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