[ Broadside ] HAVANA SCHEME!! : Shelby College Lottery of Kentucky, Z. E. Simmons & Co, Managers Class 572, to be drawn in Covington, Kentucky, on Wednesday November 30th, 1864 ... Fletcher & Co., Box 3763, P.O., New York City. Fletcher, Co, Z. E. Simmons, Co.

[ Broadside ] HAVANA SCHEME!! : Shelby College Lottery of Kentucky, Z. E. Simmons & Co, Managers Class 572, to be drawn in Covington, Kentucky, on Wednesday November 30th, 1864 ... Fletcher & Co., Box 3763, P.O., New York City.

New York, N.Y. Fletcher & Co. November 1864. 9 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches. Printed in black ink with ornamental border. Folds (one short tear reinforced with Filmoplast R), otherwise a bright clean copy. Near Fine. [28314]


One of a series of scams to part people with their money, run by a number of people/companies in the 1864/1865 time period. P.T. Barnum in his "Humbugs of the World" (London:1866, pp 128-133) terms those running these scams "Lottery sharks" and details the many reasons that one shouldn't have trusted them as real - inconsistencies in addresses, names, etc etc. Barnum has some wry descriptions of both the scammers and scammed.

This variant not in OCLC. OCLC does record four physical copies "signed" by Fletcher & Co, all in just one copy. Three at the American Antiquarian Society and one at Virginia.

Price: $125.00

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