Wells Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $4.00 Green (143L1, 143L2).
Tied together by Clear, Blue "Running Pony" oval, "San Francisco, June 26" with Green "St. Joseph, Mo., July 8" pmk. on 10c Green on Buff, Star Die Entire (U33) to. New York, THE CELEBRATED AND UNIQUE COVER, the only $4.00 Green Pony Cover Known, Ex-Caspary and with P.F. Certificate. The $2.00 is just in at top, the $4.00 with excellent margins except tip of U.L. corner. Stamps and cover have minor faults, which are of no consequence since this cover is unique. The stamps, at one time, have been removed from and replaced on the cover, as noted by the late Stanley B. Ashbrook in an exhaustive study of this cover published in the "Ashbrook Special Service" Issue No. 76, July 1, 1957, pages 615-617. Ashbrook, like ourselves, disagrees with the contention in the Caspary catalogue that additional postage stamps were removed from the cover. He states there is no evidence of this whatsoever and offers an explanation that heavier enclosures were intended but not included. We suggest that the Wells, Fargo, & Co. advertisements of the Pony Service may have been followed literally. They stated, and we quote, "Letters must be enclosed in Ten Cent Government Envelopes and Pony Postage Prepaid". Thus the additional postage required for a letter over 1 oz. (20c) was inadvertently or deliberately omitted. Other Pony Express covers are known with such inconsistencies between Pony charge and Government rates. Thus either our analysis or Ashbrook's is most likely the correct solution. A wonderful cover and an incomparable rarity of the first magnitude
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