[Item #61986] Printed "Rational Money" Postal Envelope, ca. 1870, Addressed to Josiah Warren from E.D. Linton. ANARCHISM, Josiah WARREN.

Printed "Rational Money" Postal Envelope, ca. 1870, Addressed to Josiah Warren from E.D. Linton

[Massachusetts: ca 1870]. Original postal envelope, 3" x 5-1/4". Postally used, with Charlestown, MA cancellation and cancelled 3¢ stamp affixed to recto. Addressed to Warren, presumably in Linton's hand, in blue ink; Linton's name written, likely in a secretary's hand, below address. Light soil and wear; Very Good. Envelope only; no contents are present.

The envelope bears the printed motto "Rational Money," with the following caption text: "The Rational or Equitable Money consists of Notes representing Labor as bank notes [are] used to represent metals. Every Man, Woman and Child who does any thing useful, becomes his or her own banker; TIME being the banking capital. For particulars see a work entitled True Civilization."

The American monetary reformer Edward D. Linton was one of the original members of Warren's Modern Times Colony, and remained a close friend, even serving as a caretaker in the final few years of Warren's life (see Baillie, Josiah Warren: the First Anarchist, Boston:1906). This printed postal cover, promoting Warren's short-lived system of Labor Currency, is very scarce – we have never seen another in the marketplace – and this example is notable for being addressed to Warren himself.

Price: $250.00

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