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U.S. Post Office Crew, Boley Okla., Real Photo Postcard, circa 1908

Real photo postcard, with "U.S. Poste [sic] Office Crew / Boley Okla." Five men standing, one sitting. Postally used with Boley cancel on verso.

Autograph note from a Boley resident named Mildred to her cousin Miss V. Baily, writing affectionately about "Mr. Mc, " who seems to be her beau: "I'm having a jolly good time...I went out to a lawn social last night. Mr. Mc & I. Ha Ha. This is P.O Crew. The one standing in center is Mr. Mc." In the 1910 census of Boley, there is a 23-year old man named Herbert McCormick whose occupation is listed as the "Asst. Post Master" at the Post Office, perhaps the man pictured here. 

Established in 1903 as a predominantly African American community, Boley, Oklahoma was a thriving town and was home to over 4,000 citizens in 1911. Booker T. Washington called it “the most enterprising and in many ways the most interesting of the Negro towns in the United States.” [See Lot 128 sold in Part I of The Road West].

Condition:

Very good, although used.

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,280
12/03/2020

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