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Sale 777 — 1996 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 21 May, 1996

Category — Carriers and Locals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
210
c
Sale Number 777, Lot Number 210, Carriers and LocalsCarnes City Letter Express, San Francisco, Cal., (no value) Rose (35L1), Carnes City Letter Express, San Francisco, Cal., (no value) Rose (35L1)Carnes City Letter Express, San Francisco, Cal., (no value) Rose (35L1). Full to large margins, tied by black "PAID" hs on large locally addressed cover with bold matching "CARNES' EXPRESS/SAN FRANCISCO" straightline hs at center, blue ms. instructions in corner "send by Carnes Carier", cover with light vertical folds not affecting stamp

A MAJOR LOCAL POST RARITY, REPRESENTING THE PROPER USAGE OF THE CARNES CITY LETTER EXPRESS STAMP DURING CARNES'S OWNERSHIP.

The "Grizzly Bear" stamp was issued by George A. Carnes, a former post office clerk who started a local delivery service and acquired the better known San Francisco Letter Express in 1865. He and his partner sold out to William E. Loomis in 1867, and examples of Carnes's stamp are known on a few covers mailed after ownership changed hands. Loomis removed the Carnes name from the design and printed his own stamps, probably late in 1868. This is the first example we have seen showing the Carnes stamp used on a cover that was clearly carried by the original Carnes service, for which it was created.

With 1994 P.F. certificate

E. 30,000-40,000
29,000
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