“Wickenburg A.T. Nov. 7/65”.
Manuscript postmark ties 3¢ Rose (65) on buff cover to Vernon, Vermont, handstamp “3” due for weight, manuscript directive “Per Steamer”
in same hand as address, receipt docketing “Received from Alfred, Wickenburg, Arizona Territory, Dec. 22, 1865”,
slightly reduced at right with cover nick, stamp with small faults, otherwise Very Fine, a rare Colorado River steamboat cover from Wickenburg, carried on the Mohave I
to Yuma, then to Port Isabel, Sonora, Mexico, and by ocean to New York via Panama, this is also the earliest recorded Wickenburg postmark (post office established on June 9, 1865--four recorded), except for a duplicate that was sold to another collector, the covers offered in lots 1209-1214 are the only Colorado steamboat covers that John Birkinbine was able to acquire in more than 60 years of collecting.
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