WELLS, FARGO & CO'S/EXPRESS/PAID./HONOLULU, H.I.
Red oval handstamp on cover to San Jose, with 1882 5c Ultramarine (39) tied by matching oval with Aug. 10, 1883 date, which is repeated on back, cover slightly reduced at left (bit irregular at bottom left), red ink slightly oxidized, still Fine, a rare handstamped precursor of the printed frank, used shortly after agent George Ashley reopened a Wells Fargo office in Honolulu, on August 3, 1883. This cover went with the first group of mail prepared by Ashley, on the Hankow
, which departed August 15th. This may be the earliest known cover from the second period, ex Ishikawa
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