benefit societies established for and managed by women, & an outspoken supporter of women's suffrage, she represented the National Council of Women of the US at the International Council of Women in Geneva in 1908. Undoubtedly this card was issued on the occasion of the dedication of the Society's new home office in 1917. Many people could not tell you who she was, but the fact that women can get life insurance these days is a tribute to her legacy!
"SLEEPING BARRACKS AT LAKE HURON CAMP, WOMAN'S BENEFIT ASSOCIATION 113473" black & white with sky tint, white-border era from Curt Teich & Co, unused, light toning near one front corner. Most unusual subject matter--a little known aspect of this fraternal organization's history. Both of the above: $50.00 fwmsgi
"Yours of JUN 5 1905... / in payment of claim under Policy... / S. D. Stockton / Agent" form on government postal card mailed to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company from Poughkeepsie New York, apparently due to the demise of William E. Scott there; light browning of paper with age. $3.50 ngi
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